Free-Standing Shelves - Will This Work?
sometimes I buy, but I mostly build!, in my basement and in my shed, where I know they will live forever, I always build from 2x4", all 2x4 for frame and shelf support, I keep the shelves pretty far apart to save money, like the height of 2 plastic containers. I make some free standing, and some are tied in, just depends on the place, the basements are mostly free standing. mine are 2 foot deep, supported by 3 2x4 under the shelf and 1/2" ply on top. this lets you put most containers on them longways in so you get more on each shelf.
I bought metal wire 300lb/ shelf for the garage because I wanted it to be reasonably moveable empty (free standing doesnt always mean easily moveable) I dont regret it and the ability to make height levels (and change them) for different tools etc is very handy.
I would say for long term type storage I would go with 2 shelves that can fit 2 under (favorite containers, we like the 18 gallon size), 2 on center and 1 on top. done this way you need less material, have room for larger objects as well later, instead of one shelf for each row of containers, which will cost you twice as much obviously, and less options later. my shelves are held up by 2x4's that go to treated lumber on the floor front to back and jack studs on each "leg" to support the shelf, they are built from the bottom up. the next shelf sits on a jack stud that sits on the shelf below. might need to add pics for that to make sense.
Last edited by Ryf; 05-26-2012 at 10:19 PM.