If you’re not careful, it can be easy to run out of space in your garage. The garage is the place where all your odds and ends end up – furniture that you intend to refurbish, baby clothes that you aren’t ready to part with, tools, bikes, gardening equipment, spare parts to appliances, and more. Even if you’re relatively organized, you’ll run out of room if you’re just stacking up boxes of stuff. However, you can create more room than you think with the help of some space-saving strategies that are perfect for your garage. Take a look at a few things that can help you keep your garage organized and give you back some space.
Line the Walls With Useful Tools
Tools are necessary for any homeowner, but if they’re scattered all over the surfaces, that’s space that you can’t use for working on projects. Line your walls with pegboard to give yourself a simple way to get the tools out of the way while leaving your surfaces uncluttered and giving you extra room in drawers and on shelves.
If you’re a handyman with lots of tools, one pegboard might not be enough. However, with some modifications, you can create a flipboard-style hinged pegboard space that will let you store plenty of tools in a condensed space. Use elastic cord to prevent tools from falling off as you browse through the boards to find what you need.
Use Your Ceiling Space
Chances are that there’s a vast amount of space in your garage that’s going entirely unused – you just have to take a look up to see it. At first glance, your ceiling may not seem like the answer to your storage woes, but with a few adjustments, it can be.
You can create a ceiling storage system yourself with some plywood, the flanges from 2x4s, and some sturdy plastic bins. Install the rack and slide your storage bins into it. Not the DIY type? You can always buy a premade ceiling storage system and have it professionally installed instead. Of course, you aren’t going to want to climb a ladder to access things that you have to use every day, but for seldom-used items like holiday decorations or baby clothes and toys that you’re holding onto just in case, it’s the perfect solution.
You can also install ceiling mounted bike racks to get the bikes in the garage off the floor and out of the way. Your kids may need help to get their bikes down, but if they’re old enough to do it themselves or if you just want to use it to store the bikes for the winter, it can save you a lot of hassle.
Bring in a Sturdy Cabinet
There’s nothing like a good, sturdy cabinet to help clear some floor space. Consider investing in a cabinet specifically made for garage use – one with deep shelves that are strong enough to store heavy boxes.
Once your items are put neatly away in a cabinet, you can literally close the door on them, leaving your garage free of boxes and spare parts and giving you plenty of room to move around.
It’s easier to improve your garage storage space than you might think. To find out how best to upgrade your garage, schedule your free design consultation