Organizing a Garage with Wood Walls and a Flat Ceiling

This is the easiest type of garage to organize as hanging shelves and from the walls is relatively easy when you have wood walls. Also, a flat ceiling makes it easy to utilize overhead storage.

Garage Shelving

The first step to organizing a garage is choosing shelving. You can choose between freestanding shelving or wall mounted. You'll also have the choice between adjustable shelving and fixed shelving. You'll also have to decide how much time you're willing to spend on shelving. Making and installing your own shelves can be much cheaper, but usually takes a great deal more time to setup.

Free Standing Shelving Comparison

Name Image Price Price Per Linear Foot Adjustable Shelves Setup Time Length Width Height Length Between Uprights Distance Between Shelves Price Per Usable Square Foot Usable Square Footage
Sterilite 5 Shelf Shelving Unit $45.0 $3.34 No 5 Minutes 36" 18" 75.125" 31.375" 15.75" $2.23 20.18 sq ft
Seville Classics UltraZinc 5-Shelf Wire Shelving Rack with Wheels, 14 x 30 x 60" $49.88 $4.22 Yes (1" Increments) 10 Minutes 30" 14" 60" 28" Adjustable $3.61 13.81 sq ft
Dave Wirth's DIY Free Standing Shelving Plans $74.63 $2.39 No 180 Minutes 96 in 24 in 84 in 93 in 17 in $1.19 62.5 sq ft
HDX 36 in. W x 72 in. H x 18 in. D 5-Shelf Plastic Ventilated Storage Shelving Unit $45.97 $3.36 No 5 Minutes 36 in 18 in 72 in 32 in 14.75 in $2.24 20.5 sq ft
Edsal HC30127 Steel 7-Shelf Shelving Unit, 750 lb Capacity, 30" Width x 60" Height x 12" Depth $23.68 $1.39 Yes 90 Minutes 31 in 12 in 61 in 29 in Adjustable $1.39 17.08 sq ft

Shelving Comparison


Storing Small Hardware

Storing small hardware is one of the more difficult things to organize in a garage. This article covers many different storage solutions depending on the amount of small hardware you have.

Comparison of Small Hardware and Parts Storage

Organizer Image Price Price Per Compartment Max Compartments Max Length
Storex Literature Organizer Combined with Storage Containers $164.56 $0.23 720 13.625"
Stack-On 60-Bin Plastic Drawer Cabinet #DS-60 $26.39 $0.44 60 5.25"
Plano Molding 974 StowAway Organizer Rack $37.48 $0.39 96
Akro-Mils 64 Drawer Plastic Parts Storage Hardware Cabinet #10164 $33.65 $0.53 64 5.25"
Akro-Mils 64 Drawer Plastic Parts Cabinet + 48 Stack-On Drawer Dividers $26.88 $0.24 112 5.25"

Kayak Storage Methods Ceiling Mount

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Plastic Storage Container Comparison

Lumber Storage Comparison

Image Price Reviews Height Linear Feet of Storage Rack Depth
$48.47 178.0 41 in 6.25 12.5
$1.92 5.5 11.0 in

Ladder Storage Options

Ladder Storage Hoist

A hoist is best for infrequently used ladders. 


Select Your Type of Ladder

Advantages of Using a Hoist to Store a Ladder When you Have Concrete or Masonry Walls

Disadvantages of Ladder Hoist

Ladder Storage Hooks

Ladder storage hooks work best for storing step ladders or compact multifunction ladders vertically.

 Ladder storage hooks are best used with longer ladders horizontally.

Advantages of Ladder Storage Hooks

Ladder Storage Comparison

Ladder Storage Image Price Weight Limit Reviews Average Customer Rating
Harbor Freight Jumbo Ladder Hook $1.99 50 lb 0
Racor LDL-1B Ladder Lift $44.23 150 lb 397 4.6
Tornado L2000 Ladder Hook, 2-Pack $18.3 70 lb (Pair) 219 4.2
Tornado 30 lb. Steel Ladder Hook #00525 $6.97 30 lb 328 4.53
Everbilt Heavy Duty Padded Arm Hanger #18042 $5.68 50 lb 81 4.8


Select Your Type of Garage