Need some lumber storage for your workshop? Perhaps consider metal shelves similar to ones I landed beside a dumpster! The wood can be stored both horizontal and vertical for super easy access! What a find! Here’s how I use it.
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Landing metal shelves for epic workshop wood storage!
Figuring out good storage solutions for reclaimed wood can be challenging! With so many different wood cuts, how do you store all sizes? And do you have enough available space for your needs?
Lots to consider! For the most part, I’ve always worked out storing wood with finds I landed on the curb.
Other unique ways to store wood:
However when I landed these metal shelves beside a dumpster, boy was that my luckiest day of all!
Finding the metal shelves
So welcome to Part 2: now the metal rack is filled up with lumber, and it works amazing!
Storing wood horizontally
I have no idea what these metal shelves use to store, however I just made all the separate sections work for lumber needs.
The shelving size is perfect for garage shelving that stores different sized cuts of lumber.
The wire shelves are spaced just so, allowing you to lay down long horizontal lumber, as well as stack shorter lumber cuts vertical.
I’m positively giddy over how organized and easy it is to find each piece and size too!
Room on top for long planks
The good news is, these storage shelves didn’t require any added lumber to create shelves. The spacing of the bars work so well, even along the very top.
Needing a broom hanger, a broken crate was dismantled, utilizing the two end pieces as mounts for added hooks, so I can hang whatever I wish, rustic crate-style. Fun!
Storing lumber vertically
The height of this shelving system couldn’t have been more perfect. With no shelves, it allows all the wood to stand upright, no matter what size.
I worked in the ‘workshop’ today (can you legally call a garage a workshop if only 25% has been changed over? I say yes…) and pulled out my little portable workbench for extra work space. It fit awesome! But one day I’d love something a little sturdier and on wheels. This was a bit of a pain to reach over for more wood.
So nice! At this point, this industrial steel shelving allows for all the wood to be in reach. It’s really perfect for a smaller scaled workplace.
Workshop table outdoors
Outside the garage door (I always have wide open) is my sanding area. I prefer to sand outside for the added ventilation. And the view and sunshine don’t hurt either.
Once I clean up the rest of the garage, I love working in the back yard too. Here’s a previous post on my ‘outdoor workshop’.
There’s a nice sized overhang along the front that provides the perfect protection from sun and rain. I really couldn’t ask for more.
The sawhorses were found at a thrift store (Ikea brand) and the heavy planks of wood are from Granny and Grumpa’s awhile back. It sure makes for a spacious workspace… that I think is rather pretty in pictures too. 🙂
Check out some other workshop table options HERE
Messy workshop before
Haha.. dieing from this mess only 2 short days ago… I slept really good after cleaning this up.
Clean up improvements
The two workshop tables aren’t pretty yet, but it is functional for now, until I can build my dream workbench, do something cool to the wall and put up rustic shelves… Hey, at least I could actually work on a project today.
Wood storage before
This little workshop has come a long way since the before…
Wood storage after
And now the after! Not bad for two days worth of work, huh? Especially after landing this wire shelving for free!
Purchasing metal shelving or shelf material is well worthwhile. Especially if something is on casters like THIS metal TV stand I also used to store wood.
However if you have some flexibility on what you find, you just may land some metal shelving units that could work for you too!
Or at the very least, hopefully this workshop setup will inspire you to design something to store your wood that works similar!
Visit my current workshop setup series HERE (I can now park in here AND work!)
Visit many other workshop organizing ideas HERE
Check out loads of other unique DIY shelves you can make for free HERE