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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.
Best Overall Garage Rack - **Editor Choice**
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).
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Organizing your tools in the garage always includes a wall arrangement. And using one of the best pegboard organizer systems will provide easy, configurable access
A lumber rack for wood storage is often an afterthought. Wood is expensive. And with most hardwoods at $4-6 board feet just one board can