The 7 Best Overhead Garage Storage Racks

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If you’re looking to add more room to your garage or protect valuables from flooding you’ll need a storage solution. And using overhead garage storage racks might be just the option for you.

But not all overhead storage racks* are made the same. Or install the same.

And there are even innovative crank operated racks, pneumatic powered pull-down racks and wheelbarrow-lifting racks to consider.

So in this article we’ll help you find the storage racks that install the easiest, are the right size for your space, and offer clearance for shorter ceilings (or maximum storage for taller ceilings).
 
And we’ll even throw in a mechanized option that brings your stored items to you vs. climbing a ladder.
 

Best Overall Garage Rack - **Editor Choice**

The top selling Fleximounts 4×8′ features easy installation with wide ceiling connection points, 22-40″ drop, and three color options (black, hammertone, white)

If you’re going to take the time to add storage you might as well install a lot of it. And with this best overhead garage rack you’ll have:

    • 32-square feet of storage
    • Up to 40″ of vertical height
    • 600-pounds of weight capacity
    • Frame and wire shelving are welded together to prevent loads from shifting it

The only drawback? Make sure you’ll have enough clearance for yourself or a taller vehicle for shorter ceilings.

Best Overhead Garage Rack Under 48"x48"

The economical HyLoft 45″x45″ will fit in tight spots of your garage. And with a 17″-28″ height range and pivoting connectors will work on both flat and low slope ceilings.

For a smaller overhead area and shorter ceilings this rack will tuck into tight spots. And with a 17″ minimum height will allow walking clearance for all but the tallest of us (about 6’6″ for a standard 8′ ceiling).

Also available in 27×36″ and 36×36″.

The only pitfall of this rack? You may need to span joists with a 2×4″ as it doesn’t offer a long connection point with the ceiling.

Crank Operated Overhead Storage Rack

For easy access the Racor 48×48″ crank operated ceiling storage lift will lower and raise loads with a hand crank or drill.

While most overhead solutions are static, this rack uses an ingenious crank to let you access the storage without risk of a ladder. And doesn’t require a heavy overhead lift for those with mobility challenges.

Key features:

    • 250 pound capacity
    • 48″ x 48″
    • Adapts to sloped ceilings with nylon rings
    • 8-feet of vertical operation to work with taller and short ceilings
    • Safety lock to prevent load from falling when not in use

Most Economical Overhead Garage Storage Racks

With all the features the MonsterRax 4×8′ ceiling mounted storage rack features a ceiling hugging 12-21″ drop. All you supply is the decking (no wire included).

If you’re looking for the cheapest possible option and/or want to use plywood vs. wire racks then this is an option worth considering. 
 
Key features:
    • Adjustable 12-21″ drop
    • 600-pound total capacity
    • Homeowner supplies plywood (no wire)

4x6 Overhead Storage Unit

The Fleximounts 4×6′ rack is an in-between size for spots where an 8′ rack won’t fit. And with it’s shorter design you’ll have a massive 550-pound load capacity.

Key features:
    • Adjustable 22-40″ drop
    • 550-pound total capacity
    • 14-guage steel construction

Wheelbarrow Overhead Storage Lift

With a StoreYourBoard wheelbarrow lift you’ll be able to gain floor space and store a seldom-used but bulky tool.

Key features:
    • Two patented lifts to grab your wheelbarrow, kayak or ladders
    • Easy lift mechanism
    • 60-pound capacity
    • Tie-down wall cleat

Retractable Overhead Garage Storage Rack

Using this BluWorld Retract-a-Rack you’ll be able to lift fishing roads, skis, or other small items off the ground and have easy access.

Key features:
    • Holds up to 16 fishing rods
    • Auto-retract pneumatic pistons

Tools to install overhead garage racks

To install an overhead rack you’ll need a few basic tools, including:

The stud finder is vital to ensure you find the center of overhead studs. Due to the rack load capacity depending on a firm connection with the overhead stud, missing the stud can reduce the weight bearing capacity and possibly cause the shelf to fail.

And if you’re looking for great horizontal storage a lumber rack will use these same tools and store anything from 2×4’s to pipe off the ground as well.

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