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Building an Overhead Garage Storage Shelf

This DIY Basic will provide tips on overhead garage storage.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

measuring tape
4x6 and 2x4 lumber
4x8 plywood
power drill
metal studs
1-inch wood screws
carpenter's level
carpenter's square
circular saw
paint or stain

Step 3: Determine the Shelf Dimensions

Maximize storage space in your garage with a hanging shelf over your vehicle.

Start by measuring height of ceiling and height of vehicle. Determine length of shelf side supports.

Tip: Allow at least 12 inches clearance between bottom of shelf and top of vehicle, more if you are tall.

Determine width of shelf bottom supports.

Tip: You'll save lumber if shelf conforms to standard plywood dimensions.

Step 4: Build and Install the Frame

Build a 2x4 frame the size of the shelf and screw it into the ceiling rafters.

Build a second, identical frame to support the shelf from below.

Bolt lower frame together with corner brackets.

Step 5: Add the Braces

Using circular or chop saw, cut horizontal braces to fit inside lower frame to hold shelf.

Tip: Position braces low enough to leave a lip above the shelf.

Cut side braces out of 2x4s. You'll need a brace at either end of shelf and middle braces every two feet.

Step 6: Paint and Secure the Shelf

Paint or stain all pieces.

Using upright brackets, connect side braces to frames, bottom and top. Place shelf into lower frame and secure with wood screws. The lip will keep objects from falling off.

Store small items on shelf in wire baskets so you can see them easily.