Even though they’re only 3½” wide, exposed stud walls in a workshop or garage are perfect for easy to make, DIY storage shelves that can hold everything from boxes of nails or screws to spray paint cans and caulking tubes. Here’s how to make DIY open stud storage shelves.

How to Make Stud Storage Shelves:

  1. Cut 1×4 or 2×4 shelf boards to length so they fit snugly between the studs.
  2. Screw or nail the shelf boards horizontally in place between the studs.
  3. Attach a piece of lath or lattice to the studs in front of the shelf to secure items.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Joe Truini: Nails and screws are now sold in these one-pound boxes, which is great because they’re affordable, and if you only need to buy a few screws or nails, this is the way to go. But storing them is a problem, because after a while, you’re going to end up with dozens of these boxes.

But I noticed that the boxes are three-and-a-half inches wide, which is the same thickness as a two-by-four wall stud. So if you have exposed studs in your shop, as we do here, you can utilize the space for storing the nails and the screws.

What I did is I took a shelf and made it out of a one-by-four—screwed it through the ends. You can use a two-by-four as well, if that’s what you have. Then I took a piece of lath and just screwed it across the studs, and that’s just to hold the boxes in place.

Then, you can just slip these in. And even though the space is only three-and-a-half inches deep, you have plenty of room for all these boxes, even cans of spray paint, a brad point drill set, hand tools—like this stapler.

So if you have exposed studs in your shop, try this trick. You’ll be surprised how much storage you get out of such a limited space.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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