I have begun building the lower cabinets as we decide where we want things. So far, a regular height cabinet and a lower one for the miter saw/scroll saw. Above those cabinets, I hung a cleat across the wall. That gives us the flexibility to move things around until we have them in the most convenient place. Point of use is my mantra in this workshop. Hopefully, that will save some steps when it is finished.
If you haven't seen a cleat system used for tools, it is simply a board cut in two with a 45° angle. One half of the board is nailed to the wall and the other half is used on tool caddies. The two wedged pieces fit together snugly but it is still easy to remove the tool caddy when needed. If it's a long board, the other half can be used on quite a few caddies. I made some of the cleats out of hardwood and some out of plywood. I made all the cleats and caddies out of scrap wood.
They look nice, but weren't very practical. A full roll of tape fills the dispenser nicely, but a roll that is close to the end sits low in the dispense and the tape has be pulled upward which sometimes made it pop out of the dispenser even though I curved the dowel slot to try to prevent that. They take up extra space on the wall, they are a little fiddly to make, and sometimes we just want to grab a roll and not mess with a dispenser. But more than anything, when they are on the cleat, it's hard to see which roll of tape is in the dispenser. So after working on them over the course of several hours, I marked them a fail.
What worked better for us was to make a box that would hold all sizes of tape and have them visible no matter what size they are.
After staring at the underside of the platform one day, I decided to make use of that space too. In this one I put caulk guns and caulking. That odd stuff that doesn't sit well on shelves and tangles in drawers works well in a drop down drawer. I put hinges on the back and some simple wood pieces that turn to let the drawer down.
The next thing I want to do is put a rail on the front of the platform and attach a ladder to it that will tuck in when not in use.