At the backbone of the FastTrack system are the FastTrack® Garage Hang Rails, and I've hung several of those already. They're heavy-duty steel rails (with a nice black cover for a finished look) that can install on studs or in drywall with proper anchors (everything you need is in the required FastTrack® Garage Hardware Pack), and they hold up to 1,750 lbs - using up to 10x the storage space by utilizing the space between the studs. There's a ton of accessories available, each with a distinct purpose to bust out the clutter - like ladder hooks, tool hooks, cord winders, ball racks and more. Since I first started installing Rubbermaid FastTrack in our garage, they've since come out with 48" Slat Wall Panels that add a new dimension to what can be done, allowing more accessories for even more flexibility. Factor in the Rubbermaid® Wire Shelf and Uprights that are now available (they work with the Hang Rails), and the possibilities are truly endless.
Four Tips for Installing Rubbermaid FastTrack
1. Make a Plan: Figure out what the objectives are - what you want to accomplish - and measure the area. Keep in mind that Rubbermaid FastTrack works best when planning in 48" sections.
3. Double-Check the Measurements, and Drill: It's best to have a helper for this - hold your pieces on the wall to ensure the right fit. Drill your pilot holes (use anchors if needed) after using a studfinder to locate the studs if they're hidden behind drywall or plywood.
4. Load it up: Get your hooks and shelving all set-up. The beauty of FastTrack is the ability to move things around to fit your needs as they change. Even if things don't look just as you originally might've planned, you should be able to shift things to your liking.
For this section of the garage, my objectives were storage, organization and accessibility. I used Wall Slats to extend my work bench area to the right, getting many of my tools and supplies (tape, lightbulbs, etc) a proper home where they're not tucked away, but easily located. I also wanted to extend and maximize the storage above the bench for a mix of my you projects, gardening supplies, spray paints, etc. Running evenly-spaced FastTrack Wire Shelving across the top, I was able to get things off the ground and easily found. I even relocated my work light and properly hung it (another thing that came with the house and was hung all wonky).
What a difference! Between giving everything a real home, and just weeding out some stuff that was past its expiration date, this space is usable once more, and once we have that epic garage sale (which will really happen next month), we just might be able to get some cars back into the garage again. Well, ones that aren't powered by a 12-volt battery.
Get started on your Rubbermaid FastTrack System at The Home Depot.
Bonus Pic: From the front of the room: