Not having enough space in your garage is more common of a problem than you’d think it is. Walk into the garage of most households, and you will find an immitigable mess of leftover paint, tools, scrap woods, and children’s playthings.
Whether you are thinking of buying a new car or starting your own workshop, you’ll need sufficient space in your garage to turn that thought into reality.
Organizing your garage from the ground up may seem like a task only fit for Olympians, but with a little bit of information and proper tools for the job, you can be the organizer-in-chief of your garage tools.
Here, we will discuss the top 10 garage tool organization ideas on how you can spruce up your garage and give yourself the desired space.
Top 11 Tool Organization Ideas For Your Home Garage
For most of the systems detailed below, you will need the following tools.
Pegboards are one of the most commonly used items for storing your tools. Your garage probably already has some pegboards fitted on the wall. However, there might not be enough of them, or they may have worn out over time.
You can easily attach new ones by yourself. Use the stud finder to find the studs in the wall of your desired location and screw in your pegboards. If your studs are too far apart, you can use 1×4 or 1×6 boards as support for hanging the pegboards.
With the help of a pegboard accessories kit, you can hang almost all of your non-power tools on it.
2. Concrete-Forming Tubes
These cardboard tools can be an ingenious solution for organizing your garage tools. They can hold longer tools such as rakes and mops, or your sports kits like your baseball bat or badminton racket.
Remember to put them on a platform about 2 inches high from the ground to keep them from getting wet. They are made of cardboard, after all.
3. Recycle Bin Hanger
While having multiple recycle bins is necessary nowadays, they can eat up a lot of your limited floor space. You can easily create hangers for them on your wall for almost no cost at all.
To get started, you’ll need some 1x4s and 2x4s. Their lengths should be 2 inches shorter than the length of your bins.
- Attach a 2×4 about 4-6 inches from the ground on the wall studs
- Get an empty bin and stand it on the 2×4; mark the height of the bin on the wall
- Attach another 2×4 aligned to the previous one so that its bottom is ½ inches above the mark
- Attach a 1×4 on the upper 2×4 with 1½ inches of the 2×4 showing above it
- Now you can stand your bin on the lower 2×4 while the upper 1×4 will stay in front of the rear end of the bin and keep it hanging.
4. Ceiling Shelves
There are ceiling-mountable shelves that can carry a substantial load. They can be a godsend for storing your camping gear, coolers, and other large containers. You can find them in most hardware stores or on Amazon and Home Depot.
5. Corner Shelves
You might not have noticed this, but the corners of your garage are unused real estate. And you may have a waist-high cabinet, or a bin pushed into the corner, but what about all the corner space above?
It is very easy to make a nice and sturdy corner shelf with scrap plywood. Use 6 inches long 1×1 cleats along both sides of the corner as support for the shelves. Attach 2 long thin boards along the outer edges of the clits on either side.
Now, cut small plywood boards so that they fit in the slots, and you have yourself a nice space-saving shelf for keeping any small cans, bottles, or boxes.
6. Air Compressors
Tools such as impact wrench can do a lot of tasks at hand with high efficiency. An air compressor can power the impact wrenches better than electricity can ever do. It compresses the air molecule, converting kinetic energy into electrical energy to help power such devices.
But forgetting the intricate details of physics, air compressors are better at power-saving as they would not use electricity on doing heavy-duty work.
Except for impact wrenches, it also can be used for multiple pneumatic tools.
Air compressors can also be used for cleaning your car with high-pressure air as well as spray paint on surfaces.
The air compressors we use in the garage are usually very well priced, so definitely an essential addition to your garage.
7. PVC Holsters
These holsters can store almost anything that can fit into them, and they are extremely easy to make. You can fit onto any surface you want. They are especially handy for keeping adhesive tubes.
For this, you’ll need 2 or 3 inch PVC pipes. Cut the required length of a PVC pipe at an angle at one end and level on the other end. The angled end will be the top of your holster.
Screw the top of the angled end to the desired position on a surface. Now, use a long screw from the outside to go through the diameter of the pipe and firmly screw it to the wall. The bottom screw will hold up anything with a wide base.
8. Bin and Label
This is the simplest method for organizing your garage tools. If you already have a lot of shelf space in your garage and don’t want to go through a lot of woodwork or heavy lifting, then this method is for you.
Take an inventory of the stuff in your garage that you need to organize. Now, simply categorize them in different classes as you see fit, such as – decorations, paint, gardening, etc.
Get one bin for each of the categories and fit them in the bin. You can use small cardboard cutouts as separators inside the bin to keeps things organized. Label each bin as needed and store them on the shelves.
While this is the easiest method, this also is the least organized and saves you less space than the other ideas.
9. Fishing Rod Rack
If you are a fishing enthusiast or just a hobbyist, storing your fishing rods safely is should definitely be a concern for you. By using a PVC pipe and a foam noodle, you can make yourself a great storage system for your rods.
Drill a few holes into a 3-inch PVC pipe 5 inches apart. Make sure the holes are big enough for the handles of your fishing rods to fit in there. Now take the foam noodle and cut slits into with, again 5 inches apart.
Attach the PVC pipe at the desired height on a wall with the holes facing the ceiling. Fit one of your rods into the pipe and mark where the upper support needs to be. Screw-in the foam noodle at the marked height with the slits aligned with the holes.
To store your rods, simply put the handles in the holes and slide the length of the rods inside the slits in the foam.
10. Quick Shelves
You can build some shelves for yourself really quickly if you lack shelf space in your garage to organize your stuff. Get 2 steel rails and as many brackets as you need to build yourself some shelves.
Find the studs in your wall and draw a vertical line along with the 2 studs you’ll fix your rails onto. Then simply line up the rails and screw them into place. If you have lined them up correctly, each screw will go into a stud.
Attach the brackets into the rails as you need them and place 1×12 boards of required length onto the brackets. And just as easy as that, you have yourself some nice shelves to organize your tools onto.
11. Joist Space Storage
If your joists are exposed, you can use the space between them to store a few things and lessen the load on your garage floor. Get some wire racks of your desired length and 12-16 inches in width.
Screw the wire racks firmly to the bottom side of the joists and to the walls. Use some extra plastic clips if needed. You’ll have a nice space for storing small bins of accessories.
While it may come as an obvious addition, it is astonishing to see how many people still do not have a dedicated workbench for their work hours in the garage. If you are serious about your work in the garage and you spend significant time there, an addition of a dedicated workbench can do wonders for your workflow.
There’s nothing worse to the mins than being forced to work in a cluttered environment with hazardous instruments all over the place. A typical well-balanced plywood workbench will provide the comfort of the mind we all need when we just want to get ahead of our task with efficiency.
13. Car Lift/Auto Lift
If you drive a car yourself, you know the everyday nuances that a car may have. However, sometimes they can turn into something that restarting may not solve. If you have decent car knowledge, you may not want to take the vehicle to the store every time it has a hiccup.
A car lift can be the perfect addition to your garage if you have space for it. It gets your car to the perfect height to help you work with the engine or the tires underneath for a quick fix. And it is definitely worth the money you would otherwise throw at the hardware store every month or so.
14. Storage Box/Tool Chest
One of the vital aspects of a garage is making sure that you keep it well-organized. Home to a lot of hazardous chemicals as well as devices, you don’t want these lying around regardless if you have a kid lying around somewhere.
You would need them tucked away even for your own personal safety. Investing in a good quality storage box or a tool chest is a good idea to help you organize your workspace and the garage as well as to avoid any unnecessary accidents.
15. Torque Wrench
Definitely a tool you don’t want to skip in your list of garage essentials, a torque wrench is an answer to making sure you have every nut and bolt in your car tightened up to avoid any unnecessary accidents on the road.
There are few different types of torque wrenches, but the most common ones are the beam torques and the click torques.
The beam torque wrench shows the gauge, which displays the strength of the current torque while attached. At the same time, the click torque wrench clicks after being presented to the desired value. Both working in different ways essentially provide the same result. However, the convenience of the method is what is at stake here.
Except for beam and torque wrenches, there is also an electronic torque wrench with an LCD display for accurate value representation.
16. Portable Lights
The light you have installed in the garage is oftentimes not sufficient for your work under or below the hood of the car. Of course, you could try to do the job with a torch, but that is not the best solution as they often have singular direction light rather than an omnidirectional one.
There are a lot of different garage portable lights in the market which can suit your needs better, and that is why we believe that portable lights are one of the essential equipment you should keep in your garage.
17. Safety Gear
When presented with a garage full of high-powered tools, without proper protection, it is a breeding ground for accidents waiting to happen. You may not even realize, but you would definitely be a victim if you don’t have proper safety gear when working in a garage.
Definitely few of the most important safety gear you should have with you are protective gloves and eye wears. You can add in more functional ones such as the shields later on, but these two are a definite must.
18. First Aid Kit
This may seem such a silly suggestion, but if your garage is detached from the main house, this addition could be the determiner between life and death in many situations. We recommend keeping a paramedic standard at your garage at all times.
19. Fire Extinguishers
Last but definitely not least is the fire extinguisher. It is definitely never impossible for a fire to break out in the middle of your garage with the engines and other highly combustible parts just a few meters away. It is definitely better to be safer than sorry.
20. Other General Tools
An assortment of general hand tools such as screwdrivers, knives, pliers, tapes, and wrenches, to name a few, is one of the essential equipment you should keep in your garage. You could pick up a set from any hardware store which includes all of these and more rather than picking them up one by one.
Using these garage tool organization ideas, you will certainly be able to claim back some of the precious floor space in your garage. So, put on your work boots and bring together your garage just the way you want.