Overhead garage storage is not a mystery, is very affordable, it can be done by a handy do it yourself person and will create immediate new storage space. Take a walk around your local neighborhood on any clear sunny Saturday afternoon when people are home and have their garages doors up. What you will see is many of your neighbors share a common problem with you, garage storage at its worst with piles of personal items, trash bins, and boxes taking up most of the floor space in their garages. Why is this shared problem so common with homeowners? Simply put; older and even some newer homes were never designed nor constructed with adequate built-in utility storage. The homeowner is left on their own when it comes to finding and organizing storage for items used to service the home like rakes, shovels, lawnmowers, and hand tools, not to mention all the personal papers, boxes, decorations, where to put them? Think Vertical. Today, the average home garage has a large open attic area of unused storage space. Typically, this unused space is not functional space only available space and it requires improvement for use as overhead storage. Generally, improvements include plywood coverage over the open floor joists, a drop down ladder for safe entrance to the attic from the garage floor level, perhaps enhanced lighting, and a direct wired or wireless storage lift solution to get your items safely in the attic space. These improvements can all be done by a do it yourself homeowner. Your new overhead garage storage all starts with a plan.
Decide on what items you plan on storing.
Measure the attic space before you start doing improvements, so you know just how much space you will have.
Consider your storage weight requirements. The structural floor capacity is a very important issue and the design of your garage must support anything you want to store. Your improvements must adhere to local city and state building codes. We recommend that you obtain a permit before actually starting any attic improvements.
Make use of the garage ceiling joists that are generally 24″ on center and are in good shape. It is possible that you will need to add additional joists placed 16″ on center to add support to your garage structure.
Consider dry walling the actual garage ceiling and include insulation. This will give you a finished look to the garage.
Check out A drop down retractable ladder to give you access to the attic.
Save your back, a storage lift solution can safely lift 200 lbs from the garage floor straight up into your new attic. This lift solution gives you the ability to store just about anything safely, and provides you immediate access to your items without climbing over piles of boxes, lifting, carrying, and straining yourself. This solution is very affordable and is even available with a wireless remote.
When it comes to planning your overhead garage storage and attic space, consider your needs for off the floor storage and organization such as storage cabinets, shelves, wall storage with hooks to hang things and open baskets to hold things. A little extra planning and a small investment will make a big difference in the organization and access of all your stored possessions.