It’s time to get the car back into the garage and still have space for storage. The right custom garage storage opens up parking space, helps with organization, and safely store off-season items while making it easy to access the current season’s gear.
Effective Garage Storage Solutions
To maximize garage space and keep everything organized, there’s no one magic solution. It often takes a combination of storage solutions to effectively utilize the space, which is why custom garage storage is key. Consider a combination of solutions that include:
- Free-standing and/or wall-mounted cabinets
- Stacking, locking tool cabinets and workstations
- Custom countertops
- Racks and hooks
- Pulley systems for bikes, canoes, and similar equipment
These garage storage solutions can be installed by the DIYer or by a professional contractor specializing in closet/garage organization.
Cabinets, Shelving, and Countertops
Cabinets offer out-of-sight garage storage for everything from outdoor seasonal decor to those shop towels that have been piled in the corner for months. While every garage may not have the room for a bank of wall-mounted cabinets, even one can provide essential space to help declutter. Free-standing lower cabinets may be an option when space is limited as well.
Free-standing shelving units come in a range of sizes and materials, but for safety, opt for something sturdy that won’t topple over. These units are great to hold water-resistant totes filled with sporting equipment, seasonal pieces, and other miscellaneous items. Depending on space and how you plan to use your garage, a wall-mounted shelf may work for items used more frequently.
Add a countertop to a set of lower cabinets for a convenient work surface. This helps move messy or cumbersome projects out of the house and into a space that can handle drips, scratches, and other issues.
Pegboards offer a convenient place to hang items like small hand tools, woodworking clamps, and even electrical cords. You can customize the pegboard with hooks of all sizes, and easily make adjustments as needed.
Tool Storage and Workstations
If your tools have a specific space, it’s easy to locate that socket or screwdriver quickly when working on a project. Invest in tool storage, a rolling cabinet with locking drawers for additional security. A coordinating workstation with a durable work surface can complete this area, keeping it organized and clutter-free.
Racks and Hooks
Depending on the garage design and your usage, wall-mounted racks and hooks can offer easy custom garage storage for items like garden hoses, shovels, rakes, and ladders. It gets these items off the floor and safely out of the way.
Because the average single-car garage measures about 9- to 10-feet wide and 18- to 20-feet long, space to store bikes, canoes, and kayaks often is limited. Hoisting them up and out of the way with manual or automated pulley system is a solution.
With the right garage storage solutions, in no time you’ll have easy access to everything you need this summer and year-round.