Garage Organization: Create Recycle Bin Hangers

Organize your recycling bins

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.

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