Figuring out how to store a wheelbarrow can be difficult.
This guide gives you a few creative ideas for doing just this.
Wheelbarrows are great tools for gardeners. They can greatly simplify your gardening and landscaping. When they are not needed, however, they can present a challenge because they take up so much space and can be awkward to store.
When deciding how to store your wheelbarrow, think about how you can keep it protected while also keeping it accessible. There are several different ways you can accomplish this. Below is a list of considerations on how to store a wheelbarrow.
There are a few factors to keep in mind when choosing the perfect home for your wheelbarrow. You want to make sure that you can easily get to your tool, but you also want to keep it out of reach of children. Wheelbarrows can be quite heavy and you would not want it to fall on your child or pet.
Water is hard on both metal and wood wheelbarrows. Keeping moisture away from where you store your wheelbarrow will help increase how long it lasts.
You will want to put the wheelbarrow somewhere you can check on it occasionally. Make sure it has not fallen or become damp.
Wall Bracket Storage
One of the most popular ways to store wheelbarrows it to mount them on the wall of a garage or shed. There are a variety of storage hooks designed for hanging wheelbarrows. A good set will allow you to put the bottom lip of the wheelbarrow in before swinging the top up to the upper brackets. When you need to use it, simply reverse the process.
Some people, particularly those with light wheelbarrows, find they can re-purpose other types of hooks to hang their wheelbarrow. A quick look around your hardware store might help you find an affordable option that works for you.
Do not be limited by where the studs are in your garage. If you want to hang multiple tools, simply mount plywood over your drywall to get a bigger usable surface.
If you are feeling ambitious, you can save floor space by suspending your wheelbarrow from the ceiling. This is done by drilling a hole (or holes) into the wheelbarrow bin. You then set up a pulley system that allows you to raise the wheelbarrow. Be sure to use a heavy-duty rope that can support the weight. You should also consider your personal strength and whether lifting your wheelbarrow is a feasible option for you.
Fence Line Storage
People who do not want to take up garage or shed space can store their wheelbarrows outdoors. If you have a wooden fence, all you will need is a few 2 x 4s, clothesline, and some screws.
Additionally, put one on either side to keep it in place. Then use the clothesline to keep in upright. Although this method will not protect your wheelbarrow from all of the elements, it is a great space saver and very convenient.
Create Extra Space
If you are determined to store your wheelbarrow inside and have limited space, you may need to get creative. Adding more shelves and cabinets can help you utilize your available space more efficiently. Consider storing your wheelbarrow upside down and storing stuff under it.
Worst case scenario, it may be worth it to look into buying a storage shed to give yourself more space. It is also possible that your garage could be easily expanded with a “bump-out.” You will need to knock out part of your garage wall and then build a header to support your roof. This is something that is best done with the help of a professional.
Final Thoughts on How to Store a Wheelbarrow
In order to keep your wheelbarrow in top shape for years to come, you will want to properly prepare it before storing it for an extended period. No matter what your wheelbarrow is made out of, you will want to clean it thoroughly before putting it away. With metal wheelbarrows, this will help prevent rusting.
Good wheelbarrows should also be coated in an oil to make sure they do not corrode. Olive oil is a popular choice for making sure your wheelbarrow does not lose any strength. Be sure to let your wheelbarrow dry before putting it away.