By Guest Author: Joseph Kraehenbuehl
Here is a brief overview of various overhead storage options. Consider the pros and cons and decide what is the best match for your garage organizing challenge. Regardless of the alternative you select, bear in mind weight capacity of your overhead storage options and be safe.
You might construct an overhead rack from wood. This options calls for the proper tools for cutting wood, in addition to a little carpenter skill.. and time. For anybody who is comfortable fastening, cutting, and measuring this method could be right for you. Many sites supply free blueprints for hanging shelves, so you do not need to be a engineer. However one downside is that your decking will probably be a piece of wood. It's disadvantageous to wire decking since you can not see through this kind of decking to identify what you have stacked in the deeper areas of your shelf.
The next option is to install a metal storage shelf on the ceiling. If you have the professional equipment and a supply of angle iron, you could construct one on your own. But I predict you will not save yourself much money. Should you build your own solution, don't forget to factor in the cost of decking. If you choose to simply purchase an overhead shelf, you've got many brands to choose from including Strong Racks, Topp Rax, Onrax, SafeRacks, and Hyloft. This isn't a complete list of brands. Please read my other posts as I intend to do a review of each of those brand names.
I frequently see an image floating around on social media sites (Pinterest) of 2x4's attached to a garage ceiling creating tracks shaped like an upside down letter 'T' which has red totes that slip to the tracks. As neat as this setup seems, the distinctive bins with sturdy lips around the top are pricey. For the price to get a group of totes, you could just as well buy a rack in addition to pay someone to install it on your behalf. Moreover, the containers aren't transparent. I am a stickler for making use of clear bins for long-term storage simply because it can be so easy to forget what items you stored in each container. Labeling can be sufficient when you mark at least two sides of your bin and never store anything in the container that does not belong to that label. Or perhaps keep it uncomplicated and make use of transparent bins.
It's also possible to turn unused ceiling space into space for storing is installing narrow shelving around the edge of your garage. Once again, you've got the option to buy or build. A two-foot shelf is enough size to store a single row of totes. This style of shelving will not tempt you into burying your bins behind each other, however I hate the wasted space in the middle of the ceiling. One especially impressive solution you can purchase on the internet is the Monkey Bar storage shelf. They offer several configurations made by assembling standard pieces in a variety of combinations. Their product can be purchased like a ski rack, tool rack, shelf kit, etc. I specifically am fond of easily moveable hooks because it allows me to shuffle how I originally created to be my ideal order of hooks, but decided on little better way of organizing the hooks. This kind of mixing is not fun when I make use of numerous individual nails and hooks.
My closing suggestion for hanging storage is a powered lift. Smaller units such as the Racor brand lift has lower weight limits of 250 lbs. Garage Gator sells a flexible system of motor-driven cables and hooks with a similar capacity. And for the serious lifts, check out the Loft-It storage lift. This monster provides a 1200 pound capacity which means you can put a lawn tractor, motorcycle, or small watercraft onto it. It is costly, but less expensive than building an extra garage!
I hope you get the same pride and satisfaction from completing a handyman project as I do. Learn more about overhead garage storage and other garage organization methods at www.MaximizeGarageStorage.com
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