How do I Build a Garage Storage Loft With Suspended Cable?

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How do I Build a Garage Storage Loft With Suspended Cable?
The garage is often a place of wasted storage space. (fancy garage image by Aaron Kohr from

Building a suspended storage loft in the garage is an efficient way of utilising space that often gets wasted. These suspended lofts are easy to construct and can be customised to fit every individual's specifications. A suspended storage loft is cheap to make, does not take a lot of time to build and is easy to operate. This project does not require a lot of materials and all of them can be found at local hardware and home improvement stores.

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Things you need

  • ¾ inch plywood, 4 by 8 sheet
  • Single fixed pulley system
  • Rope or chain with a load capacity up to 90.7 Kilogram
  • Small chain hook
  • Drill
  • ½-inch drill bit
  • U-clamp
  • 2 wood screw eye bolts
  • 4 eye bolts, ½ inch
  • 4 fender washers, ½ inch
  • 4 flat washers, ½ inch
  • 5 steel chain clips

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  1. 1

    Select an area in the garage for the suspended storage loft. Allow space for lowering and for the ropes or chains that will hold it up. Having the storage space above the garage door tracks is a good use of wasted space but the disadvantage of this is that the loft can only be accessed when the door is closed.

  2. 2

    Screw in the wood screw eye bolt to a ceiling joist. Make sure that the wood screw eye bolt has a load capacity equal to or greater than that of the pulley system. Both should have their load capacity indicated on the packaging or in the instructions. The joist itself should be able to support up to 90.7 Kilogram.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole in each corner of the plywood using the ½-inch drill bit. Make sure the holes are the same on every corner and are no less than 1 inch from the edges of the plywood.

  4. 4

    Insert an eye bolt through each of the holes. Place a ½-inch fender washer on the threaded end of each eye bolt, sandwiching the plywood between the eye of the bolt and the washer. Place a ½-inch flat washer on the threaded end of each eye bolt. Screw a ½-inch nut on the end of each eye bolt and tighten.

  5. 5

    Attach the pulley to the eye bolt in the joist and feed the rope or chain through it according the pulley system's instructions. Attach one end of the rope or chain to the U-clamp and the other end of the rope or chain to a hook. Attach four equal lengths of rope or chain to the U-clamp and tie or clip the other ends to each of the eye bolts in the plywood. Metal clips that have the strength as the rope or chain can be used to attach the eye bolts to the chain. The lengths of rope or chain needed in this project depend upon the amount of space available and the type of pulley system that is being used. Leave enough slack for the rope or chain to go over the stored items.

  6. 6

    Screw a wood screw eye bolt into the wall where the rope or chain will reach when the suspended storage loft is raised. Hook the rope or chain onto the eye bolt making sure that the rope or chain is taught before letting go.

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