Things to Consider When Designing a Garage Storage Cabinets

Wire Shelving in the Garage

Maximize your garage storage space quickly and easily with simple and inexpensive shelves, baskets and hooks. And these garage storage racks will only take you one morning to achieve garage happiness.

Fishing Rod Organizer

It gets really annoying when your fishing rods getting tangled, so we came up with this easy fishing rod organizer. All you need is a length of 3-in.-diameter PVC pipe and a foam swimming pool noodle for this DIY garage storage system. Drill 1-in. holes spaced every 4 in. in the PVC pipe. Use a utility knife to cut slits in the foam noodle, spacing them 4 in. apart. Line up the pool noodle on the wall so that at least two of the slits sit over studs. Pull those slits apart, slide in a fender washer, and screw the noodle to the wall with 2-in. screws. Then screw the PVC pipe to the wall beneath it at a comfortable height and insert your fishing rods.

Stack Bins the Easy Way

Plastic storage bins are one of the great garage storage cabinet systems to separate and organize your equipment by sport or season. Unfortunately, they usually get stacked against a wall somewhere, which makes getting to the bottom bins difficult, especially if you have smaller children. Luckily, a permanent DIY garage solution can done easily with easy-to-build storage towers that is ingenious way to provide easy access to your bins. Consider different color bins for each sport to make finding what you need a breeze, and utilize the sides of the wooden frame for wall-mounted accessory items such as fishing rod holders or utility hooks for lightweight equipment.

Car Care Products Cabinet

Organize your auto lubricants, fluids and other items in this simple shelf/work table cabinet. You can mount a fold-up door on special hinges; these cabinets will store chemicals in a separate place to keep them away from children.

Store More on Walls

If you mount hooks, brackets and other hardware only on studs, you’re wasting lots of opportunities for garage wall ideas. The best strategy is to add a layer of 3/4-in. plywood over the drywall or bare studs. That gives you a continuous fastening surface, so you can mount storage hardware easily, arrange items in a space-efficient way and cram more stuff onto the wall. You can double the storage capacity of the wall with plywood and inexpensive hardware.

Canvas Storage Bags Protect Decorations

Protect bulky seasonal decorations like artificial trees and wreaths from garage dust and dirt by storing them in canvas storage bags. Tuck a dryer sheet in before zipping to deter insects and critters.

Garage Ceiling Track Storage

Get those big plastic storage bins up off the garage floor and onto the ceiling. Screw 2x2s to the ceiling framing with 3-1/2-in. screws should be spaced every 2 to 3 ft. Use the bins as a guide for spacing the 2x2s. The lips on the bins should just brush against the 2x2s when you’re sliding the bins into place. Then you need to center and screw 1x4s to the 2x2s with 2-in screws. The garage ceiling is a perfect place to store light and medium weight seasonal items like holiday decorations and camping gear.

Flexible Garage Storage Wall

This storage system solves two challenges: first, how to design storage space for the narrow alley between the garage side wall and your car; and second, how to create a solid mounting surface to hold shelves and cabinets that are capable of carrying hundreds of pounds of stuff. The solution is to create a framework of horizontal wood strips and inexpensive shelf standards. It can hold almost any arrangement of shelving and hooks, at any point on the wall, and it’s easy to rearrange.

Add Garage Cabinets

The garage is so frequently used as a catch-all for home improvement projects and off-season gear, these easy cabinets will be well worth your time and money. His is one plan for an easy storage system that can be modified to suit any garage. The best part is an 8-foot tall unit clocks in at only about $27 per linear foot–less than what pre-assembled shelving at the home center would run you. The materials include melamine, selected for its reasonable cost and the fact that is needs no finish, plus pine 1x4s. Plan out your configurations with masking tape on the wall and floors, ensuring that each cabinet has at least on stud behind it so it can be securely fastened.

Garage Corner Shelves

Who couldn’t use a few more shelf space in the garage? You probably already have shelves in the obvious spots, but what about in the corners? This nifty corner shelf is fast, easy and cheap. Use scrap plywood or oriented strand board to make shelves that fit snugly between the corner studs and support them with 1×1 cleats. These corner shelves are perfect for storing smaller items such as glues, oils, waxes and polishes, which get lost on larger shelves.

Overhead Storage in the Garage

Stow bulky items overhead by cementing together a simple rack from 2″ PVC pipes and fittings. Bolt the straight pipe to the ceiling joists to support heavy loads, and screw the angled pieces from the ‘wye’ connectors into the cross brace to stabilize the whole rack. The PVC’s smooth surface makes for easy loading and unloading.

Garage Storage Tubes

Cardboard concrete-forming tubes are inexpensive (you can purchase at any home center or find them online on Amazon) and provide a great place to store baseball bats, long-handled tools and rolls of just about anything. Rest the tubes on a piece of 2×4 to keep them high and dry. Secure each tube to a garage stud with a plumbing strap.

Garage-Wall Tool Holder

If you have lots of rakes, shovels, brooms and garden tools cluttering your garage, but not a lot of wall to hang them on, try this. Cut two 16 x 16-in. pieces from 1/2-in. plywood and screw them to a wall stud at a slight upward angle. Then slide in your tools.

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