Building free standing shelving for the garage or basement.

Building Free Standing Shelving

Building Free Standing Shelving

Building Free Standing Shelvingbuilding free standing shelving

Building free-standing shelving for the basement or garage can really add to your storage needs. By building free-standing shelving, you have the option of relocating them to a new location anytime. In this post, yes you guessed it! We’re going to build free standing shelving out of wood! But of course, there are other alternatives out there. If you don’t want to construct your shelving out of wood, but would rather have the main-frame out of metal, you could check out Maker Pipe for further information and support. Without further ado, let’s begin!

Building free-standing shelves do not have to be expensive.

building free standing shelvingDraw Out The Layout

Depending on the length and height of your shelves, draw out a sketch of your shelves. Show all measurements on your sketch.

Material Needed

6) 2x4x12′ Beams

(6) 2x4x7″ Vertical supports

(3) 2x4x10′ Frame pieces

(2) full sheet 4’x8′ 3/8″ plywood, plus additional 2’x4′ piece (or you can use 1/2′ OSB) cut to 2’x8′ (actually they will be 23 7/8″ x 8′) Shelving surface materialbuilding free standing shelving
3″ drywall screws or 3″ nails
Some 1 1/4″ drywall screws

Drill or impact driver
Tape measure
A pencil
Speed square
A hand saw or mitre saw / circular saw

Lay Out

Using a tape measure, square and pencil, mark out the:-

  • verticals on the beams.
  • the cross frame pieces are on the beams.
  • the frames are on the vertical supports

This is all done before assembly.

Cut Out The Frame Pieces

Cut out the length of the frame along with the end frame pieces. This can be cut on the mitre saw with a stop block clamped to the fence.

Once all the frames pieces are cut, assembly of the frames can take place.

Final Assemblybuilding free standing shelving

  • Stand up three frames with long side on the ground and parallel to each other with about 3’ spacing, doesn’t have to be precise but close enough.
  • Align vertical support piece to the marks on the frames (a little adjustment here and there is needed), and hold the speed square to ensure the alignment, shoot a nail (or a screw) through
  • Continue until two end supports are in place. Lift the frame a little and slide two vertical pieces under the assembly, repeat the second process.
  • Now you can stand up the whole unit on it’s 4 vertical legs. Check the square by measuring diagonally. If all square (which I was lucky), fire up your nailer or screw gun to lock it down.
  • Attach the two middle support after the unit is all square and secure.
  • Drag the whole thing into the place you want, shim at the floor under the vertical support for level.
  • Put all your plywood pieces into place and screw them down to the beams and cross pieces with 1 ¼” drywall screws every 16”.




Omer Charest

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