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Garage overhead storage

Proper installation will be most important I would think, but is there differences between all the different garage overhead storage options? Or are they all mostly the same and simply pick the cheapest with the appropriate max load rating and size I need? Are particular brands/model better than others?
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Build your own using 2x3 or 2x4 plus 3/8" plywood. It's simple.
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I have built multiple 24" x 96" overhead shelves in my double garage. Each cost around $30 to$40ish including lag bolts, 2x4 lumber, 1/4 osb, #8 fasteners and 16ga finish nails.

When I cannot put diagonal supports below the shelves, I used 3/16" thick stainless steel cables fasten to the studs above the ceiling. With all the shelves built, I can easily park both cars in.
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yellowmp5 wrote: I have built multiple 24" x 96" overhead shelves in my double garage. Each cost around $30 to$40ish including lag bolts, 2x4 lumber, 1/4 osb, #8 fasteners and 16ga finish nails.

When I cannot put diagonal supports below the shelves, I used 3/16" thick stainless steel cables fasten to the studs above the ceiling. With all the shelves built, I can easily park both cars in.

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This is my exact setup, right down to the aircraft cable and turnbuckles. I have posted similar pictures before. I can jump on my shelves (I need to get to a shelf off a ladder to get to my attic access).
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Nice setups. I did the same in my old place. Instead of cables, I ended up using left over copper piping I had lying around. I flattened each end, bent it around a piece of wood that was secured to the ceiling studs and then screwed the pipe into the wood. Cheap and easy. I probably could've laid down on those shelves as well. I stored my tires up there, so it easily held 100lbs+.
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yellowmp5 wrote: I have built multiple 24" x 96" overhead shelves in my double garage. Each cost around $30 to$40ish including lag bolts, 2x4 lumber, 1/4 osb, #8 fasteners and 16ga finish nails.

When I cannot put diagonal supports below the shelves, I used 3/16" thick stainless steel cables fasten to the studs above the ceiling. With all the shelves built, I can easily park both cars in.

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omg i want to build EXACTLY this in my garage
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yellowmp5 wrote: I have built multiple 24" x 96" overhead shelves in my double garage. Each cost around $30 to$40ish including lag bolts, 2x4 lumber, 1/4 osb, #8 fasteners and 16ga finish nails.

When I cannot put diagonal supports below the shelves, I used 3/16" thick stainless steel cables fasten to the studs above the ceiling. With all the shelves built, I can easily park both cars in.

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You could tidy it up by removing all those little blocks below the shelves. They aren't really doing anything for you, if the 2x4 is screwed into studs.
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I don't have much room in my garage for shelving (only 12 feet wide) but I did rig up a simple shelf to hold my wife's winter tires. I put some 24" deep shelves at the end of the garage over a workbench made from a scrap of bowling lane I had around.

A car gets in there from time to time ;)
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torontotim wrote: You could tidy it up by removing all those little blocks below the shelves. They aren't really doing anything for you, if the 2x4 is screwed into studs.
Agreed. I put up a board temporarily, set the shelf on it, leveled, screwed the shelf to the studs then removed the board. Easy peasy.
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Here's my garage storage I built, similar to others but used 2x4s to tie it to the ceiling. The pool noodles are so the car's power hatch doesn't slam into it should it lose its height memory (it does sometimes).
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I had so much wood lying around that this storage cost me literally $0.
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Kevin711 wrote: Here's my garage storage I built, similar to others but used 2x4s to tie it to the ceiling. The pool noodles are so the car's power hatch doesn't slam into it should it lose its height memory (it does sometimes).

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Is that the famous ryobi grinder on your shelf?
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Wiseman wrote: Is that the famous ryobi grinder on your shelf?
No, it's was the box for a ryobi fan, just filled with miscellaneous junk now.
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torontotim wrote: You could tidy it up by removing all those little blocks below the shelves. They aren't really doing anything for you, if the 2x4 is screwed into studs.
too lazy to remove those blocks below, i was alone working on this project, i needed those blocks to help me hold it in place and keeping it as level as i can while i drive those lag bolts...
removing those blocks j/ creates more garbages anyway...
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Love these garage overhead storage examples. I need to get around to doing this. Keep the inspiration coming!
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woofster wrote: Love these garage overhead storage examples. I need to get around to doing this. Keep the inspiration coming!
same!
I don't have much in my garage aside from our two cars, but building a storage shelf or o/h rack etc would literally take everything out of the garage for me
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I went with SafeRacks through a Toronto company called UrbanGarage because I wanted a professional install for liability reasons.

I went with the 4'x8' unit that can hold 600lbs. I'm very happy with the unit and the install from the shop I bought it from.

http://www.urbangarage.ca/index.html

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yellowmp5 wrote: I have built multiple 24" x 96" overhead shelves in my double garage. Each cost around $30 to$40ish including lag bolts, 2x4 lumber, 1/4 osb, #8 fasteners and 16ga finish nails.

When I cannot put diagonal supports below the shelves, I used 3/16" thick stainless steel cables fasten to the studs above the ceiling. With all the shelves built, I can easily park both cars in.

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amazing setup! Stupid question here - how did you secure the diagonal support? is that a bolt you just drilled straight into the wall?
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