Garage Shelving & 8 Foot Workbench Combo To Stay Organized

Garage shelving and workbench. How we built our garage shelving and workbench with 4 shelves and an 8 foot workbench.

Every month or so our garage turns into a bit of a disaster. A quick place to throw boxes or set things just inside the door with the intentions of putting it back later.

The problem wasn’t the empty promises to put things away.

The problem was the lack of storage space, shelving, and a place to organize our tools.

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This is our own personal experience. Be sure to measure properly for your own garage shelving and workbench combo. Always seek professional guidance. Always follow your manual and practice tool safety.

Table of contents:

GARAGE SHELVING AND WORKBENCH DIY

Tools

Materials

  • Approx 30- 2″x4″s
  • 10- 2’x4′ OSB (shelving)
  • 2- 2’x4′ Sanded Pine Plywood for the workbench
  • Pegboard + Hooks for hanging the tool. (The pegboard in the photo is 2-2’x4′ put together to make 2’x8′) 
  • Spray Paint (for the pegboard) 
DIY garage shelving with eight foot attached workbench.

TIME AND BUDGET

Easy to moderate project for a nice weekend.

At the time, this project cost us just under a couple hundred of dollars for the wood, OSB and sanded plywood for the bench. We had the pegboard and hooks already on hand and spray painted. Along with long screws and the tools we used. 

DESIGN FOR THE SPACE

We decided to build 4 shelves at 2 feet apart. That would take us up 8 feet with the top shelf having a 2 foot clearance to the ceiling. 

The workbench would be 2′ x 8′ with the bench resting at 3 feet high. As you can see the mini fridge fits snuggly underneath. Make sure you take that into consideration if you go that route. 

The frame for the workbench is 6’5″ tall by 8′ long, giving us a nice 3′ x 8′ space inside to hang tools but also allowing for another, shorter, shelf on top of the workbench. All while keeping the garage door and for clearance in mind. 

BUILD THE FRAME

  • 14- 2X4’s
  • 24- 21″ supports
  • 8- 2’x4′ OSB boards
Frame being built for the garage shelving.

We used 14- 2″x4″s and 8- 21 inch boards (for the sides) making the shelves two feet deep.  Then worked from the bottom up. Adding additional 21″ supports in the middle of each shelf.  One on either side of the center board and in the center of each side. 

DIY Garage shelving with eight foot long workbench.
Frame for garage shelving.
14- 2″x4″x8

After the frame and first bottom shelf was in place, we decided to attach the back 2x4s so we could anchor it to the wall. Then continued making our frame, adding the support and then securing the OSB shelf. 

Supports for garage shelving.
24- 21″ support boards

We cut the corners of the OSB to fit around the 2×4 boards to include the middle support. 

*Note- We have base boards around the garage. In order to have it fit flush to the wall, we needed the center vertical support boards on the inside of the frame. 

When we arrived at the second to the top shelf we needed to take off the front 2×4 to fit the OSB  in place. We reattached it and finished that section off with the top OSB. 

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BUILD THE WORKBENCH

  • 4- 2″x4″x8′
  • 4- 2″x4″x6’5″
  • 10- 21″ supports
  • 3- 36″ supports
  • 2- 2’x4′ OBS (top shelf)
  • 2 – 2’x4′ Plywood (workbench)
  • Pegboard+boards to anchor (optional)
Eight foot workbench with pegboard tool organization.
Tool organization with pegboard.

The workbench area is 6.5 feet tall, 8 feet long and 2 feet deep (matching the depth of our shelving.)

The workbench height is 3 feet with 3 feet between the workbench to the top shelf. 

We attached the two 6’5″ boards to the shelving we just put in place. 

Frame for DIY garage workbench.

Then we anchored the 2-2″x4″x8′  (back of the workbench and top shelf) to the wall. 

We attached the workbench legs, support boards and topped it off with the sanded pine plywood for the top of the workbench.

Next we added all the framing and support for the top shelf and finished it off with the remainder OSB. 

We anchored 2-24″ boards to the wall, and attached the peg board. 

Finally we finished up our workbench by organizing our tools and filling the mini fridge with refreshments. 

Supports for workbench.

This was a moderately easy weekend project that I only wish we had done sooner. Of course there are other ways to build garage shelves. Given the base board around our garage floor and keeping our wants in mind for the workbench, this design works great for us. 

Before and After

Cluttered garage before workbench and shelving.
Garage shelving and workbench - After

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2 thoughts on “Garage Shelving & 8 Foot Workbench Combo To Stay Organized”

  1. Is if possible for you to send me the plans I would like the shelving and working. I’ll be glad to pay you for them

    1. Hi George, I’m glad you liked our DIY garage shelving and workbench, however, at this time we do not have plans to sell. I appreciate your interest and this may be something we look into in the future. I hope you found inspiration in our design and see the great possibilities your own garage has to offer.

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