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by Jeff Patterson in Garage
Garage Storage Ideas

Garage storage ideas that help organize clutter, that’s what I need. How about you?

But many of these solutions cost a lot of money and take a long time to build.

I don’t necessarily want to spend a whole day putting together a gargantuan shelving unit that costs $300.

Something that organizes my stuff and gets it up off the floor, that’s what I want. And being able to park my car in the garage again would be nice as well!!

I’m a huge fan of Family Handyman and found a really cool sliding storage system for garage ceilings on their site.

What attracted me to the idea is that you only need a few supplies and some sturdy plastic totes (the kind that you use to store holiday decorations).

For roughly $100 and about 2.5 hours of labor this mini project is hard to pass up.  C’mon, I’ll show you how easy it is to build!!

Here’s the simple materials checklist for this garage storage project:

  • 2 Plywood Sheets ( 2 ft x 4 ft by 3/4″ thick) = $40
  • Two 2 x 4s (8ft long) = $6
  • 12 lag Bolts with washers = $9
  • 2 inch Wood Screws = $6
  • 3 inch Wood Screws = $6
  • Wood Glue (Titebond II)= $4
  • Plastic Totes (4) = $32

As you can see the materials cost close to $100. If you’re like me and already have some of these items you’ll end up spending less.

The plywood and 2 x 4s  will be used to build an I-beam shaped carriage.



You can mount the carriages on the joists in your garage using lag bolts.

Mounting Carragies

Then finally, add some storage totes that contain all your stuff.


Words are cheap, video is better.  I’ll walk you through the entire project and share why I need totes (let’s just say they keep me from getting into trouble  with my wife).


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Garage Storage Ideas



Genius stuff, right?

What I like best (apart from my garage being neater) is the shear simplicity.  Like I said earlier, there are a million and one garage storage ideas. But very few as straight forward and efficient as this one.

One thing I’d like to do is give you a complete Material and Supplies checklist. You can take it with you to the store and check off the items as you buy them. Just click the link below to download and print it. There’s nothing I hate more than getting home and realizing I forgot something. DOH!!!

Garage Storage Ideas Materials Checklist

Many thanks to Lowe’s for sponsoring me and Home Repair Tutor.  If you don’t already know, I’m a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blogger in my spare time. Which means I get to spread the word about different DIY projects you can do with supplies from Lowe’s.


Lowe’s did provide some pesos to do this project but you guessed it, the witty banter is all my doing. Especially that part about staying on my wife’s good side.

You can get more inspirational home improvement ideas by clicking over to the Creative Ideas website. Here’s the link http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas. If you’re a Pinterest fan, Lowe’s also has a ton of pins for home projects (3,545,565 people like their boards and I’m guessing you might too).

Thanks, as always, for reading, watching, and being flat-out awesome.

Jeff Patterson




  1. denise says:

    I would put labels on the underside of each stating what’s inside the container. That way I wouldn’t have to remember which container is which holding my hoard — I mean precious keepsakes. 🙂

    1. That’s a good idea Denise. I used blue painter’s tape and a marker. My hoard consists of multiple tubes of various types of caulk. Lol.

  2. Tina says:

    We actually built shelving on the garage roof, accessible on both sides but that allows us to slide all the camping (bulky) gear in easily including the tents.

    1. Whoa, that sounds fantastic Tina!! Definitely send me some pictures. I’d love to see your work 🙂

  3. Roy says:

    The only concern I have is the containers giving out. Have you had any problems with that? If so, how did you overcome it? Or what is the max weight one tote could hold?

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