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Garage Storage for Bicycles

Floor stand is easy to use. Bicycle Floor Stand. Photo: Delta Cycle Corp.

There are three main types of bicycle storage devices for garages:

Floor stands (right). Children who ride bicycles often like to just drop them and run off. If you want to change this habit, consider getting a floor stand. Of all such storage devices, it’s the easiest to use.

Up to four bikes can be hung from this pole system. Bicycle Support Post Stand. Photo: SportRack

Support posts (left). You can also lean bicycles or other large gear against a post. If you add elastic cords or hooks, the bikes will be even more secure. For two-story storage on support posts, look in a bike shop. The post shown here holds up to four bicycles. It works best in garages with high ceilings.[GARD align=”right”]

Pulley rigs. With a pulley system, you can store large items near the ceiling to preserve space below. You can buy a pulley system that works like mini-blinds. It has a built-in stop to keep items up. A gentle tug releases the mechanism to lower the object.

Screw these pulleys directly to ceiling framing if the wood runs in the same direction you want to store things. Or attach the pulleys to plywood first and then screw the panels to the joists. You must use this method if the joists run crosswise to the pulley direction. copyright-sun

Garage Wall Storage Systems

Snap-in locks can keep pegboard hooks from falling out. Photo: The Lehigh Group

When it comes to organizing tools, equipment, and other paraphernalia in your garage, a variety of wall-mounted systems are affordable, effective, and great at saving space. Following is a closer look at some of the most popular options:

Pegboard Storage Systems

Pegboard is an old favorite for garage storage, and it continues to be a simple, economical, and versatile choice. A pegboard system is also easy to install, making it a great project for do-it-yourselfers.

Standard pegboard is a manufactured-wood product that comes in various thicknesses and bears rows and columns of holes. Hooks then sit within these holes and hold tools.

Heavy-duty pegboard hangers are stable and designed to stay in place. Photo: Griot’s Garage

Basic J hooks, which have a crook in their design that allows them to hang onto pegboard, can be further secured by using peg locks. A variety of hooks-including kits-are available.

You may prefer the natural color of pegboard, or you may choose to paint it. Light colors are usually best because they will contrast with dark tools, allowing you to see your gear without difficulty.

To take your organization a step further, you may want to outline the shapes of your tools onto the pegboard so that you will always know where to place each item after use.

A sheet of 1/4-inch-thick pegboard (lesser thicknesses are more easily warped and damaged) that is 4 by 8 feet is usually enough for most garage storage, but you can certainly buy more or less according to your needs.[GARD align=”right”]

To install pegboard, glue furring strips 1⁄2 by 1 inch or 1 by 2 inches around the backside’s edges. You may choose to add more strips, spaced at intervals, to provide extra support, particularly if you are hanging a very large piece of pegboard.

Adhere the panel to the wall, inserting long screws through the furring strips and into wall studs.

Metal pegboard is another choice for those who like the look of steel or may be seeking a sturdier option for weighty tools. These come with mounting screws and utilize their own hook and hanger accessories.

Also see French Cleat Wall Storage.

Metal Wall Storage Grids

Heavy-duty shelf brackets lock into wire grid systems. Photo: Schulte Corp.

Metal grids are an attractive, sturdy way to keep your garage organized. Their durable construction can support a variety of hooks, baskets, shelves, and other accessories.

For a grid that needs to hold lots of heavy items, choose one with 1/4-inch-thick bars with welded intersections. Use 5/16-inch lag bolts to attach them securely to wall studs. These heavy-duty grids can also be attached to the ceiling.

Grid systems are designed to store just about anything in the garage. Photo: Garage Grids

Depending on the weight of the items you intend to hang from them, you may want to attach them to rafters or joists.

Lighter grids made with metal wire are ideal for organizing a wall over a workbench or the space next to a door. Wire shelves can be used with grid systems. To hold heavy items, use shelves that come with a support bracket that attaches to the grid.

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Garage Storage Cabinets & Shelving Buying Guide

garage storage cabinets and organizationWindquest Companies Inc.

In this garage, upper and lower cabinets and a slot-wall organization system provide both hidden and quickly accessible storage.

If your garage is a disorganized mess, you can get it under control with the help of several types of garage storage and organization systems. You can either build garage storage yourself, or buy storage gear through home improvement retailers and online sources such as Amazon (see bottom of page). These can help you to reduce clutter, improve organization, and store seasonal items more conveniently. The most popular types of garage storage and organization aids are cabinets, shelves, various wall-mounted racks, and plastic containers.

Garage storage cabinets work well for hiding clutter and protecting their contents from moisture and dust. [easyazon_link keywords=”Garage shelves” locale=”US” tag=”hometips”]Garage shelves[/easyazon_link] tend to be more affordable than cabinets; they efficiently save space and make paraphernalia more accessible by getting it off the floor, optimizing the amount of storage you can get per square foot of floor space.

Wall-mounted storage racks, the most affordable of all, are great for keeping tools as well as equipment handy. Store items that need to be protected from moisture inside [easyazon_link keywords=”plastic storage containers” locale=”US” tag=”hometips”]plastic storage containers[/easyazon_link]. Buy the type that stack; clear plastic works well because it allows you to see what’s inside.
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Full-scale integrated [easyazon_link keywords=”garage storage systems” locale=”US” tag=”hometips”]garage storage systems[/easyazon_link] look appealing, but be advised that they typically cost several thousand dollars. If you decide to opt for one of these, don’t be fooled by promotional photos that showcase neatly organized, nearly empty garages. Think about what you need to store immediately and in the future, especially if you’ve just cleaned out your garage. Adjustable shelves can add flexibility if your needs change. However, be aware that adding extra accessories like baskets and racks can quickly make a reasonably priced system very expensive.

Garage Storage Cabinets

Cabinet systems are made of plywood, particleboard, plastic, or—more expensive—metal. The least expensive option is standard particleboard, but industrial particleboard is stronger and smoother.

garage storage cabinetsWindquest Companies Inc.

Short legs keep these cabinets up off of the garage floor.

Cabinets made from plywood or particleboard are typically coated with thin melamine or high-pressure laminate. Although it’s more expensive than melamine, high-pressure laminate is thicker, tougher, and more water-resistant. Particleboard shelves with high-pressure laminate can bear three times the weight of uncoated or melamine-coated particleboard.

Another advantage of high-pressure laminate is the wide variety of colors and patterns available; melamine only comes in a few colors.

A good depth for lower cabinets is 24 inches, especially if you plan on putting a workbench on top of them. A 12-inch-deep upper cabinet can keep items more accessible, but consider adding just a few inches, which can increase storage space considerably. If you’re planning on storing bins or boxes behind closed doors, keep their dimensions in mind when choosing cabinets.

Adjustable shelves, upper and lower cabinets, and sturdy drawers give you lots of enclosed space to keep items organized and dust-free.

Water ruins particleboard, so it’s important to isolate particleboard cabinetry from moisture. Many manufacturers include hardware to mount cabinets to the wall, but be aware that mounting cabinets on the wall may decrease the amount of weight they can store. Short legs beneath cabinets are a good solution.

Garage Storage Shelving

garage storage shelvingThe Container Store

Metal shelves on adjustable wall standards can handle heavy-duty items.

When it comes to maximizing storage, shelving gives you the biggest bang for your buck. If shelves are part of your organization solution, be sure they are sturdy enough to handle the weight you intend to put on them. The shelf material makes a big difference. For average loads, a typical ¾-inch shelf made of plywood or pine will span 34 inches between supports. The same shelf made of particleboard will span 19 inches, and medium-density fiberboard will span 21 inches. For sturdier shelves, choose metal systems with adjustable vertical standards.

Open shelving should be deep enough to easily accommodate bulky items.

overhead garage storage racksHyLoft

Hanging from the garage tie-joists, this top-mounted rack holds containers and a ladder.

Although manufacturers sometimes suggest installing the top rail and then hanging the standards from it, a shelving system will support more weight if you attach the standards directly to wall studs. Doing so can increase the system’s weight tolerance by up to 600 pounds per standard.

Overhead shelves are a great idea for storing lightweight items that would otherwise take up considerable space, such as sleeping bags.

Garage Wall Storage Systems

garage storage pegboard hooksThe Lehigh Group

Snap-in locks can keep pegboard hooks from falling out.

When it comes to organizing tools, equipment, and other paraphernalia in your garage, a variety of wall-mounted systems are affordable, effective, and great at saving space. Following is a closer look at some of the most popular options:

Pegboard Storage Systems

[easyazon_link keywords=”Pegboard” locale=”US” tag=”hometips”]Pegboard[/easyazon_link] is an old favorite for garage storage, and it continues to be a simple, economical, and versatile choice. A pegboard system is also easy to install, making it a great project for do-it-yourselfers.

Standard pegboard is a manufactured hardboard product that comes drilled with rows and columns of holes meant to hold hooks and racks that, in turn, hold tools.

garage storage metal pegboard with hangersGriot's Garage

Colorful metal pegboard, with custom hangers, is both strong and attractive.

Basic J hooks, which have a crook in their design that allows them to hang onto pegboard, can be further secured by using peg locks. A variety of hooks—including kits—are available.

Pegboard can be painted or left natural. Light colors are usually best because they contrast with dark tools, allowing you to see your gear without difficulty. To take organization a step further, some people like to outline the shapes of tools onto the pegboard so they always know where to place each item after use.

Choose 1/4-inch-thick pegboard—lesser thicknesses are more easily warped and damaged. A standard sheet is 4 by 8 feet.

To install pegboard, glue 1 by 2s around the backside’s edges, and horizontally every 16 inches. Attach the panel to the wall by driving long screws through the panel and 1-by-2 strips and into wall studs.

Metal pegboard, powder coated in various colors, is a more expensive and durable choice for those seeking a sturdier option for weighty tools. These come with mounting screws and utilize their own hook and hanger accessories.

Metal Wall Storage Grids

heavy duty garage storage shelves on gridSchulte Corp.

Heavy-duty shelf brackets lock into wire grid systems.

[easyazon_link keywords=”Metal wall storage grids” locale=”US” tag=”hometips”]Metal wall storage grids[/easyazon_link] are an attractive, sturdy way to keep your garage organized. Their durable construction can support a variety of hooks, baskets, shelves, and other accessories.

For a grid that needs to hold lots of heavy items, choose one with 1/4-inch-thick rods with welded intersections. Use 5/16-inch lag bolts to attach them securely to wall studs. These heavy-duty grids can also be attached to the ceiling.

garage storage gridsGarage Grids

Grid systems are designed to store just about anything in the garage, from sports equipment to tools and bikes.

Depending on the weight of the items you intend to hang from them, you may want to attach them to rafters or joists.

Lighter grids made with metal wire are ideal for organizing a wall over a workbench or the space next to a door. Wire shelves can be used with grid systems. To hold heavy items, use shelves that come with a support bracket that attaches to the grid.

Slotwall Garage Storage

slotwall panels for garage storageStoreWALL

Extruded PVC slotwall system is available in colors and wood tones.

[easyazon_link keywords=””Slotwall” storage systems” locale=”US” tag=”hometips”]”Slotwall” storage systems[/easyazon_link] have been used in store displays for years to hang racks and shelves for merchandise; now you can use them to organize your garage. Also called “slatwall” storage, a system consists of grooved wall panels that shelves, hooks, baskets, and cabinets clip onto or slide into for flexible, coordinated storage.

Store-display slotwall systems are generally made from medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, while garage systems are usually PVC or CVPC (a similar type of plastic).

Manufacturers of plastic systems often caution that humid climates can damage MDF systems. MDF is less expensive, but it is vulnerable to water and insects, so choose the material based on your garage’s environment.

Plastic systems are easy to handle, lightweight, and available in smaller pieces than MDF systems (strips 12 or 15 inches wide by 8 or 10 feet long compared to 4-by-8-foot sheets weighing 100 pounds). Either way, you’ll need 3 inches between slots for the most versatility.

MDF slotwall is great for hanging sports gear and lighter items—it holds about 35 pounds per 6-inch bracket. For cabinets and other heavier items, use plastic panels or MDF with aluminum-coated grooves, both of which are twice as strong as bare MDF.

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Slot Wall Garage Storage

Photo: StoreWALL

“Slotwall” storage systems have been used in store displays for years to hang racks and shelves for merchandise; now you can use them to organize your garage. Also called “slatwall” storage, a system consists of grooved wall panels that shelves, hooks, baskets, and cabinets clip onto or slide into for flexible, coordinated storage.

Store-display slotwall systems are generally made from medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, while garage systems are usually PVC or CVPC (a similar type of plastic).

Manufacturers of plastic systems often caution that humid climates can damage MDF systems, but stores all over the country have been using them without issue. MDF is less expensive, but it is vulnerable to water and insects, so choose what your system is made from based on the environment in your garage.

Slot wall garage storage is great for hang-ups! Photo: Windquest Companies Inc.

Plastic systems are easy to handle, lightweight, and come in smaller pieces than MDF systems (strips 12 or 15 inches wide by 8 or 10 feet long compared to 4-by-8-foot sheets weighing 100 pounds). Either way, you’ll need 3 inches between slots for the most versatility.

MDF slotwall is great for hanging sports gear and lighter items-it holds about 35 pounds per 6-inch bracket. For cabinets and other heavier items, use plastic panels or MDF with aluminum-coated grooves, both of which are twice as strong as bare MDF.[GARD align=”right”]

Garage Shelving

Photo: The Container Store

Shelves will likely be the bulk of your garage storage, so it’s important to make sure you have the right ones for your needs. Buying shelving that is too weak to bear the weight of the items to be stored will only defeat your organizational efforts.

Make sure you’re providing enough support for the materials used in your system’s construction. For example, if your shelving is made from 3/4-inch-thick particleboard, it should not span more than 19 inches without support. Medium-density fiberboard shelves of the same thickness need support every 21 inches. Plywood or pine boards can span up to 34 inches.[GARD align=”left”]

For sturdier shelves, choose metal systems with two rows of holes in the vertical standards- they support about twice as much weight as single-track racks, and brackets mount to them more securely.

Photo: HyLoft

Although manufacturers sometimes suggest installing the top rail and then hanging the standards from it, a shelving system will support more weight if you attach the standards to wall studs. Doing so can increase the system’s weight tolerance by up to 600 pounds per standard.

Overhead shelves are a great idea for storing lightweight items that would otherwise take up a lot of space, such as sleeping bags. With ladder brackets installed for extra support, the shelving itself can be very lightweight.

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Setting Up a Garage Storage System

The tidy coordination of a full-scale integrated garage storage system can be appealing, but it comes with a hefty price tag of several thousand dollars. To make sure your investment is worth it, consider the following:

Storage Capacity

Don’t be fooled by promotional photos that showcase neatly organized (read: nearly empty) garages. Think about what you need to store immediately and in the future, especially if you’ve just cleaned out your garage. Adjustable shelves can add flexibility if your needs change. However, be aware that adding extra accessories like baskets and racks can quickly make a reasonably priced system expensive.[GARD align=”right”]

Dimensions

Height, width, and depth are critical factors when configuring workspaces and choosing storage options. Open shelving should be deep enough to easily accommodate bulky items. For cabinetry, 2 feet is a good depth for lower cabinets, especially if you plan on putting a workbench on top of them. A 12-inch-deep upper cabinet can keep items more accessible, but consider adding just a few inches, which can increase storage space considerably. If you’re planning on storing bins or boxes behind closed doors, keep their dimensions in mind when choosing cabinets.

Accessories

Try not to base your storage purchases on accessories, such as specialized racks for sporting gear or yard equipment. While these units are useful, the amount of storage and quality of a system is the most important consideration. Extras can always be added later.

French Cleat Wall Storage

A French-cleat system is a classically easy and inexpensive way to mount storage cabinetry in a garage. Just follow these simple do-it-yourself steps:

1Using a table saw, cut a pair of 2 by 4s or void-free plywood at least 3/4 by 3 inches thick to the width of the cabinet you are planning to mount. Then cut a 45-degree bevel along each cleat.

2Position one cleat at the height you want the cabinet to be. Point the beveled edge up and screw the cleat into wall studs.

3Position the other cleat on the top back of the cabinet with the beveled edge pointing down. Glue the cleat in place and then screw the ends to the cabinet’s top and side edges. Attach a spacer the same thickness as the cleat along the bottom of the cabinet so the cabinet will hang level against the wall.

4Position the cabinet so the cleats lock together. Add screws where the top cleat crosses wall studs to secure the cabinet.

French cleats can also be used to hang storage boxes-just attach a cleat as you would molding along a wall and screw another cleat onto the box. If the box will carry light items, the second cleat does not need to be screwed into the studs.

You can also add heavy-duty hooks to a cleat for items that have hanging straps such as many types of garden tools.

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