Through the moving process I have taken the notion that less is definitely more in the house. And while that doesn’t mean I’ve thrown anything away it does mean that I’m not going to be cluttering the house with this and that and this and that. That’s the plan anyway. I do however know that life happens quicker than we realize and everyone does tend to gather more belongings than what is necessary so this is my attempt to prepare for the future. Adding shelves above the garage door is a great way to utilize some otherwise wasted space. And adding this much storage will postpone the need for a typical outdoor storage shed.
To start I found the appropriate distance from the front wall in the garage to the ceiling joist I wanted to secure to. And cut two sheets of 3/4” Adventech flooring to the depth of my shelf. The span ended up being 36” deep. This flooring material is nearly bulletproof (figuratively speaking) and it will end up only having a 29” unsupported span so I doubt it will sag much. Even if it does I can always brace it at a later date.
What I used in the video:
The first thing to do is secure a cleat to the ceiling. The easiest way to make a cleat was to rip a 2×4 right down the middle. This gave me two cleats to use. One for each side of the garage.
I used 3” decking screws to secure all of the 2x wood. To prevent splitting every screw went into a pre-drilled hole.
I didn’t bother to cut notches for the H-bar used in the ceiling as it’s only 1/16” or so and I was using nine 3” screws in this 8′ 2×4. The screws will hold everything just fine.
Each 8′ shelf will need three vertical ties to connect the shelf to the cleat in the ceiling. Again, 2×4’s were used here.
These were then glued and screwed into the cleat. Here you can see why I went with two 8′ shelves instead of a solid shelf the length of the garage or garage door. The garage door opener beam is higher than the garage door rails and ultimately higher than the shelf height. I could have also extended each shelf to the side wall but I’m not gaining that much storage area and it’s so much easier to use a full length of plywood.
It’s always good to check for square.
Another 2×4 ripped down the middle is needed for the bottom of the vertical ties to support the front side of the shelf.
And that piece is glued and screwed on as well. This will give a roughly 1-3/4” platform to secure the front of the shelf to.
The hardest part was getting the shelf material in place. ¾ of a sheet of 3/4” Adventech flooring is HEAVY! Much heavier than I anticipated anyway.
A few screws in the front side to secure it. And no, as much as this next picture may indicate this project is not sponsored by Adventech. This was an inadvertent perfect brand placement.
And lastly just two screws in the back side to prevent the shelf from sliding front to back. Here you can get an idea for the span that resulted. I doubt I’ll have any major sagging problems out of the OSB. Advantech is crammed full of resins making it nearly water proof so I doubt humidity will be an accelerating factor in warpage. Even if it does develop a slight sag I could easily brace the shelf from below.
In the end I’m glad I got this one off the to-do list. I have no immediate need for it now but I’d rather be prepared for the future on this one. I sure don’t want household junk to be stored in the main working area of my shop. Thanks for reading and I hope you’re able to at least get an idea for some storage options in your own home or shop from this. Have a good week and take care folks.