Between the studs Workshop Organization

I am so excited to share some easy between the studs workshop organization with you today!

Check this out...
How to build easy between the studs workshop shelves
Pretty awesome right?!

Ok, it may not look that pretty, but I am loving them.  Upon seeing these, my wonderful friend commented, "A place for everything, everything in its place."

Wise words from Benjamin Franklin, and even though I may not totally have a place for everything yet...this is a great start.  Let me show you how to build your own!

Between the Studs WorkShop Organization- How to Build Adjustable Storage Shelves

  • 1x6 Boards- Desired amount for your space including enough for the side supports, bottom shelf, and adjustable shelves.  
  • Scrap wood for bottom shelf supports (I used scrap 2x2's, any scraps will do)
  • Screws (I used 2'' and 1 1/4'')
  • Kreg Shelf Pin Jig
  • Shelf pins (5mm)
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Nail gun (optional)
  • level
  • tape measure
  • miter saw
  • jig saw (optional)

Step 1:  Determine Shelf length.

measure for shelf length and cut wood
Measure the space between the studs where you want your shelves to go.  Cut 2- 1x6 boards to the correct length, in my case I cut four, since I was building between two sets of studs.  These will be your side supports that will be drilled into your studs in a later step.

Step 2- Measure and cut your bottom shelf board.

measure and mark for cutting bottom shelf support board

For my between the studs storage shelves I choose to span two sets of studs.  I cut one piece of wood for my bottom shelf board, this is optional, you could do two separate pieces and avoid cutting the notch...your choice, it works both ways.  I guess I like cutting notches. ;)

I measured for length, marked where I needed a notch for the center stud, then cut it out with my Ryobi Jig saw, this board was 46.5 inch long.

Step 3- Drill adjustable shelf holes into the side boards.

using a Kreg shelf pin jig to make adjustable shelves

Using my Kreg Shelf Pin Jig...which I Love, I drilled holes into all my side boards so my shelves can be adjustable.  These side boards were 24 inches long, but you can make them any length needed for your project.

Step 4- Install scrap wood support boards and bottom shelf.

attaching scrap wood for shelf supports for between the studs storage shelves
I used 2x2 pieces of scrap wood as supports for my bottom shelf to rest on.  You can use any kind of scrap wood. I measured where I wanted the bottom shelf to sit, then used a level and a nail gun to attach my support pieces to the studs.  

The nail gun is optional, but I like using it to have my support pieces already secured for when I drill in the screws.

Once I had them nailed in the correct position, I drilled two-2" screws into each scrap piece to secure them to the studs.

drilling bottom shelf board into the support pieces
Then I placed my shelf onto the supports and added two 1 1/4 screws into each support piece.  I recommend countersinking these into your bottom board so the sides have a flat surface to sit on.

Step 5- Attach the side boards to the studs.

attaching side shelf supports to the studs

Attach your side boards to your studs, with 1 1/4'' screws.  Use your level to make sure everything is nice and straight.  
how to build between the studs adjustable storage shelves
Once they are secured to the studs, it is time for the final step!

Step 6- Cut your shelf boards to size and install them to your desired height with adjustable shelf pins.

shelf pins for storage shelves between the studs
Now for the fun part!  Once you have cut and sanded your desired amount of shelf boards you are ready to install them.  Using the items you want to store on your shelves as guide, determine where your shelf pins need to be placed. 

Add the shelf pins, place your boards on top and load up your new amazing "studly" shelves!
easy way to organize your workshop with adjustable between the studs storage shelves
This is a sight for sore eyes!  My work space will now be free of clutter...happiness.
how to build between the stud shelves
Want to know what best part is?  Since these shelves are nestled in-between the studs, they hardly take up any space on the wall.
how to organize your workshop
And when I decide to change things is always nice to have options...I can adjust the shelves to fit my storage needs!

All this awesomeness for only a couple hours of work...why didn't I do this sooner?  Why?!

Organize your workshop with simple adjustable shelves
Don't make the same mistake as me and put off building your own in-between the studs workshop organization, consider building some adjustable storage shelves and make your life easier!

Did you spy my Easy Wood Storage Shelves above these shelves?  Just another simple and quick project that makes a huge difference in keeping my shop clean and organized.

While we are speaking of getting organized...I have some amazing friends that are sharing their own great organizational projects.  Please check them out though the links below, you are going to love them!

Hazel and Gold Designs, Place of My Taste, Joyful Derivatives

If you are really into getting your life in order check out some more of my Organizational Projects...
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It is never to late to get your life in order, thanks for stopping by!




  1. Awesome solution! Looks great.

  2. why oh why do we put things off so long? My challenge was on my to-do list for years! This was just what I needed to get started.
    I am so envious of your garage storage. Mine is so random.
    Super job Mindi, Pinning!

  3. Mindi! I am so excited to see a post from you! I've missed your AMAZING projects! I am slowly working on finding a place for everything as well and this is a great idea for the workshop! Love it!

  4. Such a clever way to use an otherwise wasted space, Mindi! Love it! Thanks for joining in on the fun!

  5. This is so awesome! I think i'm going to try it in my garage. Nice work Mindi!

  6. Mindi this is perfect and such a great use of those stud cavities. Bonus for making them adjustable!

  7. Awesome build, Mindi! Nothing like an organized working space!

  8. Love this idea! What a great way to use up all that unused space!

  9. I bet it feels good to have a place for all those tools and supplies now! Great project, friend!

  10. This is well designed and well executed. It has given me more detail about a similar project on my list. Thank you for the great directions and photos.

  11. Can you share your dimensions? How long are your side supports and what is the shelf spacing you used here?


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