There are a ton of garage storage ideas on the internet. if you google that term, you’re going to come up with like a million and one solutions, right? But they all seem to cost two, three, four hundred bucks. And it takes you two whole days to assemble. Well I found one over the family handyman’s site that I really think you’re going to enjoy because it takes all your junk that’s on your garage floor, puts it in storage bins, and allows you to mount it on the garage ceiling. So I’m going to share how I built that system.
So that you can do it, too. and before you know it, you’ll be able to park your car in the garage. So let’s get to it! The material list isn’t super huge. Essentially, you’re going to build some carriage racks out of plywood, a sheet of plywoodthis is a 2×4 foot sheet of birch plywoodand some 2x4s. But first what you have to do is cut them to size. If you don’t like using a circular saw or any kind of saw in general, you could probably have this sheet of plywood cut at your local.
Hardware storelowe’s, home depotthose do it for you all day long. First things first, you got to get the dimensions of the tote. So measure the width. In this case, it’s about 15 11/16. Second thing that you need to do is measure the lip because this lip is going to rest on the carriage that we’re building out of the plywood and the 2x4s. So put your measuring tape underneath that lip. Measure how deep it is. In this case, it’s really about inch deep. So each lip is inch deep. That means we’re going.
To use that measurement to make that bottom portion of the carriage. So we’re going to explain how to make the bottom rim. The tote lips are inch wide. So you also know that a 2×4 is 1 inches wide. So if we add 1 inches for the 2×4 and 1 inch for the total lip depth from your tote, that means that this bottom rail for the carriage needs to be a total of 2 inches. Now I always like to have a little bit more space. So what I’m actually going to do is make that bottom rail for the carriage be.
About 3 inches so that we have about inch here on the rail for the tote to slide on. So I’m going to measure in 3 inches, make a mark. Do the same thing on the other side. Then use a straight edge to draw a line. Now for the fun partusing the circular saw. Ooh! Whew! Easy enough, right? Well, since I have all five fingers, now I have to cut a 5inch piece of plywood for the top portion of the carriage. And then finally, you have to cut a 4foot.
Section of 2×4. next thing that you want to do is find the center of both the 3inch and the 5inch rails. Place a mark in the center every 10 inches. Then to make life a little bit easier, make a mark 2 inches in from the edge of both ends of the 2×4 dead centerso at inch. Then apply a nice, generous amount of wood glue to the bottom edge of the 2×4. At this point, get your 2inch screw started and drill it through the face of the 3inch board. Do the same thing on the opposite end.
Then what you can do is take this edge of the screw and line it up with the mark that you made right here on the 2×4. Now you can screw the one end in place. And do the same thing for the other end. And I always like to check to make sure that I did a halfway decent job. So take the measuring tape and measure the distance between the 2×4 and the edge of the 3inch rail. Close enough. I get inch. Yup, that’s good! Then measure the other side. Close to inch. That’s exactly what we wanted.
Do the exact same thing for the 5inch rail. then go ahead and put in the rest of the screws on both the 3inch and the 5inch rail. The carriages are built, now what you need to do is find the joist in the ceiling. Super simple. Use a stud finder. Mark the location of the joist on one end, the final location of the joist on the other end of the ceiling. Then you can draw a line between the two marks and connect the dots. And that’s the location of your joists across the span of your ceiling. Do the same thing for the area where you’re.