Published at Tuesday, May 15th 2018. In Shelving Board. By Olivia Mallet.
You can buy readymade shelves from any DIY store. Made from particle board with laminate or wood veneer, these are pre-finished and all you need to do is install them. They don't need any sanding or painting and you choose from the standard units sold. Many of you may like to build a shelf instead of buying readymade from a shop. You can buy boards from a timber yard and cut them, or have them cut for you, to the desired length. While it is cheaper to buy boards, constructing shelves this way entails a lot of work.
Once the first standard is in position, use a level to determine the appropriate upright positioning, and then sink a screw into the next hole. Securely attach screws to the wall in the remainder of the holes, and do the same with the next standard after making sure of the distance it should be positioned from the first one. You will also have to make sure the standards are situated at the same height so the shelves will be level, and this is easily accomplished by using a laser level. Indicate the appropriate locations using a carpenter's pencil.
Let's look at shelving since it is the one used most frequently. Shelving can be found in two main forms: 1) site-built and 2) prefabricated. Site-built shelves work well because they allow you to adapt shelf size to the space available, making it easier to use the space more efficiently. The necessary materials should be available at your local hardware store, home center, and/or lumber yard.
The most important part of a shelf is the large flat board that supports the items kept on it. If you are planning to keep your compact disks on it, then a six inch wide shelf should be good. For books, a nine to twelve inch width should be fine. However, if you are planning to put your clothes or reasonably large keepsake items on it, twelve inches should be sufficient, but it really depends on the size of the items. Whatever kind of shelf you are planning to use, the width should depend on the largest item or items it is going to hold.
Basic garage shelving can be constructed using a piece of ¾" plywood cut to the dimensions you need and set on heavy-duty shelf brackets. The brackets are mounted directly to studs using long screws. The shelf is then placed on top and attached to the brackets. To strengthen the shelf and ensure that it will hold heavy boxes or equipment, you should add a support brace to each stud.
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