Creative Garage Storage Ideas
Maximize storage space in your garage with the right DIY solution for your budget
From garden supplies and seasonal decor to saws, bikes, and maybe a fishing pole or two, the garage presents a great opportunity to snap up extra storage space and organize all those items you’ve accumulated over the years.
But which system is right for you? No matter your level of DIY know-how, we have a smart storage solution that will fit both your space and budget and help keep that garage clutter to a minimum.
NOVICE DIY: $
This sturdy, solid wood storage rack from IKEA—each shelf can hold up to 77 pounds—is a quick and easy way to store tools and stackable containers. But there’s much more to this flexible product than what first meets the eye. Start small with just a single rack and add racks as your storage needs grow. Or if you’re ready to maximize your space, combine single racks with their double, triple, and quadruple rack options.
Either way, installation takes less than a few hours. Safety first: Make sure to install the crossbars for extra stability and secure the rack to the wall to make it earthquake-safe and prevent it from being pulled over by climbing children.
Intermediate DIY: $$
If you need a more mobile solution for your garage storage needs, consider this chrome-plated steel rolling rack with additional braking castors like this one from Amazon. Each shelf holds up to 800 pounds and can be adjusted in height to accommodate your ever-changing storage needs. And thanks to the added wheels, you can move your tools and supplies around the garage to keep them handy while you work or roll the rack to the side for safekeeping.
What We Love: While ideal for the garage, this industrial-modern piece looks just as good indoors for additional storage in the kitchen, playroom, or elsewhere.
Advanced DIY: $$$
From bikes and scooters to garden hoses and sheers, this hanging wall option takes advantage of unused wall space, holding up to 75 pounds per square foot. The ProSlat PVC Slatwall— a panels system with specialized grooves for hooks, shelves, and baskets—allows you to get all your tools up off the floor and hanging, where you can see and handily access them. Keep frequently used items within reach and store occasional-use items up and out of the way.
What We Love: As your storage needs change, you can adjust the configuration of the hooks and shelves, even swapping out the hanging accessories seasonally when it's time to exchange the leaf blower for the snow shovel.