Garage Storage and Organization Solutions
Time Required: Under 2 hours
From automotive tools and sports gear to home improvement hardware and recycling bins and boxes, garages have to store a wide variety of household items. In fact, it’s a wonder you even have room to park your car. This guide will provide garage organization ideas, storage options and a few other tips to help you maximize your garage storage space.
Before you begin installing your garage storage systems, it’s important to clear out the area and sort items. This will make it easy for you envision a garage design that works for your space as well as sort what needs to be saved, donated or thrown away. Once the area is cleared out, you can separate items and create zones such as a trash and recycling area, a work station and more.
It can be tricky knowing where to begin with garage organization. Think off the wall, literally. Sturdy wire storage racks with adjustable shelves provide easy access for frequently used items like garden tools, car supplies and sports gear.
Open shelving units, like wire shelves, are inexpensive and work well in combination with multiple racks as well as with other solutions like wall hooks and garage cabinets.
Free up floor space by installing overhead storage. Overhead storage racks attach to the ceiling, making use of otherwise wasted space while providing a safe, dry area for storing items like luggage, seasonal decor and bulkier items inside boxes or storage bins.
Easy to assemble and capable of holding heavy weight, overhead shelving can often be combined to create one large, custom garage storage system that’s out of plain sight on an everyday basis.
One of the most useful things about storage cabinets is that many include a lock feature so you can keep dangerous items like paint and chemicals out of the reach of children. Cabinets also make it easy to keep the garage looking tidy by hiding lawn tools, garden supplies and other equipment out of sight but easily accessible in one central unit. Many of these cabinets will also include adjustable shelves and drawers to keep hardware and tools organized.
Hang a peg board to turn a wall into a vertical shelf. Once the peg board is hung, attach storage accessories like hooks, tool holders and organizers to hang frequently used essentials such as hoses, extension cords, hand tools and more. Versatile and easy to install, most peg board can be cut to size so you can plan out a vertical storage system that truly works for your garage space.
Give tools and hardware such as wrenches, screws and car supplies that you use time and time again an organized space to call home with a tool chest. Available in a wide variety of sizes and designs, tool chests feature multiple drawers that can be locked for safety as well as wheels for portability. Additionally, many tool chests feature shelving and work surfaces so you have space to work on your projects.
1. Bins and baskets
Once you have installed your garage storage systems, you will need bins and baskets to keep your supplies organized. Boxes tend to weather over time, while plastic bins, tubs and baskets offer durability.
2. Wall hooks
Keep bikes off the garage floor by adding wall hooks they can easily hang from. Hooks not only provide a spot for bikes but are also useful for keeping ladders and sports gear like baseball gloves in an organized area.
3. Work bench
If you often take on a weekend project, a workbench can help streamline the job. Many designs include adjustable legs so you can sit or stand while working as well as shelving. Additionally, the open area beneath most units is spacious enough to use in combination with storage cabinets.