Friday, May 11, 2012

Garage Storage Awesomeness

I ran across this storage method though StumbleUpon a while ago and thought that it was a great idea to store bins out of the way.  The frames are sturdy and you can use different types of bins if you want, clear ones for example. 


The steps look fairly easy and I am sure child's play for some (Sgt. Rich).  I am not sure if I will get around to implementing it, but it is excellent regardless.

http://www.alpharubicon.com/kids/garagestoragetluweyen.htm

10 comments:

  1. I saw this on Pinterest. I wonder how much weight they can handle?

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    1. The person who put them said that they hung from them and that they weighed about 220 lbs. They can probably handle more depending on studs that are used and the screws that anchor.

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    2. Spax #8 2.5" screws are rated up in the hundreds. But, I would possible consider a lag screws. Then you can hang your car.

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    3. What about the plastic bins? Can those really hold that much?

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    4. I do not know the exact limitations on the different plastic bins and there are definitely different quality levels. Even so I have seen even the cheapest ones carry 40-50 pounds and confirmed from our recent migration to the apartment!

      Mainly I have found the variance around the lids and how well they attach to the top of the bins. This would be of course critical for hanging them from the ceiling. Getting ones that latch securely would be all too important so your car is not damaged or worse your noggin.

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    5. Also would want to make sure that there is a solid lip on the sides of the bins so that they do not warp when you hang them.

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  2. Love this storage system! I was thinking of a pulley system, just so I can easily get things down. This looks simpler to build/install, though. I can imagine you wouldn't want to get into these often, though.

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  3. I have stumbled across these plans a few times. I don't know what I think. Steve or Janai brought up a point that I get caught on...not wanting to get into these a lot. While it will take a little more building, I like the idea of a shelf that runs around the garage about 2' from the ceiling.
    http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Garage-Storage/garage-storage-ideas-find-unused-space
    Something like these. Now don't ask me why I think these are better, I don't think I have a logical reason but I can conjure up some BS that will sound intelligent.

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  4. Though we have a decent size storage room in the basement, we opted to finish one of the storage rooms. Going from a 3 car garage to a 2 car leaves us always on the lookout for more storage options. Mostly because we just have too much stuff!

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  5. That's a cool storage idea and I like Sgt Rich's shelves too. One thing to consider is that the type of storage you can build depends upon your floor plan. We're building the Victoria Falls and we don't have the bonus room above the garage so there are no floor joists above it - only the 2x4's from the roof trusses so they don't have much weight bearing capacity. I've seen some floor plans that have traditional dimensional lumber floor joists above the garage and that seems like it would be perfect. I wonder though in the cases where Ryan uses engineer floor joists above the garage what their weight bearing capacity is from a hanging standpoint. The load on the floor above is fine because they're designed for that but if you hang things from them, I'm not sure how much you'll bite into since they are engineered and not solid the whole way through. I would hate to see all those bins on the roofs of our cars one morning!

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