Garage Storage Solutions

You can use garage storage solutions to make the most efficient and attractive use of otherwise wasted space while the primary function of the garage is to park cars. Rather than tossing unwanted and unnecessary household goods into cartons and open bins and leaving tools and supplies lying around loose, installing storage will clear up clutter, make finding things easier, and keep your garage organized and inviting.

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Types of Storage

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Today’s garage storage solutions will help you organize and protect the things you own, plus save time and stress by keeping things where you can find them. Further, if you normally enter your house through the garage, you will find that a neat and tidy environment will make your visitors and family feel welcome.

To accomplish all this, look to storage solutions like these:

  • Wall-mounted racks
  • Wall-mounted shelves
  • Floor cabinets
  • Wall cabinets
  • Wall hangers
  • See-through bins and baskets
  • Ceiling hangers
  • Overhead/ceiling-mounted storage units
  • Drawer units
  • Free standing shelving units
  • Wire racks
  • Bike storage systems
  • Garden-tool storage systems

Extra space in your garage can serve a variety of purposes. Parts of a large garage can double as a handyman’s workshop, a place to pursue hobbies or space for several storage units. If you lack appropriate space inside the house, you may be able to turn part of the garage into a laundry room or exercise room, but in the interest of safety and convenience, you need to first remove clutter and organize the area for its new use.

Well-maintained cupboards can store your out-of-season clothes. Children’s bikes and other play equipment can be confined to a designated area or hung on the wall or from the ceiling. A bin or box makes a handy receptacle for recycling newspapers and magazines.

Optimizing Garage Space with Ceiling Units

Even if your garage is small, you can optimize its space with overhead storage, in the form of racks at a high level or ceiling-mounted shelving. As this is usually open storage, you should plan to use it for boxes and bins, and you will need a strong stepladder to reach these high spaces. If you want to store heavy items, you may want to invest in an attic lift or crank, and you’ll need to be sure that the shelving is strong enough and properly supported to bear the heavy weight.

Preparing to Purchase Storage Units

Garage storage solutions are available in different sizes and several price ranges. Before you buy, you need to evaluate the usable extra space in your garage, whether it is floor, wall, or ceiling space, and whether you have room for bikes and other equipment. Consider how much you want to store in your garage, and then plan and design the way you’ll use the space and decide what units you want to purchase.

Some Factors to Keep In Mind

Before buying garage storage solutions, you should have a budget and decide what kind of material you require. Your choices of materials might include:

  • Wire, bare or coated
  • Plastic/resin
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Particle board with laminates
  • Wood

Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. All are fairly durable and easy to clean.

If you want to spend a great deal of money, you can put together a state-of-the-art garage. Or you can do it on a budget, save money by putting up shelves on your own, and give yourself room to store and organize your possessions.

When space is at a premium and you have lots of stuff you don’t want to get rid of, garage storage solutions will help you organize your life and keep it clutter-free.

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