How to Install Overhead Garage Storage
|• 12 lag screws, 1/4 in. dia. x 3 in |
• /2 in. all-purpose screws
• 17 L-angles for 2x4 construction
|• 6 joist hangers for 2x4s|
• /2 in. joist hanger nails
• /4 in. all purpose screws
Step 1: Lay Out Joists and Hangar Board Positions
Clamp three 8-ft. 2x4s together, edges up and ends flush. Starting from your left, measure and strike lines at /4 in., /4 in., and /4 in. Make an X to the right of each line. On two of those boards, extend the lines and Xs onto the face; label these boards as the ledger and the front joists. Extend the lines to the other face of the front joist. Label the third board as the ceiling cleat.
Step 2: Lay Out the Ledger
Use a 4-ft. level and carpenter pencil to draw an 8-ft. -long level line along the wall 30 in. from the ceiling.
Step 3: Find the Studs Along the Line
If your garage isn't painted, you can easily identify stud locations by the vertical rows of nails or screws. Otherwise, use a stud sensor to mark where your layout line crosses each stud.
Step 4: Position the Ledger
With a helper holding one end, align the bottom of the ledger to the layout line with the X marks to your left. Drive a /2-in. screw through the ledger into the stud closest to the one end of the board. Check for level, and then drive a screw into the stud closest to the other end.
Step 5: Secure the Ledger
Predrill and install one lag screw with washer into each stud along the length of the ledger. If a screw falls over an X, you'll need to counterbore the screw hole so the screw head will be below the surface where it won't interfere with the joist. Make the counterbore with a 3/4-in. spade bit, then predrill the screw hole through the counterbore.
Step 6: Lay Out the Ceiling Cleat
Use a 4-ft. level to make a plumb mark on the ceiling above each end of the ledger. Use a framing square to make a line on the ceiling square to each end. Then use a chalkline to extend these lines /8 in. from each end. (That extra 1/8in. will make it easier to slide the plywood floor into place.) Snap a line parallel to the wall between the ends of the two lines. Use a stud finder to mark where the line crosses joists in the ceiling.
This project assumes that the ceiling joists in your garage run perpendicular to the ceiling cleat. If the joists run parallel to the cleat, you have two choices: You can adjust the width of the storage unit to the nearest joist. Or you can make five 2x4 cross-cleats to span two joists. Use 3-in. lag screws to attach the cross-cleats through the ceiling into the joists. Then lag-screw the ceiling cleat to the cross-cleats.
Step 7: Install the Ceiling Cleat
With a helper, align the ceiling cleat to the inside of the line, with the Xs to your right as you face the wall. Hold the cleat in place with a screw into a joist at each end. Predrill, and then install one lag screw into each joist.
Step 8: Cut and Install the Hanger Boards
Using a circular saw or power miter saw, cut the five hanger boards to length. Position each along its layout line, covering the X and butting into the ceiling, then attach it to the cleat with a /2-in. screw. Check for plumb, and then add a second screw.
Step 9: Install L-Angles Where Cleat Meets Hangers
Use an L-angle with /4-in. screws to attach the back face of each hanger board to the bottom of the ceiling cleat.
Step Install the Joist Hangers
Using /2-in. joist hanger nails, use a hammer to install three joist hangers on the ledger and three on the front joists positioned so the joist ends will cover the X at the three inner layout lines. It's important to install the hangers before you install the front joist because the hanger boards are not yet stable enough to hammer against. Use a scrap of 2x4 as shown to make sure the hangers are properly positioned.
Step Install the Outer L-Angles
Strike a line /2 in. from each end of the ledger (the thickness of each joist) and the front joist. Install an L-angle at each of the ledger and the front joist.
Step Position the Front Joist
With a helper, align both ends of the front joist to the bottom outside edges of the outermost hanger joists and then clamp the joist in place.
Step Attach the Front Joist
Clamp the front joist to another hanger board. Check that the front joist is level and then make the connection with four /2 in screws. Clamp and then screw each connection.
Step Install the Joists
Cut the five joists to /8 in. long. Then slip three of the joists into their joist hangers and secure them by hammering /2-in. joist hanger nails into the angled hole on each side of each joist hanger. Put the outer joists against the L-angles and secure with /4 in. screws.
Step Install the Remaining L-Angles
Use L-angles and /4 in. screws to secure each side of each hanger board to the front joist.
Step Install the Floor
Put the plywood in place, climb aboard, and snap lines to locate the joists below at 24 in., 48 in., and 72 in. Secure the plywood with /4-in. screws about every 12 in. into the ledger, front joist and joists.
Introduction: Wasted Space: High Garage Storage Shelves
Most garage spaces contain a lot of unused space along the top edges of the walls. This is a great location to build some easy storage shelves that will greatly increase the amount of square footage that you can use for storage. While I do have a nice shop setup you can complete this project with just a few common tools:
- A circular saw for cutting the plywood shelves to size and for crosscutting the lumber to length
- A speed square used with your circular saw will result in nice square cuts.
- A drill for all of the screws and predrilling holes.
- And of course a drill bit for predrilling holes. If you have a similar sized nail you can use it to predrill holes as well. It works surprisingly well.
The exact materials will depend on your situation. You will need:
- Enough 2x2 material to span the entire length of your wall three times. I have a table saw so it was cheaper for me to purchase 2x4 material and rip them right down the middle to create two roughly 2x2 sized boards.
- Enough 2x4 material to create vertical supports for your shelves. I suggest no more than a 4' span without a vertical support.
- Enough 3/4" plywood to create your actual shelves.
- About a pound of 3" screws. I used decking screws.
- A handful of /4" screws. I used drywall screws.
- Wood glue.
Keep in mind that not all structures or garages are created equal. Before starting on a project like this make sure your garage can indeed support weight from below. If you are unsure consult a professional.
Step 1: Prepare
It's always best to establish a plan of attack for your project. Figure out exactly what is needed and the order in which you will complete the project. There is no perfect planning method that works for everyone but I tend to use SketchUp to make sure I have all my ducks in a row before I start. Here's an overlay of my plan. The grey lines represent 2x2 boards. The orange lines represent the vertical 2x4 supports. And the green area represents the plywood shelves. Then it was time to get all the crap out of my way to start in on the project.
Step 2: Start Cutting
Like I said, it was cheaper for me to rip 2x4 boards right down the middle so that's what I did. This isn't a high end joinery project so "close enough" is good enough for determining how long to make the 2x2 boards. I needed a break in my shelves for access to my attic but if you have no obstructions you can just make these span the entire wall. To the right of my attic access door was just shy of 12' which is longer than what my miter saw station can handle so I cut these to length with my hand saw.
Step 3: Install the Wall and Ceiling 2x2 Boards
To help position the wall 2x2 exactly where it needs to be I cut a scrap piece of wood that I could use against the ceiling to get a constant distance from the ceiling. From there I installed two cleats. These are just more pieces of scrap wood that will hold the final 2x2 board to make securing it easy. The 2x2 board is placed on the cleats and secured with 3" decking screws into each wall stud in the wall. After it is secured the cleats can be removed.
My ceiling joists are running the same direction as the shelves I am installing and the screws that were used to install the ceiling panels are clearly visible. This made locating a ceiling joist super easy for me. If your ceiling joists are running perpendicular to the direction of your shelves you may have to spend some time figuring out where the joists are. I drove 3" screws about 10" apart halfway through the ceiling 2x2 while it was still on my workbench to make things a little easier while it was above my head. When installing it onto the ceiling secure it with one of the middle screws first. Then measure and make any adjustments necessary to keep the 2x2 parallel to the wall. Finish driving all of the ceiling 2x2 screws.
Step 4: Add the Vertical 2x4 Supports
The distance from the ceiling to the bottom of the wall mounted 2x2 is the length you need to cut all of your vertical 2x4 supports to. In my case I believe this was around 20" or so and I cut enough to have no more than 48" of space between the supports. I believe my largest span between supports was actually around 40". Predrill for two screws 3/4" from each end of the supports. Using wood glue and 3" screws secure the vertical supports to the ceiling 2x2 where necessary. Use a square to make sure they are perpendicular to the ceiling.
Step 5: Add the Floating 2x2 Shelf Support
To make installing the next 2x2 easier I screwed one of the scrap pieces of wood from earlier to the bottom of one of the middle vertical supports (right next to the top of the ladder). This gave me a ledge to help hold the 2x2 in place as I secured it with wood glue and screws. I also clamped the 2x2 board to the vertical support just prior to driving those screws to also make it a little easier.
Step 6: Cut Your Plywood
I used 3/4" hardwood plywood for my shelves. These panels can be cut easily with a circular saw but I have a table saw so I used it. I had to trim one of my shelves to length so I used my miter saw and flipped the panel between cuts. Again, a cheap circular saw will accomplish the same task. I previously made an identical set of shelves on the opposite side of my garage over the garage door and used 3/4" Advantech OSB flooring which spanned a distance of 36" and I have yet to see any sagging in it. If your shelves do sag over time it's a super easy fix to screw 2x2 boards to the bottom of the shelves to straighten them out and stiffen the shelves.
Step 7: Install the Shelves
You may need a helping hand with this step. The easiest way to install the shelves is to raise them vertically along the back wall and then pull the bottom edge away from the wall once it will clear the floating 2x2 shelf support. When all of the shelves are in place secure them on the front and back with a few /4" screws. You don't need a lot of screws here as they are just there to stop the plywood from sliding around. The rest of the structure is what is holding all of the weight against gravity.
Step 8: Load It Up With Crap
Finally you can load the shelves up with anything you need to store.
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Organize your garage and reclaim floor space with this easy DIY garage storage solution. This is a quick and cost effective project.
Is your garage in need of some attention? These ceiling mounted shelves are an afternoon DIY garage storage project you will be so glad you completed.
As fall gives way to winter, our attention has turned toward neglected indoor projects. These are the projects we all tend to put off when the weather is nice and wed rather be outside. Its easy to procrastinate on projects like garage clean-up, hanging pictures, and repainting rooms. One of those neglected projects on our list was finding a way to improve the storage and organization in the garage. Thanks to the BLACK+DECKER “Your Big Finish” initiative, we finally found the motivation to get our garage storage figured out!
Disclosure: Many thanks to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring todays story and inspiring us to finish this project! Campaigns like this help us keep the great ideas for the home coming your way. All ideas and opinions expressed are our own, derived from our personal experience.
Garage Storage: Utilize Vertical Space
For many of us, floor space in the garage is at a premium. As Carrie and I started bringing everything indoors for winter, we needed a solution that utilized vertical space. Our final DIY garage storage solution was a simple ceiling suspended two-tier shelving system that allowed us to reclaim garage floor space by storing seasonal items up and out of the way.
I wanted to create a DIY garage storage shelf design that was low cost, required minimal cutting, sturdy, safe, and could be put up in an afternoon.
To achieve all of this I decided on a 8 ft. span that is 4 ft. high and 24 in. deep with a shelf on the bottom and one in the middle. Using these dimensions maximizes your lumber utilization to minimize costs and fits a lot of common storage totes well.
The 24 in. shelf depth also matched the standard spacing of my ceiling joists. Its critical that the shelving system is securely fastened to a joist in the ceiling to make sure it stays up when you load it up! I chose a space above my workbench to create my shelving.
Okay, lets get this project started!
How to Make DIY Garage Storage Shelves
What You Need:
- 4 ft. X 8 ft. Plywood Sheet 15/32 in. 3-Ply 1 sheet
- #10 x /2 in. Star Flat-Head Wood Screw Approx. 50 screws
- #8 x /2 in. Star Flat-Head Wood Screw Approx. 30 screws
- 2 in. x 4 in. x 96 in. Premium Kiln-Dried Whitewood Stud 9 studs
- 1/4 in. x /2 in. External Hex Flange Hex-Head Lag Screw -8 screws
- Drill/Impact Driver
- Measuring Tape
- Circular Saw or Table Saw
1. Prepare the studs for rail assembly. Each rail will consist of two 8 ft. studs and three 4 ft. studs.
The first thing to do is mark the center point on three of the 8 ft. studs and cut them in half with your saw. You should now have 6 half-studs. The exact measurement of these studs is not as critical as having them all be the same length.
Dont forget to compensate for blade thickness when you determine the center cut or youll end up with uneven studs.
To recap, you should now have six 4 ft. studs and six 8 ft. studs. One last thing to check is that your studs are all the same length. Cut them to 8 ft. if they are oversize.
2. Assemble the rails. This step is pretty straightforward as each rail consist of two 8 ft. studs connected by the three 4 ft. studs. The only tricky part here is that the connector studs are turned 90 degrees.
Take a good look at the pictures prior to assembly. Attach the 4 ft. studs at each end of the 8 ft. stud and then attach the last 4 ft. stud in the middle. Use the #10 x /2 in. screws to secure the frame together.
Finally, attach the bottom 8 ft. stud to complete the rail assembly. Repeat the process for the second rail assembly. When complete youll have two identical rail frames.
Do not attach the middle rail yet, youll do this after the rails are hung from the ceiling. While you could do it at this point, waiting will make it easier to handle the rails as youre bolting them to the ceiling. The picture below shows my two completed rails.
3. Hang the back rail. This is a two person job. Carrie and I were able to manage it with a couple of ladders.
The first thing youll need to do is verify that you have a stud in the ceiling at the ceiling-wall corner that you can bolt into. The good news is that most builders will have a stud in place for the drywall.
Once youve verified the stud is there, mark the edge location where you want the shelving to go on the wall. Make sure the edge matches up with the edge of a wall stud so you can screw the frame into the wall stud in the next step.
Next, lift one of the frame members up tight against the ceiling and the wall. Once you have it in place, use the lag screws to secure it to the ceiling.
I used four lags for the 8 ft. stud. I chose to use lags that did not require pre-drilling. Depending on your lag screw you may need to drill a pilot hole.
4. Attach the front rail to the ceiling. Its absolutely critical that you line up the front rail with a ceiling stud. Once youve got the exact measurement (/4 in. for me MEASURE CAREFULLY!), use a square to mark where the edge of the front rail will go on the ceiling, lining it up with the edge of the back rail.
Now youre ready to lift up the second frame rail and use the lag screws to secure it to the ceiling. Orient the front rail so the L points back toward the wall.
MAKE SURE YOU HIT THE STUD WITH YOUR LAG SCREWS!
5. Attach the top shelf support studs. Take one of the two remaining 8 ft. studs and attach it onto the back rail. Make sure its level. This will set the height of your top shelf, so set it to your personal preference.
I chose to roughly center it. Use a couple of the /2 in. screws each place the support stud intersects the vertical 4 ft. studs.
Next, repeat the step to attach the shelf support stud to the front rail use #8 x /2 in. screws for the front support stud or the screw will poke out the back of the front rail.
Make sure you use the same height as you had on the back rail so the shelf is level.
6. Cut the shelves. The first thing you need to do is measure the width of the DIY garage storage shelves youll need to slide down the rail system that you made. Once you have that number use your table saw or circular saw to cut two 8 ft. long shelves to the proper width for your unit.
7. Install the shelves. Now slide the shelves into position. Align the ends of the rails and plywood.
Screw the plywood to the rails to hold the DIY garage storage shelves in place.
Repeat the process for installing the second shelf.
8. Store your stuff. Congratulations, youve just created some great, out of the way garage storage. Now fill it up and enjoy your organized garage!
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If you follow our tutorial, these shelves are very safe. I dont recommend hanging from them, but these are strong shelves that will hold even heavy tubs.
To stay safe, please use a sturdy step-stool if you cant reach the items on the top shelf.
We like to store seasonal things that we dont use very often. During the winter, we keep pool toys here. Its also a fantastic place for Christmas decorations.
You can use oak. We used whitewood studs. Pine is an affordable option but its a soft wood so it will show its age faster.
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10 Great Overhead Storage Ideas For The Garage
The garage, although small, is almost always treated as a storage area for basically everything that we dont want to keep in the house. This is often associated with a rather chaotic and practically nonexistent storage system which ultimately results in a huge mess. But it doesnt have to be this way. Give your garage a thorough cleaning and add some overhead storage and some shelves so you can finally be proud of this space. Check out some of our favorite overhead garage storage systems below.
How to choose an overhead garage storage system
There’s a few things to consider when choosing an overhead storage system for your garage. Some of the criteria to base your decision on are quite general and some are rather unique and specific to your own needs.
Not all garages have the same size or proportions and not everyone needs the same amount of storage. Typically, overhead storage systems measure somewhere between 4ft x 4ft and 4ft x 8ft. There are of course also some in-between options and you can always combine two or more storage systems if you feel like you need the extra space. Make sure you have plenty of room for everything that you want to store in here plus some extra because you’ll surely find other things to bring in here as well in the future.
Before you start checking out various products take some time to look around and check out your garage. Figure out how you want to organize it, all the elements that you want to add to it and decide where the overhead storage system will go. This way you’ll be able to take some measurements and you’ll know exactly what to look for in terms of size and shape.
Make sure that the chosen storage system will fit in the space that you’ve selected for it and that you’ll be able to install it and to secure it onto the ceiling. If you have wires or other things in the way that could become a problem and could mean you need to reconsider your choices. Consider letting a professional handle the installation if you’re not really sure how to do it yourself.
Be sure to check the weight capacity of the storage system and to make sure it suits your needs. If you plan on storing lots of heavy items like various tools, equipment and so on you might need to look for a reinforced storage system. If you only want to store lightweight items there’s no point in investing in something super strong unless you want the system to be future-proof. On the same topic, make sure you also know how much weight your actual garage ceiling can hold.
It goes without saying that overhead garage storage system are not meant to be very easily accessible. They’re usually meant to hold various seasonal items or things that you very rarely use or need. Often you can use a ladder to reach the shelves and to access the items stored on them. If you want easier access to them you can consider a motorized storage system that can lift and lower the racks whenever needed.
Regardless of the type of storage system you decide to get for your garage, consider that it’s meant to hold lots of items that you don’t use on a regular basis it would definitely be a good idea to use a labeling system. Label your boxes or add markers to the racks so you know where to look for an item when you need it.
Take full advantage of your overhead storage system and maximize its efficiency by adding various accessories to it. For example, you could use a particular set of hooks to hold tires in place and to store them side by side to save space. You can also add safety nets to hold smaller items, various utility hooks for sports equipment and tools, etc.
The type of overhead storage system
Not all overhead storage systems are the same and there are a few distinct types to consider. You can differentiate these types by where they’re meant to be installed. For example, some storage systems are designed to be placed over the garage door. Others are meant to go over the hood of your car or over the truck. There are also modular storage systems that come in multiple units.
7 Best overhead storage ideas for garage available right now
SafeRacks 4 Rack Package
The SafeRacks system can be installed on the garage ceiling and can hold a variety of big and small items of different types. Theres lots of space on the shelves for large boxes, seasonal items, sports gear and other such things. The hooks on the underside of the shelves can hold bikes and pretty much anything else that can be hanged.
In case your garage ceiling has an angle, the Racor storage system might be exactly what you need. It has these built-in nylon rings which allow it to adjust to any ceiling and to keep your items nice and level no matter what. You can raise or lower the shelf using a crank and secure it in place when done.
SafeRacks Overhead Garage Storage Combo Kit
A combination of SafeRacks systems can be installed in the corner of the garage, saving space, making more room on the walls and the floor and also keeping all the items neatly packed and out of the way. If you want to you can extend your storage system with more ceiling-mounted racks.
FLEXIMOUNTS 48 Overhead Garage Storage Rack
Another good option is the Fleximounts storage rack which has long brackets and keeps your items off the floor, out of the way and safe from water damage. Install as many racks as you need and leave your garage floor clean and tidy so you can actually have room for parking and moving around.
Motorized Garage Storage Hoist
Sure, overhead garage storage is very practical but lifting all those heavy items up there on the racks in the first place may not be something you can do. This motorized platform lift does all the heavy lifting for you so you dont have to worry about a thing. You can easily control it with an app on your smartphone. Check out the lift on Amazon.
StoreYourBoard Double SUP & Surf Ceiling Storage Rack
Surfboards definitely take up a lot of space and theyre usually kept in the garage which can be an inconvenience. Get them out of the way with a ceiling-mounted surfboard storage rack. This one has heavy-duty construction and can hold multiple boards. Check it out on Amazon.
Arltb Bike Lift Hoist for Garage
You may have seen this type of bike rack before. Its great because it lets you store your bike high up which is wonderful if your garage has a high ceiling and you dont have to do any of the heavy lifting yourself. It comes with a pulley system. Just attach the hooks to your bike, lift and then lock it in place. Its all so easy thanks to the Arltb Bike Lift.
DIY storage solutions
A lot of these overhead garage storage systems are fairly simple from a structural point of view which means if you wanted to you could build something yourself. A storage rack made of wood might do. Make sure its strong and sturdy so it can withstand all the weight youll be putting on it. Check out this tutorial on strongtie to find out all about this project.
Check out another great tutorial on how to build overhead garage storage shelves on instructables. You can hang the shelves at any height you want depending on how much storage space need and how high the ceiling is. The main material used here is wood and if you want to keep the cost of the project low you can use reclaimed boards or pallets.
When youre building your own overhead garage racks and storage systems you get to decide exactly where and how youre organizing everything. You can make the shelves in the exact shape and size that you need and you can arrange them however you think is best for your garage. For example, you could place them all around the edge, along the walls, leaving the center open and shelf-free. Check out instructables for more inspiration and ideas.
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