One of the first lessons you learn as a homeowner is that you will need a ton of tools for home maintenance and will have a finite amount of space to store these tools. This is why optimizing your garage space is so important. Whether you are a devout garage-parker or street-parker, there are several ways to optimize your garage space to store tools, such as a lawnmower.
Lawnmowers can be tricky to optimally store within a garage due to their weight, size, and shape. Still, there are plenty of methods for storing a lawnmower in your garage. These methods can range from installing mini sheds, shelves, or wall hangers to simply using the default layout of your garage as efficiently as possible.
Although lawnmowers can be particularly tricky to optimally store in a garage, knowing how to store the tools around the lawnmower can also help you store a lawnmower in your garage in the most efficient way possible. Keep reading to learn more about all of the various ways to store lawnmowers, and other essential tools, in your garage.
1. Optimize Existing Space in Your Garage
The first thing you should do when planning to store tools in your garage is to get a sense of the existing space in your garage. You should know how much space currently exists in your garage, which objects are currently taking up space, and which objects will be taking up garage space in the future.
Taking a quick inventory should help you envision how much room your garage has for your lawnmower and which spaces in your garage would be ideal for storing your lawnmower. Once you have done this, you are ready to begin the first steps to finding the perfect place to store your lawnmower. There are several ways you could go with this.
- Store in a Corner
- Store Under an Overhang
- Move Existing Objects Around
If you have assessed the available space in your garage and determined that there is plenty of space to store your lawnmower, then go ahead and store your lawnmower. The most suitable places to store a lawnmower are either in a corner or under an overhang.
Lawnmowers take up a great deal of space, so it is best to store them as out of the way as possible. Additionally, as lawnmowers are generally gas-powered, it is imperative that they be stored in the most weather-resistant place available within your garage. Storing a lawnmower in an insulated corner or under an overhang is a great way to achieve both.
Finally, if there is not enough storage space within your garage, you can always consider moving existing items within your garage around. Additionally, if there is a place in your garage that would be perfect for lawnmower storage, but there are objects already taking up that space, you may consider moving those items elsewhere to make room for your lawnmower.
2. Cloak with a Tarp
If you don’t possess strong DIY skills but want to ensure that your lawnmower is stored out of the way and is well-insulated, you may consider cloaking your lawnmower with a tarp.
Although there are certainly better ways to get your lawnmower out of the way, a tarp can block your lawnmower from getting constantly bumped into by other objects in the garage. You can imagine just how annoying that can get.
Additionally, a tarp can serve as the perfect protection against weather or air damage, whether you store your lawnmower outdoors or indoors. It is important not to let your lawnmower get too cold. It is also important not to let any extraneous contaminants enter your lawnmower. A tarp will protect your lawnmower from both of these dangers.
A tarp is also an extremely simple and affordable option for storing your lawnmower. If you are unskilled or feel wary about building a DIY storage unit for your lawnmower, a tarp is an excellent way to go. Even if you are confident in your DIY skills, a tarp is still a great option for those either on a budget or looking for a simple or short-term storage option for their lawnmower.
However, if you are comfortable with your DIY skills and are looking for a stronger, long-term storage option, then let’s take a look at several examples of DIY projects that can be used to store your lawnmower.
3. Build a Shelving Unit
Some lawnmowers may be too heavy to be lifted onto a shelf, but for lawnmowers on the lighter side, a shelving unit is an excellent storage option. A shelf is a particularly good option for lawnmower owners who do not frequently use their lawnmower or are not currently using their lawnmower due to inclement weather.
There are several shelving units that you can install for your lawnmower, but this section will detail your average shelving unit. The major pro to building an average storage unit for your lawnmower is getting the lawnmower out of the way.
Building a shelving unit for your lawnmower not only creates a dedicated space for your lawnmower, but it allows you to store additional objects under the shelf as well.
There are several disadvantages to using a shelving unit to store your lawnmower. Firstly, lawnmowers, even the lightest ones, are incredibly heavy. The average lawnmower weighs between 90 and 100 pounds, which is difficult to lift to and from a shelving unit.
Secondly, shelving units do little to keep your lawnmower protected from weather or air damage. Thus, for the work involved in creating and using a shelving unit to store your lawnmower, you are not receiving as much benefit as you would with other storage options.
4. Build a Pulley Shelving System
Another shelving unit option that one could install in their garage to store their lawnmower is a pulley shelving unit. The major concern with using a shelving unit to store your lawnmower is that the weight of the lawnmower would make it difficult to move the lawnmower to and from the shelving unit.
However, if you built a shelving unit with a pulley system running over the shelf, that concern would be solved. To do so, you would simply need the materials to build a shelving unit, two ropes, two-block, and tackle rigs, and a way to attach the rope to your lawnmower. You could do this with hooks or by simply tying the rope to the lawnmower.
- One Shelving Unit
- Two Ropes
- Two-Block and Tackle Rigs
- Two Rail Track Mounting Bases
- Two Hooks (Optional)
You should build the pulley system on an upper level of the shelving unit so that you are not relying on your garage’s infrastructure to carry the lawnmower. This upper level should feature an overhang, on which you will install the two rail track mounting bases. These mounting bases should move from the space underneath the overhang to the area just above the shelf.
If built successfully, a pulley shelving unit will make it far easier to move your lawnmower to and from the shelving unit. However, this still does not solve issues related to weather and air damage.
5. Install a Wall Hanger
If you are looking for a fairly simple way to get your lawnmower out of the way while taking up even less space than a shelving unit, then a wall hanger may be the perfect option for you. Installing a wall hanger may not be as intuitive as building a shelving unit, but if you construct it properly, the benefits of a wall hanger far outweigh the benefits of a shelving unit.
First and foremost, it is crucial that you do not store a lawnmower facing sideways or upside down. Most lawnmowers require gas to operate, and this is why most lawnmowers are equipped with gas tanks. Hanging a lawnmower upside down or on its side could cause gas to leak out of the gas tank and into your garage, which is incredibly dangerous.
Thus, if you decide to use a wall hanger, you must ensure that the wall hanger will allow the lawnmower to hang in a horizontal, upright position.
Now, this is actually a far easier installation process than it may sound. All you would need is a sturdy wall that would allow you to install wooden or metal poles that jut out from the wall horizontally and ropes to attach to the poles and the lawnmower.
It is important that you install poles to support the base of the lawnmower as well as poles located above that the ropes could hang from and attach directly to the lawnmower. This method will allow for even more room under the suspended lawnmower for storage than was possible under a shelving unit.
However, you still have to consider the difficulty of moving the lawnmower to and from the wall hanger and its exposure to weather and air damage, even in the garage.
6. Install a Ceiling Hanger
You may also choose to suspend your lawnmower from a different structure, your garage’s ceiling. However, ceiling storage is an excellent way to make the most of your garage’s space. Ceiling storage is also slightly dangerous and would make it rather difficult to move your lawnmower from its suspended position.
To install a ceiling hanger, all you need is a coated steel cable, a hoist mechanism, and a few hooks to attach to the lawnmower. You should also make sure that there are no vehicles or precious items stored under the suspended lawnmower.
- Coated Steel Cable
- Hoist Mechanism
- Two to Four Hooks
This is certainly not the most practical option for avid lawnmower users. Still, if you are not currently using your lawnmower and need to get it out of the way in the most space-saving way possible, this is certainly a viable option.
However, this method still does not do anything to mitigate possible weather or air damage that can occur even within a garage.
7. Build a Sloped Platform
If you are a frequent user of your lawnmower, then chances are you would like your lawnmower to be stored in a place that makes it easy to retrieve your lawnmower. One of the best ways to achieve this is by building a shelving unit with a ramp attached.
Although this takes up slightly more room and construction know-how than a regular shelving unit, the benefit of having a simple way of moving your lawnmower to and from the shelf makes this an excellent storage option.
Building a ramp is more difficult than it sounds, but fortunately, Checking In With Chelsea offers the perfect DIY guide. To build a sloped platform, you will need the following materials.
- 4’x8’x1/2” Plywood
- 1 Tape Measure
- 1 Straight Edge
- 1 Speed Square
- 1 Pencil
- 3” Exterior Screws
- 1 5/8” Exterior Screws
- 1 Circular Saw
- 1 Drill
- 1 Jigsaw
- Slip-Resistant Treads
To begin the installation process, you will need to cut the 2x2s, 2x4s, and your sheet of plywood into the following dimensions. This is crucial to achieving the perfect slope for your ramp.
Two of your 2x2s should be cut to be 38 inches long. One should be cut at 23 inches long. Two more should be cut to be 22 inches long. One more should be cut to be 21 inches long. Two should be cut to be 16 inches long. Two more should be cut to be 13 inches long.
Two of your 2x4s should be cut to be 31 inches long. Four of your 2x4s should be cut to be 26 inches long. Four more of your 2x4s should be cut to be 13 inches long.
Finally, your sheet of plywood should be cut into one sheet that measures out at 38×26 inches and another sheet that measures out to be 26×22 inches.
If you adhere to these measurements, your ramp should feature a slope that allows the lawnmower to be easily transported to and from the shelving unit. The slope for a ramp should be no larger than 1 inch of height for every 12 inches of length, so be sure, at the very least, not to exceed this ratio.
8. Install a Storage Lift System
Finally, if you are willing to splurge for the sturdiest, safest option to store your lawnmower in a suspended location, then installing a storage lift in your garage may be a viable option for you. Factory-built storage lifts are far more reliable than any DIY suspension contraption will be, so those looking solely for a secure place to store their lawnmower should look no further.
However, this reliability does come at a price. Even more basic storage lifts are priced around $300 to $600. Pricier storage lifts and pedestal lifts can be priced anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000.
These pricier lifts, particularly single column pedestal lifts, are excellent options for those looking to minimize the amount of space taken up in the garage. Single column pedestal lifts are compact enough to raise a lawnmower over the height of a car while allowing the car to park under it and reliable enough to hold the lawnmower steady while doing so.
Ultimately, this is a reliable, albeit pricey, option. However, it still does not do anything to protect the lawnmower from weather or air damage. Now, let’s take a look at some storage solutions that do help protect lawnmowers from weather and air damage.
9. Build or Purchase a Mini Shed
An excellent way to protect your tools from weather and air damage is to store them in a weatherproofed shed. Most garages are not sufficiently weatherproofed, which can mean shifts in humidity, temperature, and air quality can affect the tools stored in your garage. However, you can remedy this by building or purchasing your very own mini shed.
A mini shed is the best weatherproof method for storing your tools within your garage without weatherproofing your entire garage. Although it may not be the most ideal method for storing a tool as large as a lawnmower, there are plenty of mini sheds that are capable of storing lawnmowers.
It is important to note that some mini sheds open from the top and some mini sheds open from the side. It is important that you purchase or build a mini shed that opens from the side, not from the front. It would not be an easy feat to lift a hundred-pound lawnmower out from within a miniature shed.
Fortunately, there are plenty of mini sheds that open from the side available online or in retail stores such as Ace Hardware and Walmart. These mini sheds generally cost between $200 and $300, which is pricey when compared to most other storage options.
If purchasing a mini shed is too expensive, you can also build your own mini shed. The Home Depot Blog outlines the materials and steps one could take to build their own miniature shed. Here is a list of all of the materials you will need to construct your own mini shed.
- (2) 4’ Pressure-Treated 4×6 Skids
- (5) 4’ Pressure-Treated 2×4 Boards
- (2) 3’ 1×6 Boards
- (8) 4’ 1×4 Boards
- (18) 4’ 2×4 Boards
- (1) 4×8 Sheet of 3/8 inch Thick Plywood
- (1) 4×8 Sheet of ¾ inch Thick Plywood
- Construction Adhesive
- 1 Tape Measure
- 1 Drill
- 1 Circular Saw
- 1 Speed Square
- 1 Nail Gun
This construction process is certainly more challenging than the process for constructing a shelving unit, but you would save a lot more money building your own mini shed than electing to purchase one.
10. Build an Exterior Lawnmower Shed
If you are up for an even bigger challenge, you may decide to build a full-sized shed dedicated to storing your lawnmower, among other tools. Although this option is outside the confines of a garage, it would certainly free up your garage for more tools and would better serve the lawnmower as a storage space.
This option should only be considered by those with a considerable know-how for DIY construction projects. However, there is a detailed outline for building a lawnmower shed available on Family Handyman’s website. The website first outlines the necessary tools for building a lawnmower shed. Here is a list of these necessary tools.
- 1 Level
- 1 Hammer
- 1 Drill
- 1 Drill Bit Set
- 1 Wheelbarrow
- 1 Tape Measure
- 1 Speed Square
- 1 Shovel
- 1 Pair of Safety Goggles
- 1 Caulk Gun
- Chalk Line
- 1 Circular Saw
Then, the website offers a step-by-step guide to building the shed. There are seven steps included, which serve more as a broad outline than rigid instructions, but the steps are still important to know. Here is a brief list of these steps.
- Pick a Flat Site and Gather Necessary Materials: The best foundation is a flat ground, so it is important that you pick a site with a slope of fewer than 6 inches.
- Build the Base: Once you have gathered the necessary materials, start laying sleepers over the flat site and connecting the 2x4s you will use as the floor framing. Then, ensure that all sides are level before attaching plywood, which will be used as the floor.
- Build the Frame: Once you have constructed the base, you can begin building the walls, purlins, and rafters of the shed.
- Fill in the Frame: Then, fill in the walls of your shed with fiber cement panels by cutting them to size and using nails to hold them in place.
- Add the Trim: Once you have done this, you can begin adding corner boards and creating the door opening.
- Install Clear Roof: Then, lay a heavy bead of caulk over the shed’s plug strip before attaching the clear roof panels.
- Hang Doors and Add Detail: Finally, attach hinges to the shims of the shed and attach doors, which should be built using treated lumber, to each of the hinges. You can finish off the project by painting the exterior of the shed and adding in any extra aesthetic details.
Although this outline is not a sufficient guide for building your own shed, it is a good starting point for knowing what it would take to do so. Now, let’s take a look at several other storage options that are outside of the garage.
11. Use a Canopy
Whether you already have one or are able to purchase one, a canopy is a reasonable option for protecting your lawnmower from weather damage if you have to store your lawnmower outdoors. Although this is certainly not the most space-efficient option for storing your lawnmower, it is a simple storage option for those without space in their garage.
A canopy is also one of the best ways to protect your lawnmower from inclement weather while storing it outdoors.
12. Use a Storage Unit
If you are not a frequent user of your lawnmower, it is also worth considering simply putting your lawnmower away in a storage unit. For those who live in climates that deal with long winter months, it may be unreasonable to keep a lawnmower on hand when it is not needed for most of the year.
Keeping your lawnmower in a storage unit is a simple, affordable long-term option for storing your lawnmower.
13. Use a Basement or Attic in the House
If you would like to keep your lawnmower on hand but simply do not have the room for it in your garage, you can also consider storing the lawnmower in your house in a basement or attic. This may not be the most ideal storage space for those who would rather not lift a hundred-pound lawnmower up and down a flight of stairs.
However, if it is absolutely essential that you keep your lawnmower on hand and there is no room for storing it within your garage, basements, and attics are both viable options with plenty of storage space.
14. Store Outdoors
Finally, you can simply store your lawnmower in your yard. This is not recommended without some form of additional protection as lawnmowers are susceptible to weather and air damage. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your lawnmower from weather and air damage.
As mentioned earlier, you can use a canopy to protect your lawnmower from the elements. Additionally, you can cover your lawnmower with a tarp to adequately conceal it from most elemental hazards. If you simply do not wish to make any additional purchases, you can always push your lawnmower underneath an overhang or balcony attached to your house.
This will at least protect your lawnmower from the rain. However, the best storage options for your lawnmower tend to be indoors.
Throughout this article, we have detailed 14 methods for storing your lawnmower within your garage, within extrinsic structures, or even in the outdoors. By the end of this article, more about all of the various ways to store lawnmowers, and other essential tools, in your garage.
There are certainly wrong and right ways to store your lawnmower. With this being said, if you choose to follow any of the storage options listed below, your lawnmower should be in good hands.