Adding a little garage storage

Garage Shelf 1I don’t seem to have enough storage space in my house.  I’m sure I’m not alone in that.  Yesterday I took on a little construction project in my garage.

Back when I lived with my parents, I had a pretty cool bedroom.  My dad and I had built a loft style bed that mounted to the wall on two sides.  The unattached corner was suspended by a chain from the rafters in the ceiling.  I had a couch under the bed where I could sit and watch TV.  When I moved out, we saved that bed in case it was ever needed again.  Yesterday, we found a new use for it.

I needed a storage shelf and a place to store my truck cap.  A quick trip to Lowes and and we were ready!

cap_rack1We turned that old bed into a twin sized storage shelf in my garage.  We mounted two 2×4’s on the walls in the corner to make a mounting rail to support the bed and make hanging and leveling it easier.  Next, we added a couple of support members to the roof trusses to strengthen them.  The trusses are designed to be loaded from above, and I was concerned about suspending the corner of the shelf from the bottom of the truss without extra support.

The other half of of the project was to build a rack to store the truck cap that came with my truck.  I’m not a fan of caps, but this one is to nice to get rid of.  At some point, I’m sure I’ll be glad I have it.  The rack for the truck cap was also suspended from the ceiling.