How to Make a Simple and Inexpensive Hanging Rack for Heavier Items

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Hanging your heavier tools and other items increases floor space and accessibilty.

This article is a follow up to my other storage related article entitled” How to Easily Hang Peg Board and Increase Your Storage Space.” This article will show you the steps for making a heavier duty rack for those larger and heavier items that usually require a little more support than what peg board can offer.
Thank you for reading my articles and good luck on your projects.

Things You’ll Need:

  • 2 x 6 x 8 foot lumber( if making a rack for indoors then treated lumber is not required.
  • 3 inch deck screws
  • screw driver bit
  • drill
  • drill bit( slightly smaller than the self tapping hangers that you are going to use.)
  • self tapping hangers( there are a lot of different types available at your hardware store, buy a wide variety of them and then take back what you don’t use.)
  • paint is optional but does look nicer
  • stud finder
  • level
  • pencil
  • measuring tape.
  1. Step 1 plan where you are going to hang your rack, an 8 foot area is recommended.

    Plan where you want your hanging rack to be. Having 8 feet of space is usually a useful size for a rack, however if you don’t have that much room then cut your lumber to the length that will fit.

  2. Step 2 Use a stud finder to locate your wall studs, and then mark their locations.

    Select the height you want your rack to be. A 4 to 6 foot height range from the floor is usually most useful. Use the stud finder to mark the location of the wall studs.

  3. Step 3 Draw a level line as a hanging guide.

    Use a level to draw a line to use as a guide for where the bottom of your 2x6x8 board is going to hang. You can paint your boards before or after you hang them. I always paint the boards after they are hung so that they are more visible in pictures.

  4. Step 4 Secure your board to the wall studs make sure you secure the board to as many studs as possible.

    Use a drill with a screw driver bit to put your 3 inch screws into the lumber and the wall stud. Put 2 screws in each stud. Place your screws about 3/4 of an inch from the top and bottom of the board, using less than 3/4 of an inch of space can cause the board to crack or split.

  5. Step 5 Make sure your board is firmly mounted to the wall.

    Pull on your board and make sure that there is no movement at all. If you are going to paint your board and have not done so yet, then now is a good time to do so. The walls in these pictures are flat white, so I was able to use a flat white spray paint so that they blend perfectly and you can’t see any over spray. wait about an hour or until the paint is dry.

  6. Step 6 Drill your holes and twist the hanging hardware into them.

    Use your drill bit to make holes in the places that you want your hangers to be. Positioning your holes in the center of the board seems to give the best support and appearance. When hanging some items you may have to drill off of the center, but that is for you to determine. Twist your hanging hardware into the holes.

  7. Step 7 Make sure your item hangs firmly and is neat in appearance.

    Hang your item and then repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have hung all of your items. Don’t over crowd your rack. If you need more space then hang another rack. You can now appreciate being a little more organized than before. Thank You again for reading my articles.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your time
  • Use common sense when choosing what you are going to hang. Just because you could hang it does not always mean that you should. Ask yourself how badly would someone be hurt if the item did fall or how badly would it damage your car if the rack is in the garage. I have seen a lot of items that should not have been hung( such as a motorized dirt bike ).

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