Garden Shed: BeforeTo refresh your memory, a while back I asked for suggestions on how to organize the garden shed at my new home. I appreciated all your comments, especially the ones suggesting that I could start out inexpensively by buying a box of nails and hammering in hangers for all the tools, and then upgrading as money and inspiration permitted. But after taking a good hard look at everything I wanted to store in that 10ft x 20ft shed, I realized that would mean the entire inside perimeter would have to be lined with tools, and those in the back would be virtually inaccessible. Also, it wouldn’t be easy to figure out where to put a tool back, especially if you don’t have a good visual memory. So I decided to invest in these heavy-duty tool racks that were intended to hold several gardening tools at a time. The 20-inch long-handled tool rack can hold seven shovels. The extra-wide tool rack holds two mattocks and a pick. I hung six D-handled tools on the single-spoke tool rack, and fit five miscellaneous tools on the 12-inch standard tool rack (but just barely). I used 20d 4″ nails to hang up most of the rest of the tools.
I also bought a Two Layer Steel Tool Rack. I originally thought I would use it to hang up my most-used garden tools, like my big garden fork and my border-sized shovel. If I had looked closely, I would have realized that was impossible. Two hooks are required to hang a large tool. Because of the way the second row of hooks is offset from the first row, long tool handles bang into the bottom row of hooks. I decided to use it to hang the child-sized tools on the bottom row, and some of the most-used hand tools on the top row. I haven’t hung this up yet, because it didn’t come with its own screws, so I have to scare some up.
Turning A Structural Defect Into An AssetBy now I’m sure you have noticed the structural cabling (for lack of a better term) that stretches from the wall to the floor. (You can see it most clearly in the “before” photo.) My first concern was that it would be a tripping hazard. My second concern was that it made the space below it unusable. I think I alleviated both concerns satisfactorily. By attaching a clothesline to the cabling and hanging gloves from it, I made it much more visible. The various buckets and other containers, used for everything from collecting rocks to dividing perennials, are stored directly under the cabling. They are about the only thing that fits under there while still being easily accessible.
Other Things To Consider
If you don’t have a lot of one kind of tool, you might not find these heavy duty tool racks quite as handy. If you get one, and plan to hang a shovel, a hoe, a rake, and a fork on it, you can be sure that the tool you want to use is the one all the way at the back, and you will have to remove the other three before you can get it. If you do want to use one of these racks, be sure you can screw it into a stud. You can’t turn it ninety degrees and screw it into a stringer, and you can’t just screw it into drywall. (I apologize to the 99% of my readers for whom I am stating the obvious.) Also, you don’t want to install any of these tool racks too close to the entrance. The 20-inch tool rack, in particular, can become a safety hazard of its own, especially when empty of tools. If it is forehead height, it will be out of one’s line of sight, ready to be walked into.
For my situation, I feel like I could have stood one more of the standard tool racks. I have the leaf rakes hanging up with two nails, and three rakes is one rake too many. You can see one has fallen out and is leaning on the shovels. Of course, I could just hammer another pair of nails in somewhere, but my OCD little self likes to have every tool of one type hanging together. For the most part, this desire has been satisfied, and I am rather pleased with how the project turned out. How about you?