Custom shelving ideas for WFNZ’s radio hosts – Chris Kroeger and Chris McClain

Shelving brackets for March Madness

It’s only fitting that during March Madness while everyone is filling out NCAA basketball tournament brackets, we were installing Big Bear Brackets for the two local prime time sports radio hosts for WFNZ The Fan, Chris Kroeger and Chris McClain.


A blank canvas for a custom garage installation


IMG_3456Chris Kroeger’s garage was a brand new build, giving us a blank canvas with which to work.  Although it was newly constructed, the design of this garage presented its own challenges. The breaker box was located in an ideal spot for shelving, so we had to make alternate plans to work around the box. Taken from the Big Bear playbook, configuration two  was ideal for this spot due to the fact that it allows for additional hanging space.  For more information on Chris’ Big Bear experience, check out his testimonial.
messChris McClain’s garage, on the other hand, looked like you would need help parking a toddler’s tricycle in it.  Here’s a picture of his garage before our installation team worked its magic:



Wooden shelves get a custom finish


tidy2 Chris opted for a “Canyon Brown” stain on his Big Bear Shelves, which offers a more refined finish for the lumber.  Don’t be fooled by this fancy stain – our brackets still provide the utmost strength and durability at a fraction of the cost.  Look closely and you will see that these shelves are holding: four deck chairs, three coolers, two kiddie bikes, and a partridge in a pear tree!  Practically speaking, we have tested the brackets to hold as much weight as garage wall studs can bear, and certify Big Bear Shelving up to 425 lbs.


Tidy 1With a plethora of hooks and attachments, we were able to give Chris his garage back. The shelves can be installed at a height at which the kids can easily access their bikes and toys (the height also makes for easy clean up!).  Chris’ testimonial illustrates just how beneficial Big Bear Shelving was to his family.

Big Bear helps “Fix it and Finish it” family reorganize their garage.

Antonio working with Big Bear2For many people, the sensation associated with opening up the garage door is one of dread. The garage is often a magnet for disorganized odds and ends, and can feel chaotic.  Big Bear Shelving recently had the opportunity to join  Fix It and Finish It, a daily television show that renovates a specific area of one home, every single day.  We joined their crew to help renovate and organize the Anderson’s Savannah, Georgia garage.


Garage storage ideas, that helped clean up the Andersons’ storage problems


The Andersons have three children, two girls and one boy, between the ages of 1 and 13.  The lack of space, combined with the myriad clutter accumulated by a five person family, made the Anderson’s garage a mess, and the perfect opportunity to highlight the utility and versatility of Big Bear Shelving.

The host of Fix it and Finish it, along with guest Scott Singeisen, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at SCAD, utilized Big Bear Shelving to help get the Anderson’s possessions up off of the ground, and give back valuable space  wasted by ground clutter.

Metro ShelvingThe design called for a laundry table – 8’ long and 21” deep – for   The finished laundry table, shown below, was a durable, attractive asset to their garage.

Big Bear’s shelf bracket is used for a functioning laundry table and beauty area

Mrs. Anderson enjoyed washing and styling her children’s hair, which enabled her to spend time with them while doing so.  Below is the beauty desk that was made using a stained 2’ by 4’ pre-cut table top from the local hardware store and Big Bear brackets.  The lower shelf provides plenty of room to store their beauty products as well.  This was a huge hit!


Our floating shelves cleaned up that cluttered garage

SCAD designer utilizing Big Bear storageThe creation of the both the beauty and laundry area created ample space for the childrens’ play area. With the addition of some plastic containers, the Anderson’s belongings were packed up and stored in the utility/play end of the garage, giving back valuable floor space to the family.  At the surprise reveal, the Andersons were delighted with the new play space created.

Big Bear Shelving will be featured on Fix It and Finish It May 5th, 2015

How Jeff’s Shelving Dilemma Became Big Bear Brackets

Single BracketWe are excited and proud to announce the launch of a new venture, Big Bear Shelving.  This product is the culmination of years spent in an effort to design, build and produce strong, durable shelving at an affordable price, and manufactured exclusively in the United States.  Below you will find more information regarding the product and our vision, as well as the company’s history and formation, which you can also view on our website

Garage Shelving Ideas Start With a Storage Problem

If the proverb “necessity is the mother of invention” needed a poster child, Big Bear Shelving is the perfect candidate. The inventor of the Big Bear Shelving unit, Jeff Funderburk, conceptualized the bracket out of a basic need he encountered daily as a professional handyman – strong, efficient and affordable shelving units for various recreational and household belongings that could both utilize empty garage wall space and free up vital floor space.

Metal Storage Cabinets Didn’t Solve The Problem

Over the years he and his clients purchased just about every type of wall shelving and free-standing floor unit, all of which proved unsatisfactory or impractical from either a cost or utility perspective. More specifically, Jeff found that the commercially available wall shelving systems provided insufficient storage capacity and the floor shelving systems took up too much space – especially for anyone desiring to house their vehicles in the garage.  So Jeff bought some lumber at his local hardware store and set out to design and build a durable, custom shelving system to solve the problem.  The very first iteration of the bracket was actually made of lumber.  Through some basic trial and error Jeff determined that lumber was not going to be sufficient for the bracket to both support the additional shelving lumber but also hold the significant weight of what he needed to store.  Thus, the need for a stronger, more durable bracket material was born.

Shelving Brackets That Cost You Less Are Born

What Jeff created in 2012 was a product appropriately dubbed, “Big Bear Shelving.”  After several structure design revisions, extensive testing, multiple injection mold prototypes, and a host of different plastic/nylon/glass fusions, the final product you see above is the recipient of U.S. Letters (Utility) Patent No. 8,864,088.  It is a certified and proven garage organization system that will exceed the storage capacity (SF and weight) of any other product on the market at a fraction of the cost.

DIY Garage Shelves Anyone Can Build

A primary goal was to make this easy for the typical homeowner to build themselves and we believe we have achieved that as well. These homeowner friendly installation instructions can be found in both English and Spanish,  and this How To Video will make installation a snap for anyone. We invite you to share this great news with those on Facebook that might have a garage storage problem and from what we have seen, that includes many of our own family and friends. You can use these buttons below to share out to your favorite social media outlet and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.