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Garage Storage Solutions

 Updated on: June 9th, 2021

Canoe hoisted above truck
Canoe hoisted above truck

When you have limited storage space in your garage but a lot of equipment, toys and hobbies, good organization is a must-have. Discount Ramps offers many products to help you make the most of your limited space, from getting a few bikes out of the way to keeping your jet ski, motorcycle or occasional-use car safely stored away for the winter. Take a look at some of our most recommended storage solutions:

Storage Hoists and Wall Racks

One of the great things about using your garage as a storage area is not being limited to floor space. Walls and rafters offer nearly unlimited options for storing objects, provided you have the right hoists and racks.

A bicycle raised to the ceiling on a hoist
A bicycle raised to the ceiling on a hoist

Bicycle ceiling hoists

Bicycle ceiling hoists are great for getting bikes up and out of the way, keeping your floor space open and preventing you from accidentally bumping into them. Hoisting your bike takes minimal effort thanks to the pulley system of the hoist, and once it’s firmly installed with the two secure ceiling mounts, it’ll stay secure until you lower it down for your next ride. It’s a great way to preserve your tires instead of flipping your bike upside down on the ground, or removing the tires completely.

Bicycle Storage and Wall Racks
Bicycles on a wall rack

Bicycle Storage and Wall Racks

Bicycle storage racks are an easy-to-install, easy-to-use solution for stowing one or multiple bikes within arm’s reach. These racks mount easily to any wall of your garage, giving you the freedom to hang bikes securely and open up your floor space for storing other items if you desire.

A kayak hanging from a garage ceiling via a hoist
A kayak hanging from a garage ceiling via a hoist

Kayak and Canoe Ceiling Hoists

Kayak and Canoe Ceiling Hoists are an essential storage solution for anyone who owns one of these large person watercrafts. With secure ceiling mounts capable of handling 100 pounds and a convenient pulley system to get the kayak or canoe off the ground and into the air, you’ll have no trouble creating garage space with a ceiling hoist on your side. Best of all, this storage solution can easily lower kayaks and canoes into and out of trucks and trailers.

A kayak hanging from wall-mounted rack
A kayak hanging from wall-mounted rack

Kayak wall racks

A Kayak wall rack is a smart and easy way to secure your kayak safely while minimizing the amount of floor space taken up by your kayak. Gone are the days of propping your kayak in a corner or stowing it cautiously in the rafters of your garage – a wall rack will keep your kayak and paddles safe, clean and in great shape, while ensuring it won’t come tumbling down or fall over accidentally.

Dollies

How can a simple dolly help you to reclaim space in your garage and keep everything neat and orderly? Well, that depends on how you’re using it!

A motorcycle in a garage on a dolly
A motorcycle in a garage on a dolly

Motorcycle dollies

A motorcycle dolly is a convenient way to sneak your bike into the tightest spaces of your garage. These types of dollies run the full length of your bike’s wheelbase and feature a track that serves to secure the bike while also keeping the tires in line, minimizing the amount of floor space it takes up. Many motorcycle dollies also come with hydraulics, allowing them to be raise slightly for easier movement around your garage.

Moving trailers with a dolly

Trailer dollies

Trying to stow a snowmobile, boat, or utility trailer in your garage is tough – maximizing your space while doing so is even tougher. Thankfully, trailer dollies make it easy for you to tweak and adjustment your toys into position once the trailer is in your garage. The dolly will help the trailer precisely maneuver where you want it. When you’re playing the game of inches with your available garage space, a dolly can be exactly what you need to make your storage count.

Floor Stands and Chocks

Bicycle Floor Stands

Bicycle Floor Stands

These keep your bike or bikes firmly in line while they’re stored in your garage, and are generally designed for multiple bikes.

Motorcycle Chocks

Motorcycle Chocks

There are a lot of options when it comes to motorcycle wheel chocks. Some are adjustable to accommodate multiple tire sizes and some are self-locking so that you don’t need a spotter. One new innovative in motorcycle storage are the Black Widow Flatstoppers, which allow you to drive on your motorcycle for storage and will keep your tires cradled to prevent flat spots from forming.

Covers

Even though your vehicles, toys or equipment are stored out of the elements in your garage, tarps and fitted covers are your best friend for preventing dust, dirt, cat paw prints, critters and more from getting comfortable on your stored items. For information on how to choose a storage cover, click here.

A classic car underneath a cover
A classic car underneath a cover

Car covers

The quickest and easiest way to make sure that your vehicle is protected, car and truck covers come in both universal sizes and fitted models, and can completed shield your vehicle from sunlight, grime and other garage complaints.

Motorcycle Covers

Motorcycle Covers

Some of the features to look for in motorcycle covers include a soft upper lining to protect windshields, and heat-resistant material that won’t melt from hot pipes if you store your motorcycle immediately after a ride. Elastic hems provide a tight, all-encompassing fit.

Boat and Jet Ski Covers
Boat with cover

Boat and Jet Ski Covers

Boat and personal watercraft covers are best when fitted, although in some cases a universal cover might work for your craft. The right cover will keep out snooping animals, block the sunlight so it doesn’t fade out vinyl seats and also keep out dirt and dust.