DIY Two-Tiered Garage Storage Stand With Ramp

Double your garage or shed storage space with this two-tiered stand ideal for wheelbarrows and utility carts.

December 21, 2021
Wooden Two-Tiered Storage Unit With a Wheelbarrow & Cart

Storage 200 Two-Tiered Garage Storage

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

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An elevated surface with ramps is a great way to store heavy outdoor carts.

Materials Needed

  • (7) 2x4 x 8' wood boards
  • circular saw
  • pocket hole jig system
  • drill
  • (2) clamps + larger trigger clamps
  • wood glue
  • speed square
  • 3/4" plywood
  • 1-1/4” exterior screws
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • folding ramp set

Create Framework

Use a miter saw or circular saw to cut 2x4s down to two 43-inch pieces and two 36-inch pieces (Image 1). Create pocket holes on both ends of the 43-inch pieces (Images 2 & 3). Use wood glue and pocket hole screws to connect the 43-inch boards to the 36-inch pieces to make a rectangle (Image 4). Next, create an identical second rectangle (Image 5). Pro Tip: Clamping the pieces to a work table will help keep the wood in place while drilling in the screws.

Secure Together

To secure the two pieces you just made together, first cut two 2x4 pieces to 28 inches and create pocket holes on both ends of those pieces. Using a large clamp for support, use pocket hole screws and wood glue to attach one of the 28-inch pieces to the front to join the rectangles together. Then, add the second 28-inch piece to the back.

Storage 200 Two-Tiered Garage Storage

Storage 200 Two-Tiered Garage Storage

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

Finish Base

Flip the base over so it's standing. Cut another 2x4 piece to 28 inches and create pocket holes on both ends. Add wood glue and pocket hole screws to secure the piece on one side of the bottom of the base.

Storage 200 Two-Tiered Garage Storage

Storage 200 Two-Tiered Garage Storage

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

Create Shelf Supports

Cut three more 2x4s to 28 inches each and create pocket holes on both ends of the pieces. Make a line 3/4 of an inch below the top of the table (Image 1). Use clamps to place a board on each end of the frame and one in the middle. This will allow the top to drop in and fit snugly. Secure the pieces with pocket hole screws (Image 2).

Add Top

Cut a 4x8 piece of 3/4-inch-thick plywood down to 28 inches x 47 inches. If you don't have a table saw, have it cut at the hardware store. Sand it all down. Next, drop the plywood down onto the shelf supports (Image 1). Secure it to the three supports with 1-1/4-inch screws (Image 2).

Paint

Paint with two coats of high-quality durable paint. Choose a color that will complement the surroundings.

Storage 200 Two-Tiered Garage Storage

Storage 200 Two-Tiered Garage Storage

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

Add Ramp

Use a portable ramp when rolling heavy carts or wagons up to the top shelf (Image 1). The ramp will fold away and store neatly. (Image 2).

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