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19 Best Garage Storage Ideas for Maximizing Space

Organizing your garage is a daunting task, but we've got you covered with these garage storage ideas for maximizing space.

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Customized Garage Storage

If your garage looks like a junk shop, this storage project can solve the problem. With this simple customizable system, you can build full walls of storage that are easily accessible behind attractive sliding doors.

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Upgraded Pegboard Garage Storage Wall

This garage organization system is easy to reconfigure as your needs change — so easy you could rearrange it every season. All you have to do is pull out pegs and insert them elsewhere. You can move a shelf in seconds, make a new one in minutes or create an entirely new arrangement.

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Install an Attic Lift

Having attic space above your garage just about doubles your storage options. But carrying stuff up the ladder is a hassle and can be dangerous. An attic lift makes the chore safe and effortless. You can even store things like a lawn mower or snow blower that you wouldn’t think of hauling up a ladder.

A lift is easy to install if your garage has the right bones, and it uses power you likely already have. We’ll tell you what you need to know before you buy and walk you through the installation.

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Compact Folding Workbench with Storage

Here’s a workspace that’s huge and accessible from all sides yet folds up and stows away easily. If you don’t have room for a full-size permanent workbench but really need space to spread things out, this workbench is it.

It opens to a 4-ft. x 7-ft. surface with both wings up, yet closes and rolls into a 4-ft. x 18-in. spot in a corner of the room. It’s a perfect workspace for the garage or basement.

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Super-Capacity Tool Cart

This tool cart would make a great addition to any workspace, but it’s especially perfect for a garage workshop. It brings your whole tool arsenal within easy reach during a project while taking up minimal floor space, leaving plenty of room for your car when the job is done.

It’s also adaptable — easy to build as shown and easy to alter. You can add or subtract drawers and shelves to meet your needs.

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Super Garage Storage-Simplified

The benefits of this storage solution are limitless! You only need two power tools and a weekend or less. This storage idea turns the whole wall into storage space. You can move shelves or hooks instantly, customizing it to your specific needs.

It can be made from low-cost pegboard and lumber. Build just one section, or several.

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Sliding Ceiling Storage

If all the stuff in your garage is within easy reach, you’re probably wasting lots of storage space. The high spaces may not be prime real estate for often-used tools, but they’re perfect for long-term storage.

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Double-Decker Garage Shelves

To keep things uncluttered, one of the first places to utilize extra space is along the walls. This double-decker shelf unit can be made in one day and only costs between $20-$100. These shelves provide three storage options to organize a multitude of items.

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Build a Dog Washing Station

With a dog washing station in the garage, the mess never has to come inside. A pull-out staircase makes it easy for any dog to step up to a comfortable working height, so you don’t have to stoop to wash those dirty paws. And all your cleaning supplies store neatly inside the steps.

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Garage Corner Shelves

Who couldn’t use a few more shelves in the garage? You probably already have shelves in the obvious spots, but what about in the corners? This nifty corner shelf unit takes advantage of existing studs. It’s fast, easy and cheap, and it’s great for can storage.

Use scrap plywood or oriented strand board to make shelves that fit snugly between the corner studs and support them with 1×1 cleats. These corner shelves are perfect for storing smaller items such as glues, oils, waxes and polishes, which get lost on larger shelves.

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Build a Fold Down Workbench

Every good workshop (even if it’s just a sliver of your garage) needs a quality workbench with ample storage. Begin this space-saving starter workbench in the morning, and you’ll be using it to work on projects by the evening!

The best part about this simple workbench? You can fold it up and out of the way when you’re not using it.

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Store More on Walls

If you mount hooks, brackets and other hardware only on studs, you’re wasting lots of opportunities for garage storage ideas. Try adding a layer of 3/4-in. plywood over the drywall or bare studs. That gives you a continuous fastening surface so you can mount storage hardware easily, arrange items in a space-efficient way and cram more stuff onto the wall.

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Mechanized Storage Lift for Your Garage

Lots of garages are crammed full of stuff — every inch of storage space within arm’s reach is used up. But chances are you have plenty of empty space near the ceiling. High shelving is a great option for taking advantage of that space, but we wanted to create something convenient to access.

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Slanted Garden Rack

For large gardening tools like rakes and shovels, this slanted rack is ideal. This project uses space creatively because the rack is built on the garage studs. These racks can be made for less than $20 and take only minutes to assemble.

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Space-Saving Sliding Shelves

Rollout shelves and sliding bypass units can make more efficient use of the sidewalls of your garage. The bypass unit adds 50 percent more storage for long-handled tools and all sorts of items that take up too much wall space. You simply slide the shelves to either side to access the stuff behind.

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Joist Space Storage

Don’t waste all that space between joists in a basement or garage. Screw wire shelving to the underside of the joists. A 4-ft. x 12-in. length of wire shelving and a pack of plastic clips (sold separately) costs about $30. Don’t forget that wire shelving also shines on walls.

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Ladder Storage

An extension ladder is one of the most difficult things to store. When you need to use it, it has to be easy to get to. But there are long stretches when it just gets in the way of everything else in your garage.

Here’s a good solution: Mount it on your garage ceiling on sturdy racks made of scrap 2x4s that are screwed into the ceiling joists. Use two 3-1/2-in. screws at each joint to make the rack secure. These racks make it easy to slide the ladder out when you need it. Just make sure to position the racks where they won’t interfere with your garage door.

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Long-Handled Tool Rack

This compact rack is strong and simple to build. You can store shovels, rakes, a sledgehammer — any long-handled tools — conveniently up and out of the way. The unit holds up to 14 items, giving you more flexibility and storage capacity than nails pounded into the wall.

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Garage Storage Tower

In a weekend you can build this DIY garage storage tower. It works great when you have big, plastic storage bins to organize. It would also work well in a basement or mudroom.