Tips for Beginners on Building Storage Shelves

What You'll Need
Measuring Tape
Wooden Plank Strips with 1-inch Thickness
Vertical Saw
Tool Box
Sand Paper
Tool Box

The importance of storage shelves can never be over looked. No house can have adequate storage capacity, as there is always room and need for more. The best part about storage shelves is that a range of objects can be stored on them. Walk into any department store and you will be greeted with various ready-to-install storage shelves. Not only are these ready-to-install storage shelves costly, many are not user-friendly and chances are you will not get a customized piece. Thus, it is advisable to build storage shelves at home and install them by yourself. 

Step-By-Step Guide to Build Storage Shelves

Step One: Make the Measurements

Use a measuring tape to measure the size of the shelves. Measure the shelf length and width. Ensure that the width is measured while keeping the objects to be placed on it in mind.

Step Two: Get the Wood Plank

Get the plank for the shelves. The width of wood used must be as per the requirement. For example, if you are building a bookshelf then you can opt for a wooden plank strip with ¾ inch width. If you want to store heavy objects on the shelf then it makes sense to opt for a 1-inch width plank.

Step Three: Cutting the Wooden Planks

Use a vertical saw to cut the wooden plank strips into the desired size and shape. Use the measurement taken in step one and cut the wooden planks according to it. Ensure that the planks are cut at 90-degree angle to ensure that all look similar. Cut two wooden planks with a length of 24 inches. These two planks will act as support and side for the shelves. Once these two pieces are cut, cut four smaller pieces with a length of 10 inches. These four planks will act as the shelves.

Step Five: Applying Glue

Place a 10-inch slab on your worktable and attack the two vertical 24-inch slabs on two ends at a 90-degree angle. Fix the planks in place using adhesive. Once the vertical planks are firmly placed, place the remaining three 10-inch planks at an interval of 6 inches in such a manner that the last plank is placed right at the top of the vertical planks.

Step Six: Nailing the Wooden Planks

Use nails to fix all the wooden planks to the desired place.

Step Seven: Sanding the Surface to Smoothen

Use a 120-grit sandpaper to work on the rough edges and smoothen them and the surface.

Step Eight: Checking the Work

Check the work to ensure that all the planks have been properly placed and that all edges have been smoothened. Start with the edges and then slowly make your way to the rest of the plank.

Step Nine: Applying Varnish and/or Paint

Apply varnish on the wooden planks to ensure that the wood retains its colour. In other cases, you can also apply paint the wooden planks to enhance their look.

Step Ten: Placing the Hook

Once the shelf is ready, place a hook in the middle portion at top that will help you to hang it.