What are some suitable storage options for wood indoors. Specifically for wood planks ranging 8 - 10 feet long by 10 - 18 inches wide. The thickness is anywhere from 1 - 2 inches. I am looking for some options that will not take up a lot of space but also will not just result in an unorganized pile of wood. I have a utility closet in my garage that is roughly 10' wide x 12' deep and about 10 feet high.

I am planning on making my own lumber in the future with trees from my land so I would need to be able to hold more than 20 planks.

EDIT: The walls/ceiling are finished but I would be ok with drilling into the walls and using studs if the storage option requires it.


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Some of the images I just posted to another Question apply here too:

Lumber racks 1

Lumber racks 2

  • That top left one, is it free-standing?
    – Jason C
    Nov 6, 2015 at 0:01
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    @JasonC, yes. You can't see it from the one image but it's a foldable rack, with a hinge at the inside corner. From ShopNotes #109 if it's of any help.
    – Graphus
    Nov 6, 2015 at 6:54

Heavy shelf brackets, with the lumber forming its own shelves. There are versions of this marketed specifically for lumber storage; I have one such system.

The board you want still winds up being in the middle of the pile, but with five separately supported piles it's a lot easier to reach.

  • Just to clarify, is the commercial version you have similar to this lumber storage rack?
    – JPhi1618
    Nov 2, 2015 at 19:52
  • That's one of several I looked at, that all looked about equally promising. Which I actually bought was really determined by which one went on sale first; it was this design but marked down to about US$37.
    – keshlam
    Nov 2, 2015 at 20:25

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