DIY Projects

Garage or Workshop Wall Stud Shelves

By: Danny Lipford

Every homeowner can use more storage space, so we’ll show you how to add a shelf down each side of your garage. These shelves are located up high so they’ll be out of the way and need to meet the following criteria:

  • They must be high enough so you don’t bump your head while walking under them.
  • They must be low enough to accommodate whatever you plan to store on them.
  • And most importantly, they must be sturdy enough to support the weight.

Since there are no interior walls in our garage, the shelves will be supported with triangular brackets cut from ¾” plywood that are attached directly to the sides of the studs as they were on our workbench.

First, mark a level horizontal line at the height of the top of the brackets.

Next, cut the brackets out of plywood.

Then screw the brackets to the studs every 3’ to 4’, making sure they are even and level.

Cut the 16″ wide composite shelving material to length using a circular saw.

Finally, screw the shelves in place on top of the brackets.

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  • Alexander L Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I’m also interested in doing a project like this for my garage, but like Carlos, my garage is also finished with drywall. Any suggestions for brackets in this sort of application?


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Les,
    We recently used some white composite material for the eaves on our Kuppersmith Project house that might work. It comes in 4/4 and 5/4 thickness with 3″ to 10″ widths in 16′ lengths. You can read more about it and find a link to the site of the company that makes it at Low Maintenance Eaves for the Kuppersmith Project House. Good luck with your project!



  • Les Covkid Says:
    February 28th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I’m looking for white COMPOSITE shelving material. Not the plywood with a formica-type laminate covering sort, but a solid white composite material. I want to use it as a decorative window-sill, and also for covering an existing plasterboard countertop-type area. Any idea where I can buy it from or who manufactures it?



  • Carlos Says:
    September 25th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I would love to do this project, but my garage is finished with drywall. How would I secure the brackets to the wall?


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