Utility Shelving – Not Pretty but Practical

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Get rid of stuff you don’t want and get control of what you use. Storage bins, crates are usually on sale and there’s no reason old cardboard boxes can’t be used as a first step to controlling your clutter. At home centers, office supply and dollar stores there’s an array of plastic and steel shelving units. For basement, garage and attic shelving consider a steel unit that costs from $30 – $100. Plastic units usually snap or fit together and steel units can be bolt-less or require nuts and bolts to hold them together.

To build a sturdy utility shelf for a garage or basement we like using Strong-tie metal connectors with 2×2 lumber for the legs and rails and then cutting plywood into shelves. If you’re interested, you can build it yourself for $85 or hire a handyman for $140 for the job. Here’s more information Build Utility Shelves .

To get garden hoses, ladders, sports equipment and other ungainly objects off the floor buy some utility brackets (from $2 on up) that hang on the wall and screw into a wood stud. In the garage use overhead hooks to hang bicycles and kayaks from the rafters.

No matter what your budget is for this unpleasant but rewarding task you’ll find things to help you. The difficult part is attacking the stuff throughout the year. We tackled our garage last year and are amazed to see the floor and be able to get the car inside, no small feat, I assure you.

For more home improvement ideas and to compare the cost of DIY costs with contractor costs visit us at www.diyornot.com or www.m.diyornot.com on your smartphone.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of www.diyornot.com, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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