I’ve seen a lot of different storage systems designed for garages but this is one of the best I’ve ever seen! It is inexpensive to make and if you’re just a little handy with tools you can do this in a weekend. The one area of our garages that we never use is the ceiling, right? What better place to store all of those things that clutter up our home and garage?
What makes this system unique is the fact that all of your stored items are completely out of the way until you need them and I love the way the storage totes slide in and out for easy access. Here’s the way to do this right.
The materials required are nothing more than wood screws, lag screws, wood, a few labels (for the totes) and of course the totes themselves. The minimal tools required are a measuring tape, wood saw, screwdriver, hand drill and paint brush. Depending upon how much weight you intend to put into each tote will determine what type of storage box you can use but regardless of your choice the plastic box will need to have a “lip” or edge on each side in order to work properly with this system.
I suggest using a better than average quality tote to ensure that they are strong enough for the job. You don’t want a 30 pound box landing on someone’s head. You can find exactly what you need on the internet from such suppliers as simplastics.com or usplastic.com and others if your local home improvement store doesn’t stock this type of container. The rims on these particular totes will easily handle 35+ pounds without a problem. Lids are also available for the special containers to keep everything dust and insect free. I recommend not exceeding 200 pounds combined weight for the totes.
If you reference the first picture in this blog you can see that you are simply creating a wooden “I” beam that is attached to the ceiling allowing you to simply slide the storage bins into place when not in use.
As you can see in this picture all you need to do is to measure the outside width required so that you know exactly where to screw the wooden “I beams” into the ceiling using the lag bolts. Make sure you use enough of them to support the weight; I suggest a minimum of 4 for each beam that you install.
You can use any type of wood that you wish to build this nifty little system but as a guide this is what was used to build the system discussed here:
(4) ¾” x 5” x 48” plywood (for the top of the “I”)
(4) ¾” x 3” x 48” plywood (for the bottom of the “I”)
(4) 1 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 48” plywood (for the center of the “I”)
As an added precaution, if you intend to install this above your garage door just be sure that you have enough clearance that the door doesn’t strike the totes when it is opened. It’s also a very good idea to install a “stop” for the totes. That's something on the I beams that will keep the totes from being pushed off of the rear and onto to the floor.
That’s it! You now have a great way to store various items in a place that won’t cost you one square inch of living space!