DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A CERTIFIED BUILDER, CARPENTER, CONTRACTOR, OR ENGINEER. DO AT YOUR OWN RISK.
If you’re like me, you like to keep your recycle bins in the garage and since storage space is scarce, I was looking for a way to wall-mount them, yet keep them easily accessible near the back door. Luckily, The Family Handyman has an excellent tutorial for doing just that, which of course you can modify various elements of to better suit your needs.
Project Cost: $80.00 (recycle bins, wood, and screws)
Project Time: 4-7 Hours depending on your skill level (measuring, cutting, painting, drying, and mounting)
I purchased the Akro Mils Stak-N-Store Plastic Storage Bins from Amazon to use as my recycle bins. A set of three was $62.10 Prime. I got them in grey because I figured they would get pretty dirty over time, plus we have a grey and white theme going on at our house that’s pretty cool.
Here’s a list of things you’ll need other than recycle bins:
Stud Finder Level
3” Drywall Screws
1 5/8” Drywall Screws
Step 1: Cut the Wood
Measure and cut your 2x4 and 1x4 pieces of wood to 18” in length for standard 20” recycle bins. I have three recycle bins, so I needed a total of four 18” 2x4’s and three 18” 1x4’s.
If you’re using different sized bins, you’ll need to measure accordingly. I would suggest cutting the length of the wood so that it’s two inches smaller than the length of your recycle bins (one inch on each side for wiggle room).
Step 2: Paint the Hangers (optional)
I wanted my recycle bin hangers to blend in, so I painted them white to match the color of the garage walls. This step isn’t necessary, but if you have painted walls, it makes the recycle bin hangers much sleeker looking and makes the project look a little more professional.
Step 3: Find Studs
While you’re letting the paint dry, you can figure out where the studs are located for the recycle bin hangers to be drilled into, then mark them with a pencil. I would strongly recommend mounting the hangers to studs because your recycle bins will be heavy if they are filled with bottles, cardboard, magazines, and the like.
Step 4: Mark Hanger Locations
Once you’ve painted and dried the 2x4’s and 1x4’s, you’ll want to mark the locations where you’ll need to drill and screw. I made my measurements so that each 2x4 piece will be mounted to two studs.
Depending on where you are mounting the hangers and the size of your recycle bins, these measurements may vary, so you just need to make sure you measure the proper distance between hangers. What I did was mount the very bottom hanger first (a 2x4 piece only), where I knew I wanted the bottom of the lowest recycle bin to sit.
Make sure you include the extra inch or so of space you’ll need in between the top hanger and bottom hanger in order to be able hang and unhang your recycle bins with a nice lift-and-tilt motion. You can use a recycle bin as a spacer if you’d like and mark the top of to help determine the location of the 2x4 above it.
Step 5: Drill and Mount 2x4’s
Once you’re done measuring where, and how far apart, the hangers need to be mounted, you can pre-drill the holes going into the studs. I was able to mount my 2x4’s on two studs each, but if you’re home’s construction is different, you could probably get away with mounting them on one stud (right in the middle of the 2x4, hopefully). I used two 3” drywall screws per stud, so just one of my 2x4’s had 4 total screws going into the wall, or two per stud.
Step 6: Fasten the 1x4’s to the 2x4’s
With your 2x4’s now secured to the wall, you can fasten the 1x4 piece that will hold the top lip of the recycle bin in place.
Again, how much of the 1x4 hangs below the 2x4 will depend on your recycle bin size. I was able to fasten each 1x4 to its corresponding 2x4 with four screws.
To make sure you’ve got your measurements right, I would only fasten one 1x4 at a time, starting with the bottom-most hanger, and make sure the recycle bin fits on/in it properly. This way you can make sure you’re measurements are correct before you do the next one in case you need to make adjustments
Remember, I only needed three 1x4’s because I used three recycle bins, so if you’re only using one or two bins, don’t worry. The number of 1x4’s should be one less than the number of 2x4’s for however many recycle bins you are hanging.