DIY Storage Shelves, Desk, and Overhead Loft – Camping Gear Storage

Things have been quiet on the blog as I have been trying to be a better graduate student and work on my research so I can graduate this May! Please excuse my absence on here, but feel free to interact with me on Facebook and Instagram – @bienadventuretx – as I am better at updating those more frequently.

I really wanted to share our latest urban adventure. Cro-Magnon and I have both been dreaming of a storage space that would satisfy our need for tool storage and organization. Let’s be honest, I have so many darn Pinterest ideas for storage spaces and this was the chance we had to make them come true.
Previously, we didn’t have much storage and our carport storage area was beginning to look a lot like a disaster, to say the least. Now, we have just the right type of space to organize our tools and camping gear addiction collection.
Cro-Magnon and I worked this weekend to build storage shelves, a desk, and an overhead loft. To many, our efforts may seem very minimal, but to us this is a HUGE improvement to our home. The best part was that we got to work together and create something that we both wanted and we have pictures to prove it!
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Here are some photos of our space, which is 10′ x 12′. Forgot to take before photos! I’ll add the dimensions below. We watched some videos and then kind of made things up as we went, thanks to learning from our Dads over the years.
I'm cutting angles to go beneath the shelves
I’m cutting angles to go beneath the shelves
Cro-Magnon Man, almost done with the desk
Cro-Magnon Man, almost done with the desk
We added two 2x4s across the studs to hold our yard tools
We added two 2x4s across the studs to hold our yard tools
Our finished shelves. 12 feet long x 15 inches deep
Our finished shelves. 12 feet long x 15 inches deep
A small desk
I’ve always wanted a workshop/desk space. Now we have one!
15 inches deep x 42 inches long
This loft was a lot easier to build than the shelves. 2 feet deep x 10 feet wide
This loft was a lot easier to build than the shelves.
2 feet deep x 10 feet wide
Beautiful, isn't it!?
Beautiful, isn’t it!?
Making use of space. Cro-Magnon attached two bike hooks onto the ceiling for fishing rod storage.
Making use of space. Cro-Magnon attached two bike hooks onto the ceiling for fishing rod storage.
My Dad had tons of these in his garage for screws, nails, etc so naturally  I copied a great man's idea!
My Dad had tons of these in his garage for screws, nails, etc so naturally I copied a great man’s idea!
Our work space. A work in progress.
Our work space. A work in progress.

Shelves:

Built on the 12′ wall.
12′ long x 15″ deep.
Overhead Loft:
Built above the doors of our barn on the 10′ wall.
10′ long x 2′ deep
We already had a 4’x10′ loft, but added another above the doors of our barn.
Desk:
Built along the back 10′ wall and attached to bottom shelf.
42″ long x 15″ deep
My high school geometry teacher, Mr. Juarez, would have been proud at my use of trigonometry to figure out the angles for the braces beneath our shelves and desk. A couple of the angles were crooked, but it was more due to my cutting technique. My math was solid. 🙂  If you want to create your own DIY storage space, don’t discount all that math you learned in high school because you most definitely will use it again.
With a few hours, enough screws, and a little imagination you can have your very own dream room, too!

How do you store your camping gear and tools?

 

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17 thoughts on “DIY Storage Shelves, Desk, and Overhead Loft – Camping Gear Storage

  1. Pary Moppins

    That is brilliant! Y’all did a phenomenal job! I am so impressed. I love jar storage like you have. I have even seen them screwed to a rectangular block of wood with a dowel going through it so that you could spin it and have more storage in the same linear space.

  2. Mae

    So awesome. Right now we just have our gear in plastic bins stacked in a closet. Hopefully we can upgrade soon.

    • Bienvenido Adventure

      Mae, we had a similar system and I was going crazy with having to dig everything out just to find one item! I hope you all can have your own DIY adventure soon, too!

  3. Joy

    Wow! I love this- ya’ll did a great job! That “upstairs” part for the camping gear is fantastic!

    Visiting from the Sweet Tea Social! 🙂

  4. Miz Helen

    I love what you did with your barn. We have one that is similar, I think we need to start over. Stopping over from Sweet Tea Social, and thanks for sharing.
    Miz Helen

  5. Mary Robbins

    It looks great! It’s so nice when all your gear is organized. It makes packing up and getting on the road soooo much easier.

    • Victoria
      Victoria Post author

      Thank you! YES. I can now just grab and go. It’s wonderful.

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