DIY Storage Bin Shelves You Can Build

Ease your stress with storage bin shelves that you can easily and inexpensively make yourself.

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When you accumulate stuff, you accumulate storage bins to store that stuff. Whether it’s the box of holiday lights, seasonal clothes, or nostalgic report cards that you just can’t part with, those bins start to take up a lot of space leaving you feeling cramped and disorganized. Ease your stress with storage bin shelves that you can easily and inexpensively make yourself.

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Idea #1 – The Storage Tower

You can build these simple plywood storage bin shelves in less than a day and you can customize the paint color to your liking, maybe in one of this year’s trending colors. These storage bin shelves would be a great addition to a mudroom, garage, or basement storage area.

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Idea #2 – The Garage Storage Wall

Everyone with a garage knows how things pile up over the years. These simple storage bin shelves will help you declutter and increase usable square footage. Remember: Measure your storage bins before building the shelves. You don’t want to be stuck with great-looking shelves on which you can’t fit your bins!

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Idea #3 – The Overhead Garage Storage Shelf

Make the most of the storage space in your garage by building storage bin shelves on the upper walls. This gets the bins out of the way so the lower walls can be used for other creative storage solutions. Just be sure that your shelves are installed properly and that they can hold the weight of your filled storage bins. You’ll have to hoist the bins onto these shelves, so limit their weight to what the shelf can hold and what you can lift.

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Idea #4 – The Sliding Shelves Topper

Even if you don’t decide to build these storage bin shelves you’ve got to take a look. This project is for the ambitious DIYer who wants a super-cool, custom garage storage system. Build the rollout shelves for storing all of your garage essentials and park your storage bins on the top shelf.

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Idea #5 – Store it in the Ceiling

For all your rarely used items, consider this sliding storage system in lieu of storage bin shelving. It’s simple, fast and you only need basic tools and materials.

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