Jim - are your shelves going to be enclosed or are they just the boards that run horizontal? If enclosed have you considered using French cleats to suspend them?
Just open shelving....nothing fancy.....horizontal plywood supported by the angle brackets. I want to use the horizontal 2 X 4's for angle bracket attachment so that I'm not restricted to attaching the angle brackets to the vertical studs. Lots of stuff cluttering the floor and piled on my work benches. I just need barebones shelving. The basement has been unfinished for 25+ years and will not be finished in my lifetime.Jim - are your shelves going to be enclosed or are they just the boards that run horizontal? If enclosed have you considered using French cleats to suspend them?
That make sense. Thank You!!Jim - my son-in-law just put up some open shelving in his basement a few weeks ago and asked about braces. My advice to him was to install his braces so that the brace attached to the shelf and the wall at equa distance. So that's 45 degrees. His shelves weren't overly large so he made his braces from 2x2 material. You could probably get away with 60 degrees, as long as the 60 is at the top (under the shelf) if the shelf isn't too wide. Otherwise, the shelf would cantilever off the end of the brace and may have a tendency to tip or the weight or downward force wouldn't be transferred to the studding which is what the braces are designed to do. I'm not sure that my explanation makes sense, but what I'm trying to say is, you don't want too much of the shelf hanging over the front edge of the brace if that makes sense.
I'd think the braces themselves would get in the way. Using 3 decent weight L brackets per shelf (every 2-3 feet) should be able to support a lot of weight and only take up an inch or so of vertical height.Jim, Can you attach legs to the rafters above to support the front of the shelves, and eliminate the angle braces completely? Angle supports always seem to get in the way.
Where the joists are perpendicular to the wall a 2 X 4 attached to the bottom of the floor joists, to spread the load, and secure the vertical 2 X 4 columns to that. Where the joists are parallel to the wall, 2 X 4's across 2 or 3 joists and a 2 X 4 perpendicular to those and secure the vertical 2 X 4 columns from that.For the front of the shelves I would just attach some 2/4's vertically to the ceiling joists . Then secure some 2/4's to the wall , then attach horizontal 2/4's to the vertical columns creating a platform for plywood