There are a lot of do-it-yourself, handyman blogs out there, but since I am one of the least handy people on the planet, this post is a one-of-a-kind on The Doc File.

We built our house (well, we didn’t build anything, but we paid to have it built) in the summer of 2011, and although I like our house, it is a bit on the smallish side and lacks a lot of storage options. This lack of storage space manifested itself in a lot of areas, but one noticeable way was the fact that the walls of our garage were basically lined with tools, equipment, and junk. With the garage already being small, it had become very difficult to fit both of our cars inside and be able to walk around them.

Pre-shelf garage clutter.

So, I decided to take advantage of some vacation time over the holidays, and, with the help of my brother and my brother-cousin (and their tools), designed and built some shelves in my garage to cut down on the clutter.

First, we headed to Lowe’s to buy our materials (actually, this was one of three trips which was made to Lowe’s that day):

This is how you load a Jeep Wrangler with lumber.

After a few hours’ work (and a small amount of trial and error), we ended up with something surprisingly similar to what I originally had in mind:

The finished product of our labors.

An angled view which shows the workspace area.

And here is the shelf loaded with the stuff that previously was all over the floor.

The garage is now considerably less cluttered than it was, and I now feel dangerously empowered to try my hand at some other (simple) home improvement projects.

Project Summary:

  • What: Garage Shelves
  • Dimensions: 6’ tall x 11’ wide x 12” deep. Varying shelf heights with one 24” deep x 6’ long workspace area.
  • Project Time: 6 hours, counting planning, 3 trips to Lowe’s, and a lunch break. Actual work time would be closer to 3 hours.
  • Cost: Roughly $250 for wood (this could have been a little less, but we overestimated a little).