It’s a sad fact that many of us neglect our garages. A space associated with storage and functionality rather than somewhere we’d like to actually spend time, many garages are simply dumping grounds that are left unorganised, dingy and chaotic.
A report in Leaders suggests that a well-maintained garage can add up to 5 per cent onto the value of your home, but a neglected and run-down garage is hardly likely to be appealing to potential buyers. What can you do to restore order in your garage?
One solution is to install garage shelving. This is a perfect way to utilise wall and floor space in a garage while keeping your tools, hardware and other items safe and well- organised. The problem is that a lot of garage shelving can be expensive. How can you create sturdy, reliable shelving for your garage on a budget? Making it yourself is the answer! Even for the biggest DIY novice, the process is relatively simple. All you’ll need is plywood, a tape measure, a spirit level, a drill and a saw.
The right size for garage shelving is debatable and will depend on your individual requirements. Industrial shelving in Ireland (https://www.rackzone.ie/shelving/industrial-residential-shelving) usually comes at a depth of 16 inches, which is enough to accommodate larger items without taking up too much space. Cut your shelf lengths accordingly using the saw.
Brackets are essential for support. You’ll need to measure them using a speed square at 45-degree angles. Although you can probably get away with using two brackets per shelf, an extra one will give you additional security and peace of mind. Assemble the brackets using 2.5-inch nails and your drill. Remember to use the spirit level to ensure brackets are straight, and take into consideration the space above and below the brackets so your shelves will be able to hold the relevant items without being too squashed together or too far apart and wasting space.
When your brackets are in place, it’s time to attach the shelves by screwing them down, ensuring that the shelf is tight up against the wall. Now all you need to do is load them up! Remember to create a well-organised system to keep your new shelves in great order.