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Forum topic by coers86 posted 12-15-2011 09:54 PM 1259 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2011 09:54 PM

Hi everyone, I’m trying to locate some ideas for making shelves for my basement. I got a bunch of stuff in rubber maid containers and I’m just looking for some good ideas on how to make them.

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 02:54 PM

Makes some brackets out of wood that can be screwed to the studs to support the shelf. You can get as fancy with the bracket design as you want. Or, you can buy metal brackets and go the utilitarian route.

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 03:23 PM

Use brackets that will allow you to adjust the space of the shelves later on. Over time you will do this. Secondly make them STRONG enough to hold what you are thinking of putting on them, go thicker rather than thin , trying to save money. I prefer free standing units, cost more to make, can be moved to another wall or area without rebuilding them, and they don’t compromise the wall you are attaching them to. most times just a bracket at top to keep them from tipping forward. Good luck in whatever you choose.

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 03:47 PM

I saw this system / idea awhile back and given the fact that cut-offs and scrap extras are abundant over time I thought this was a wonderful concept. Depends upon what tools you have available to you I suppose, and of course budget and man hour considerations (effort).

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 03:42 AM

When I had a basement workshop I built shelves that hung off of the floor joists and rested against the walls. When I moved I just disassembled them and the walls had no holes in them.

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