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Apr 24 2018

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Garage Storage Ideas – The House Plan Shop

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Bike LiftWe count on unfinished spaces like the garage for storage, so utilizing all of the available room becomes essential in meeting storage needs. Sometimes the only alternative for storage is to look up. Most garages have unfinished space above the rafters. But, there are lots of plans and hardware available online and at the local hardware store to help you maximize other space in the garage as well. Building a loft may suit your needs or contact one of the many companies offering services to design and install storage systems. If you are interested in tackling it yourself, consider using Fleximounts storage accessories. For example, heavy gauge steel racks are available in five sizes and the height can be adjusted from 22” to 40”. The packaged solutions offered, guide you to choosing the products that best fit your space. A gallery of photos shows real life garages with storage solutions obtainable with the use of these products that also include wall shelves. Storage hooks are available that work with this system, so not only can you stow all of your holiday decorations off the floor and out of the way, but you can hang items like extension cords and lawn tools.

 

Bicycles can take up lots of floor space in your garage, but there is a multitude of bike racks to help solve this storage problem. When your head stops spinning at examining just how many choices are out there, here is a clever one for you to consider.  The Racor Pro Bike Lift allows you to store a bike overhead without the clumsy dance of turning it upside down and boosting it over your head. Just roll your bicycle into the garage, hook it up, and hoist it with the cord and pulley system. This lift will work with ceilings up to 14’ high and bikes up to 50 pounds, plus the price is less than $20.00. You also may want to check out the ladder lift manufactured by the same company.

 

If you have more than one person in your household participating in more than one sport, you already know the effort it takes to keep track of all the gear. Gym bags, bats, balls, shin guards, skates, helmets…Are they in your trunk?  No, that was emptied out for hauling groceries and stuff was tossed on top of the freezer or under the workbench. How about a locker system in the garage, for keeping track of these things? There are numerous websites offering a variety of lockers in different colors, sizes and materials. Consider a locker for each family member to encourage responsibility of keeping track of their own equipment. Also, nobody’s stuff has to touch anyone else’s stuff, definitely a plus with feuding children.

 

Whether you’re storing bikes, sporting equipment or something else in the garage, there is a storage solution for you!

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Mar 28 2012

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Install Storage Cabinets to Organize your Garage

Garage CabinetsIs your garage a piled mess of items you need to store but don’t have a designated space for them? Do you wish you could one day park the car in the garage again? If so, it is time to organize your garage. The best way to do this is to clean out the entire garage and install storage cabinets and other accessories to help you stay organized.

 

Once you clean out the garage, sort items into two piles – the items you want to keep and the items you no longer need. Now determine if the things you are getting rid of can be recycled, donated or just thrown away. Next take a look at your “keep” pile. Assess how much storage space you’ll need and what types of storage accessories will best accommodate your belongings. Garage storage cabinets are available in a wide variety of choices so it should be easy to find just the right ones to fit in your garage and accommodate all of your belongings. In addition to cabinets, there are other storage accessories available like shelving units, workbenches and counters that provide extra storage space and even work space.

 

Install storage cabinets and shelves according to your needs. Be sure to consider locking cabinets for items that you need to keep out of reach of small children such as power tools or harmful chemicals like pesticides. Remember to give the kids some storage space, too. Floor cabinets and shelves at the bottom of the shelving unit are easy-to-access for children allowing them to have a place to story outdoor toys, skateboards and soccer balls. Do you need a workbench for small home repair projects or a lighted counter space for hobbies? Consider all the reasons you’ll use your garage and install all the proper garage furniture and storage accessories.

 

Once cabinets, shelving units and other storage accessories are installed, store all your belongings in their designated spaces. Each time you use a particular item, return it to the place you got it from. This will help keep the garage floor clear and leave room for you to park the family car.

 

The House Plan Shop hopes you’ll have a tidy garage in no time. For more information about getting organized, check out our home organization blogs.

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Apr 15 2010

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Functional Garage Storage Ideas

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Garage Storage IdeasNow that you’ve built your dream home using a house plan from The House Plan Shop, it is time to think about storage options for your new garage. Before you begin, there is one rule to follow: Go vertical! From floor to ceiling, it is necessary to capitalize on vertical storage space keeping the parking area and walking spaces free and clear of clutter and unorganized chaos allowing easy and safe movement about the garage.

 

First, think about the walls. There is a wide range of storage items and accessories that can maximize your garage storage space in a safe manner. Common organizational items include pegboards and hooks or cabinets. Pegboards give you flexibility when hanging and storing items while cabinets hide your personal belongings away. Both of these options can be arranged to fit any size garage and can even be used together. A slotted panel system is another choice for garage wall organization. It combines the use of hooks, shelves, baskets and cabinets. No matter which method you choose for your walls, make sure each piece or item is securely mounted to the wall and do not store anything that exceeds the recommended maximum weight capacity.

 

Now consider traditional shelving units. They are available in many different sizes and styles and can easily stretch from floor to ceiling in a given space. Just like wall units, all shelving should be anchored to the wall so they cannot be toppled easily, especially where small children are present. Organizational boxes and bins work well on shelving units. Place open bins on the lower shelves to organize the kids’ sporting equipment and toys in a place where they can access their things easily. Group like items, a box for various balls, a bin for rollerblades, helmets and kneepads, etc. Use bins on the middle shelves as well. This is a good place to group related items like flower pots and gardening gloves, fishing tackle and life jackets, and so on. Plastic storage containers and bins with lids are great for folding and storing seasonal clothing like winter jackets, hats, gloves and boots. Reserve the higher shelves for items that may be dangerous and harmful to children and pets such as chemicals and items that do not hang well on the wall like a leaf blower. (Note: Carefully read labels on chemicals regarding temperatures. Some chemicals are better stored indoors where the temperature is more consistent such as in the basement.)

  

Finally, it is time to think about the ceiling. Though we do not traditionally use the ceiling for storage in our homes, the garage is one place where you can make good use of the space above. Often, hooks can be installed in the ceiling for hanging and storing bikes, lawn chairs and even strollers in some cases. If there is room above the rafters, consider creating a storage loft for boxed items you cannot part with and other things you access only once or twice a year, like holiday decorations. Usually a ladder or pull down stair is the easiest and most inexpensive way to access the upper level space. Make sure the floor is sturdy enough to support the weight of the items you plan to store and be careful hauling heavy boxes and bulky items up and down the ladder.

 

With careful thought and extra planning, you can create a highly functional and very efficient storage space in your garage.

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