DIY Network

How to Build a Workshop Storage Rack

Host David Thiel demonstrates different ways of building a flat storage rack for a shop. These racks keep stock off the floor and away from moisture to prevent warpage.

More in Home Improvement

building flat storage rack for shop
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Attach End Caps

This simple storage rack is made from pipes and flanges. It works best with a wall that is already covered by drywall.

Purchase three each of 12" galvanized pipes, flanges and end caps.

Screw each end cap to the end of a pipe.

simple storage rack made from pipes and flanges

Step 2: Screw in the Flanges

Use a stud finder to locate and mark three wall studs. Screw flanges into the studs using long screws. Use a square or straight board in between screwing in each flange to ensure they are properly aligned (Image 1).

Tighten pipes into the flanges (Image 2).

Step 3: Create a Flat Stock Rack

If the workshop has open studs, try creating this flat stock rack that utilizes gussets that are attached to the studs.

flat stock rack utilizes gussets attached to studs

Step 4: Cut the Gussets

Cut 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood into equal triangles to create each gusset.

Cut a 2" x 4" to fit between the plywood triangles. When cutting the corner, make sure the board is oriented in the same direction as the triangles.

Step 5: Finish the Assembly

Clamp the three pieces together (Image 1), then drill holes through all three.
Insert 1/4" carriage bolts. Use a washer with the nut (Image 2).

To mount the rack, use a right-angle drill to drill between studs. Use a carriage bolt to attach the gusset to the stud (Image 3).