A long time ago I saw some plans in a magazine to build some quick recycle bin hangers that gets them off the floor. I finally got tired of kicking the recycle bins out of my way in the workshop so I decided it was time to knock this out and it should take less than 30 minutes. Well I got the first bracket done put the bin in it and it came crashing to the ground. The brackets didn’t work. The steps below is elaborating and improving on the one I saw in a magazine years ago.
- Tape Measure
- Stud Finder
- 3 1/8” Screws (I prefer screws that use a torx bit)
If you have scrap lumber lying around this is a good opportunity to put it to use and can be completed with minimal tools. I had plenty of 2x4 scraps lying around but I didn’t have any 1x6 pine in my inventory. The approximate cost of this project if you have to buy everything should be around $10 from your big box store. In the steps below we are going to build two hangers.
Grab your 2x4 and tape measure. Measure out 18 inches and draw a line, continue and draw another line at 36 inches. (We aren’t making kitchen cabinets so you don’t have to be perfect on your measurements) Do the same on the 1x6. Once you have made your cut lines you can proceed to cutting the pieces.
Using your stud finder find and mark two studs (most homes should have about a 16 inch gap between studs)
Grab your first 18 inch 2x4 and screw one end into one of the studs you marked in step 2 (Don’t screw it in too tight yet). Grab your level and make sure the board is level, drive your second screw into the second stud you marked in step 2.
Grab your 1x6 and place on the just placed 2x4, it should be flush on the top and sides. Screw in two screws (Make sure you offset so you don’t accidentally drill into the screws in the 2x4)
Grab your recycle bin and place in the bracket, you want to make sure leave a little wiggle room to move the bin up. Once in the bracket mark the bottom of the bin on the wall. This is where you will place the second bracket. Repeat steps 1 through 4 on adding the second bracket.
You will want to add a small scrap piece of 2x4 (Approx. 6+ inches) to place under the last bin.
As you can see this is a super simple and very quick build that will get your stuff up off your floor. I placed mine outside the door going into the house which makes it really convenient to throw the recyclables. You can use this style bracket for any type of bin you want to hang on the wall, just adjust the sizes according to the size of bin.
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