When stored haphazardly, your ladder becomes a potentially serious safety hazard. You may trip over your ladder and suffer a serious injury- in your garage.
Plus, it takes up precious real estate where other accessories could go. Even leaning ladders on the wall is not exactly safe- it can go astray and smash into parked cars causing massive losses.
Now, one of the best garage ladder storage solutions is ladder racks for garage. These are simply stationary holders where you store your ladder so it’s safe and easy to access.
If you’d love to try out this safe ladder storage idea, here are the three best ladder racks for garage to help point you in the right direction. We will look at what to look for when shopping for a quality ladder storage rack a little later.
Here we go:
Best Ladder Racks for Garage
No matter what type of ladder you’ve, it’s natural that you want to keep it out of the way when not in use.
Here are the top 3 ladder racks for a garage currently out in the market.
1. StoreYourBoard Ceiling Rack -Double Ladder (2 sided)
This ceiling mounting rack is a fantastic solution if you have been wondering how best to organize your two ladders on the garage’s ceiling. It’s everything you’d ask for in a storage rack for ladders: functional, rock-solid, and dependable.
The greatest feature is the adjustable frame – it allows you to easily organize practically all types of ladders on one rack (folding, wood, hinge, metal, extension, composite….you name it!) Plus, you can adjust its height to suit the ladders you’ve stored here.
The other nice touches here are the padded support arms (hold ladders to prevent them from shifting) and a rotating mounting bracket (allows you to align the rack with ceiling joists for a safer, more secure installation).
It’s made of heavy-duty steel for longevity and holds 150 lbs (maximum), 75 lbs on either side.
- Easy to install.
- The adjustable height allows you to fit any ladder size.
- Can hold 1 ladder on one side and other stuff on the other side.
- A little pricey.
2. StoreYourBoard Multi-use Kayak Ceiling Rack
Originally designed to store Kayaks, this has turned out to be a game-changer for ladders too and can help you up your organization game in your garage. It’s again made of durable, steel metal making it incredibly sturdy.
Like its StoreYourBoard Ceiling Rack sibling, you have 2x slots for ladders and also support ladders weighing up to 75 lbs. on either side (for a total of 150 lbs.).
This rack is super easy to mount to the ceiling as well and comes with all the essential mounting hardware –the company packs heavy-duty lag bolts these days and not the cheaper bolts of the past!
More importantly, each rack side is independent so you can mount it at whatever distance you desire, to accommodate the length of the ladder you have.
Overall, this brings great convenience and it’s a smart way to free up invaluable floor space in the garage.
- Well-made and heavy-duty.
- Ladders don’t slide/shift.
- Very easy to install.
- No major issue.
3. Little giant ladder rack
This sturdy Little giant ladder rack is your answer if your Little Giant Ladder System is taking over your garage space. It’s made with absolutely heavy-duty high-strength polymer material and holds ladders weighing up to 75 lbs. securely.
Installation is a breeze – it mounts against the wall- and comes with all required hardware fasteners. Bear in mind that it will be necessary to locate a stud when installing on drywall, according to the instructions.
Be sure to read the description before ordering since some Little Giant Ladder models including Skyscraper, SumoStance, and Lunar need 2 of these storage racks.
Overall, this is an excellent accessory to have in the garage.
- Small yet super sturdy.
- Comes at a good price.
- Mounting instructions are well written.
- Designed only for Little Giant Ladders.
Ladder racks for a garage – what to look for when buying
Here are a few pointers to help you choose:
a) Wall or ceiling mount ladder rack?
This can be a tough one to decide because each rack style has its upsides and downsides. For example, while ceiling-mounted racks save the most space, they tend to be more complicated to install. Plus, you cannot use them everywhere- your ceiling may not meet the installation requirements.
In contrast, wall-mounted ladder racks are, in general, pretty easy to install and can be mounted in many garages. Their main downside is the space they take up on the wall- it’s not much but you could use it to hang other items.
The wisest thing to do is to let the design and space in your garage help you choose the most suitable style.
b) Check the weight-load capacity rating
One of the most important factors to consider is weight capacity.
Most manufacturers print the maximum pounds their ladder racks can hold up to safely so all you have to do is read the label. In general, extra heavy-duty models hold more weight making them the best choice for heavier ladders.
c) A word on the construction material
The next factor to keep in mind is the material the racks are made of. You probably know that steel is the studier of the two most common options: steel and aluminum.
It’s also more durable though it comes second to aluminum when it comes to rust resistance. Other materials have been used especially in cheaper racks including molded plastic but most are not as sturdy as these two.
d) Check the installation requirements
The fourth key factor to consider is the ease of installation. Well, for the most part, installing ladder racks is a job that anyone can do because their design is very simple.
However, you still need to double-check. In fact, we saw a couple of ladder racks that are a bit problematic to install.
For example, we dropped one we were seriously considering because it won’t install directly into drywall even though we were happy with the dimensions.
Long story short? Don’t just assume that it will mount easily….check and proceed only if satisfied.
e) Don’t dismiss the question of compatibility
Make sure your pick is compatible with the ladder brand and model you own. Most people ignore this yet some ladder racks for a garage are designed to be used to store specific ladders.
We have already reviewed one such model in the wall-mounting Little Giant Ladder Storage Rack, which is built for ladders from the Little Giant brand.
That said, racks such as the StoreYourBoard Ceiling Rack fits a wide variety of ladders.
f) Other factors
Can it be adjusted?
Some racks allow you to adjust the height to minimize the used space or allow for more clearance beneath the racks.
“No slip” padding
Certain racks feature full-length arm padding that helps grip your ladders more strongly.
Stackable ladder configuration
Some setups allow you to stack multiple ladders.
We hope that this article has given you a good idea of where to start when shopping for practical, sturdy, and safe ladder racks to help you reclaim your garage space.
Remember the most important questions to ask when buying are:
- What size ladder can the ladder hold (weight) and how many ladders does it hold?
- How sturdy is it?
- Will it mount where you want it without issues?
- Is it compatible with your ladder? And…..
- How well does it do the job?
References and Citations:
Occupation Safety and Health Administration(OSHA): Reducing Falls in Construction: Safe Use of Extension Ladders