If you've got a lot of stuff lying around your garage, then you're probably knocking over bikes and tripping over building materials more than you'd like. Check out this collection of clever, simple, low-cost garage storage tips that will instantly get your bikes, tools, construction materials and lawn equipment off the floor and out from under foot.
Plastic lattice works
well for storing long
lengths of miscellaneous
pipe, trim, flashing
and conduit. Just
cut matching pieces,
then screw 2x4 cleats to
the ceiling and screw
the lattice to the wall
studs and cleats. Now
you can quickly find
those oddball leftovers
instead of going to the
hardware store and
buying yet another
Here's how to store your lawn and folding chairs so
they're out of your way. Take two pieces of 1x4 lumber
(any scrap lumber will do) and create some simple,
cheap and useful brackets on the wall. Cut each
board 7-3/4 in. long with a 30-degree angle on both
ends. Fasten pairs of these brackets with three 2-in.
screws to the side of the exposed wall studs, directly
across from each other, and you've got a perfect
place to hang your chairs.
Elastic cords can quickly become a tangled mess.
Find the one you need at a glance with this handy
rack made from 3- or 4-in. PVC pipe. Just drill 1/2-in.-
diameter holes in the pipe to match the slightly
stretched lengths of your cords. Keep it in your
garage, trunk or shop, out of the reach of children.
Hanging electrical cords and
hoses on thin hooks or nails
can cause kinks and damage
the sheathing and wires. Use
pieces of 3-in. ABS plastic
plumbing pipe to make simple,
Screw 3-in. end caps to a
2x6 with two 1-5/8-in. screws.
Fender washers under the
screw heads keep them from
pulling through the plastic.
Then cement on 8-in. lengths
of end-capped pipe. These
“hooks” are very strong!
Build this moveable bike rack from a 2x4
and a pair of bicycle hooks. Cut four 3-1/2-in. blocks, stack two on top of each other,
and screw them together. Now screw them on the end of a 4-ft. 2x4 and repeat the
process for the other side. Drill a hole in the middle of the stacked blocks and screw in
the bicycle hooks. Lay the rack across your garage ceiling joists, and hang your bike
from the hooks. When you need to get behind the bike, simply slide the entire rack out
of the way.
Closet pole and shelf brackets can also keep your bikes up and out of the way of
car doors and bumpers. Just screw the brackets to the wall studs. Line the pole carriage
with self-stick hook-and-loop strips so it won't scratch your bike frame.
Cut an old hose into 7-in. pieces, slit them, and
nail them to the wall to make good holders for
handled tools in the garage.
Shelf brackets designed to support clothes hanger rods
aren't just for closets. The rod-holding hook on these
brackets comes in handy in the garage and workshop
too. You can bend the hook to suit long tools or cords.
Closet brackets cost about $3 each at home centers and
Use this storage rack for
lumber and other long stuff.
Simply drill a line of 3/4-in.
holes about 1-1/2 in. deep in
adjacent studs, angling the
holes slightly downward.
Then insert 15-in.-long sections
pipe. Keep the lowest pipes
at least 6 ft. above the floor
so you won't crack your skull
Stow bulky items overhead by cementing together a simple
rack from 2-in. 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.
Create a simple long-handled tool
hanger out of two 1x4s. On the first
one, drill a series of 2-in. holes
along the edge of the board. The
trick is to center each hole about 1
in. from the edge. That leaves a 1-
1/2-in. slot in the front that you can
slip the handles through. Space
the holes to accommodate whatever
it is you're hanging. Screw that
board to another 1x4 for the back
and add 45-degree brackets to
keep it from sagging.
Store a load of cords, air hoses, ropes and tools on this
rugged rack. To build one, you'll need:
Assemble the pipe, elbows, nipples and floor flanges,
then screw through the flanges to a horizontal 2x4 set at
shoulder height on a garage or shop wall. Attach your S-hooks.
If yours don't fit, clamp the hooks in a vise and bend
open one end just enough to fit on the pipe after assembly.
Now snap Cable Clamps on all your coils and hang them
from the S-hooks.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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