So here’s the deal – the kids got a ton of toys for Christmas, plus we already had way too many toys in this house. You might think that I’m the bad dad because I store their toys in the basement, but trust me, there is no possible way they can play with every toy at one time. I wanted you to know that I am seeing the measurements as still showing 12ft 3…in instead of the 10ft 3 in. I love these shelves and have been planning to build some to store my growing collection of storage totes, can you tell me the dimensions of the shelves? The pricing for mine was much higher, around 95$, and I didn’t even buy as much plywood.
Thank you so much for showing us how to create a basement toy storage which can be done in just few days.I suggest you must put paint on it to be more attractive.Thanks! Thanks for the post and super easy to follow instructions – just got done building a set for our basement and headed out to buy more material for a second!
It’s difficult to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you kbow what you’re talking about! I got my spreadsheet out and started planning for my basement space and how I could make these with as least was as possible with pipes and things protruding from the wall. The hardest part was getting it properly square and attaching the first set of crossbars to the bottom. Set a Reminder and we'll send you an email when it's time to stock up on items you buy regularly or seasonally, like air filters, fertilizer or mulch. You will need to make another of these; only boards “1” and “2” will need to be on top this time.


If you used my dimensions, it should be very easy – just cut the plywood in half, and nook out a few spots for the vertical supports beams (see picture on right).
Check out the shelves in our basement playroom on this post on how to keep the toys from taking over. I plan to print this post and hand it to my husband, hoping he will make shelving for my storage shed! I wish we had a basement that I could put shelves and put toys… But they are all just out in the family room… Oh well, next house!
I need to know what the measurement is from the surface of one shelf to the bottom of the shelf above to make sure the totes will fit, thanks for posting this, they’re just what I was hoping to find and the pics are great!
Got all of the wood from Lowes and had them cut all the pieces there, I just had to cut the notches.
I hear the price of plywood has doubled due the the hurricanes (and I’m in the Midwest). I did put the last piece of plywood on the very top, because my basement has high ceilings. I have been wanting to build some shelves in my garage for more storage space for a while now. You’ll need to assemble this in the room where it will rest because it is really heavy.
So after an impromptu trip to Menards (their lumber is decent and their prices are good) and an evening of work, we finally have a place to put them.
If you would like to add plywood on the top, you will need to purchase another sheet (I chose not to because we’re already at our ceiling height).


HD made all the cuts (for free), so the only remaining cut to be done was small notches in the plywood. However, I hear the cost of a sheet of plywood up until a few months ago was around 9$, and now it has doubled due to supply and demand over the recent hurricanes. Still, I have looked and what I would get for 95$ at Lowes would have been a measly 6X4 instead of the 6.5X8 (double in length). I also didn’t screw down the osb (shelves) to the supports because the weight seems to be more than enough to them hold down.
You will drill 4 of them to the frame (as shown on left); then attach the other part of the frame (as shown on right).
I love those shelves, and since I lover power tools, I should try making something like this! I finished the entire project in less than 3 hours, primarily because most of the cutting was already done. Also, instead of notching out the plywood around the 2X4s, I cut 5″ off each piece to slip the pieces in (pics will go up on my blog). My only concern is they might warp over time but I guess I can always screw them down if I see it start to happen. It will make the garage look a whole lot better and it will give me a lot more room to put many things.



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