Workshop Organization Systems - Quick and easy overhead bins

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Workshop Organization Systems - Quick and easy overhead bins


Today at the House of Hacks, Harley shows the overhead bin storage that's part of his workshop organization systems. This is a quick and easy do-it-yourself system, taking advantage of scrap materials, to use under-utilized area for shop organization of small items in overhead bins.

Here are the bins I used. (Amazon affiliate link)

Here are some other shop organization tips.

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In the comments of a previous video, STLABC requested that I show the overhead bins that are part of my workshop organization systems.

We're going to look at that today at the House of Hacks. Coming at you.


Hi. Harley here.

Today we're going to talk about one of my workshop organization systems that I use here at the House of Hacks.

STLABC noticed that I had some overhead bins and requested some more details on that system.

My workshop is down here in the unfinished basement in our house and I've got joists for the floor above me that are exposed because it's unfinished.

One day I noticed that the distance between the floor joists is a little bit larger than the width of one of these plastic shoebox sized storage containers.

It reminded me of an idea I'd seen somewhere as I was wandering around the internet.

So I went down to Target and picked up a couple of these containers just to see if it would work.

I had, fortunately, in my spare wood pile, some of this tongue and groove paneling that was left over from a remodel project.

It's the perfect width to just be able to tack into place underneath the floor joists and the handle will rest on each side. I didn't have to do any cutting.

Now, depending on your application, if you have some scrap wood, you can cut it to width after measuring to see how much you need and it's a real easy to put in place storage system.

Using this is really simple.

All you do is lift up, tilt it, and it drops right out.

To replace it, it's just the reverse operation.

Push it up at an angle and it drops into place.

Now, I'm standing on a step stool to be in frame and demonstrate this on camera but because my ceiling is a couple inches shy of eight feet, it's easy enough to do this while standing on the floor normally.

To easily tell what's in each box when I'm standing on the floor, I just have a label that I made with a label maker on the bottom of each container.

I hope that gives you enough details for this particular storage system.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

There's another video up here where I talk about other organization tips that I use here at the House of Hacks.

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Until next time, go make something.

Perfection's not required.

Fun is!