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DIY Workshop: Organization Solutions

by Haylie

After getting our workbenches built and installed it was time to apply some organization to the space.  There were two main things that we wanted to implement in order to provide storage and organization in our space. 

Those two things were overhead shelving and peg board. Our workbenches also helped in organizing our tools. If you missed the tutorial on the two different workbench builds we did, be sure to check it out.


We started with the overhead storage. You can see in the photo below how poorly utilized our space was in terms of storage. So in the design phase, we decided to maximize the floor space by installing overhead storage on two of the walls. 

A large portion of our ability to get this place organized had to do with all the purging and re-homing of the items, however, we love the solution that we came up with.


  • 2×4’s
  • 3/4″ plywood
  • Wood glue
  • 3 1/2″ wood screws
  • 2 1/2″ spax screw
  • 1″ wood screws
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Saw (we used our DeWalt Miter Saw but a table saw or a circular saw would work too)
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Stud finder

The frame of our shelves is very similar to the frame of Cole’s floating workbench that we built.  We started with the longest shelf but the build was the same for the two smaller shelves as well; we just adjusted the dimensions.

We used 2 1/2″ spax screws and wood glue to build the frame and secured the 5 middle supports, one every 18 inches.

Once the frame was built we started preparing the space by installing ledgers; one on the ceiling, one the length of the wall and one on each side. Since we planned to continue this shelf on the adjacent wall we made the ledger on the right side span the length of the wall.

These ledgers not only help with stability and strength but they also really help with the install. Having a ledge to rest the shelf on while securing it was majorly helpful. The ledgers were 2×4’s that we screwed directly into the wall studs which we found using a stud-finder. We made sure that they were level when we installed them. This will ensure our shelves will be level later on.

Once our ledgers were level and secured into the studs it was time to install the frame of the shelf. We placed the frame on the ledgers and ensured that they were as plum as possible.  Once in place, we screwed the frame into the studs as well.

With the frames installed, we cut our plywood to size and glued and screwed it to the frame using 1″ wood screws.

Once the top was secure, we applied 4 vertical supports and braced them to the 2×4 ledger that we previously fastened to the ceiling and to the frame of the shelf. Below you can see how we attached the vertical supports and where we continued our method with the additional two shelves. Because the other two were only a foot deep they were extra sturdy and didn’t require the additional vertical supports.

Above is the view of the left side of the room, right when you enter the door.  These two skinnier shelves are for all of our paints and stains. Now that this room is all white and the storage is all above our heads this room feels so much bigger! It’s only 11′ x 7′ and yet I feel like we have maximized the space. I hardly feel like we are missing out on a garage now.


We decided to go with Wall Control for our pegboard system. This stuff is so awesome! My favorite part is that they are made of metal! How brilliant is that? Something to go in a workshop is actually made of a super durable material! Genius!  One of the other reasons we decided to go with this product is that it supports both the traditional pegboard hole and vertical slats to support a variety of accessories. So you can make your space exactly what you want it to be.

The panels are super easy to install. They are the same width as the distance between the studs. So all you have to do is find your stud, make sure its level and screw it to the wall using the materials they provided. Cole goes into deeper detail of the install on his Classic Mini DIY YouTube Channel.

With our workbenches built, our storage shelves installed, and our pegboard system hung, we are rounding the corner in this project! Just a few finishing touches are left and this space will be a full fledge storage room turned workshop!


To say we have come a long way is an understatement!

If you have missed the rest of our journey with our workshop remodel feel free to check out our earlier posts.




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