Adding shelves to the garage is a great way to provide additional storage space. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Start by measuring the items you plan to store on the shelves to determine the proper height and width of the shelves.
  2. Measure the height you want the top shelf to be from the ceiling at each end of the shelf.
  3. Pop a chalk line between the points to mark the shelf height.
  4. Locate and mark the studs along the length of the shelf.
  5. Attach 1×2 wood cleats to the wall studs with screws to support the back of the shelves. Drill pilot holes in the cleats to prevent splitting.
  6. Attach 15” cleats on the end walls to support the shelves at each end.
  7. 1x4s vertical cleats are attached to the wall studs every 32” to support the 11”x 15” metal shelf brackets.
  8. Hold a scrap of wood against the horizontal cleat to align the metal brackets flush with the cleat, then screw the brackets through the cleats and into the studs, drilling pilot holes in the wood first.
  9. Rip 3/4″ particle board or plywood shelving to 16” widths.
  10. Cut the shelving to length, beveling the ends where two pieces meet at a 45° angle.
  11. Install the shelves on the brackets, and screw the brackets to the shelf from underneath.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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