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Best Overhead Garage Storage Racks (2021)

Tired of moving 6 boxes just to reach the tennis racket. Tired of smashing your shins on the stuff that’s on your garage floor? Yeah, we’ve all been there.

Looking for the best overhead garage storage? The short of it is, only a few of the options we reviewed are total duds – most are decent options. However, in our opinion, one manufacturer stands out among the rest.

Winner

Fleximounts are thoughtfully designed products (the integrated grid design for example) that will help you increase your storage space. They feature a bracket and rails system that is more flexible than others. All while maintaining a height-adjustable solution. So go clear the clutter, reclaim your garage space and garage floor space. They offer accessories like hooks for bikes, hooks for any items actually.

What makes a good overhead garage storage rack?

There are 6 things we evaluated.

  1. Weight capacity: Maybe the most important criteria. You’d be surprised how the weight piles up when you store your stuff.
  2. Ease of installation: An obvious one, no one wants to struggle to get this thing up to the ceiling.
  3. Flexibility: here we are looking for a solution that has extra features like hooks and other things that can be added.
  4. Height adjustment: Since there are lots of different height requirements in each garage, height adjustment is an important factor. You also want to make sure you can fit two storage bins on top of each other or you’ll have wasted space.
  5. Cost: Always a consideration – well, for most of us!
  6. Size: Most manufacturers have a 4x8ft version, a 4x4ft, and some other sizes. We tried to evaluate the 4×8 size for each.

Overhead Storage Racks Mounting Tips and Tricks

The tips below will help ensure that you choose the best overhead garage storage unit and get them properly installed.

Ceiling Joists

You’ll need to attach the overhead storage rack to the wooden joists. Joists are wood beams in your ceiling that typically run in one direction. They usually spaced at 16″ or 24″ on-center intervals. The overhead storage racks can be mounted parallel or perpendicular to these joists. Mounting them parallel is the easiest option but it can be done perpendicular as well. We suggest finding out which way your joists run before you purchase and plan where you want to install your garage ceiling storage. This way you’ll be prepared to make the right choice when purchasing. While most of the options do have the flexibility they won’t all fit every ceiling situation.

Mounting height

Definitely measure the height of your space first. For example, if plan to mount above your garage door, you’ll need a ceiling-mounted rack that can adjust to a height that is smaller than the space your garage door leaves when open.

 

Large 96 x 48in (4x8ft) Ceiling Storage Options

HyLoft 164 4x8ft Super Pro Ceiling Shelf

HyLoft 164 96-Inch by 48-Inch Super Pro Ceiling Mount Shelf, White
10 Reviews
HyLoft 164 96-Inch by 48-Inch Super Pro Ceiling Mount Shelf, White
  • Holds up to 600 lbs. of evenly distributed weight
  • All steel construction with scratch-resistant white powder coat finish
  • Height-adjustable from 24 in. to 44 in. to fit almost any joist configuration
  • Installs on both flat and vaulted ceilings (finished and unfinished)
  • Hardware included

This overhead storage system by HyLoft is versatile, as it can be adjusted within a range of 17 to 28 inches, and therefore fits a lot of joint spacing. It can also be easily adjusted for either vaulted or flat ceilings, and installation is as easy as following the steps indicated in the instructions and takes as little as 30 minutes. Its finish is also coated with a scratch-resistant powder, thus allowing the storage system to look good for years and years.

  1. Weight capacity: 600lbs
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options. It has a 17 to 28 inches range for each joist mount.
  3. Flexibility: Hyloft does offer some accessories but not as many as other options.
  4. Height adjustment:  from 24 in. to 44 in. to fit almost any joist configuration.
  5. Cost: Comparable to other options.

Pros

Just as heavy-duty as any of the other options. It’s a good choice.

Cons

Is often out of stock, which is kinda annoying.

SafeRacks 4×8 overhead garage storage rack

SafeRacks 4x8 Single Rack Package w/Accessory Hooks 12-21' Drop, White
2 Reviews
SafeRacks 4x8 Single Rack Package w/Accessory Hooks 12-21" Drop, White
  • Lifetime Warranty - ONLY AVAILABLE IF PURCHASED FROM SAFERACKS
  • Easy Step by Step Instructions and a Full Support Center to Assist You
  • Industrial Strength with a Powder Coat Finish
  • Holds 600 Pounds and has a Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Check out our other listings that include FREE INSTALLATION

The SafeRacks Heavy Duty Storage comes with a lifetime warranty if purchased directly from them, so you don’t have to worry about shelling out cash for repair purposes in the future. Its ceiling drop length can also be adjusted according to your needs and space, and it can support as much as 600 lbs worth of items, making this one of the strongest ones around. Comes with some accessories.

  1. Weight capacity: 600lbs
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: Hyloft does offer some accessories but not as many as other options.
  4. Height adjustment:  from 24 in. to 44 in. to fit almost any joist configuration  
  5. Cost: A bit more than other comparable options.

We did a more comprehensive SafeRacks Review here

Pros

Often comes with accessories like different size hooks and such.

Cons

This size isn’t always available with prime

Fleximounts 4×8 Heavy Duty overhead garage storage

FLEXIMOUNTS 4x8 Overhead Garage Storage Rack Adjustable Ceiling Garage Rack Heavy Duty, 96' Length x 48' Width x (22''-40' Ceiling Dropdown), Black (Two-Color Options)
6,694 Reviews
FLEXIMOUNTS 4x8 Overhead Garage Storage Rack Adjustable Ceiling Garage Rack Heavy Duty, 96" Length x 48" Width x (22''-40" Ceiling Dropdown), Black (Two-Color Options)
  • Avoid Water Damage by Storing Your Items off the Garage Floor. Protect your items and use garage ceiling space to store seasonal and unused items. 22'' to 40'' ceiling dropdown provides up to 105 cu. Ft. of storage. Dimensions: 96 in. L x 48 in. W x 22-40 in. H. (Accessory hooks and items pictured on the racks are not included.)
  • Safe - Buy overhead racks with long ceiling brackets designed to be attached to 2 studs. Combined with 6 vertical posts, it is the optimal structure choice to ensure safety.
  • Quality - Top quality screw selected and all hardwares have gone through strict tests. Heavy duty cold-rolled steel construction provides safely loading up to 600 lbs.
  • Different - Integrated Grid Design - More stable and sturdy compared to others with separate frame and wire.
  • DIY installation with step-by-step instruction. Installation template helps make plan. This overhead storage rack fits all ceiling joist spacing ≤ 24", if joist spacing > 24", only fits the ceiling spacing of 48".

Quality is one thing you can be assured of with all Fleximounts products, as their storage racks undergo rigorous testing, together with their other hardware. It is made of cold-rolled steel, which is heavy-duty and is thus capable of supporting weight as much as 550 lbs.

They also provide you with the screws necessary for installation. Its grid is integrated for simpler assembly and is thus more sturdy and stable compared to other designs where the frame and wire are separated. Also, it provides ample storage, given that its dimensions are 96x48x22 in. It is also universally compatible with ceiling joists’ spacing of different types.

  1. Weight capacity: 600lbs
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: Fleximounts does offer more accessories.
  4. Height adjustment:  from 22 in. to 40 in. to fit almost any joist configuration  
  5. Cost: Comparable options.

Pros

Often comes with accessories like different size hooks and such. If not included, there are more options than other offerings.

The grid is attached in a sturdier way than other options

Long ceiling brackets designed to be attached to 2 studs. Combined with 6 vertical posts, it is the optimal structure choice to ensure safety.

Cons

Not many – really. This is a good solution.

NL 4x8ft Overhead overhead garage storage

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Heavy Duty 4ft x 8ft Overhead Garage Storage Ceiling Rack Ceiling Mount Garage Organization Rack Length
497 Reviews
Heavy Duty 4ft x 8ft Overhead Garage Storage Ceiling Rack Ceiling Mount Garage Organization Rack Length
  • This garage ceiling storage rack can hold up to 1,000 pounds of gear while maximizing the garage space at 2.6 cubic meters. Easy to install in dry wall storage rack or directly installed in the ceiling of the garage. Height and length are adjustable. Strong powder coated steel structure.
  • The height can be adjusted between 19 and 35 inches. The length can be adjusted between 4feet and 8 feet to meet your various needs for storage space.
  • Maximize garage space is 92 cubic feet. Minimum garage space is 18 cubic feet.
  • We have two legs in the middle of this rack for heavy duty, so this rack has six legs. All legs are adjustable. The item including all hardware and instruction book. Tools needed: Pencil, Drill Bit, Tape Mesuer, Stud Finder, Ladder, Safety Glasses, Wreach, Rubbr Mallet, Scredrive, Gloves.
  • WOOD BOARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS SET. This Product does not come with wood board or wire decks. Customer needs to purchase these materials separately. We recommends 3/8” thick wood board.
  1. Weight capacity: 1000lb
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: HL does not offer accessories
  4. Height adjustment:  from 19 in. to 35 in. to fit almost any joist configuration  
  5. Cost: Cheaper than other options but doesn’t include decking

Pros

Is less expensive than other options

Cons

Doesn’t include a deck so you’ll have to buy wood which won’t allow for accessories like hooks.

Medium to Smaller overhead garage storage

These are the smaller siblings of the larger options above. Note that it is not always the same exact product! It’s not like you are buying half of the larger units. Some manufacturers downgrade the material and strength of these smaller units.

HyLoft 00625 45×45″ overhead garage storage

HyLoft 00625 45-Inch by 45-Inch Overhead Storage System, Ceiling Mount Garage Organization Rack, Hammertone
480 Reviews
HyLoft 00625 45-Inch by 45-Inch Overhead Storage System, Ceiling Mount Garage Organization Rack, Hammertone
  • Holds up to 250 lbs. of evenly distributed weight
  • All steel construction with scratch-resistant black powder coat finish
  • Over 30 cubic ft. of storage space for seasonal decorations, luggage, coolers, and more
  • Height-adjustable from 17 in. to 28 in. to fit almost any joist configuration
  • Hardware included
  1. Weight capacity: 250lb
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: Offers some accessories
  4. Height adjustment:  from 17 in. to 28 in. to fit almost any joist configuration  
  5. Cost: Cheaper than other options.

Pros

Is less expensive than other options, but also a lighter duty solution

Cons

The mounting brackets are very limited so you’ll have to luck out and find ceiling joists at the predetermined spacing force on to you by the rack’s width

HyLoft 50175-10 60-Inch by 45-Inch Pro overhead garage storage

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HyLoft 50175-10 60-Inch by 45-Inch Pro Ceiling Mount Shelf, White
242 Reviews
HyLoft 50175-10 60-Inch by 45-Inch Pro Ceiling Mount Shelf, White
  • Holds up to 300 lbs. of evenly distributed weight
  • All steel construction with scratch-resistant white powder coat finish
  • 35 cubic ft. of storage space for seasonal decorations, luggage, coolers, and more
  • Height-adjustable from 31” to 41”. Perfect for use with common garage joist spacing 24” to 36” apart
  • Hardware included

This is a good mid-sized, mid-strength option.

  1. Weight capacity: 300lb
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: HyLoft 50175-10 60″ x 45″ Ceiling Mount Shelf
  4. Height adjustment:  from 31 in. to 41 in. to fit almost any joist configuration  
  5. Cost: Cheaper than other options.

Pros

Is less expensive than other options, but also a lighter/medium duty solution

Cons

The mounting brackets are very limited so you’ll have to luck out and find ceiling joists at the predetermined spacing forced onto you by the rack’s width. Most of the time this works out fine – but not always.

Fleximounts 3×8 overhead garage storage rack

FLEXIMOUNTS 3x8 Overhead Garage Storage Rack Adjustable Ceiling Storage Rack Heavy Duty 96' Length x 36' Width x 40' Height (Black)
1,216 Reviews
FLEXIMOUNTS 3x8 Overhead Garage Storage Rack Adjustable Ceiling Storage Rack Heavy Duty 96" Length x 36" Width x 40" Height (Black)
  • Reclaim Your Garage - Use garage ceiling space to store seasonal and unused items. 22'' to 40'' ceiling dropdown provides up to 80 cu. Ft. of storage. Dimensions: 96 in. L x 36 in. W x 22-40 in. H. (Accessory hook and items pictured on the racks are not included. WOM )
  • Stability & Safety - With our specially designed longer ceiling brackets that attach to two joists, Fleximounts overhead garage storage racks are more stable and secure compared to others!
  • Quality - Top quality screw selected and all hardwares have gone through strict tests. Heavy duty cold-rolled steel construction provides safely loading up to 600 lbs.
  • Different - Integrated Grid Design- More stable and sturdy compared to others with separate frame and wire.
  • DIY installation with step-by-step instruction. Installation template helps make plan. This overhead storage rack fits all ceiling joist spacing ≤ 24", if joist spacing > 24", only fits the ceiling spacing of 36".

  1. Weight capacity: 350lb
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: Offers some accessories
  4. Height adjustment:  from 22 in. to 40 in. to fit almost any joist configuration  
  5. Cost: Comparable to other options

Pros

Grid attachment is better than other options

Great mounting flexibility compared to other options

Cons

Not many, Fleximout has really figured this stuff out and wins our best overhead garage storage award

SafeRacks – 3×6 overhead garage storage rack

SafeRacks – 3x6 Overhead Garage Storage Rack - Height Adjustable Steel Overhead Storage Rack - 400 Pound Weight Capacity (White, 24'-45')
80 Reviews
SafeRacks – 3x6 Overhead Garage Storage Rack - Height Adjustable Steel Overhead Storage Rack - 400 Pound Weight Capacity (White, 24"-45")
  • Customizable Ceiling Drop-Length. Choose from 3 Adjustable ranges: 12"-21" Drop-Length, 18"-33" Drop-Length, and 24"-45" Drop-Length
  • Heavy duty ceiling brackets made of 14-gauge steel and are designed to span to 2 ceiling joists for maximum safety and rigidity.
  • Heavy duty wire decking with "waterfall" design for a quicker, easier, and safer assembly.
  • Grade 8 Case-Hardened Lag bolts ensure the safest and most secure connection to your ceiling.
  • Certified company installers in over 40 major cities! Quick, fast, and affordable installation just 1 call away!

  1. Weight capacity: 400lb
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: Offers some accessories
  4. Height adjustment:  Customizable Ceiling Drop-Length. Choose from 3 Adjustable ranges: 12″-21″ Drop-Length, 18″-33″ Drop-Length, and 24″-45″ Drop-Length   
  5. Cost: Comparable to other options.

Pros

More flexible mounting compared to some other options

Construction is strong enough to have no middle support beam – which means you can fit boxes in that center space

Cons

Not always prime eligible

MonsterRax 2×8 overhead garage storage rack

  1. Weight capacity: 600lb ??
  2. Ease of installation: Comparable to other options.
  3. Flexibility: Offers some accessories
  4. Height adjustment:  from 24 in. to 45 in. 
  5. Cost: Comparable to other options.

We did a more comprehensive Monsterrax review here

Pros

Great for tighter spaces because of unique, narrow size. Not many other manufacturers offer this size.

Cons

Not any, this is a really good solution

Frequently Asked Questions

Is overhead garage storage safe?

Yes, if installed correctly these are safe solutions. Not a single reviewer complained about breakage.

How Much Do Overhead Garage Storage Racks Cost?

Most solutions range from around $60-$200. It all depends on how large the shelves are.

What Are The Benefits Of Overhead Garage Storage Racks?

Simple, get the stuff off the floor and clear up your garage. Make sure you maximize your overhead garage storage space and increase your storage capacity with ceiling mounted racks.

Verdict on the best overhead garage storage

You came here looking for best overhead garage storage options. The best overhead garage storage rack award goes to Fleximounts. The other options are good as well. Fleximounts however, are just more thoughtfully designed products that will be a great overhead garage storage solution. Many of these best overhead garage storage solutions have similar features. Powder coat, adjustable height, accessory hooks, high load capacity, scratch resistant, etc. We found that with these overhead storage systems it’s not so much about these features, rather – the most critical things are their maximum weight, a full support center (if they are the wider 4x8ft units), and that the mounting options allow you to attach the best overhead garage storage rack to the garage ceiling. Making the most use of your garage ceiling to store seasonal items like holiday decorations is a great idea – if you don’t mind climbing ladders occasionally. These solutions are ideally suited if they have enough vertical space above your garage door if that is where you plan to mount the storage unit. Our review of the best overhead garage storage didn’t uncover any that have a  full lifetime warranty but most do come with warranties of some length. Some of these garage ceiling racks have terrible installation instruction making the installation process difficult. How much weight one can carry is a function of their heavy duty construction – or lack there of. All in all these overhead racks will increase your storage space and help with your storage needs by making better use of your ceiling space. In many cases, depending on their adjustable height you’ll probably get enough space to stack two typical large plastic storage bins.  As noted above their are some units that could be considered a weak rack so be careful to place only lighter loads and not surpass their weight limit. So if you are looking for more space these units are the perfect solution. The Fleximounts unit has an innovative design which is why we awarded it the best overhead storage rack.

Other Garage Ceiling Storage Reads

Motorized overhead garage storage units were not reviewed here but they are an interesting solution. They are more costly than regular overhead garage storage units. The big advantage is the ease of access. Perhaps using one motorized unit for and use stationery units for the others is a cost-effective and convenient solution? Read the motorized overhead garage storage review here. There are also overhead garage racks that work with a pulley system.

 

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