How to Store a Ladder in a Garage [5 Easy Ways]

Can’t figure out how to store your ladder in your garage?

The best way to store a ladder in the garage is off the ground, horizontally, and on secured hooks.

If you don’t have a way to secure hooks to your garage walls, you’ll find plenty of other options below.

Let’s get started.

5 Ways to Store Ladders in Your Garage

Ladder hooks

The best way to store your ladder is horizontally on hooks that are secured. This way, your ladder isn’t taking up a bunch of space in the middle of your garage and it will be easy to take it out when you need it.

Once nailed into your wall’s stud, your ladder shouldn’t be going anywhere. You can also utilize these hooks to store your other items like a canoe in your garage. If you don’t have space to store your ladder horizontally, using these hooks vertically is an option as well.

Ceiling rack

If you’re tight on space in your garage, another great option for ladder storage is ceiling racks. With a 60-pound weight limit, you’ll be able to store an average 8-foot ladder on your ceiling with ease.

The downside with this type of ladder storage is that you’ll need to get the ladder down each time you want to use it. It can be a bit of a chore, but if you’re tight on space you may not have another choice.

Overhead garage storage racks

My second favorite option for storing your ladder in your garage would be an overhead storage rack. You’ll free up a ton of real estate by utilizing unused space up above. Installation can be a bit tricky if you’re not handy, so do be aware of that.

This also comes with hooks so you can store a variety of different objects with your ladder. You’ll be able to store garage bins up there as well, making a storage rack efficient. You can find more of the best overhead garage storage racks here.

Pulley system

You’re probably wondering. how the heck are you going to get your ladder up on overhead storage if you need to store that ladder in the first place? A ladder pulley system will fix that issue with no problem. It holds up to 60lbs and it’ll keep your ladders up and away from being in your way.

You’ll be able to release it from the floor level whenever you need it. If you’re handy, you could DIY one yourself with common items found at a big box store for much cheaper.

On the floor

Storing your ladder on the floor is acceptable but not ideal. The issue with storing your ladder in this way is that it could fall over and potentially hurt someone or damage your belongings. You want to ensure your ladder is stored safely, so secure it at any possible chance you have.

If you MUST store your ladder on the floor, then I suggest storing it on its side so you remove the possibility of the ladder falling over.

What to Avoid When Storing Ladders in Your Garage

  • Avoid storing your ladder without being properly secured
  • Avoid storing anything on the ladder itself
  • Leave your ladder out of sunlight to avoid getting damaged
  • Avoid storing your ladder overhead where you’ll be standing in the future
  • Avoid hanging your ladder from the rungs/rails

Can You Store Your Ladder Outside?

If you have no other choice, you can store a ladder outside. The problem with this is that your ladder may rust or be damaged from rain if it’s made out of wood.

If you know your ladder is aluminum, it will not rust. It is a good idea to keep your ladder hidden to remove the chance of being stolen. You can throw a tarp over it to help it blend in.

Final Thoughts

With so many ways of storing your ladder in your garage, it’s a good idea to stick with the easiest option for you. You don’t want to store your ladder in such a way that will be frustrating when you need to get it out for home repairs.

If you want to keep it outside, make sure your ladder is made out of aluminum so it doesn’t rust. If it’s wood, it’s not ideal to keep it outside.

About Roy Cohen

I'm Roy, founder of Hack My Garage. I started out like most not knowing how to hammer a nail, but now I know more than most people about home improvement and DIY. I want to spread my wealth of knowledge with the world and hope to make it a better place.