Leaning junk against the wall just isn’t cutting it anymore. And that tennis ball hanging from the ceiling is tacky. It’s time for a garage makeover.
Whether your garage parks one car or four, the amount of space is not as important as how you use it. Here are 4 ways to optimize your garage storage.
1. Built-In Counter and Cabinets
Not every garage is spacious enough for a large, permanent built-in, but adding some cabinet space can mask the hodge-podge nature of your garage contents. Unlike open racks, the faces of drawers and cabinets can hide disarray behind them.
Some projects are just “garage projects.” A workspace is in your garage is a must for hobbyists, gardeners and mechanics alike. If space is tight or projects are seasonal, a foldable workbench is a simple solution for maximizing space and efficiency.
2. Hooks and Slats
Hooks and slats are your best friends when it comes to garage organization. Tools, coats, bikes and ladders can all be hung, getting them off the floor and out of your parking space.
3. Overhead Storage
Most of the things we store in our garages are used seasonally, so why let them crowd your space year round? Once you’ve used up all of the wall real estate, it’s time to build up.
Overhead garage storage systems are perfect for holiday decor, out of season clothing and that heirloom bassinet you’re saving for your first child.
Garages built using overhead beams are primed for securing wire racks or plywood above the existing structure. Those with a drywall ceiling can optimize storage using a sliding system. Bonus points for labeling the bottom of your containers.
4. Parking Bumpers
Tight garages are nerve-wracking to park in and parking your car too close to your workspace is frustrating. Scraping, dinging and running your car into things is way too easy. And tennis balls attached to the ceiling a) look silly and b) don’t account for the sides of your car.
You can easily DIY or buy a parking block that stops you after you’re past the door threshold and before you hit that nice cabinetry you just installed.
You can protect the sides of your car with wall bumpers that you purchase or make yourself. A common, cheap solution is installing halved pool noodles onto the wall with screws. Not only will it pad your doors from dings, it will making a rubbery screech to warn you when you get too close.
How have you optimized your garage space?