Garage Shelving Idea 1 – How To install shelves above the garage back door to increase garage storage
Our house has a 2.55m ceiling height which is a bit higher than average. To maximise garage storage our idea was to have garage shelving above the back door. In this article I’d like to share with you how I installed the shelves in the corner above the door that connects with the back yard.
All materials I used were purchased at a local Bunnings:
- MDF cut by Bunnings staff to my dimensions
- Heavy duty brackets ($18 each)
- 3 x Dynabolts per bracket
- 1 Masonry drill bit to make holes in the bricks
- 1 HIgh speed steel drill bit to make extra holes in the brackets where necessary
The overall material costs for this project were between $80 and $90.
Tools I used for this garage shelving project:
- Bosch jigsaw
- Makita drill
- Hammer, screwdrivers, bender, level
At Bunnings I started with picking a 16mm MDF sheet ($30/whole sheet) in the wood and building supplies section. The sheet dimensions are 1.2m x 2.4m and I got it cut in three long pieces of 380mm each. It was much cheaper to buy a whole sheet and get it split in three shelves than buying the ready to-use shelves.
I selected two heavy duty steel brackets without reinforcing support brace to be fixed above the door frame (see photo below). For the shelves on the brick walls I used heavy duty steel brackets with reinforcing support brace.
I had an old masonry drill bit (top quality but already used a couple of times) and it would take way too long to make a hole in the bricks. Back to Bunnings to buy this new one. With this one it was like drilling into wood (almost ;-)). I strongly recommend buying a new drill bit if you plan to make more than two holes in the brick wall.
In some instances one of the pre drilled holes was right on the mortar between the bricks. As I preferred not to attach the bracket to the mortar I drilled another hole so the thee Dynabolts are securely placed inside the bricks.
The Bosch jigsaw was handy to make a corner cut in the shelf
Another cut was necessary to cater for the pillar
The corner is complete:
End result with “stuff” on:
We wanted to exploit the height of the ceiling with this garage storage solution. On the left of the same wall the shelves I installed didn’t have to be at the same height. I put them at about 2m which means there is more room between the shelves and the ceiling. That’s convenient to store big suitcases.
What garage shelving systems do you plan to have in your new house?