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IS FINDING EVEN THE SIMPLEST TOOL or screw in your shed turning into an all-afternoon event?
It took me a while, but I started putting together a few creative tool shed storage ideas that have really made a huge difference in my shed. While I still lose the odd tool from time to time, I get to spend more time on my various projects and less time scratching my head wondering where my Phillips screwdriver got to.
If you are like me and have a ton of long handle tools for use out in the garden, they tend to create quite a mess. You can easily fix this by cutting short lengths of PVC pipe and screwing them to the wall of your shed.
You can screw them directly to the wall or lay a 2 x 4 across the studs. Don’t forget to label each of the holders so that you put the tools back in the right place each time. This also helps make sure you know what is missing.
Most tool sheds have more than their fair share of extension cords, ropes, chains, and hoses lying around just waiting to trip you. Cut 12-inch lengths of 2-inch PVC pipe, drill holes for them in a length of 2 x 6, insert the pipes and mount the board to a convenient wall.
The whole task should take no more than an hour. Not only does this give a great place to store cords but it helps keep them from becoming tangled.
PVC pipe has far more uses than to simply carry water into your home. If you are like me and have several different cordless/electric/air tools, you need a safe place to store them conveniently out of the way.
Putting them in a drawer is really not an option, but that space under a cabinet or shelf offers a great storage opportunity. Using 4-inch or larger PVC pipe, notch it out as shown and cut into lengths that are long enough to hold the tools securely. Mount the pipes under the cabinet and viola, instant storage
Plastic storage totes like these are cheap, sturdy, and readily available. The runners are made using 2x4s, 1x6s, and 1x4s. Start by attaching the 2x4 to the 1x6 using wood screws and glue. Then attach the 1x4 on the opposite side of the 2x4 using the same method.
The only thing left is to mount the rails on the ceiling of your shed spaced far enough apart for the bins to slide into easily, but close enough to ensure they can't fall out.
Whether you have an old shoe rack like this laying around or have to run out to your local discount department store and spend a few bucks, it will come in very handy.
You can hang it behind the door or anywhere there is enough open wall space. Use it to store gloves, secateurs, shears, and just about any other form of small hand tool.
When you have several different types of circular saw blade laying around your shed, you can count on at least one or two of them becoming lost or damaged.
Why not take a couple of your wife's old (do NOT take the new ones) pie pans, cut them in half and mount them to a flat spot on the wall? Each pie pan yields two convenient holders that can hold several blades at a time.
Choose a selection of glass jars such as baby food, pickle, jelly, and jam. Wash them thoroughly and let them dry. Screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf or cabinet.
You can use the jars for nails, screws, nuts and bolts, and many other small items. The nice thing is you can see exactly what is in each jar and take them with you when working in the shed or anywhere else.
You can buy magnetic tool holders that can be bolted to any convenient spot on the wall, under a cabinet, on the edge of a bench, even the ceiling. Once hung, you can hang screwdrivers, small pairs of pliers, and pretty much any small hand tool on them.
Use them to keep all your small tools in one location. As an extra benefit, over time your tools will become magnetized making it easier to hang onto small screws.
Take one wood bookshelf and two metal tubes and create a great way to store your collection of hammers. All you have to do is cut a pair of round notches in the shelf supports for the tubes to rest in.
Be sure to leave enough space between them for your widest hammer handle. Then bolt the shelf to the wall and you are done. The whole project can be completed in less than thirty minutes.
While baby food jars are perfect for small items like nuts and bolts when you need something a little bigger, why not make use of all those plastic one-gallon milk jugs you have been recycling.
Start by cutting the top off at an angle. Then wash and dry the jugs thoroughly to eliminate any risk of sour milk smell. Grab a convenient bookshelf and boom, you have versatile storage units that can go with you anywhere.
Why waste an entire wall for one piece of pegboard? This design looks like the poster racks found in most department stores, except instead of posters you have pegboard.
As long as you mount the rack holder securely in place, you can store an amazing array of your favorite tools (you know the ones that tend to get lost the most) all in one convenient location.
You can pick up one of these closet tie racks for just a few bucks. But instead of hanging your finest ties on it, why not use it to save your collection of wrenches from the tubs, buckets, drawers, benches, and who knows where else you currently store them?
The double rack lets you use one set of pegs for standard wrenches and the other for metric. And of course, you can spot a missing wrench in seconds prompting you to put it away before it gets lost.
PVC pipe has to be one of the most versatile materials for storage you are likely to ever find. Here we see a variety of pipes being screwed to a board at an angle.
These tubes can be used for pencils, wire ties, small hand tools, paint brushes, and more. The angle helps to keep everything from falling out and let you keep all those small things you usually lose safely in one place.
This is nothing more than a wood towel rack that has been repurposed. Instead of the towel bar, a piece of molding is used. The entire assembly is bolted to a convenient spot on the wall.
The taper of the molding fits nicely into the space between the handles at the joint. From pliers to wire cutter and tin snips, this is a good way to keep your tools neatly organized and out of the way.
When it comes to creative tool shed storage ideas, you should never waste as much as a single inch of available space, including the areas between each wall stud. All you need to do is install shelves between the studs.
You can screw the shelves in place or buy plastic shelf spacers like those in the picture for the ultimate in shed storage for an incredibly wide range of supplies.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about these creative tool shed storage ideas I have found for you. To me, there is nothing worse than a disorganized shed. I hate wasting more time trying to find tools or parts than it takes to make the repairs or finish the project.
There are so many different ways to improve on and increase the amount of usable storage space you have in your shed, these are just a few of my favorites.
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FEEL LIKE YOUR ALWAYS moving bicycles when you want to get something in your shed or garage?
How many times have you gone out into the shed or garage, only to find your expensive bike laying on its side because one of the kids knocked it over?
Or worse, maybe your having to bring your bike into the house where it leaves lovely big tire marks on the carpet and brake lever marks on the walls... followed up by having to listen to your other half complain about the mess
There is nothing like having to replace a few brake levers or scrub the carpets to make you realize the time has come to do something about finding proper storage for your bike.
One of the best ways to combat this problem, is to find the perfect bike hanger, without killing your budget.
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If you are like most of us, you have probably been leaving your bike up against a wall in the shed, garage, porch or even somewhere in the house since you can’t remember when
While this has at least kept your bike from being stolen it has not been without its share of problems. Even if you have used a floor standing bike rack your bike still ends up spending more time getting in the way when you are not riding it
Bikes present a tough storage problem. And because of this they always end up getting in the way. If you keep your bike out in the garage, not only does it always seem to make getting in the car a challenge, but can often cause damage to your car or other items in the garage or shed.
Truth is that bike hangers make the most of your size limitations and help avoid any future damage along with the lecture from your other half. No matter how you look at, hanging your bike on the wall or from the ceiling out of the way simply makes good sense
As you start looking into bike hangers, one of the first things you are likely to notice is the price range. Prices can range from inexpensive and highly functional to absolutely ridiculous and barely usable.
The simple reality is that if the bike hanger you are considering costs more than around $40, you are literally buying a Rolls Royce when a Chevy will do the same job. The average $40 model will have everything you need to store your bike(s) up and out of the way quite nicely thank you very much.
Buying more expensive models loaded with bells and whistles (meaning features 99.99% of people will never need), you are flushing your cash down the toilet.
Hanging a lightweight bike on a wall can save space. Cocoweb 2 bike storage rack
Now that we have established the fact that you need to find a way to get your bike up and out of the way, the next step is to decide which type of bike hanger makes the best choice.
There are two different styles of bike hanger, those designed to be mounted on the wall and those designed to hang your bike from the ceiling.
In order to decide which of these is the best bike storage solution, you need to take a close look at the amount of storage space you have available. Bear in mind that most bike hangers are designed to store your bike with the wheels perpendicular to the surface to which the mount is attached.
If you are considering a ceiling mount bike hanger or hoist, will you still be able to walk under the bikes or will they be sufficiently out of the way to ensure you don’t end up cracking your skull open.
Of course the need for space also applies to wall mounted bike hangers as you must have plenty of room to walk around them without running into them.
The number of bikes you plan to store must also be taken into consideration. Wall hangers are a popular option for those who need to store more than one bike, but at the same time there are a few good ceiling mount racks that can hold multiple bikes or you can install more than one “single bike” ceiling rack if you have enough room.
Scroll down for the pros and cons of each wall and ceiling bike hanger
How much does your bike weigh? While the average street racing bike is ultra-lightweight, this is not the case with many mountain bikes and kids bike. These can be quite heavy, something that must also be taken into consideration as you make your decision.
Take a good look at the area you plan to install your bike hanger. Can you attach the rack to a wall stud or ceiling beam? If not, will the wall or ceiling be able to support the weight of the bikes you plan to hang or are they likely to come crashing down on your car or worse yet your head?
No matter which of the different bike hangers you choose, it will always be there, even when your bike is not. Wall mounts tend to have long “fingers” or bars that stick out and can be dangerous.
Look for racks that are designed to fold out of the way when not in use to save yourself and your family from the risk of serious injury. The same can be said of many ceiling mounted bike hoists. They must have a way to be locked out of the way when not in use.
Depending on where you live and where you plan to store your bike, you may need to keep your bike(s) locked up.
Many of the bike hangers on the market offer a way for you to lock your bike(s) securely in place to help reduce or eliminate the risk of them being stolen.
There are a few people who sincerely believe that hanging your bike by one or even two wheels is bad for it. Ok, now think about this for a moment. When you are out riding around on your bike, not only is the weight of your bike resting on the hubs, bearings, and tires, but so is YOUR weight.
Now, since all of this weight fails to cause any damage... why would hanging your bike be any different since the amount of suspended weight is far less?
Wall mount bike hangers can be further subdivided into two categories, those that hang your bike in a horizontal position and those that hang it in a vertical position.
Each of these has their advantages, for example the typical horizontal mount is inexpensive and easy to hang your bike on. They also tend to keep your bike close to the wall out of the way. Consider these wall mount bike hangers.
Vertically hanging your bike an inexpensive way to hang your bikes on the wall out of the way.
Vertical bike hangers typically hold all sizes of bike rim and can hang 1 or two bikes vertically. When deciding on a hanger, look for hooks designed to protect your bikes from damage.
Frames should also be strong (solid steel or similar). This way they can handle the weight of your bikes easily and without collapsing.
The vertical design minimizes the amount of space needed to store your bikes, and is good way to store more than one bike.
Generally hanger kits will come with all of the hardware you need to mount it to your wall. They should also be simple to install. It should take you less than 30 minutes from start to finish and then lift your bikes up into place where the hooks hold them securely in place.
Horizontal wall hangers tend to be simple. They usually include only a bracket to attach to your wall and a set of hooks to hold your bike.
And they can be used for practically any type of bike, including mountain bikes, folding bikes, street bikes, adult bikes, and kids bikes.
Unlike vertical wall hangers, these racks are designed to hang your bike via a frame and therefore have a weight limit rating.
When purchasing, look for a protective layer (silicone, pvc etc.) to help protect the paint on your bike’s frame from scratches. Some also fold away when not being used.
Installing is typically easy with wall bracket mounting on stud or brick wall.
Horizontal bike hangers can also be attached to floor to ceiling stands.
This gives you a little more freedom with your placement.
It also makes the hangers able to put up without tools. Great news if you are renting and don't want to have to repair walls
However, these floor to ceiling stands tend to be more expensive than straight wall hangers, so you will pay more for one of these
Depending on the amount of space you have available and where you plan to store your bikes, a ceiling mount rack can also be a good idea. However they tend to be more expensive. By suspending your bikes from the ceiling you get them up and out of the way.
You can even hang them above your work bench or where you park the car. Leaving you with plenty of room to park the cars or work on your next project. However, unless you buy a hoist type lift, you are going to have to lift your bikes up into place by hand, which can be tricky. Consider these ceiling mounted bike hangers.
Not sure how a bike hoist works? Watch this 44 second video courtesy of RAD Cycle
The bicycle hoist is perfect for anyone who wants to store their bike way out of the way
You even can mount a bike hoist on a 12 foot high ceiling, leaving you with plenty of space to park your car, or work on your workbench.
Installation of the unit will vary depending on how easy it is for you to get to the ceiling/roof bolting point. Once it's in place bolting it to a rafter or ceiling beam takes only a few minutes to complete
Most good models have hooks which are coated in rubber to protect your bike’s frame from damage.
Also look for a thick rope and robust design when purchasing. This will allow you to lift heavier bikes more safely. Some hoists will comfortably take bikes up to 75 pounds off the ground.
A must is good quality safety locking mechanisms that ensure your bike cannot be accidentally released causing injury and damage to anything below your bike it
You can also hang your bike from the ceiling vertically
Mounted bike hangers are designed to hang your bike by the rear (or front) wheel, allowing it to hang vertically.
There are two options to hang your bike from the ceiling vertically. Custom made vertical bike hangers or standard steel hooks
Any hook or vertical bike hanger is designed to be hooked to the ceiling rafters. To install them all you have to do is drill a pilot hole and then fix the hanger's hardware directly into the beams.
When purchasing, look for ones made of strong materials (steel or durable high strength plastic).
A big advantage of this storage method is the hooks will work with both children’s and adult size bikes.
Also look for the total weight that the hook can hold. 50 pounds is about normal and plenty for a standard bicycle.
You can purchase a purposely made solution or use a standard screw in hook to hang your bike(s) vertically from the ceiling
The hooks can also be a cheap way to hang a bike horizontally.
This is good if you don’t like the idea of hanging your bike in a vertical position.
You can buy two. One for each wheel.
There are many things to be considered when looking for the ideal bike hanger for your home, garage, or shed.
While both wall and ceiling mount racks will both do the same job, they each have their advantages and disadvantage. Before making your final decision, consider your ability to lift each of your bikes off the ground.
Wall mounts typically require less effort, but may cause space issues. Ceiling mounts may give you more space. But unless you buy the hoist type of rack you will have to be able to lift your bike up into the mount.
The most important thing to remember is that you should never have to spend a lot for the perfect bike storage rack to meet your needs now and in the future.
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REMEMBER THE LAST time you looked around your garden shed and wondered how in the heck you were supposed to find anything in that mess?
Yeah, I reckon you know this one only too well, same for me.
One day I simply closed the door and walked away.
No way I was dealing with that mess anymore, so instead I started looking at my options with regard to shed storage ideas and designs to help me get rid of the clutter. Here is what I found, hope these ideas help you as much as they did me!
What better way to store things you only need every once in a while, than putting them up and out of the way?
This ceiling mount shelf can hold up to 300 pounds when properly mounted and can be adjusted from 31 to 41 inches in height. The design will fit the distance between most joists and can be used on both vaulted and flat ceilings.
There may be times, like Christmas, when you need temporary storage for a large number of items. This handy collapsible storage rack opens and folds up in seconds, but can hold up to 250 with the wheels installed.
Folds ultra-flat when not needed so you can store it out of the way.
If you are like me, you have probably been storing most of your garden tools by leaning them against a convenient spot on the wall. This of course leads to them falling down and creating a huge mess.
With this 8-foot-long garden tool organizer, you can hang your tools in one convenient spot and clean up the mess once and for all.
Whether you are trying to organize your tools, find places for smaller items, need a shelf for bigger items, this wall mount storage system can hold up to 750 pounds of your gear when mounted to the studs in your wall.
Comes with a host of straps, hooks, tool keepers, and more and is guaranteed to help clean up the clutter in your garden shed.
As long as you have space on your ceiling, why not make good use of it? This deep ceiling mount shelving system uses eyebolts that can be screwed into your ceiling joists or boards mounted to your ceiling into which shelving hangers are inserted.
You determine how many shelves and how deep they are by which hangers you choose.
Do you have lots of heavy tools and boxes in your shed and need somewhere safe to store them?
This set of four shelves can hold up to 2400 pounds, which is 600 pounds per shelf. They measure 72 inches wide, which should be enough to store just about anything in your shed and more.
Shelf height can be adjusted in 1-inch increments for even more flexibility.
Yeah, you know the one where all of your garden tools are piled on top of each other. This tower tool rack offers places to store up to 40 different tools and is on wheels!
What a great way to store your garden tools, it even has a special place for your weed trimmer complete with a cord holder.
You can use this to increase the amount of storage space in your shed by quite a lot and save yourself time looking for the right tool.
Have you ever noticed that you never seem to have enough shelf space in your shed? I did and then I found these amazing expandable shelves.
You get three sections of shelf that can be used to create a one or more shelves ranging from 45 inches to 72 inches long. The best part is that they only take a few minutes to install.
What are you supposed to do with what seems like a mile or two of extension cords slithering all over the floor of your shed.
This nifty bungee cord organizer is the perfect solution as it can hold up to 50 pounds of cords, hoses, tools or virtually anything you can hang with the enclosed bungee cords.
Can be used inside your shed or on the outside wall for garden hoses.
This galvanized steel pegboard not only looks cooler than standard pegboard, but it can handle a lot more weight. Slots and holes design lets you use a range of pegs, hooks, brackets, and shelves to create your own unique shed storage system.
It also comes with a selection of hooks and brackets to help you get started.
Storing small items like nuts, bolts, screws, connectors, and more typically involves using things like jars, tubs, bowls, and just about anything you can get your hands on.
This handy 12 bin organizer has lids on each of the bins and can be stood upright, laid on its back, or hung from a wall and gives you huge amounts of storage for the nuts in your shed.
This is literally a portable locking storage cabinet you can use in your shed or garage to securely store just about anything.
At 72 inches tall, you can adjust the shelves to fit your most expensive tools, flammable chemicals, or anything else you want to keep everyone else out of.
The cabinet is fitted with locking casters that let you move it into location and then lock it in place.
The last thing you want in your shed is expensive and complicated storage. Nothing could be easier to put together than this simple storage rack with adjustable shelves.
The frame is all steel for extra strength, and the particle board shelves use double riveted beams and braces for add weight capacity. Assembling the shelves does not require any tools and should only take you a few minutes once you get the parts out of the box.
Not everyone uses their garden shed to store tools, many, like my wife, use theirs as part art studio and part craft room.
The Store-More System offers a wealth of different sized bins that can be stacked in a honeycomb pattern that is designed to let you get the one bin you need without having to take the others down.
You get a total of 30 bins, 6 extra-large, and 12 each of the following, large and medium. The bins are made from clear plastic so you can always see what's in them.
No matter how dry your shed is humidity can still be a problem or maybe you need to use the area under the porch for added storage.
These storage boxes measure 11"H by 16"W by 19.7"L giving you plenty of clean dry storage space that uses weathertight seals to keep Mother Nature at bay and everything inside nice and dry.
Sure all of the kids store their music digitally, but some of us still have huge collections of CDs we use to keep ourselves entertained out in the shed where no one else can see.
This CD cabinet has space for 376 CDs in their cases. Not bad, in fact this is a lot of room, it only took three of them to have enough space for my CD collection. But at least I will never get bored "working" out in the shed.
If you are like me there are times when you seem to have a bigger need for storage than others. For me it is in the spring for seeds and bulbs, in the winter it is a place to hide Christmas gifts.
These collapsible crates fold flat and are only 2.8" thick, yet when opened up can hold up to 46 liters of your gear. Interlocking nesting lets you stack several together to create a storage center. Crates can handle up to 88 pounds.
The Tool Tamer offers fully portable storage that is designed to be hung on the wall.
The organizer features a number of storage pockets of varying sizes to accommodate a number of tools and miscellaneous items.
Best of all, you can take it off the wall roll it up and take everything with you and hang it back up when you are done.
This simple cardboard barrel can be found at many businesses who deal in bulk items like nuts and bolts, flour, sugar, and many others. It offers perfect storage for long-handled tools like rakes brooms, and shovels.
If something happens to it, you are not out much money and it can be easily replaced with another one just like it.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to create useable storage in your shed. Here we see a series of metal tubes welded to steel plates so that they stand upright.
This makes the perfect storage for long-handled tools like mops, brooms, and rakes. Low-cost and easily portable, you can find room for several of these in your shed.
Simple is sometimes the best solution when it comes to shed storage. Why not take a slice of your firewood, drill few holes in it, add pegs, and then hang it on the wall?
Drill holes in your long-handled tool handles, add a loop of string and then hang them from the pegs. Practically free storage except for a little of your time.
All you need is wood, dah da da dah, ok so bad play on a Beatles tune, but truly all you need for tool storage in your shed is a little wood.
This simple storage has a 2 x 4 frame with more 2 x 4s used to create the slots to hang your tools in. Total construction time a couple of hours, total tool storage time practically forever.
This tool storage unit is made from a single piece of 2 x 6 with slots cut into it for things like brooms, rakes, etc. Then add a couple of block to supports like these and nail the crosspiece in place.
You can make this storage rack from any scrap lumber you happen to have laying around, in fact, you should plan to put several of these up in your shed.
This tool rack is a little fancier and better suited to shorter tools like garden forks, shovels, spades, weed trimmers and the like.
The simple frame can be built from scrap 2 x 4s and made to fit just about any space you have to work with. Add pegs between the bigger tool slots for even more storage.
Wood is the ultimate tool in your inventory to use in creating a wide range garden storage designs and ideas. You can drill it, cut slots in it, add nails and screws to it, basically use it for any type of storage you can imagine in your shed.
You are only limited by your imagination and your needs.
Creating storage inside of your shed and outside for that matter is not just a matter of going to the store and buying a variety of storage units such as those above.
If you are like me, you need a range of different types of storage for an even bigger range of gear. I ended up buying some of my shed storage and making the rest to get what I needed.
Hopefully everything depicted here has given you some great shed storage designs and ideas to work from.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of these amazing garden shed storage designs and ideas as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go the extra mile in creating the ideal storage for your shed.
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