One thing that we talk about a lot is having a bulk supply of food on hand – both for thrift and emergencies (loss of job, natural disaster, etc.) and having a good storage system makes a big difference to what your bulk buying ability is.
Bulk food buying and making many things from scratch saves us hundreds of dollars every year, along with having healthier foods too!
So whether you buy in bulk or use coupons to stock up on foods, this might be an easy and more affordable solution.
A good set of shelves can be quite expensive. But the estimated cost of the above shelving system is $42 after purchasing the materials needed at Lowes.
Here’s that example:
Materials and Cost to Build Shelves
- 2″x3″x8′ Pine, dimensional lumber @ 1.38 x 15ea. = $20.70
- 5/8″ OSB, 4×8 sheets @ 5.94 x 3ea. = $17.82
- 3″ screws to secure ladder supports to joists @ 5.94 x 1 box = $5.94
- 1 1/4″ screws to secure OSB shelves in place @ 5.94 x 1 box = $5.94
- Nails to build ladder frames
- 4 spare bricks
The total cost to build these shelves was about $42 dollars
Here’s a quick summary of the steps to make these shelves, head to the One Project Closer site for the full detailed instructions.
Build the Supports
Find two straight 2×3′s and line them up parallel to each other. Cut four other 2×3′s at two feet long and nail them across the gap, spaced 18″ on center. Flip the support over and nail four more 2×3′s at the same distance on the other side. Keep everything square so otherwise the OSB or Plywood won’t sit flat.
Attach to Joists
Next, anchor these supports to the floor joists above. Use 3″ screws to attach more 2x3s to the joists, and subsequently to the supports.
Cut OSB or Plywood
Finally, cut the OSB or plywood into 2′x4′ sections with a table saw. The OSB or Plywood serve as the shelf and spans the distance between adjacent ladder supports. It sits on top of the ladder rungs and is secured with 1-1/4″ screws. You can also have the wood cut to the right size at Lowes or Home Depot at the time of purchase.
It can be a fairly simple process and you can have a nice set of wooden storage shelves in an afternoon.
Have you made your own storage shelves before? What tips do you have?