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A garage can be used for many different purposes aside from being a place to house your vehicle. People use their garage for storing tools, bikes, lawn equipment and more. Learn more on how you can make the most of the space in your garage with these storage tips.

Begin with Sorting

Arrange contents into piles of related items. This will make it easier to decide where things will go based on how many contents you have in each category. Sorting can also lead to cleaning out old items that don’t work or you don’t use anymore.

Use Your Walls to Hang Tools and Equipment

A shelf for lawn equipment installed on the garage door wall can be used for hanging garden tools and other lawn equipment. If you are a handyman or handywoman that enjoys tackling DIY projects you’ll be able to put together this equipment rack in one morning. Materials needed for this shovel rack include:

  • One 16×48 in. piece of ¾ in. plywood
  • One 48 in. 2×6
  • Five 12-in. 2x6s
  • Six 3/8-in. x 4 ½ in. lag screws
  • Six 3/8-in. washers
  • 1 lb. of 2 in. drywall screws
  • 1 lb. of 3 in. drywall screws
  • Four eye hooks

handyman tool rack

Check out the full instructions to building this shovel rack here.

Install a Tool Bench

If you are the kind of person that has three sets of every tool, then you should consider investing in a tool bench to better organize your toolset, and to create more space in your garage. There are several kinds of workbenches DIYers can create. Whether you need a built-in peg board or a bench with cabinet drawers, check out these 5 workbenches you can build in one weekend! There is always the option of buying a workbench from your local hardware store as well.

Install Shelves or Cabinets on the Walls

Wall space is your friend when it comes to organizing your garage. There are a wide variety of options for garage shelving. Wood shelves provide a sturdy base for your equipment that needs stored. Follow this guide on how to build sturdy garage shelves!

Hang Bicycles from the Ceiling

Free up even more space by hanging your bikes from your garage ceiling. To hang your bikes from the ceiling you’ll need heavy-duty bike hooks, long screws, sheet rocks, anchors and scrap plywood blocks and a few tools including a screwdriver, drill, stud finder and tape measure. Follow the instructions below to successfully hang your bikes.

  1. Locate the studs in your garage’s ceiling and mark with a pencil where to place the screws.
  2. Measure the space between your bike tires.
  3. Pre-drill holes in the plywood for the bike hook and for the screws to attach the wood to the ceiling/studs. This will help avoid splitting the wood.
  4. Once you attache the plywood in the ceiling in a few places, screw the bike hook into your pre-drilled holes.

hanging bike on the ceiling

End Result: A Spacious Garage with Room for Activities!

You’ll love the extra space you have once you have organized your garage. No longer just a place to park your vehicles, your newly organized garage can be used as an extra room if necessary for graduation parties, sports watching and more!