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Incredible DIY Garage Ceiling Storage Ideas

Garage Ceiling Storage

Your garage is much more than just a place to park cars. It’s often a toolshed, a warehouse, a workshop – and quite possibly – your favorite place to hang out with your friends.

That’s why keeping them tidy is not always easy – especially without adequate storage. But with a little vertical creativity, even the tiniest garage can be orderly.

How can you maximize the space in your garage?

Is your garage driving you crazy because of the clutter it’s accumulated? You might find the answer to your organizing problem in your ceiling!

These ceiling storage systems are the answer to all the clutter in your area. It’s a clever way for maximizing its space. Store items that the family doesn’t use too often, like outdoor camping equipment, holiday decorations, and extra bedding.

Garage Ceiling Storage

What are the materials needed to make a DIY garage ceiling storage?

You can choose between the sliding system and the conventional ceiling shelving unit. It all depends on what you’re planning to store. Consider how frequently you would need those items and how heavy they are.

If you think the sliding system is for you, here are the things that you’ll need…


  • 2×4 Lumber
  • 4×8′ sheet of 3/4″ Plywood
  • 1×2 x 8′ Pine Stop Strip
  • Carpenter’s Glue
  • 1/4″ x 3-1/2″ Lag Screws and Washers
  • 2″ Wood screws
  • 3″ Wood Screws
  • Plastic Totes


  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer
  • Miter Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Socket / Ratchet SEt
  • Stud Finder
  • Level
  • Drill Bit Set
  • Ladder
  • Safety Glasses

How to make a DIY garage ceiling storage?

  1. Determine the outside and inside measurements.
  2. Create the bottom flanges.
  3. Build the ceiling storage carriages
  4. Make sure to identify the ceiling joists
  5. Attach the carriages into the ceiling with screws
  6. Provide markings for the distance or space on where to place the carriages
  7. Check the fit of your celing storage
  8. Attach the stops to avoid your totes from sliding
  9. Make the most of the vacant spaces, just maintain atleast 2ft from the lighting fixtures, doors springs and openers.

Thanks to Familyhandyman for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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