6 garage shelving ideas to help you store more

Owning a house with a garage means having the chance to have essential additional storage. More often than not, however, garages become clutter magnets. It’s tempting to throw the things you don’t want in your home into the garage with an out of sight and out of mind mentality. The good news? There are plenty of ways to turn your garage into a functional storage space for everything your family needs.


With freestanding shelving ideas and creative wall storage, the following garage shelving ideas will help organize your space.


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1. Freestanding shelves

Freestanding shelves are a great organizational tool to use for everything from holiday decor to cleaning supplies. They are relatively inexpensive, available in a variety of sizes and finishes, and allow for customizable heights to meet your needs. Look for sturdy metal garage shelves with the ability to add casters for effortless rearranging.


Use one in the garage to organize loose goods and paper items so you always know where to go when it’s time to refuel. Stack clear lidded bins to hold smaller items and preserve contents from the elements. Label containers or shelves and hang S-hooks or baskets on the sides for additional storage.


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2. Adjustable track system

Customizable track systems allow for extremely efficient garage organization. While these wall shelves give you more than a freestanding unit, they provide floor-to-ceiling storage space that can be adjusted as your lifestyle changes. Place large bins of seasonal items on high shelves and reach them regularly for items, such as children’s sports equipment, in eye-level drawers.


To make your garage shelving system look cohesive, stick to matching or coordinating containers. Clearly marked labels provide a polished look and help identify the contents of each bin, especially those near the top.


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3. Wall hooks

If you currently park a car or two in the garage, or plan to do so in the near future, your storage options might be more limited. However, you can use walls to organize tools, cleaning supplies, or gardening supplies. Choose a wall where you have easy access and dedicate it to hooks.


Avoid adhesive hooks, as they do not hold when the temperature rises. Instead, mount a pegboard lined with hooks or hang a wire mesh rack and arrange a variety of hooks to suit your items. Use them to lift ladders, rakes and brooms off the ground to clear crowded corners.


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4. Pegboard

Pegboards are the ultimate garage organizer and for good reason. They use vertical space and can be modified to fit an assortment of things. You can find plywood sheets that suit your needs or, if you’re a DIYer, make a pegboard.


Pegboards can be placed over a workbench and used as a place to store tools like screwdrivers, hammers or rolls of tape. Or put one on the job for other items, like outdoor entertainment essentials. Attach hooks to hang lighting and extension cords, baskets to hold outdoor decor, and a shelf for small-item bins.


Jay Wilde


5. Floating Shelves

Professional organizers advise grouping similar categories or items together to make them easier to find and, in many cases, put them back together. Use sturdy wall shelves to create an organized garage storage system.


Store bikes on hooks with helmets, bike shoes and a tire pump on nearby floating shelves. Or divide a series of shelves by season, with camping gear, ski gear and beach supplies. Grouping items by function or season goes a long way in keeping things clean in the garage.


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6. Use nooks and crannies

If your garage has stud walls, avoid wasting space by using them to your advantage. A unique and functional organization system is within reach with a little creativity and a handful of supplies.


Add shallow shelves from upright to upright to store small cans of paint and building materials. Hang brushes along an attached dowel rod and install hooks for hand tools, such as spades or trowels. Bungee cords on poles keep tall equipment, like brooms and rakes, in order. Baskets hold tape, rolls and sandpaper, while binder clips keep gardening gloves together and easy to hang on hooks.