GARAGE STORAGE SOLUTION

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Introduction: GARAGE STORAGE SOLUTION

CEILING TOOL STORAGE, USING HINGED PANELS AND PULLY TO SECURE TOOLS OUT OF THE WAY IN CEILING.

Step 1: Step 1

Used 1/2" ply panel to form racking, hinged to ceiling set off from wall about 4inches ,this allows further storage behind and prevents board hitting wall.I used piano hinges for strength and they also help prevent warping and twisting of panels.

Step 2: Step 2

Used nylon reinforced cord , from a boating shop as it has high breaking strain.This is threaded up to small pulleys, again from boat suppliers,mounted in ceilind timbers, I needed two but will depend on roof structure.The cord travels down thru self locking boat cleats , not sure if thats the correct name.
The cord can then be used to raise or lower panels, I lift mine to ceiling as it's fairly low but can be done purely with cord if needed.

Step 3: Step 3

The panels can then be set out to accomodate your tools, simple screws hold a variety of tools but I also used some metal clips, from the garage roof tiles I had left over, to mount tool boxes, also small shallow box formed from ply at base of each panel for odds and ends.

Step 4: Finally

The previous pic shows a heavy tool rack which is strenghthened with timber along the edges to prevent it sagging when lifted to ceiling, only found this required when very heavy tools stored.Also used old cutlery rack from dishwasher to store smaller tools.

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Great idea!

If you had the hing a foot or two from the wall you could have shelves behind it, so this would provide additional storage (maybe for less used items)

Now if this were me and my garage, I would forget that I'd have things in storage in the ceiling after a while! Better to have things in plain sight where I won't forget that I've put them!

For my storage shed, I maximize space by fully utilizing the walls. I build racks, shelves, and closed cabinetry to store all my items neat and tidily. I do not create any storage using the ceiling space because I have always thought it will not be as sturdy and durable enough to withstand much weight, and especially tools that I have in my garage. However, this pull-out hinged panels idea is still worth a try.

Hello, Thank you for Simple and good idea.

Wow! Simple and so good!
Excellent job!

AWwwwwESOoooMmmmE!!!!!

The ceiling storage is a really smart idea and it saves a lot of storage space too! We have always thought the ceiling is a wasted area that is left un-utilized, but it is just not possible to fix shelvings or cabinets on it. Thus, we have fully (or over) utilized our walls so far. But I am a little afraid when it comes to hinges though because they mighy just come tumbling down should the load is heavier than they could hold. I guess I need to seek professional help on that.

This is awesome. The amount of tools I have is staggering and take up so much space. This is bar none of of the best storage ideas I have ever seen.

very nice, the Murphy Bed moved to the shop. i will definately use this for the goodies i dont use as much great idea

I am always pleased to find new ideas and suggestions for use in my two-car shop. My wife wants to know when she can put her Ford marquis under cover; I am still teaching her that the ClearCoat paint is intended to take the place of a garage.

So all you fellows with ideas for making a two-car shop more efficient and friendly, please--Keep IT UP!!