Hanging Garage Storage
One of the best things about hanging garage storage is that you’re using up space that never actually has any practical function. Since you’re planning to store items overhead or mount them in walls, you don’t lose any ground space so you always have the advantage of a wider area. There are various options to choose from when installing hanging storage so here’s how to find one that’s perfect for your garage.
1. Overhead racks. These appear very sleek and clean. They are strong and durable as well able to hold around 200 to 300 lbs. worth of various items. The racks may be made of hardwood or steel with powder coating. The racks measure anywhere from 3 to 12 square feet or more depending on your preference since a lot of these can come custom-made to fit your entire garage wall if you wish to. The racks come in very useful in storing tools, wires and large parts.
2. Hanging racks. These are similar to overhead racks but are set on your garage ceiling instead. These are very convenient and can store items of up to 1,000 lbs. depending on the grid measurement and bar diameter. Standard bars on the grid have a diameter of 1/2 to 3/4 inch but stronger and more stable ones may be an inch thick. These may have foldable flaps as well just like overhead racks extending out to around 8 to 12 inches. You can store huge items overhead like bicycles, shovels and power tools.
3. Storage loft. These are more durable and solid compared to hanging racks. The loft hangs from garage rafters making a heavy duty shelf. The 24 x 48-inch plastic platform alone can hold up to 300 lbs. of objects. There are strong ones made of hardwood or steel that can cover 1 to 3 tons.
Some of these lofts are ready-made and easy to assemble while others may be custom-made and installed professionally in your garage ceiling for maximum safety. Storage lofts are ideal for garages measuring at least 13 feet in height. You get to store the heaviest of objects as well as those you don’t usually use on a regular basis.
Smaller Hanging Storage
Hanging hooks are common sights in most garages and you can install these easily with the use of a screwdriver. These are fairly strong and able to hold standard tools and small to medium-sized parts. Feel free to fill your walls with these hooks. Another idea would be to take wicker baskets or plastic bins with drilled holes and mount them on the hooks so you can store more pieces and organize very small parts, nuts and bolts. Rags, towels and other cleaning cloths are ideally place on these hanging storage pieces.
Hanging cabinets are also standard in most garages. These look like the ones in your kitchen. Standard sizes range from 12 x 12 to 24 x 36 inches. You may be able to find free or bargain ones at garage or yard sales. Your neighbors may have old kitchen cupboards and cabinets that they no longer use so invest in these and nail them on your wall for extra hanging space. By installing these pieces overhead, you may possible make the entire floor area free of clutter or dirt. When hanging stuff, you may want to attach tag labels for easier location.