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A person using a mallet to assemble metal shelving

Overview

To make the most of your garage space, it's a good idea to install a bit of shelving. There are lots of different shelving options, but this no-bolt snap lock unit is one of the easiest to put together. All you need is a rubber mallet, a stable and level surface, and about half an hour of your time.

Tools and materials

Steps

1Preparing to build shelves

Make sure you're working on a stable, level surface. Check that your work area has enough height clearance for the size of shelf that you're planning to build. It's also a good idea to measure the height and width of the area to make sure the shelf will fit.
Pieces of metal shelving, a mallet and panel of MDF on a garage floor

2Build the frame

Gently tap the horizontal bars into the holes in the legs with your mallet. Position the horizontal bars on each leg so that your shelves are level. Every shelf also has a middle support bar. Install that so the shelf doesn't bow in the middle under heavy weight. Once the middle bar is in place, install the timber shelf boards and you're done.
A person using a mallet to assemble metal shelving

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.