How To Build A Simple Wall Shelf
If you want to see how to turn your garage shelves into a fully enclosed cabinet system, be sure to check out part two of this 5 part build! And if you liked this project, please spread the word by sharing it on your Facebook or Pinterest pages. You can add additional supports as needed to the interior. If you will be placing a lot of heavyweight items on your shelves, you may need supports located every 24″ rather than every 48″.
To finish off the closet shelves, add strips of 1″x2″ poplar to the front of each shelf and cubby divider. Use a few finishing nails to hold each piece in place. I built the rest of the shelves using MDF. This was actually my first time using MDF instead of plywood and it was perfect.
While holding it level, pre-drill through your support and into the wall where you want the drywall anchor to be. Measure where you want your first support to go and make sure it’s level. If you can hit at least two studs for every shelf, you’re good to stick with that method. Once you’re happy with the size of your shelves, cut your 1x2s to match the measurement of the front of each of your shelves. You’ll need a total of 3 plywood strips per shelf.
Especially with this floating version as it is large and can hold a ton of items. If you are storing sleeping bags or bowling balls, you will need to adapt accordingly and make sure your shelf is in it for the long haul. Nail or glue the next cleat into place on the first vertical support panel. Check that the opposite side will be level by placing the shelf board on the now attached cleat and bringing over to the mark on the opposite vertical support panel.
These are the Spax screws I used to attach the braces to the wall. After all the support arms are attached to the ledger board, sand down all the rough edges. You can get a good idea about the size of the shelves in reference to my size from this image. As you can see, it is perfectly doable even for petite women. This allowed me to keep my hands free to work the screws into place.