People often look around them (and even below them) when looking for places to store items not currently in use, but they don’t always look up. They might think about using the attic as storage space, or even the tops of cabinets, but there’s another opportunity for storage space that often goes overlooked: overhead garage space.
Most garage ceilings are significantly taller than the average person, much less the average car, which leaves a lot of overhead space that can be put to good use. Whether you’ve never thought about using your overhead garage space for storage, or you’ve considered the possibility, but aren’t sure how to make it work, we have some ideas for you.
Decide What You’ll Be Storing in Your Overhead Garage Space
The types of racks you’ll need depends on what you’ll be storing in your overhead garage space, so the first thing you need to decide is what will be going on those racks.
Since overhead storage can be a hassle to get to, you don’t want to store everyday items up there. Instead, that space is best used for things like spare tires and seasonal items you’ll only need to put up and take down once a year, such holiday decorations, bulky winter coats, seasonal sports gear, etc.
Choose Your Overhead Garage Storage System
Once you know what you’ll be storing in your overhead garage space, you’ll be able to determine the best storage system for your needs. Will you need racks to place bins on? Hooks for hanging up bikes?
Keep in mind that, in addition to racks and hooks that attach to your ceiling, overhead garage storage space can also include racks you can attach to your garage wall just below the ceiling. Those types of hooks tend to be ideal for bikes, strollers, ladders, sports equipment, etc.
Group Like Items Together
By grouping like items together, you make it easier to find things, as well as to access everything you need when you need it if they’re all grouped together. That can mean each rack is devoted to a certain group, or you have containers on the racks and each container is devoted to one type of item.
Labeling items in storage can also make it easier to find what you need when you need it. This could mean labeling shelves and containers with the specific items they contain, or you could use more general labels such as “holiday” or “sports gear”, so when you need something that falls into one of those categories, you’ll know exactly where to look for it.
At Garage Décor and More, we offer everything from free consultations to customary design to installation to make the entire process of installing and using overhead garage storage as easy as possible. If you’ve been thinking about using the overhead space in your garage for storage, reach out now to see how easy it can be to get started.