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Apply the tips and advice used for the garage storage ideas used on the plan shown below and you can solve your organization problems with simple wall shelving and ceiling racks that will provide a great deal of cubic storage space.

Plus, we will show you a step-by-step approach to each and every type of storage you can utilize to solve all of your garage clutter problems. We will show you inexpensive, yet sturdy approaches to all of your storage problems. All you have to do is use the page-links in the Table of Contents near the bottom of this page to find the subject category you are seeking.

Garage Storage Plan

The plan at the left is a typical 24' x 24'- 2 car structure with a single 16' wide overhead door at one end and a 3' wide man door near the other end. The Car Parking Zone is shown with beige shading and the Workbench Zone with blue shading. The main areas for storage are always along the side walls and just below the ceiling.

On one sidewall is shown where the lawnmower could sit and behind it is a 8' long wall hanging rack that garden tools can be hung from. On the opposite sidewall are two multi-shelved storage racks that are each 8' long. One is 16" deep and the other is 12" deep. These can be up to four shelves in height with the first shelf sitting about 2' above the floor and 16" clearance between the other shelves.

Overhead Garage Storage

Further back near the Workbench Zone are two 2' x 8' single shelf storage racks mounted to the ceiling structure, a sample of which is shown above and to the right. These should sit with a minimum clearance height between the floor and the bottom of the rack structure of 7'-0". These racks must attach to the elements of the ceiling structure. Their storage purpose is to get less used items up off the floor such as fishing rods, hunting gear, lumber and other items you don't need to reach on a daily or weekly basis. The metal ceiling rack system can be purchased in nearly any size you desire and most are available as modular units.

Garage Organization Photo

These are the basic storage approaches to making your space easy to travel through without fighting the clutter that inevitably lines the walls around the exterior of every garage.

Our additional pages linked below will go into detail about how to accomplish each type of garage storage category with readily available materials and products that are affordable and easy to install. Look at the plans shown on the various storage pages and then refer back to the general storage plan on this page and come up with a plan for your specific garage. You don't have to tackle garage storage all in one project, you can implement your plan in stages as your budget allows.

For more tips on shelving and garage storage to aid in your storage organization plans, view our pages: Storage Ideas, Garage Workbench, Garage Shelving, Ceiling Storage, Storage Systems, Storage Cabinets, Garage Tire Racks, Garage Organizers, GarageTips-101 Store.

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