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Simple Garage or Workshop Storage Solutions

By: Danny Lipford

While the garage is a great place for storage, it often becomes cluttered, making it hard to find what you need. Here are some easy projects to allow you to get even more storage space out of your garage while keeping it organized.


Turn scraps of leftover treated wood into pallets to keep items such as bags of fertilizer off the concrete floor. Simply nail the scraps to cross members to make pallets that are two layers thick.

Wide Shelves

In garages without interior walls, notch the shelves around the studs so items don’t fall behind them. These shelves are made from 16” wide composite material supported by the same triangular brackets that we used on our garage workbench. After cutting the shelves to length, hold them in place and mark around the studs then cut the notches with a jigsaw

Screw the brackets to the side of the studs, making sure they are level, then slide the notched shelves on and attach them to the brackets.


Coated hooks are the perfect solution for hanging everything from tools to extension cords on the wall.

Pivoting Keeper

The open space between studs is a good place to store brooms and other long handled tools. Attach a piece of 1”x4” to the face of a stud with a single screw. Make a notched keeper from two pieces of 1”x2”, and attach it to the next stud to hold the 1”x4” in place. Pivot the board up to remove the tools and down to keep them from falling out.

Narrow Shelves

The open space between studs is also a great place to put smaller shelves that can hold spray cans, boxes of nails, and even quarts of paint. Cut 1”x4”s to fit between the studs and nail them in place. A strip of lattice molding can be attached to the front to secure the cans, or left off to accommodate larger objects.


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  • Shain Emerine Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    My customers would be surprised that I have shelves like you present in my older storage building, but long before we started Gorgeous Garage of East Texas, I was making my own shelves and making use of every inch of available space. I like your ingenuity and recommendations that are great for unfinished garages and for those who are DIY or don’t do it all people.

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    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Hi Austin,
    Glad to hear the in wall storage shelves worked out for you. Keep up the good work!

  • Austin Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    hey danny i used your method for the small shelves in between the studs i did things a little different though see my shop is not like most mine is in our barn so we have 4×4’s every 8ft and cross braces but i made the shelf before i hung it on the wall so it has its own sides it works great im only 13 and you have gave me a lot of good ideas and the all have turned out great!

    February 2nd, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Just bought 4 year old house in eastern Pa. many of your tips WILL help me in using aLL the space since this is my retirement home and not as big as my old house THANKS

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Simple Garage or Workshop Storage Solutions