Getting your shed organised is easy if you plan it properly. If you add just a couple of shelves and some hooks to your shed you could almost double the storage space available.

Hooks for Hanging Items

You'll need to have one length of board that you can attach hooks to for hanging items. Rather than putting your hooks at regular intervals hold up each item that you want to hang to make sure there is room and it doesn't overlap with other tools.

Boxes or Plastic Storage Containers

Of course there are always going to be those odds and ends that can't be hung up or placed on shelves. Differing sized boxes or storage containers are the answer. Those smaller items: nails, screws, bolts and nuts can go into boxes and placed on your shelves. There are even some very handy little multi-compartment containers for these bits and pieces.

Sort out your items into categories and keep them together: paint brushes, glues, touch-up paints, sandpaper and that sort of thing.


Wooden shelves are easy to make and look great.

You can build a bank of free-standing shelves quickly and easily.

1.      Measure the length you want for your shelves in your shed. Make sure that your shelves are not going to be in a traffic area and you are constantly knocking your leg on them.

2.      Measure the height from the floor of your shed to the ceiling. Make an adjustment for the thickness of each shelf (we are using 3/4 inch plywood as this should be strong enough

to hold most items) and work out how many shelves you want/need, being sure to leave enough room between each shelf for the items you want to store (like paint cans, 5 litre containers of metho and turps).

3.      Prepare the side supports - mark a spot 3-4 inches from the bottom of each side support, this will be where your lowest shelf will be placed (if you want to store some of your boxes under your shelves, then start your shelving a bit higher). Drill 4 holes at equal distances - this will be where you will screw your shelf to the side supports.

4.      Continue marking your side supports at the intervals that you want your shelves to be placed (be sure to allow the thickness of the actual shelf - 3/4 inch. Make sure that your measurements are the same on each side or your shelves will not be level and your things will slide off!

5.      Screw the shelves onto the end supports.

6.      You have just built yourself a shelf unit - ready to use.

There are also many metal shelving units for sheds available on the market.

  • These usually come in a kit form - read the instructions and make sure that you have all the pieces.
  • Place all the parts in groups as summarized in the instructions and identify which is which according to the instructions.
  • Follow the instructions exactly if you can to avoid having to dismantle and re-assemble.
  • As long as you following the instructions you can't go wrong - metal shelves complete and ready to use.