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Garage Organization: Create Recycle Bin Hangers

Recycling bins can take up way too much floor space in the kitchen or mudroom. Here's an easy project that will get them up off the floor and out of the way, and it costs almost nothing.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Find the studs, then attach the bin holders

Here’s a simple, no-nonsense way to prevent your recycling bins from hogging precious floor space or getting kicked around the garage: Hang them on the wall.

For a standard 20-in.-long bin, all you need is an 18-in.-long 2x4 at the bottom of the column of bins, and a 1x4 and a 2x4, both 18 in. long, for the top lip of each bin. Level and screw the bottom 2x4 cleat to studs wherever you want the column to start. Then screw the top cleat pieces together with 1-5/8-in. screws (Photo 1). Use the bin as a spacer to position the top cleat for each bin. Draw a line to mark the top of the cleat (Photo 1) and then screw it to the wall with 3-in. screws (Photo 2). Repeat the process for each bin, hang them on the wall and then you can stop kicking those cans!

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Miter saw
    • Cordless drill
    • Tape measure
    • Stud finder
    • Level

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • 2x4
    • 1x4
    • 3" drywall screws
    • 1-5/8" drywall screws

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September 12, 6:55 PM [GMT -5]

I did something similar. I screwed 2 plastic coated hooks into the 2' side of a 2x4 and screwed the 2x4 to the wall, and hung the lip of the recycling bin into the hooks!

August 23, 9:49 AM [GMT -5]

This is a brilliant idea, moving into new house next month, and will be doing this for sure..

March 23, 6:00 PM [GMT -5]

I just completed this project. It took less than an hour and works perfectly.

September 24, 5:01 PM [GMT -5]

I just did this over the weekend. It worked like a charm. Now I'm not stumbling over recycle bins every time I go into my garage

March 30, 10:25 PM [GMT -5]

I did this after seeingit in Family handy man magizine but they would not stay up on wall even empty
Not sure what i did wrong
My bins were a bit flimsy thin gray plastic not solid hard looking plastic like these

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