How to make suspended storage for your garage

Tuck medium and lightweight stuff onto shelves suspended from the ceiling. The shelves are designed to fit into that unused space above the garage doors (you need 16 in. of clearance to fit a shelf and standard 12-1/2 in. high plastic bins). However, you can adjust the shelf height and put them anywhere. The only limitation is weight. We designed this 4 x 6-ft. shelf to hold about 75kg., a load that typical ceiling framing can safely support. It’s best to save the shelf for “deep storage,” using labeled bins with lids, because you’ll need a stepladder to reach stuff.

Now attach the corner braces on both ends of a shelf support to the center of a joist/truss by drilling pilot holes and using 1/4-in. x 2-in. hex head lag screws (Photo 2). The only challenge is finding the center of joists through a drywall ceiling (if your ceiling is finished) to attach the shelf supports. Tap a small nail through the drywall until you locate both edges of the joist. Measure to find the center of the adjacent joists, and measure to keep the three supports in alignment with one another. Finish the shelf unit by attaching a 3/8-in. x 4-ft. x 6-ft. plywood floor (STEP 3).

Here is a list of Tools / Equipment needed to create this Suspended Storage for your Garage:

  • 2″ x 4″ inch timber x 8
  • Cordless Power Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Hex head Lag Screws
  • Wood Drill Bit (to per-drill the wood so it doesn’t split)
  • 5″inch Corner Braces x 12
  • Measuring Tape
  • 1 Sheet of 1/8 inch ply
  • 8 containers 16 in. wide x 24 in. long x 12-1/2 in. high.
  • 2m Ladder
  • Stud Finder
Measure from the ceiling to the top of the raised garage door.
Subtract 1 in. to determine the height of the side installation
Build three identical shelf supports, align the side supports,
align the side supports, and predrill and lag-screw
each into the center of the ceiling trusses/ 3 identical shelf supports storage installation
Cut 3/8-in. plywood for the shelf base and attach it to the
2×4 shelf supports with 1-in. wood screws.plywood for the shelf base storage installation
This is the shelf support detail
so that you can see how each shelf support is built
you need to make 3 of these.Shelf support detail storage installation
Each shelf holds eight containers 16 in. wide x 24 in. long x
12-1/2 in. high.One shelf holds all this storage installation
Don’t overload the Storage Boxes
Don’t overload bins with heavy stuff. Limit the total weight
to about 75kg.
So don’t overload the storage boxes.Don't overload the bins storage installation


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