What's stronger for shelving ?

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Old 05-04-20, 09:48 AM
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What's stronger for shelving ?

An 8ft 2 x 2, or an 8ft 1 X 4?

For the vertical supports on some basement shelving.

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Old 05-04-20, 09:52 AM
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I would probably opt for the 1x4 since its wider, you can put several fasteners into it.
 
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Old 05-04-20, 01:04 PM
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2x2's are useless, 1x4's are for trim.

For just a little more $ use 2x4 and sleep well!
 
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Old 05-04-20, 01:20 PM
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Are we talking about free standing shelves ?
 
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Old 05-05-20, 05:46 AM
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I'm attaching them to the ceiling joists.
 
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All depends on how you plan to build them.
Depth of shelving, width of shelving unit, what the actual shelves are and how much weight they have to support.

You said you are attaching them to the ceiling joists.
Are they hanging from the ceiling joists or are they just attached for stability?

I would probably use 2X2 as it is easier to work with though harder to find good lumber.
 
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Old 05-05-20, 07:14 AM
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For the vertical supports on some basement shelving.
When you build a shelf unit, it needs vertical supports as a framework to support the shelves. That is why he is attaching them to the ceiling joists, and why they would be better than 2x2s. I assume either the back side is being attached to a wall, or it is freestanding. Either way, 1x4s are likely better due to the surface area for attaching the shelves.
 
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Old 05-05-20, 07:22 AM
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Yes - attached to the joists for stability. Shelves will be 18 X 24-ish 1/2" plywood. Nothing over 50# will be on each shelf..
 
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Old 05-05-20, 07:31 AM
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If you use 2x2s for anything, it would be to make a frame for the plywood to sit on. Then you could attach that to the wall and vertical leg.
 
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