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Best Garage Storage Ideas

Updated on October 3, 2014

Garage Storage Ideas

Garages are like magnets for all kinds of stuff. What is needed is some garage storage ideas that will help you keep your garage from becoming a storage area and keep it a safe place for your car.

There are three storage areas in your garage, the garage walls, the garage floor, and the garage ceiling. Let's explor the best garage storage ideas.

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Garage Storage Ideas for Walls

The garage wall is a great place to store items and there are two places on the garage walls you have to determine what to store and where. The first is up high above your head. If your garage is big enough, you can install old kitchen cabinets, which I have in my garage. You can get old cabinets from someone who is redoing their kitchen, which will usually be cheap. Garage cabinets are great for storing extension chords, stains, paint cans, and other medium sized objects.

In case you don't have room for cabinets, another good option for the higher part of the wall is shelves. You will want to have a 24 inch deep shelf that is sturdy enough to hold a 24 gallon storage tote. Storage totes are great for christmas decorations, odd pieces of wood, or other larger type items.

The lower part of the wall you will want to be flatter against the garage, so this is a great place for a tool organizer or shelves that are only 12 inces deep. Of course, you'll want to save room for a bike hook.

Garage Storage Ideas for the Ceiling

One place people forget when building storage within their garage is the ceiling. The ceiling is great for storing items that are not used very often and tend to be bigger and bulkier than something that will fit along the wall or cabinet. Outdoor decorations or even gardening items are great for overhead storage.

Some of the overhead storage items are permanent meaning you will need a ladder to access the area, others have motorized lifts to bring the area up and down.

Garage Storage Ideas for the Floor

The floor of the garage is another place to store items. Have a simple tool chest on wheels or storage cabinets that sit on the garage floor is a great way to store toys for easy reach by kids. There are also floor storage areas for rakes and garden tools.

Garage Storage Systems

There are many different types of garage storage system. A garage storage system provides a way to add onto the system with different components are your needs change or grow.

A basic system is peg boards that allow you to organize your tools on a wall. Peg boards come with many different types of hooks to allow you to hang all different types of tools and household gadgets.

Another type of storage system consists of a wall mounted strip, like the Rubbermaid Fasttrack system. You then attach components to the strip which can be as big as cabinets, as small as a rake holder, and even include a wheelbarrow hook.

What is the best garage storage idea you have seen?

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      4 years ago

      Awesome lens!!! I love your work and it was enjoyable reading it. It was to-the-point and it proved useful for me because I've been looking for stuff that I can put in my garage to make it look different yet keep it inexpensive. I checked waterloostructures on the net to have some ideas. I think you've made it more convenient for us by listing all product images and their full names. Thank you very much.

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      4 years ago

      @IamShea: Yeah that's what I though at first!

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      rattie lm 

      6 years ago

      I like things hidden away, with sliding doors for a clean look.

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      6 years ago

      Where were all these great storage systems when I was growing up? With all the different products to choose from it can be hard to make a choice. Now if they only came with someone who would organize for you...... Good article!

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      6 years ago

      I really like getting the storage cabinets best. It's a nice neat look.


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