Today I’m writing about a topic that gets as sticky as a kid’s fingers after visiting the ice cream shop!
Answer this question:
Have you ever gotten into an argument with your significant other about the mess that is your garage?
For many of us, this is a HUGE sore spot.
Even more so if you have children between the age of 0-18. It’s unbelievable how quickly stuff can pile up – Literally.
If you’re tired of seeing clutter and want a garage space that’s optimized then this post is for you 🙂
Getting Started with Your Garage Organization Ideas
After living in our house for 7 years we’ve acquired quite the assortment of items in our garage:
- balls of all sizes, shapes, and colors
- sidewalk chalk
- softball gear for the kids
- chairs for sports activities
- 1,000,000 jump ropes (the school gives them away every year)
Here’s the deal, Lowe’s challenged me to de-clutter my own space. And in the process, they provided some dinero in the form of a gift card to get the job done. All the hustle and opinions are totally mine 😉
While shopping in the store I decided to look at three different garage organization systems by Gladiator, Kobalt, and Rubbermaid. Each one uses a track that can be mounted on your garage wall. Then you can add different hooks and accessories to hold specific things like scooters or strollers. And after comparing the prices along with the storage options I went with Kobalt.
Primarily because they had cool mesh baskets and were a bit more cost-effective than the other two brands.
Right from the start, we decided on
- What to keep
- What to give away
- and What to throw in the trash
The huge pile I’m sitting in is the “What to keep” (hopefully my wife decides to keep me as well).
Before going to Lowe’s my wife designed a layout based on our garage wall’s dimensions and the items that needed to go on it.
I took her design to the store and then picked out the hooks, baskets, and shelves based on what we needed to organize. For example, all the large balls needed the mesh basket and the kid’s softball bags needed two small hooks. Shopping for accessories is one of the FUN parts of the project.
Installing the K-Rail system is super straightforward. Before you can blink, you’ll be done and sipping ice tea.
Assembling the Kobalt K Rail System: Way Easy Stuff
The K Rail system really can’t get any easier to install. You just need a drill, some kind of level, a sharpie, and screws. I put together a printable list of all the supplies you’ll need at the end of this post. So make sure you check that out before you do this project.
Here’s a picture of a portion of the K-Rail to give you an idea of what the finished look is like before adding the accessories.
K-Rail is just a 50-inch long piece of plastic railing that attaches to your wall. Once it’s in place you can then add all your hooks, shelves, and baskets.
I’ll walk you through this process step-by-step for cinderblock or cement walls. If you have drywall in your garage you simply need to screw the K-Rail into the wood studs behind the wall.
There are two grooves on the top and bottom of the K-Rail. This is where you need to drill holes for the mounting screws. You need to drill at least 6 holes in your K-Rail.
I drilled hole positions at the 4 corners (2 inches from the ends of the K-Rail) and directly in the center.
Mark a level line on your garage wall with a pencil that will indicate the location of the K-Rail. You can use either a traditional level or laser level. Of course, I’m using both in this picture just to be a complete DIY nerd.
Line up the K Rail with your level line and make a mark on this line that corresponds with the top center hole in K-Rail.
I highly recommend trying to drill into a mortar joint for at least one set of holes. It’s a whole lot easier to drill through mortar than cinderblock.
You’ll need to set the depth of the Tapcon drill bit in the hammer drill so that it will be about 1/4 inch longer than the Tapcon screw. This allows the Tapcon screw to fully engage into the wall.
Position the Tapcon screw in your hammer drill over the mark you made on your level line. Then make a hole in the cinderblock that’s 1/4 inch longer than the Tapcon screw.
Drill the Tapcon screw 1/2 inch through the K Rail’s top center hole.
Position the screw in the K-Rail into the hole in the cinderblock. Then drill the Tapcon screw the rest of the way into the wall with a screwdriver bit in your drill. I used my impact driver to do this part but a traditional drill will work great.
Make sure the K-Rail is level then go ahead and drill the bottom center hole in the K Rail with the hammer drill and Tapcon bit.
Again, drill a Tapcon screw the rest of the way into the hole.
Do this for the 4 other holes in the K-Rail that are at its four corners.
The final step is to attach your accessories. Each hook, basket, or shelf has a J bend that loops over the top portion of the K-Rail and snaps into place by pushing down.
Position your accessories according to your plan and you’re all set to start organizing.
That’s how easy it is to install the wall mounting rails. Of course, you’ll need to repeat this process for the other sections but it’s SUPER straightforward. I’m betting that you can relate to the struggle that is garage organization. So I made this video to help walk you through the K-Rail installation 😀
Overhead storage is also a great idea for a garage, especially if wall space is limited.
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We love our K Rail system! Matt added it to it recently to get all of our saw horses off of the floor, I love it!
My wife can’t believe the difference it made!! Now I have to do what you and Matt did — clean up the DIY gear, LOL.
Jeff, great job!!!! But I didn’t notice any gardening equipment.
All the DIY tools are on my side of the garage. And it looks like a disaster area right now. Trust me, I would need at few extra K Rails for sure!! But that’s a whole different project.
man I need to get on some of this. had big plans last winter of setting up the ultimate tool storage wall in my basement. last winter. ha! hopefully I can get to it this winter. great post Jeff. thanks.
Thanks buddy. I know how you feel when it comes to getting behind on projects. Hey, at least you know it needs to be done, haha.
If you mount to cement instead of studs, can K-Rail still hold the same weight? How does this compare to competitors like FastTrack and Gladiator? Thanks.
I don’t know the specifics but the installation is rock solid on my cinderblock. As long as you use the right size Tapcon screws you’ll be good to go.
As far as the other brands go, they will also depend on the Tapcons for stability.
It looks like you’re putting the screws into the mortar joint. Is that the best place for this?
This is June 2014 and I don’t know when you put up your system. Is it holding up with the weight? Anyway, I’m just glad that someone else has cinderblock garage. I was beginning to think I was the only one!
Lol, you’re not the only one Cathy. We’ve had two here in Pittsburgh. Not pretty but functional.
The mortar joints are very solid and placing the tapcon there is a great option. As long as you use the Tapcons and they feel solid you’ll be good to go.
But please let me know if you have any questions.
Ok, you did great with cinder block, but our basement is poured concrete. Even with our hammer drill, each hole we try to drill takes an hour to get thru the 1 inch of concrete.
What can we do? Got an expensive system, and no way to get it up…please any tips?
Jill & hubby
Wow Jill, your walls must be super solid.
I’ve always had great luck with my trusty hammer drill.
Are you using a concrete drill bit along with the hammer drill?
If you hammer drill isn’t powerful enough you can rent a rotary hammer drill at the local hardware store for a relatively low price.
But let me know if you’ve used the special drill bits for concrete 🙂
That’s a good place to start.
I am putting this system up on wooden studs. The package says use #12 heavy duty Kobolt screws. Well, neither Lowes or the Kobolt company have any knowledge of what those are, or what they are made out of. Can you suggest a screw to me that will be strong enough to hold this full of tools, and also be black to match the item?
Hey Claudia, I’d recommend using 2 or 3 inch wood or deck screws since you’re installing them into studs.
It might be hard to find black but your could simply spray them with Rust Oleum 😀
Hi Jeff, In your video what size Tapcons did you use? Why do you need to drill a 1/4 inch deeper than the length of the screw? Great video! Thanks.
Thanks Butch for your question. If I remember correctly (which can be iffy at times) I think the Tapcons were 2 inches long by 5/16″ diameter.
The directions on the Tapcon box say to drill 1/4 inch deeper than the length of the Tapcon. Probably so that the Tapcon doesn’t get stuck 😀
I was reading about your K rail system and am interested in utilizing it for a project. I’m trying to help an older, weaker woman with poor balance install an adaptive technology piece that will help her safety. Mrs. H has 5 stairs to go down to her garage; typically, she uses a rolling walker to walk to the garage then tosses her laundry bag full of clothes down the 5 stairs. She then walks down the 5 stairs, bends over to pick up her bag, and then does her laundry. I’m wondering if the K rail system can be mounted to the railing in her garage along the 5 stairs and if there is a sort of sliding hook that she could hook her laundry bag onto and that would slide down the stairs with her. Any ideas would be very appreciated. Thanks so much!
Such a helpful video, Jeff! I installed a rail system on cinder block so your advice was key. Two bits of feedback: I found the hammer drill essential. Tried it with a regular drill and I managed to eventually get a couple of screws in, but it was a struggle. Secondly, the screws I drilled into the mortar between the cinder blocks were loose. Perhaps this is because I was using a using a regular drill at this point, I don’t know. Anyhow, thanks for helping make my dream of an organized basement a reality.
Lovely post !! Thank you so much for sharing this post with us 🙂
This is wonderful! Momma trying to get this in motion during nap times on cinder block I am nervous! One hood up only a regular drill, but do have cement drill bits…do you think that is ok or need to find a hammer drill?
Also any pegboard how to video? Likely need to use that for tools to reduce cost. Thinking along the lines of mounting pieces behind pegboard..
Thanks so much!
What is the weight limit? Is it safe to hang a very heavy ladder on it?