10 Garage Storage Ideas for Oversized Items

If there's a near-avalanche of sports equipment and tools in your garage right now, get inspired by these storage ideas for space-hogs, from bikes and surfboards to ladders and extension cords.

By: Catherine Strawn

Photo By: StoreYourBoard

Photo By: StoreYourBoard

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Reach Higher, No Matter Your Height

Even if you can't touch the ceiling, you can still store items up above with a pulley system, like the ones from StoreYourBoard, that'll help you raise and lower bikes and boats with ease—and without a ladder.

Keep a Low Profile

Since garage square footage is at a premium, bear in mind how far items project from the wall. The compact vertical rack from StoreYourBoard is a bestseller because it swivels, so your car won't lose its spot when your bike’s parked beside it.

Corral Your Cords

If extension cords and hoses are cluttering up the floor, give them a designated space to hang. The specially designed multi-nub hooks from Gecko's Toes let you take out only the length you need, leaving the unused portion neatly in place.

Pick a Fresh Spot for Fishing Rods

There are plenty of hidden nooks and crannies where you can fit things as long as you get clever! A fishing rod holder like this one from Rack 'Em Racks can be hung on any wall, but why not put the area above your garage door to use?

Install a Wall That Does It All

Have lots of odds and ends that need homes? Consider an adaptable system. With the Container Store's Elfa Utility, you install tracks that fit a range of hooks and shelves.

Give Yourself Easy Access

You’ll want the things you use the most to be readily accessible. A slide-in solution like the Gatekeeper ceiling rack makes quick work of getting out and putting away surfboards.

Choose a Heavyweight Champion

Multitasking isn't a bad thing when it comes to storage: The seemingly simple organizer from Bora Tool was originally intended for lumber, but the six-level, wall-mounted unit with a 600-pound capacity can handle a whole lot more, from ladders and PVC pipes to hockey sticks and golf bags.

Go Flat With a Strap

Racks and shelves aren't the only options for cumbersome SUP boards and kayaks out of the way. Surf to Summit's webbing boat hanger comprises two heavy duty straps that screw into a wall and take up zero room when not in use.

Close the Door on Clutter

The experts at Garage Living prove that fighting visual clutter is half the battle. A series of cabinets keep everything neatly hidden, while an overhead platform is great for stashing outdoor cushions and seasonal decorations.

Whisk Wheels Up and Away

This space designed by Garage Living is a car-lover’s dream. A lift turns one parking spot into two without a major renovation. And if you have a set of winter wheels for your vehicle, install racks near the ceiling—you only need to access them twice a year.

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