14 Products to Maximize Your Overhead Garage Storage
Don’t let the garage space above your head go to waste! Your garage ceiling is a great place to store building supplies, seasonal décor, outdoor furniture, sporting equipment and more. Make sure you maximize this space with some of these helpful products!
Add A Hook
Maximize the overhead garage storage space under your garage doors, by adding on to your existing garage door track with J-style hooks like these Praxis Model Add-a-Hooks. Hang long items like ladders, yard tools, even few spare pieces of 2×4.
Use a Net
Create additional overhead garage storage space when you hang a cargo net from the ceiling and store oddly shaped sporting goods or seasonal decor. You can store light-weight items that would otherwise take up floor space. Check out this inexpensive cargo net.
Use a couple 2x4s and a pair of 2-way adjustable hooks to create dropped shelving. These brackets can hold 50 lbs. each, so it’s best to use them for lighter loads.
No Ladders Needed
No need for a ladder when you can bring the storage down to you with a ceiling storage lift. This ceiling storage lift by Racor is perfect for storing bulky items that would normally take up floor space like outdoor furniture, boxes and totes.
Nothing is more versatile and cost effective as basic coated garage hooks for garage ideas. Screw-in hooks to rafters or ceiling beams to hang anything from bikes to tools — just make sure to install properly and not exceed load recommendations.
Pulleys Ease the Pain
If you own a heavy bike, or lack the strength to lift it over your head, try a ceiling mounted pulley system and let physics ease the effort. This bike lift by Racor is easy to install and use.
Use spring action to grab your bike by mounting a claw-style bike hook on your garage ceiling or rafters. This hook, made by Gladiator, is available at Home Depot.
Add a simple shelf for additional overhead garage storage with an adjustable height ceiling storage rack. This garage ceiling storage rack by Suncast is available at Target.
No two garages are the same, so choose a ceiling storage rack with adjustable heights to fit your needs or garage space. Hang a shallow rack above the open garage door and deeper shelf where your garage door track stops to maximize your vertical space.
Try a Sling
Hang slings from the ceiling to store long narrow sporting equipment like kayaks, canoes, paddleboards or skis against a wall and off the ground. This SlingTwo double kayak storage system is available online form Wayfair.
Access the Attic
Install a pull-down attic ladder to better access attic or overhead garage storage. When not in use, it folds back up and out of the way. But before you add extra weight to your trusses, make sure they’re rated for storage.
Stay Away from Cardboard
Ditch the cardboard boxes and store your overhead garage storage items in heavy-duty latching totes. These will keep moisture, bugs, and pests out better than cardboard, and can be labeled with duct-tape and a sharpie for easy identification.
Canvas Storage Bags Protect Decorations
Protect bulky seasonal decorations like artificial trees and wreaths from garage dust and dirt by storing them in canvas storage bags. Tuck a dryer sheet in before zipping to deter insects and critters.
Try Attic-Decking Panels
To maximize the overhead garage storage space above garage rafters, install attic decking panels to create a useable and accessible surface for storage. Before you start this project, though, consult a knowledgeable building professional to make sure your rafters are rated for the extra loads.