Start your spring cleaning here, and clear up an optimal storage space for use through spring and summer. Here are four easy DIY garage storage solutions to help you reclaim your garage.
Sliding recycling bin storage
Free up floor space with these easy-to-install shelves made from pieces of plywood. Install close to the doorway for easy-to-access recycling.
- One 18 inch long 2 X 4 for the bottom of the column
- One 18 inch long 2 X 4 for each bin
- One 18 inch long 1 X 4 for each bin
- 3 inch drywall screws
- 1- 5/8 inch drywall screws
- Cordless drill
- Tape measure
- To start the column, level and screw one 2 X 4 to studs along the wall where you want the bottom bin to sit.
- Screw another 2 X 4 to the 1 X 4 halfway down its width using 1-5/8 inch screws. This is the top shelf that the bin’s top lip will rest against.
- Using the bin as a spacer to position the top shelf, draw a line to mark the top of the shelf. Screw the top shelf to the wall with 3 inch screws.
- Repeat the process for each bin in your column.
- Slide each bin into the shelf space, so the bin rests on the bottom shelf and leans forward against the top shelf cleat.
Original idea via familyhandyman.com.
Bucket hose hooks
If you’re tired of unravelling tangled hoses and extension cords, this creative solution can be used to drape heavy coils.
- Buckets (paint cans or galvanized buckets)
- Screws and washers
- Drill three holes in a triangle pattern in the bottom of the bucket. Fasten bucket to the wall using bolts or screws. Strengthen the cut edges of the holes with washers.
- Coil hose or extension cord around the bucket, and store sprinkler or power bars inside.
Original idea via Martha Stewart.
Peg board tool wall
Save your garage walls from nail holes and markings. This pegboard serves as a tool-wall on which to gather tools, paintbrushes, and twine. Pegboard hardware comes in many different sizes and shapes, so you can hang small and big items.
- A pegboard
- Tape measure
- 1 X 3 inch furring strips (thin strips of wood to raise surfaces from a wall)
- Drill / driver
- Wood screws
- Table saw
- Pegboard hangers
- Measure the width and height of the area you want to hang the pegboard, then calculate the number of furring strips you’ll need. They should be spaced every 16 inches.
- Cut furring strips, fasten at 16-inch stud intervals along the wall.
- If you need to trim your pegboard to a desired size, do so with a table saw. Screw it to the furring strips.
- Decide what type of hardware to attach to your pegboard. Add your chosen hardware and arrange tools.
Original idea via Bobvila.com.
Lattice yard utensil rack
Keep long-handled yard tools secured against the wall with re-purposed lattice framework, and make spring yard work a grab-and-go job.
- One piece of heavy-duty lattice
- Screws and spacers
- S Hooks, binder clips, and broom clamps
- Screw the lattice section into the wall or a back of a door using screw and spacers.
- Hang S hooks on the diamond framework of the lattice for garden tools, and attach broom clamps to hold up rakes and shovels.
Original idea via marthastewart.com.
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