Create all the space you need with these DIY Built-in Shelves by Ana White. This design offers great storage and easy access for just about anything! Download the plans and start turning your space into your own Dream Workshop.View Project PDF
Mark out all the studs in the wall and attach a 2x4 in the desired shelving length to the studs in the wall. You can also piece 2x4s (for example,we used two 8 foot long 2x4s to create a 16 foot section, and half of one to create 4 foot
sections) - just make sure you adequately attach to studs in wall.
Use 3” or longer screws (depending on wall construction). Use a level to make sure you attach the 2x4 to the wall level. Self-tapping wood screws will make your job much easier.
Once you have the rst one up, you can just measure o of it to at- tach your remaining shelf boards. We suggest guring shelf heights to t totes, tools, or whatever you may be storing in these shelves.
Next, screw a second 2x4 to the rst 2x4, in the same length. Don’t screw the screw all the way in, and only put two screws in each board. These are just to hold the boards in place.
Next, cut 2x4s to the height of your shelving and screw to the outside 2x4 with 3” or shorter screws. You’ll want a leg on each end and middle legs depending on how long your shelves span.
Now unscrew those screws that attached the second 2x4s to the rst ones, and remove the upright leg and crossbar.
Cut 2x4s to 3” less than our plywood shelving pieces, drill pocket holes in one side, and attach to the rst shelf boards. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can drive screws at an angle into the rst row of 2x4 boards.
Bring the leg set up to the cleats, and screw it to the cleats using 3” screws. Then put a screw through the front shelf bar to attach to the cleats.
We ripped plywood into quarters so it would t easily inside the shelves. We used 1/2” plywood, but go up to 5/8” or 3/4” if you decide to not use as many cleats.
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3” or longer self-tapping wood screws
(3) 3/8” plywood sheets
(12) 2” x 4” x 8’
pocket hole tool