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How to Build a French Cleat Storage Wall & Loft

Organize your garage and cut the clutter with this garage storage system that you can easily customize to fit any space and can hold just about anything. You can quickly move hooks, shelves and bins around to find the most efficient arrangement. And the entire system is inexpensive and easy to build. You only need two power tools—a circular saw and a drill.

image credit: Jackman Works

Workshop storage is a constant battle, but the use of a french cleat storage system will securely display your tools and accessories, keeping them off your table and out of your drawers.

image credit: Jackman Works

In the video above, Jackman Works demonstrates how bilds and uses a french cleat system to store his tools. You can get step-by-step instructions for her setup at his website. “In my shop there is a small area I share with other tenants with some food storage and a fridge and microwave, so I decided to close it off to keep the dust out and add a bunch of wall and loft storage space.”


The frame is all 2×4 construction, fastened together with 3″ deck screws (because I had an excess on hand). It was fastened to the walls with 3″ deck screws and to the floor with concrete anchors in a powder actuated gun.

The french cleat panels were used in my last apartment for storage and I moved them with me to my new place, but the fit perfectly in my shop. The door was salvaged from my grandparents house when I built them a newer, beefier door. Enjoy!