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Easy DIY Garden Tool Rack

This easy-to-make garden tool rack has room to hang all your power landscaping tools, with a shelf above to hold battery chargers and extra string reels!

image of completed garden tool storage rack with tools and text Super Easy Garden Tool Storage Rack

Our backyard shed is home to all our landscaping tools, holiday decorations and sports equipment. The storage shelves I built transformed the space by getting those plastic bins off the floor.

But with the addition of a bunch of new Ryobi garden tools this fall, it was starting to get cluttered again! I finally had enough, and built this simple garden tool rack to hold them all.

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Looking for storage for those smaller hand tools? Try this hanging garden tool organizer!

garden tool organizer with small hand shovels and rakes in pockets

The beauty of the Ryobi Expand-it system is that every tool is an attachment, rather than a stand-alone piece of equipment. The clutter could have been much worse if they all had their own handles and power supplies!

Each attachment connects to the Ryobi Expand-it power head and uses the same battery, so it's important to corral everything in one place. Luckily, they all come with one of these handy little attachment hangers.

hanger attachment for garden tool storage rack

That got me thinking! I came up with a way to incorporate hooks into a shelf to create a compact garden tool rack for all of my Ryobi garden tools!

Materials Needed for Garden Tool Rack

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Cut List

  • 2 - 2 x 4 @ 11 ¾"
  • 2 - 2 x 4 @ 10 ¼"
  • 2 - 2 x 4 @ 14 ½" (miter ends at 45 degree angle)
  • 11 ¾" x 24" piece of ¾" plywood, MDF or melamine

Instructions for Building a Garden Tool Rack

Make the Shelf Brackets

Attach the 10 ¼" pieces to the 11 ¾" pieces to form an L shape. I used 2 ½" pocket hole screws here. If you don't have a Kreg Jig (you can read more about how to use a Kreg Jig here), just join them together with 3" wood screws through the bottom piece.

Bracket for garden tool storage rack made from wood

Cut two pieces of 2 x 4 a bit bigger than 14 ½", then cut the ends at a 45 degree angle. Trim the angle until you get a custom fit.

completed bracket for garden tool storage rack

Mark the spot for screws where the angled piece meets the bracket. Don't place them too close to the point, or you'll have the ends of the 3" screws popping out the other side! Drill pilot holes with the countersink bit. Check out this tutorial if you're not familiar with countersinking screws.

marking placement screws on garden tool storage rack bracket

I created a spacer with two scrap pieces of ½" plywood stacked together. This isn't entirely necessary, but helps to elevate the diagonal piece to the center of the bracket.

garden tool storage rack bracket side full view

Attach Brackets to the Shelf and Wall

Drill 3" screws through the pilot holes and into the angled ends. Make sure the screw heads are recessed into the wood, or the brackets won't attach to the wall properly.

attaching screws to garden tool storage rack bracket

Using the ¼" drill bit, drill pilot holes in the middle and end of the shorter board. This is where the 3" screws will attach to the studs in the wall.

drilling holes for screws in garden tool storage rack

Using the same drill bit, drill two holes into the diagonal board. This is where you'll attach the bicycle hooks later on.

drilling holes in garden tool storage rack bracket for bike hooks

Attach the wood brackets to the underside of the shelf piece with right angle brackets. They should be spaced 16" apart on center to match the studs in the wall.

attaching bracket to shelf

Use your stud finder to mark the edges of the studs in the wall. Line the edges of your wooden bracket up with those marks, and attach it to the wall with 3" screws.

garden tool storage rack attached to the wall

Screw the bicycle hooks into each side of the diagonal boards by hand.

extra large bike hook screwed into garden tool storage rack

Load up the garden tool rack

I found it easier to slide the loop onto the hook without the tool attached, then clip the tool in place.

attachment ring hanging from bicycle hook

The extra large bicycle hooks give you plenty of room, so the tools won't smash into each other or the wall.

garden tools hanging from garden tool storage rack

The battery charger, extra string reels and safety gear are all kept together on the shelf.

battery charger and hard hat sitting on shelf of garden tool storage rack

Now there's plenty of space on the floor beneath!

side view of garden tool storage rack with tools

All my Ryobi garden tools are ready to go this spring! I can't wait for the weather to change so I can get my hands back in the dirt!

Need to store those hand gardening tools too? Check out this list for more garden tool storage ideas!

Get those garden tools off the garage floor! This super simple garden tool storage rack can hang everything from your weed whacker to leaf blower on one compact rack, with even more storage above! Get the tutorial at The Handyman's Daughter! | garden power tools | landscaping tools | gardening | garage storage | shed storage | garage organization | shed organization


Tuesday 20th of March 2018

Very good idea! I love getting things up and off the floor. Thank you for sharing it with us on Party in Your PJ's! Pinned.

Derek Hines

Thursday 25th of January 2018

Great project! The store-bought one that I have doesn't work well because the hooks are too close together. Yours gives each tool room to hang. I might very well have to make this myself!


Thursday 25th of January 2018

I'm glad my post helped! At first I thought the bicycle hooks would be overkill because they're so huge, but they worked out perfectly!

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