How to Build Storage Shelves From PVC


Building PVC storage shelves especially in your garage is a good idea when you want to minimize clutter in the area. The storage shelve is considered a necessary item for you to have because it can store large items like bicycles. PVC storage shelves are lightweight and flexible for adding more shelves as well as altering its sizes so that you would be able to have more space for storing purposes. Using the PVC storage shelves, you would be able to make your garage or other rooms look much better, plus it also allows you to easily park your car.

To build storage shelves from PVC, you need:

  • 5 1-inch PVC pipes, 10 feet long
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hacksaw
  • 8 four-way connectors
  • 4 three-way connectors
  • PVC pipe glue
  • Sheet of 1/2-inch plywood, 4-by-8 feet
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Perforated metal banding
  • Tin snips
  • 3/8-inch screws
  • Screwdriver

Building Storage Shelves from PVC

How to Build Storage Shelves from PVC

  • First thing that you need to do is to create the PVC framework to build the storage shelves. Take your PVC, measure them before you start to cut the PVC sections accordingly by using a hacksaw
    • You need to cut at least 6 of your 3-foot long sections of the PVC, 14 PVC with 2-foot long sections, plus also another 4 PVC with 6-inch long sections
  • Then, you need to assemble your shelving frame and starts from the bottom and move all the way to the top
    • Each of the 6-inch PVC sections needs to be attached to a four-way connector.
    • Use PVC glue to apply onto the inside of your connector plus also around one end of your pipe where this end of the pipe will be inserted into your connector. This will formed the four legs of your storage shelve.
    • You need to orient your connector to allow one opening that faces straight up right after you insert a leg while another two openings will be facing sideways.
  • The next step is to connect two of the legs where you have to hold two legs to create two connector openings that points to each other while the other side openings pointing to the left. Then, you need to attach your 2-foot PVC section horizontally into the openings that faces each other.
    • Next, to apply glue into the inside of your connectors, plus also around the end of your pipe.
    • Use the same technique as above to do the other legs. Two connector openings will be facing each other while the other side openings pointing to the right.
  • Take your 2-foot section of PVC and attach it vertically onto each connector opening that point upward. Then, attach another two 3-foot sections of PVC horizontally into the rest of the connector openings.
    • The connectors and pipes need to be applied with glue to make it secure.
    • Now you have a PVC rectangular frame on four legs along with four vertical shelf sections.
  • Next, you need to take a four-way connector and attach it onto the top of each of your 2-foot vertical shelf section following the same orientation as your lower four-way connectors
    • The connectors and pipes need to be applied with glue to make it secure.
    • Then, you have to repeat the same process of attaching your horizontal 2-foot, 3-foot sections plus the four vertical 2-foot sections.
  • The next step is to hold your three-way connector in a position where one of its opening points downward while the side openings is positioned the same ways as your four-way connectors. Your opening that points downward should be attached to the top of each 2-foot vertical shelf section.
    • The connectors and pipes need to be applied with glue to make it secure.
  • Finally, your PVC frame of three shelves storage will be ready once you attach another two horizontal 2-foot and 3-foot sections in between the corner connectors.
    • The connectors and pipes need to be applied with glue to make it secure.
  • In order to assemble your shelf, you need to measure one of your shelves rectangular framework enabling you to get the right dimensions
    • Once you get the measurement, you need to transfer it onto an 1/2-inch plywood
    • Then, cut it into three sections following the measurements using your circular saw

The measurements of your rectangular framework must start from the PVC pipes outer edges.

  • The next step is to use a jigsaw and cut a notch from your plywood shelves at two of its corner
    • You should be holding each of the shelves at an angle before you start to slide it accordingly from the side of your framework.

The notch that you cut must be large enough to be placed around your PVC’s corner framework and securely fit so that the shelf will not be moving.

  • You need to use tin snips to cut six 3-inch pieces of perforated metal banding
    • This is for wrapping each of the three pieces onto the top of 3-foot horizontal PVC pipes
    • When you make space for the pieces, it’s length must be evenly divided along the PVC pipes
  • Finally, you need to place and attach the top shelf of your storage onto the banding. In order to do this, you can use 3/8-inch screws and a screwdriver.

    Always remember that you must ensure that

    • All connectors and pipes are applied securely with glue.

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