How To Add Compact Storage Space To Your Garage
Garages often become repositories for stuff we only use once or twice a year, like camping equipment orskis and snowboards. In part, that’s because garages have space for storage that houses simply don’t. Twenty-five percent of people with two-car garages don’t use their garages for cars at all, and nearly one-third park just one car in a garage built for two.
The other items often stored in a garage, of course, are gardening, household or car-related tools. Garages may contain a workbench with all of the equipment needed for digging up your garden (spade, hoe, tiller), repairing your household (nails, saws, hammers) or shelves stacked with motor oil and gallons of windshield wiper fluid. As a result, garages are often crowded and cluttered. Homeowners may let them become a mess, as the state of a garage — much more than a home — can be out of sight, out of mind.
Needless to say, the storage space available in your garage is very important, but sometimes it can be hard to find. The solution? Add storage space to your garage. It’s actually easy, and a fun project. Here are four ways you can get started:
1. Declutter the Garage
The first step is to declutter the garage. Okay, technically this isn’t adding storage space, but it’s a key component in letting you add space, and has to be done before anything is built. Otherwise, you might be building storage space for stuff that could be thrown away before the storage project even begins (we’re looking at you, snowshoes nobody uses!).
Throw everything away that you haven’t used in five years. Then throw away any junk. The motor oil with less than a quart in it: gone. Ditto the bent saw and the old trowel you no longer use because you have a cool new one. You want to build storage space only for stuff you want to keep.
2. Think Horizontally
Garages often seem tight in storage space because most people think vertically — up and down the existing walls. Think across and up. Garages often have space beneath the ceiling that isn’t used at all. After all, your car isn’t that high! Build ceiling storage space – it can function as an attic in the garage, and it can even be built with fold-down stairs to make access easy.
3. Build Custom Shelving
The beauty of custom shelving is that it can be designed and built for what you have to store in it and the space you have. You can take advantage of every nook and cranny of the garage, to maximize the space. Also, even if you build ceiling storage, custom shelving can be high enough to take advantage of all available space.
Custom shelving can be built to fit everything from power tools to garden hoses. It can also be built in any kind of material, from metal to burnished wood. This is a great option if you have a little extra time and money on your hands, or if you’re especially inclined to the DIY life.
4. Install a Slat Wall or Racks for Hanging
Installing a slat wall, gridwall, or other racks will maximize space handily. If you frequently use hammers, for example, they can hang off the gridwall for easy access. Even children’s bicycles can hang off racks and free up the floor. Remember here, too, that racks can go high. If you have seldom-used equipment (garden hoses, for example, if you only use them during the summer), they can be hung on a high rack and retrieved with a ladder when needed.
Adding compact storage space to your garage can be done simply and easily, with minimal expense. Adding ceiling storage, custom shelving and a slat wall or hanging racks will go a long way toward your garage being organized, accessible and clutter-free.