DIY,  Organization,  Repurposed/Restored,  Woodwork Projects


Today, we are going to share our small shed organization project.

How many of you have a cluttered storage area? Kind of a catch-all, for all those items that you need to keep, but they don’t have a specific spot of their very own.

We don’t have a garage so that spot is our tiny 10.5′ x 7′ Rubbermaid Storage Shed.

Inside, we store most of our summer outdoor coverings like umbrellas and UV sun shades. We also store our gardening and irrigation supplies and other outdoorsy stuff.

The shed is so small that things always seem to end up getting shoved in there in a hurry, landing in a heap.

Below is a picture of the shed before we started our organization project.

Shed before picture

We decided that large totes and a simple totes storage shelf made out of 2″x 3″x 8′ stud lumber would be our best option.

This is picture of the tote shelves completed before we loaded them with totes.

Shed Tote Storage Shelves

The following are the steps we followed to build an 8′ long tote shelf.



  • Saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Small Electric Sander
  • Cordless Drill
  • Measuring Tape
  • 6″ long drill bit to match your screw type

Step 1:

First, we measured our totes to determine the height spacing for the shelves. We decided to leave a 19″ space at the bottom to fit larger items such as our ice chest. Then we made one shelf for large totes at 16.5″ and two shelves for medium totes at 13.5″.

Our shed does not have high ceilings so we were only able to build the shelf 68.5′ tall. If you are building in a garage or a room with high ceilings you can add shelves by building the frame higher.

Step 2:

Next, we used a saw to cut five of the 2”x 3” x 8’ studs. We cut the first four boards to the following measurements (1st cut – 68 ½” then the 2nd & 3rd cuts – 11” each)

The fifth board we cut the remaining four 11” cleats and saved the rest for scrap wood.

Step 3:

To smooth out all our cuts we sanded the ends with a small electric sander.

Step 4:

After sanding, we used the Kreg Jig to pre-drill two pocket holes on each end of the 11″ cleats. We also pre-drilled two pocket holes on each end of eight of the 2″ x 3″ x 8′ studs.

Step 5:

Now it was time to build the frame. We decided to assemble the front and back 8′ frames on a flat surface. We started with the front by laying two 2″x 3″x 8′ studs down parallel to each other 8′ apart.  Then we attached 8′ studs vertically for the shelving, spacing them to the measurements in Step 1. We repeated the same process for the back.

Step 6:

Finally, we attached the front and back frames together. Using the 11″ studs, pre-drilled with pocket holes and 2 1/2 construction screws. Screw into the pre-drilled pocket holes at the level of each shelf to attach the front and back together. Once it was in position, we loaded it with totes!


Shed Tote Storage Shelves


Due to the fact that we were only using the shelves for totes, we decided to not add plywood for solid shelving. The unit worked perfectly as a frame that we could slide the totes into and this saved us money on materials. We also upcycled some 2″x 3″ boards from our scrap pile to cut down on costs so we only had to purchase 10 boards for our project.

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