How To Build A Shelf Unit: 4 Easy Ways Of Building A Shelf Unit


The wood shelving doesn't have to be permanent but you can build the wood shelves into units that will move anywhere you want. The warehouse shelving is frequently built this way. The lifespan of the wood shelf unit is near about 15 years if you take proper care of it but you need to clean it properly to extend its life and if your shelf looks old and boring then you can refinish it. You can easily build your own units that stack or unstack whenever needed. You can also take them with you when you move or you want to build new ones when you get to where you are going. Free-standing shelf units are also very strong than the wall-mounted types because they have supported on all sides.

4 Easy Ways Of Building A Shelf Unit

If you want to build a shelf unit by yourself then you just need to go through the below mentioned 4 ways to finish this task & get the best result of your hard work:

Way 1: Plywood Boxes

You can build a series of plywood boxes for your shelves. Simply build them big enough to hold your materials, but also small enough to move by your hand. Start with 2 pieces of 3/4-inch by 12-inch by 48-inch fir plywood. Now you need to staple 2 3/4-inch by 12-inch by 12-inch pieces on both ends in order to create a rectangular box. Staple a 1/4-inch piece of plywood to the back for the strength, or leave it off if your shelves are not predetermined for huge amounts of weight and build numerous boxes & stack them up for a movable shelf system. If you want a finished look then you need to sand, stain & lacquer the boxes or paint them. For even more beauty you need to staple a 1/4-inch piece of hardwood to your outside edges to cover your raw plywood edge.

Way 2: MDF

The medium-density-laminate is another product that will lend itself to movable storage which is also known as MDF and it also has plastically laminated to both sides and it is also very easy to clean & strong. You need to build a rectangular frame by using 3/4-inch by 12-inch wide pieces. Make it near about 36 inches wide & 60 inches tall and this is big enough to pick up with both hands. Also, drill 2 sets of 3/8-inch holes in each side, 1 inch apart, 2 inches from the front & back diagonally on both sides. Now you need to insert shelf pegs into the holes and then you need to cut shelves to fit on top of your pegs. When you need to move your shelf unit then you need to remove all your shelves. Place your unit wherever and then fill it again as you like. Depending on how full you fill your shelves unit, you can easily attach it to your wall by using "L" shaped brackets or you can staple a full 1/4-inch back on it.

Way 3: Stud Frame

Lots of garage shelving is built by using a stud frame. This type of shelving unit can be built on your floor & then stood up against your wall and if you need to move it then you just need to slide it or throw it into the back of the pickup truck. Start by building a rectangular framework with the help of studs. Staple your studs all together by using a 2-inch staple gun. Staple all the small blocks at regular intervals on the inside of your frame. Cut your shelves by using 3/4-inch fir plywood and then you need to place them on your blocks. When you need to move it then you just need to remove your shelves. It is OK to build this type of shelf unit bigger, up to near about 96 inches wide & 84 inches tall. Studs are approximately light, but you will need to use your assistant to help you move it.

Way 4: Single Shelves With Corbels

Simple, single shelves are very easy to move. This type of shelf unit will support lighter weights such as the linens, small boxes, or even books. Start your work by cutting a 3/4-inch fir plywood shelf 10 inches wide. It can be up to near about 96 inches long. Cut 3 more pieces of your plywood measuring 12 inches square. Cut your squares crosswise from corner to corner. These are the corbel supports. The angled side faces your room. One square side will fit against your wall, the other side supports your shelf unit. Screw your shelf to the top. Hang your shelf unit by screwing 2/4 studs to the wall betwixt your corbels. The back edge of your shelf unit screws to the top of your studs. The corbels support your shelf unit in front, your stud supports it in back. When you want to move your shelf unit then you just need to unscrew it from your wall keeping the corbels screwed in place to your shelf unit.
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