Inspiration - Cool Work Bench - The Garage Journal Board . Adi could make his work bench with curved leg support on piano hinges that fold in, and then the countertop hinges down on top of folded leg supports.
Plastic lattice works well for storing long lengths of miscellaneous pipe, trim, flashing and conduit. Just cut matching pieces, then screw cleats to the ceiling and screw the lattice to the wall studs and cleats. Or fishing poles?