Is it cheaper to build your own shelves?
The pros of DIY shelving include: Lower Cost – Generally, buying the materials for your garage shelves should be cheaper than purchasing prefab – just make sure you do everything right the first time. Durability – As long as you choose quality materials and a solid design, your DIY shelves will be more durable.
What kind of wood do you use for open shelves?
If the cost of the materials is not a concern, woods like mahogany, African padauk, and koa are considered the best woods for bookshelves, thanks to their durability, strength, and longevity.
What type of wood is used for pantry?
You can use nominal one-inch pine boards for pantry shelves, or 1/2 inch plywood, as long as you don’t make it excessively long. Particle board and OSB are not ideal, and reinforcement on all four sides is absolutely necessary with those. Pantry shelves need to be fairly strong, as canned goods can be fairly heavy.
What do I need to build a shelf?
- Shelf boards. The shelf boards should be at least 2cm 3/4″ thick.
- Supports for the shelf boards. Cleats (strips of wood) are easy and ideal for this unit.
- Two vertical support panels. These form the sides of the shelf unit.
- A top piece.
- A piece of hardboard for the back of the shelf unit.