Free plans to build freestanding garage shelving using only 2x4s. Easy and inexpensive, but sturdy and functional. Includes video tutorial from ana-white.com
- 2 - 10' long 2x4s PER Leg Support (I had 5 leg supports, so I bought 10)
- 4 - 2x4 - length of shelf PER SHELF (I bought 16 2x4 @ 20' long because I had 4 shelves, 20' long each)
- 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws (star bit don't strip), two per leg/per shelf board
- Additional screws for anchoring to wall to prevent forward tipping or racking
PER LEG SUPPORT
2 - 2x4 @ 72"
4 - 2x4 @ 17"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Mark out on 4 of the shelf boards the placement of the leg supports. Attach 2 to top shelf and 2 to bottom shelf with screws. I attached the outer boards first, flush to the inside of the leg boards. This will create the basic shape of your shelving unit.
Adjust for square. Then add remaining shelf boards and screw down.
Attach securely to wall to prevent forward tipping or racking.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.