Garage Storage Solutions
By: Danny Lipford
Here are some great DIY storage solution ideas for your garage!
While children’s bikes are best lined against a wall for easy access, adult bikes can be hung upside down on plastic coated screw hooks from the ceiling to reduce clutter.
To install bike hooks on a garage ceiling:
- Measure the distance from hub to hub on the bike wheels to see how far to position the hooks apart.
- Find out which direction the garage ceiling joists run.
- Measure from the wall to the joist on which the bike will hang.
- Mark the hook positions on the ceiling of the garage.
- Drill pilot holes for the hooks.
- Screw the hooks through the ceiling and into the joist.
Watch How to Hang Bikes to find out more.
A garage ceiling is also a great place to store hanging plants in winter.
To make a hanging rack for plants:
- Install two screw hooks in the ceiling joists far enough apart to accommodate the plants.
- Cut a piece of metal pipe 2” longer than the distance between the hooks.
- Measure in 1” from each end of the pipe, and drill holes through the pipe to accommodate the two eye bolts.
- Insert the eye bolts in the holes and fasten in place with washers and nuts.
- Hang short lengths of chain from each of the ceiling hooks.
- Attach the chain to the eye bolts using “S” hooks.
Lawn and Garden Tool Rack
Racks with hooks mounted on a garage wall is a great way to store lawn and garden equipment.
To make a wall mounted rack for garden tools:
- Cut a 1”x 4” board to the desired length for the tools you have.
- Mount the board horizontally on the wall at the proper height with screws or nails.
- Attach hooks, nails, or premade racks to the board
- Hang your lawn and garden tools on the rack.
Watch How to Store Lawn & Garden Tools to find out more.
Shelves mounted on the wall provide additional storage in a garage.
To make wall mounted garage shelves:
- Measure the items you plan to store to be sure the shelves are deep enough and the proper distance apart.
- Measure down from the ceiling at each end of the garage, and mark the location of the shelves with a chalk line.
- Use a stud finder to mark the location of each stud on the chalk line.
- Cut 1” x 2” horizontal cleats to run the length of each shelf.
- Attach the cleats to the studs even with chalk lines using 2” drywall screws.
- Mount 1”x 4” vertical support strips in the studs every 32” beneath the cleats.
- Attach metal support brackets to the strips even with the top of the cleats using 2” or longer screws.
- Rip 3/4” particleboard, MDF, or plywood to width for the shelves.
- Screw the shelves to the brackets and cleats.
Watch How to Build Garage Storage Shelves to find out more.
A workbench also serves as additional storage space. We made ours 24” deep by 36” high:
- Attach a 1”x 2” horizontal cleat to the studs.
- Install 1”x 4” vertical support strips on 16” centers to each stud below the cleats.
- Screw metal support brackets to each stud flush with the top of the horizontal cleat.
- Cut two triangular particleboard or plywood end supports and attach to the cleat and support strips.
- Attach a particleboard or plywood top to the brackets and triangular supports.
- Glue and nail a 1”x 2” edging flush with the top of the countertop workbench.
Watch How to Build a Countertop Garage Workbench to find out more.
Other Garage Tips
Other garage organization tips include:
- “L” shaped wooden runners can be attached to the bottom of the workbench for slide out recycling bins.
- Discarded kitchen cabinets make perfect garage storage space.
- Home centers also stock inexpensive utility cabinets that can be used in a garage.
- Installing 3indoor/outdoor carpet around the perimeter of the garage with double sided carpet tape keeps dirt from being tracked into the house.
- Hang a practice golf ball from the ceiling on a piece of string so it touches the windshield when the car is far enough in for the garage door to close.
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Getting All the Caulking Out of a Tube
Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to get that last little bit of caulking to come out of the tube. To solve this problem, cut a 2″ long block of wood and insert it in the end of a caulking tube that’s almost used up. Put the tube in a caulking gun, snug up the plunger, and press the trigger. The block of wood extends the trigger action, so all of the caulking comes out of the tube. (Watch Video)
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