Onwards with some good organizational practices, time to make that same corner of the basement look more like this: BAM. One good thing about the house is that our unfinished basement leaves us access to the first floor’s floor joists, and we were able to secure six 2x4s vertically directly to the joists to make a really sturdy outer frame. Note for a second how we planned the spacing between the shelves: using one of our larger plastic storage bins as a template for height, we worked to make sure that every shelf would be able to accomodate something of that same height.
The surface area of each shelf also came into account when we were planning the size of the unit. Our measurements maximized our investment perfectly, and the solid shelves quickly came to be. The shelves were screwed into place in case we ever want to move them and are ready to be maxed out, pronto. Even if you had to buy all of the wood, these shelves are still a cost effective way to store your stuff. If you don't have a basement and are limited on space, store stuff under beds, high up in closets, space under sofas, your garage and attic .
Picture Of Basement Under Stairs Storage Search for: BEGIN TYPING YOUR SEARCH ABOVE AND PRESS RETURN TO SEARCH. 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.
Or maybe it was caused by an onslaught of new toolage, wedding shiz, or plain hurriedness and laziness. Why we keep the paint coated grout mixing bowl next to the bleach though, beyond me, and that little black lampshade on the shelf next to the SHOUT has sat there since 2009. There would be no more stacking of plastic bins, each will have their own space on our big basement shelf of fun.
DIY reused all of the materials from the old shelving units and bought some extra 2 x 4's to make a 3rd shelving unit.
Screws are so much better to put shelving together because this allows you to take them apart if you have to rework them another time. 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. See, there’s plenty of space in the basement to store everything we desire, but we really needed a way to build upwards and stack lesser-used items (like, boxes of ornaments, extra kitchen appliances, rarely-used tools) and a big, rough shelf felt like a good, affordable solution.


I don’t know much about it, but I know that I really miss the convenience of a basement toilet at our new home. It would have been much more difficult to take apart the old shelves to make the new ones had he used nails.
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. Some of those metal contraptions can seem expensive and be a little rickety when you’re demanding a lot from them, but there are a lot of other ways to get organized.
The thing to take away here is that the unit is in no way attached to the wall of the house, it floats merely inches off away from it, resting on the ground and attached only to the joists.
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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