When it comes to garage ceiling storage, you have a couple of different choices for what will work best given your specific needs and several things to take into consideration depending on which of those choices you make. You can certainly take advantage of an empty ceiling space by adding an overhead garage storage system of your own. This is a great way to store bulky or seasonal items. If you choose to go this route, you can build your own simple storage system or buy a product made specifically for the purpose of storing items in the overhead space in garages.
You might choose a storage system that hangs from the rafters or the ceiling joists, for example.
Individual ceiling-mounted units are available in assorted sizes and weight capacities. Most systems have an adjustable height, as the distance between the ceiling and an open garage door varies from one garage to another. It is very important that these systems be attached to joists or rafters.
Metal and Wood System
HyLoft sells metal frames for ceiling storage in sizes up to 4 x 8 feet, which can hold up to 500 pounds. For the best bargain, pass on their option to include the wood platform in your purchase. Instead, supply your own 2 x 4s—you will need seven of them, each 8-feet long.
White Grid System
OverAll Storage offers white-coated metal storage units that have a grid-like platform. They offer two sizes, which can hold up to 250 pounds and be hung up to 28 inches below ceiling height.
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Steel Box Frame
The Onrax ceiling storage system is heavy-duty unit that has a steel box frame and metal grid platform. Also unique about this system is that the shelving can be hung as much as 45 inches beneath the ceiling, which would make it accessible without a ladder in most garages (though not useful above the garage door).