12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas

The garage is an extension of your home that has major potential. Some people keep it sacred for their cars while others want to utilize the space more creatively. In the spirit of DIY, we think it’s a great idea to use the space to straighten up, so we’ve got a few garage organization tricks and tips for awesome space-saving projects.

1. Slat Wall Organizer

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - Workshop Space Organization
Workshop Space Organization (via A Beautiful Mess)

Even if you do keep your car in the garage, you could always increase organization by looking up! Wall space turns into storage space with this slat wall organizer idea. It’s got the look and feel of a hardware store, inclusive of hooks and plenty of your own personal tools, neat and tidy on the walls of your garage.

2. Hanging Bike Storage

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Garage Update: Family Bike Storage (via IHeart Organizing)

Cars aren’t the only mode of transport that can go in the garage. Keeping you and your family’s bikes out in the garage keeps them out of the way and accessible for whenever you need. And it’s an easy-to-do project!

3. Lawn-tool palette

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - Store Lawn Tools With a Pallet
Store Lawn Tools With a Pallet (via Fabulessly Frugal)

If you’re a devoted reader on our site, you’ll know that we love a good palette project. They’re so multifunctional and always easy to personalize. FOr a garage wall organizer, they’re great for housing your lawn tools. Paint it the color of the wall and watch it blend in, save space, and keep your lawn tools organized.

4. Garden tool organizer

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - The DIY garden tool storage idea
The DIY garden tool storage idea that will save your sanity (via Newly Woodwards)

Don’t have a palette? No problem! You can still organize your lawn and garden tools in a DIY fashion. This simple project calls for some ply-wood and old piping. The pipings can be cut and attached to the plywood (which is attached to the garage wall) for an effortless fit for rake, shovel, and broom handles.

5. Pegboard wall

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Garage Organization – How to Install a Pegboard (via RemodelandolaCasa)

Kind of like the slat-organizer, but using a pegboard instead. Peg some hooks into the holes to store all of your tools. Wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and anything else in your tool-box can be laid out for easy selection with this great garage wall organizer.

6. Overhead storage

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - Extra Storage Shelving in Your Garage
Extra Storage Shelving in Your Garage (via Instructables)

Just like you can use the walls of the garage, you can also use the ceiling. This impressive way to maximize garage shelving calls for a few pieces of wood and a little elbow grease. Once you’re sure it’s secure, slide your storage items up there so they’re in place and out of the way until you need them. Great for Christmas decorations or seasonal sports storage.

7. Floating Shelves

Garage Shelves (via Instructables)

There are plenty of things that can be packed up and stowed away when not in use, and to maximize space in your house, garage wall shelving is a wonderful option. The floating shelf style gives that little extra floor space for anything you need, maybe even a little more storage for strollers or scooters.

8. Corner-shelving

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - DIY Corner Shelves for Garage
DIY Corner Shelves for Garage (via Kenarry)

Corners can get notoriously messy, but you can say goodbye to the unnecessary clutter with this corner-shelving DIY option. The hardest part of this will be cutting your wood slats or board to fit the corner properly, but then it just takes a little wall reinforcement to help you make the most of your space!

9. Scrapwood brackets

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - Scrap Wood Brackets
Scrap Wood Brackets (via Family Handyman)

In true DIY spirit, garage wall organizers can come to life with things you already have lying around. This scrapwood bracket idea helps to hang beach chairs, pool toys, or anything else that you make fit. All it takes is a few sturdy pieces of scrap wood, screws, and a 30-degree angle cut.

10. Storage cabinet

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas -  How To Build A Lockable Storage Cabinet
How To Build A Lockable Storage Cabinet (via Family Handyman)

A little extra wall-space can easily be multiplied into a three-fold storage cabinet for all your cleaning or handyman essentials. It will call for a few different materials and tools, like hinges, pegboard, and of course, wood, but is a fantastic DIY project to maximize garage wall organization.

11. Fold-up workbench

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - How To Build a Fold-Up Workbench
How To Build a Fold-Up Workbench (via Family Handyman)

12. Simple Plywood Shelving

12 Smart Garage Organization Ideas - Easy, Economical Garage Shelving from 2x4s
Easy, Economical Garage Shelving from 2x4s (via Ana White)

When all else fails, a simple plywood shelving unit can become a saving grace for garage organization. It offers all the benefits of a garage organization in a fun DIY project. Start small with a few plywood boards and as you need more space, make more! The simplicity of the design opens up the opportunity to keep adding to the structure as often as you need to.

Final Thoughts

Maximizing your garage space doesn’t have to mean spending tons of money and calling in professionals. Anyone can get the most out of the walls of their garage with these DIY garage tricks and tips. Get creative with garage storage now so you can stay organized and prepared for all the projects you have planned for your home.

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