Overhead Crate Storage System- Review
So what to do with all of our stuff? It's a constant question here and with the garage being pulled into the big renovation, it's something we've been thinking about a lot. The shop is going to get a major overhaul and storage is the number one concern. We're definitely going to use some of those Racor Snap2It hooks (reviewed here), and there will certainly be shelves for the daily use tools, but what about everything else? If there's something we only use a few times a year, there's no point in it clogging up valuable shelf space. Well, a while back, we were contacted by Overhead Crate and it just so happens that they have the perfect solution.
What they've done is discovered a way to utilize the void in between the ceiling joists of your unfinished basement, or in our case, the garage ceiling. What was once dead space can now be wonderful, blissful, zen-like storage space. It's really simple and one of those, "why didn't I think of that," solutions. The Overhead Crate is a three-part system; the storage box, a pair of dowels, and the two hanger pieces. All you need to do to get going is to attach the hangers to your joists and then run the dowels through the appropriate spot in the crate. From there, you can easily place and remove the crate from the track. When it's up in the joist bays, it's secured and out of the way.
Overhead Crate sent us a sample and once we got it up we really started liking it a lot. We loaded the crate with all of our random sanding gear and popped it up on the hangers. We still have easy access to it, but it's completely out of the way. We even found out that the Overhead Crate forced us to be a little more organized. Things can get a little cluttered around here and if the sanding box is just sitting on a shelf, we're just going to be tossing things in it, whatever. But the crate adds a dimension of, "Ok, now we have to put this thing away, let's take 2.3 seconds and make it right."
So there are three different versions available; collapsible plastic crate, rigid plastic crate (like the kind you put file folders in), and a cardboard box. They are priced from $34 down to $20, depending on the box style. The collapsible crate is nice and solid and can hold heavy items like power tools. The recommended weight limit is around 25 pounds, but that has more to do with getting the crate up and down as opposed to the crate's durability. The system is designed for 16oc, 2x8 or larger framing. The shop ceiling is 2x6 24oc, but if you have a little know-how you can pretty much make anything work. Install took maybe 5 minutes.
It's a fantastic solution because it no only gets stuff out of your way, but it also utilizes a regularly unused space. Take something like the five years of tax returns that you should be holding on to. Are you ever going to need them? Probably not....so shove them up in between the joist bays. Also, if you have a corner of an unfinished basement as your workshop, storage is going to be an issue, so why not put things up in the ceiling.
We have plans on more crates; one for little boxes of screws, one for sharpening gear, one for pneumatic finish nails, the list could go on forever.
If you're the hardcore DIY type, you might look at this thing and think, "hey, I could build that." And you're probably right. But there are a lot of people who either don't want the hassle or don't have the time. This product is perfect for them.
More info and purchasing information at OverheadCrate.com
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 22, 2013 7:33 AM