Easy basement storage shelves plans, murphy desk plans - How to Do

Categories: Woodworking Shelf Plans | Author: admin 13.05.2012

A few years after Jocie and I moved into our home, the unfinished side of the basement looked like a we still hadn’t completely unpacked. If you’ve ever felt like your home could be featured on the TV show Hoarders, you know that good storage is vitally important for every home. Click here to jump down to where I provide step-by-step directions for building your own shelves or read on for a few thoughts about purchasing shelves. There are lots of great shelving options available, and my initial plan was to purchase some.
Material: Building your own shelves probably means wood construction, but purchased shelves are available in a variety of materials that provide different benefits.
Not sure why we didn’t look into building something like these ourselves in the first place, but we purchased five heavy duty plastic shelving units at HoDe for just under what you built this whole unit for. And yes, they serve incredibly well for pantry food storage also(canned goods, potatoes, and similar) Cedar would be expensive but it sure would help with the bugs we have here.
I have been looking for sturdy shelves to hold a record collection, but nothing in the stores that will hold the weight is within my price range. Your beefed up shelving unit will do the trick, especially with edge supports and stretchers.


This is a simple design but what you will find is the playwood will start to sag over time. With the right shelves, bins and probably a yard sale, you can eliminate clutter and create a well organized space.
You make a lot of the same cuts, there are no difficult calculations, and the shelves go together quickly. They have a bunch of nice solid sheet metal shelves that are just bolted to 2x3s, some actually on their original supports, and a bunch more which are just sitting in their barn (along with a trailer containing a 2 story thing shelving unit that they haven’t gotten around to installing). These are white wire shelves what are pretty easy to adjust, and they used to hold dishes (LOTS of dishes) so I know they are super strong.
At the end of the post I describe ways to improve the strength of these shelves, and adding ribs is one of them. The way we’ve built them can easily be adapted to fit these shelves and they will be much stronger. I run one in my concrete floor and walled partial basement to prevent mold on all my precious junk. You’ll also lose a little space but the sacrifice is worthwhile especially if you plan on storing really heavy items.


I got as many of these shelves as I could fit in my house, I have 5 sets in the basement, one full of dishes, one is a pantry, and the other three are just plain old storage. The difficulty usually comes in hauling it or finding shelves small enough to fit in a basement or garage space, at least that was my problem. The shelves were built and installed in about five hours, and they were by far the cheapest solution I found.
This is a really good idea in case your basement ever floods and it transfers some of the weight off the floor joists. Since they came from a store, they were really tall (like 9-10 feet) and needed to be trimmed to fit in my short little basement.
I plan on using 3″ drywall screws to put it together so we can disassemble and move when we move.



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