When looking for extra storage in a garage or workshop, don’t forget to look up.

Standard wire shelving from the home center makes great overhead shelving between ceiling joists. Fasten the shelves to the underside of the joists using plastic hooks.

Use two hooks facing in opposite directions for extra strength. Fasten each hook with a 1-5/8” screw.

One of the great things about using wire shelves is that you can see right through them to see what is stored, and they don’t collect dust like solid shelves. Using clear plastic containers for storage allows you to easily see what is stored.

You can also use wire shelves to hang tools from hooks made out of wire coat hangers.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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