Having enough space to store all of your possessions can be a daily struggle. It can be all too easy to throw things into the garage with no sense of logic or order, which means that you really can’t find what your need when you need it, and that you aren’t maximising the space you have. But with these clever garage storage ideas you can make that headache a thing of the past.
We first published this post with 8 garage storage ideas, but why stop there! In this 2023 update Jim’s Self Storage gives you 4 new space saving garage storage solutions, so let’s get started…
Considering that the garage is an often used placed for storage, it’s amazing how few people actually think to make the most of their garage storage by integrating shelves. Purchase some simple standalone flat pack shelving options, and you’ll never be lost for a place to put your garden shears or your kids’ old school drawings. You can get the plans for the shelving above if you want to DIY.
Sliding ceiling storage
Yes, your garage floor might be covered in junk, but there’s a good chance that your ceilings are bare and simply crying out for a storage solution. This is a great weekend project for a DIY enthusiast – just install some wooden beams and put some crates on wheels and you have an innovative garage storage solution.
Plus, the ceiling is a great place to store things like power tools outside of the reach of small children.
Innovative bike shelf
If you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll want to store your bike in a safe but handy place.
By installing a simple shelf on to the wall of your garage, you can rest the top bar of the bike frame on the shelf, leaving some room for things like your bike lock and water bottle.
Shovel rack storage
Garden tools are a hard one to store and it can be tempting to just throw them against the wall. But if you want to put items like rakes and hoes and shovels in order, you can create a simple shelf with grooves along its length, and you can very simply slide those tools into the groove, ready to use whenever you need them.
Wall tool holders
Organising the smaller tools you have such as spanners, screwdrivers, hammers, and small drills can be a real nightmare.
The simple garage storage solution is to throw them all in a toolbox, but the tools get mixed up and only the brave can delve to the bottom of such a container. Nailing smaller holders to the wall is a canny garage storage idea that makes all your tools visible.
Pegboard “Book” Tool Rack
Continuing with tool storage this neat little idea is the most space efficient yet accessible way to store your tools. Like pages in a book hinged racks store away your commonly used tools. Add handles to the ends to “turn the pages”.
Folding garage workbench
If you happen to be a keen DIY-er, a workbench is a great piece of kit to have in your garage. When it’s not in use, you can fold it away conveniently. Consider wall mounting but be sure it’s built strong to take the weight of power tools. The foldout workbench is another great space saving garage storage idea. With a built in tool rack and fold out legs the home handyman can quickly get to work without taking up a permanent area of precious floorspace.
Timber racks for the wall
And again, if you are handy with the power tools, you no doubt have some lumber laying around too. Instead of letting that take up valuable ground space in your garage, it’s a much better idea to mount wooden lumber racks to the wall. You could even make the project one of your weekend DIY activities.
Fishing rod storage
Anyone who likes to fish knows how important is to keep fishing rods in good condition, which is a difficult task if they are thrown into the garage.
This is a great opportunity to utilise garage ceiling storage. Drill holes in two wooden planks and set them parallel to each other on the ceiling so you can store your fishing poles out of harm’s way.
Storage rack for cables and ropes
Keep all unused cables and ropes out of the way. This will keep them in good condition, especially important for extension leads! Plus, you will never have to waste so much time untangling those cables again; a time you could have spent otherwise on other useful things.
Oversized objects like kayaks can take up a lot of space in your garage. So, slide it in or strap it up to the wall with this board hanger. However, just make sure to use a heavy-duty strap that’s specifically made for wall mounting purposes to keep your boards nice and steady!
More Garage Storage Ideas?
We hope these 12 garage storage solutions and space saving ideas from Jim’s Self Storage help you declutter and organise for a more usable garage. We’ll update this post again soon so please share your ideas with us! And after all is said and done, and you really do need some extra storage, you can always rent a Williamstown self storage unit for bulky items or things you don’t need to access often.