Whether you’re a professional contractor or a DIY enthusiast, having an organized lumber storage area to store scrap wood in an organized way is key to maintaining an efficient workspace.
Many homeowners like to do their own repairs and remodeling projects. And lumber is a material that is pretty fundamental to many home projects. But what to do with that 3′ section of 2×4 that wasn’t used in your most recent project? Or that section of crown molding that you didn’t need thanks to your brilliant miter cuts (without mistakes – OH YEAH #expert woodworking status right here).
Wood is EXPENSIVE. So disposing of scrap lumber is just NOT an option. Nope. You need to store it.
That’s where these DIY lumber storage ideas come in handy. Not only will they help keep your lumber organized and accessible, but they’ll also make your workshop or garage look great.
So whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at it for years, we’ve rounded up the best lumber racks around. Check out these 15 lumber storage options and see which one may work best for you.
Here’s a little video preview of these awesome ideas…
15 DIY Lumber Storage Rack Ideas
Get ready to do a jig...or maybe use one. These 15 scrap wood storage projects will give you some inspiration for creating your own perfect setup.
Whether you want horizontal storage, or you'd prefer a vertical lumber organizer, we've got you covered with storage systems to fit studs, sheets of plywood, and all those small pieces of scrap material, too.
Organize Lumber with a DIY Vertical Wood Rack
We were able to build a vertical wood storage rack that fits perfectly in that awkward corner of the garage next to the door.
For those without a ton of floor space, or wall space to work with, going vertical with your storage solution may be your best option. We love how this simple lumber tower gives easy access to anything we need, and we don't need to pull out large, heavy items to reach whatever it is we are looking for.
DIY Rolling Lumber Cart with Build Plans
Stay organized with this rolling scrap wood storage cart. And, there are free build plans to make it even easier!
While this cart won't fit full plywood sheets or an 8' piece of drywall, it's great for storing those bits and smaller pieces you want to hang on to.
Easy and Budget-Friendly Lumber Storage Rack
A great solution for horizontal storage of extra lumber, scrap wood, and molding in a garage or workshop with extra wall space. These shelves are inexpensive and easy to add. Just bust out your stud finder and get to work.
DIY Mobile Lumber Rack from a Ladder
Learn how to make a ladder-style mobile lumber rack with the included printable plans and cut list. The vertical design also saves on space in your basement, garage, or shed.
Rolling Scrap Wood Storage Cart
Here's a bigger, even more heavy duty version of a scrap wood rolling cart.
Lumber Storage Cart with Plywood
Ana White will show you how to build a large wood cart to store all of that leftover plywood plus bins for different lengths of scrap wood and additional shelving for longer pieces of wood.
Wood Storage Rack using Repurposed Pallets
Keep all your lumber scraps organized and within easy reach with this rolling pallet wood storage unit.
Multi-purpose tool storage / DIY Lumber Cart Combo
Scrap wood can get out of control quickly! This clever lumber storage cart is a great solution. It's on wheels so you can easily move it.
Plus it has a pegboard side for convenient storage of your power tools.
Metal Storage Rack to Hold Lumber
Organize your scrap wood to make it easy to find each piece and size of wood that you need with this tutorial for a metal storage rack. Get all the details from Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.
Scrap Wood Storage Built on a Mover's Dolly Base
All you need are 2 pieces of plywood to build a mobile cart to store scrap wood and remnants. Plus, you can even use some of your scraps to make it!
Lumber Rack with a Whiteboard Wall
How about a wood storage rack that includes a whiteboard to label the type of wood you are storing? You can find all the details in this clever tutorial.
Small Space DIY Lumber Cart
Learn how to build a rolling cart with bins of different sizes to keep smaller wood pieces from getting lost. This makes it so easy to find what you need.
Mobile Plywood Storage using Scrap Wood
Get your scrap wood pile off the floor and get it organized by building your own mobile wood storage rack. It is large enough to hold plywood and lumber. Plus, you can move it out of the way when it is not in use!
Lumber Storage Cart with Space to Hold Paint
If you are a woodworker, you know how hard it is to organize scrap wood! This storage cart idea is a great way to store scrap wood of all different shapes and sizes. Plus, you can use some of your scraps to build it.
DIY Lumber Organizer Plans
This lumber organizer has space for all kinds of wood including long boards, small scraps, and large plywood. Plus, it's off the floor to save on valuable space.
So what do you think? Are you ready to get to work on your own DIY lumber rack? I hope your workspace will thank you for this helpful DIY endeavor. I know ours has!
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