Overhead Storage

by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated April 12, 2016)

Overhead storage is a difficult thing to deal with, especially if you are a very short person. One important thing about keeping things stored is that you not put something so heavy up high that you can get it safely up, but not down. It does no one any good to have something in storage if they can never get it out again. If you must put something that heavy in overhead storage, I suggest you get someone to help you put it up and pull it down again.

Be sure that whatever you are using for overhead storage is matched to the weight of the thing or things it must hold. If you have a long, light load, you can use your ceiling for storage and use "J" hooks (which are commonly used for ladders, and which only hold about twenty-five pounds each) with some boards and wire to make something your belongings can be lay across, but not be completely supported by (so these long things should be stiff enough to maintain form while on these racks).

You can also purchase overhead storage. Websites like tuffrax.com sell durable racks that are modular and can be fitted to your particular space. If you choose to use these racks, you can, at times, get a lifetime guarantee for them.

There are also different types of systems to choose from when you are looking to add overhead storage to a room or shed. These systems can be combined to make as specialized a storage area as you wish. Here are some types that you may wish to consider:

  • Pulley systems can help you lift unwanted items out of the way, such as a bicycle.
  • Garage lift systems are basically pulley systems, but stronger ones that can sometimes handle up to one hundred pound loads.
  • Rack storage systems keep boxes and such things up and out of the way. An example of them is the aforementioned tuffrax.com and screw into your rafters.
  • Heavy lift hoist systems use a gear drive to lift loads of up to two hundred-fifty pounds.
  • Large accessory storage units can lift specific things, like a kayak, but do not guarantee you much head space.

Author Bio

Cassandra Merkling

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