Build Tower Shelves
Build simple shelving to hold standard plastic bins that will keep your workshop essentials organised and tidy.
Finding space for tools and equipment can be challenging in a garage that also functions as a workshop and storage room.
Stackable plastic storage bins are a great way to keep your essentials tidy, but the lower ones are troublesome to access, and stacking any more than three of them can be risky.
This solution lets you arrange the bins into whatever order suits you, such as heavy items in the lower bins, without having to put items you use often in the top bin of a stack.
Each of these shelf towers can safely accommodate five storage bins, and is made from just over one and a half sheets of 17mm plywood, plus a half sheet of 7mm ply.
Three towers can be built in a day with only basic power tools, but tacking the panels together using a brad nailer before securing them with screws will speed up construction.
Freeing up space
The towers allow you to utilise vertical space to store all your belongings, rather than taking up valuable room on the garage floor.
They are designed to hold bins measuring up to 590 x 450 x 440mm, providing plenty of capacity.
These dimensions can be easily adapted and the number of shelves increased to suit containers of a different size.
TIP Add sturdy hooks to the sides of these towers to create additional hanging space for garden tools.
Choosing the storage bins
There are all kinds of storage boxes available, from lightweight snap-lock containers which are useful for paperwork and smaller items, to more robust, heavy-duty crates that can cope with heftier loads such as power tools.