I am looking to use one wall of the garage for floor to ceiling
storage, I have looked at the rails in B and Q which accept varying
length shelving brackets and have looked in the Ikea catalogue at their
floor to ceiling garage storage which attaches to the joists. Can
anyone else think of an alternative which is cost effective and sturdy?
These are what we used, too - with excellent results. But we didn't bother
with battens - even though we have fairly uneven garage walls. It simply
required that we took a bit of care when marking up for drilling plug holes,
so shelves all ended up level.
Incidentally, not knowing the hole sizes in the brackets, screwfix advised
and provided correct screws and plugs. All turned out to be an excellent
solution - and I'm far from competent at this kind of thing.
Oh - and the actual shelves were sliced up for us by our local Jewsons, from
their ply off-cuts. Very cheap, and a great time-saver. (Also, cut
remarkably straight by my standards!!)
The ply is 18mm thick.
Length of each shelf = 2400mm
It happens that garage wall (brick, not block) is 4800 wide, so we put 2
shelves per row, butted up to each other, so side walls provide convenient
end-stop. 5 rows altogether.
Depth (ie front to back) of each shelf = 220mm
Brackets jut out 250mm, and the front of the shelf is flush with end of
bracket, so there's a 30mm gap between back of shelves and wall (which is
fine for us, cos we don't need to put small things on, which could slip down
Brackets 580mm apart horizontally.
Overhang 40mm at each end.
To align everything, I fixed one end bracket, then held the shelf in place
with a spirit level on it, hold other end bracket underneath and mark its
drilling positions on wall. (Thinks - I must have been a contortionist, cos
this was all done in an afternoon, single-handed). This overcame any
uneveness in the walls at the outset. The intermediate brackets were simple
then - just offered up to shelf (allowing a bit for any slight sag) and
marked and drilled each in turn.
Have not treated or painted the shelves - this is just a garage after all...
The other useful thing was having two drills - one for drilling, the other
for screwing. Saved an awful lot of swapping bits.
Sorry if this all sounds a bit basic, but my DIY skills in this area are
indeed very basic!
I went and got a load of rebar from a scrap yard and welded up some
"ladders" - painted and fixed to the wall they hold a *lot* of wooden
I also put some horizontally, side to side, across the garage under the
roof. Welded those to the wall ones and all my timber, pipes, etc all
lives up in there.
Welding is a doddle, once you get the hang of it and a dead-cheap arc
welder with coated rods is fine for this sort of stuff. Much, much
quicker (and cheaper) than wood and woodworking joints..
Mind you, some of the garden furniture I made was a tad
"over-engineered" and ended up a bit heavy. But no one has nicked it..
Go to your local auction house and buy large bookcases.
|I am looking to use one wall of the garage for floor to ceiling
| storage, I have looked at the rails in B and Q which accept varying
| length shelving brackets and have looked in the Ikea catalogue at their
| floor to ceiling garage storage which attaches to the joists. Can
| anyone else think of an alternative which is cost effective and sturdy?
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