The problem with our garage has nothing to do with the size. It's made to fit two cars and we've never had a car in it. The problem is me. I see the space as prime storage and work space. So I fill it with all the stuff I don't want to keep in the house. The sheer amount of crap I keep in there is rather overwhelming. That is how the "Garage Makeover Series" came about. I started by throwing some stuff out. Then I donated some stuff I knew I would never use. Finally, I made plans for the remaining belongings.
I found a few different plans from other bloggers and combined some ideas. I sketched everything out in my trusty sketchbook. Once I had it all drawn out, I went to Lowes for my materials. I've provided the materials list and cut list below. I suggest having everything cut at the hardware store. I managed to do that and didn't need any of my fancy saws.
(2) Plywood Boards (4' x 8')
(10) 2 x 4 x 8s
(4) 2 x 4 x 12s
(96) Wood Screws (#8 x 2 1/2 inch)
(52) Wood Screws (#8 x 1 inch)
Impact Driver Drill
(4) Plywood Pieces (2' x 8') - Have the plywood boards cut across the middle
(8) 2 x 4 x 96" - This is 8 out of 10 of the 2 x 4 x 8s that you already selected
(6) 2 x 4 x 80" - Cut 4 of these from the 2 x 4 x 12s and 2 from the 2 x 4 x 8s
(12) 2 x 4 x 21" - Use the remainder of the 4 2 x 4 x 12s for these cuts
First, we started with the shelves. I planned for 4 different shelves spaced evenly apart. Each shelf required one piece of plywood, 2 of the 2 x 4 x 8s that didn't get cut, and 3 of the 2 x 4 x 21 inch pieces. Below is a picture of how we lined up the 2 x 4s.
Once we added the legs on the other side, we prepared to lift the shelf up to its intended position. This step would also be good to have two people doing. Make sure you have enough room on the floor and near the ceiling. We had to adjust our shelves so they wouldn't smash into our garage door track.