Are all those cardboard boxes in the corner
of your garage driving you crazy?
Holiday decorations, camping gear, seasonal
clothing and extra bedding take up valuable
space. And who can tell one brown box from
We've designed this system to get all that stuff
up and out of the way and into unclaimed space
near your garage ceiling. We built this handy system
around special reinforced plastic totes that
hang from carriages made from 2x4s and plywood
strips. In this article, we'll show you how to assemble
these simple carriages, align them perpendicular
to the ceiling joists, then anchor them into
place with lag screws. It's that easy. Add labels to
the sides of the totes and you can tell at a glance
where to find that long-term storage item. You can
build and install the carriages in an afternoon and
start organizing right away!
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If you don't have unused space above the garage door,
you can install this system just about anywhere. However,
keep the totes at least 2 ft. from light fixtures, door
springs and garage door openers.
The special reinforced totes we used (available from internet suppliers like usplastic.com, simplastics.com and others) are a bit stronger than those you'll find at home centers or department stores. The reinforced rims on these containers will support weights of 35 lbs. or more,
which is perfect for lightweight storage. And the totes will
be easy enough to lift into place while you're standing on
a ladder. To be on the safe side, the total weight of all the
totes shouldn't exceed 210 lbs., so find a different place to
store books and heavy hardware. Custom plastic lids are
also available for dust-free storage.
If you use other types of containers, measure the rims
carefully and adjust the bottom flange width to assure
full support. And no matter what joist spacing you find
(24 in. or 16 in.), be sure to fasten the carriages with at
least four lag screws.
Before you order your totes, measure the
height above your garage door and find
totes that'll work. Our 13-in.-deep totes
required 18 in. of clearance, including the
carriages. For lower clearances, you can
buy totes that are 8 and 10 in. deep but
with the same top size.
Note: A Materials List and Cutting List are available in Additional Information below.