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kennykenny 07-01-2013 09:56 PM

Best type of material for shelving
I am building garage shelving that is going to be suspended. I am guessing that it will hold up to 100pds. What suggestions do you all have as to the type of material that I can use for the shelves? I don't need the material to be pretty. I am looking for something that is sturdy yet cost effective. What do you think?

joecaption 07-02-2013 05:37 AM

Why does it need to be suspended?
A few 2 X 4's and some plywood will work.

kennykenny 07-02-2013 06:44 AM

Due to space. Maximizing my space. Thanks.

hand drive 07-02-2013 03:17 PM

advantech 3/4" plywood for the shelf and 2x4 for the frame...

bbo 07-02-2013 03:24 PM

you'll have to look into what your ceiling will support weight wise if you suspend it. I would suspect even doing some type of cantilever off the wall would let you raise the weight limit for sure.

kennykenny 07-03-2013 09:03 PM

I was just wanting input on suggestions on about different types of materials that might be used in place of plywood(i.e MDF or other types of material etc.) that might be just as strong and sturdy and might be more cost effective. Thanks!

TarheelTerp 07-03-2013 10:34 PM


Originally Posted by kennykenny (Post 1211289)
I was just wanting input on suggestions on about different types of materials that might be used in place of plywood

What do you want to store?
What material(s) do you have access to?

I've seen pieces of unistrut suspended in sequence to hold boards.
Similar could be done with black or galv pipe.


ddawg16 07-04-2013 12:59 AM

For best all around performance and value...forget OSB or MDF....depending on support and span...1/2", 5/8" or 3/4" is your best material.

I've used Melamine for shelves in my garage....but....I attached a strip of SS to both the front and back edges of the material to keep it stiff

alexjoe 07-04-2013 06:20 AM

Basically always try to select the best type of material. Don't compromise on quality.

PoleCat 07-04-2013 06:44 AM

Particle board and MDF will eventually sag under their own weight let alone any additional load. I would use 1X as a first choice or 1/2" OSB set into a 2X2 frame.

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