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How to Create Garage Storage "Where There are None"

Many homeowners struggle with a cluttered and disorganised garage, often relegating it to a storage “Bermuda Triangle” while their vehicles remain parked outside. However, the garage holds great potential for versatile storage opportunities and can be transformed into a stylish and functional space that seamlessly integrates with the rest of your home. In this article, we will explore effective strategies for reclaiming precious square footage, implementing functional systems, and maximizing garage storage. By following these tips, you can create a well-organized garage that not only impresses visitors but also improves your overall quality of life.

Declutter and Organise

The first step toward an organised garage is to eliminate as much clutter as possible. Sort through your belongings, getting rid of items you no longer want, need, or use. This initial decluttering process sets the foundation for an efficient storage system.

One of the keys to keeping garage floors clutter-free is to use off-the-floor ceiling and wall storage systems, especially in small garages where floor space is at a premium.

So if you really want some extra room for that home office/gym/craft studio/game room/man cave you’ve been dreaming about, here is some inspiration for taming the clutter in your garage once and for all

Off-the-Floor Ceiling Storage Systems

In small garages where floor space is limited, utilizing off-the-floor storage systems is key to maintaining a clutter-free environment. One highly effective solution is installing overhead ceiling-mounted racks. These racks provide valuable additional storage space for seasonal items, camping gear, luggage, and other rarely used possessions. Consider purchasing adjustable racks with a powder-coated finish to prevent rusting and ensure longevity. Visit Smart Storage Solutions’ website for examples and a range of overhead ceiling-mounted storage racks.

Further, by adding hooks, you can also hang ladders, bikes or garden tools to the rack system. Ceiling Racks can be strategically placed in line or around corners maximising volume of storage.

For responsible safety we do not recommend storing any overhead storage rack with excessive weight items that could overload the rack and risk collapse of building structure. If you’re unsure, please consult with a professional or appropriate engineering bodies to ensure your safety.

Ceiling-Mounted Bicycle Lifts

To free up valuable floor space and easily access your bikes, consider installing ceiling-mounted bicycle lifts. These lifts work well for storing kayaks and surfboards too. They are an economical and convenient accessory that allows you to hoist and lower your bikes effortlessly. Explore the range of ceiling-mounted bicycle lifts available at Smart Storage Solutions’ website.

We remind you for responsible safety we do not recommend storing any heavy duty type storage shelves with excessive weight items that could overload the shelves and risk collapse of building structure. If you’re unsure, please consult with a professional or appropriate engineering bodies to ensure your safety.

Ceiling Mounted Bicycle Lift

Vertical Wall Products

The storing of your items on garage walls is the next smart solution for several reasons:

  • it maximises your storage space by creating space off the floor
  • floor clutter and tripping hazards are eliminated or minimized
  • items are easier to find and more accessible
  • your items are less prone to damage from vehicles

Utilising your garage walls effectively maximises storage space while eliminating floor clutter and minimising tripping hazards. Here are two wall storage options to consider:

a. Heavy-Duty Floating Wall Shelves

Install heavy-duty wall shelves to bring an additional level of organization to your garage. Opt for specialized steel shelf kits with high weight capacity and a solid fixing system. These shelves can hold large plastic storage containers and other items, and hooks can be added for additional storage options. Make sure to choose shelves with a powder-coated paint finish to prevent rusting. Smart Storage Solutions offer 2 Jumbo sizes which can be integrated together to be mounted in line, around corners and tiered.

We remind readers, for responsible safety we do not recommend storing any heavy duty type storage shelves with excessive weight items that could overload the shelves and risk collapse of building structure. If you’re unsure, please consult with a professional or appropriate engineering bodies to ensure your safety.

b. Vertical Wall Organizers

For storing power tools and other smaller items, Power Tool Organisers are an economical and space-efficient solution. A major consideration when selecting an Organiser is the placement position on your wall and how will it be mounted. Garages either have a Brick wall or Timber/Plaster wall to affix the unit to and the mounting position provided in the supplied unit needs to be considered.

This product is predominantly imported and designed for the US market. The US models are fine if you are anchoring to a Brick wall but if you are affixing to timber joist walls, the size or affixing position may not line up with Australian timber joist spacing standards of 450mm (USA standards are generally 400mm), exposing you to a smaller product and an unstable anchoring of a heavy unit.

Smart Storage Solutions offers a range of power tool organisers designed for Australian conditions.

c. Bikes

To prevent tripping hazards and keep bikes organised, consider installing wall hooks or fold-up hangers. These solutions are easy to install and cost-effective.

d. Cabinets

If floor space is not a concern, consider floor-standing cabinets and rack combinations. Cabinets provide a locked storage option for hazardous materials and valuable tools. They create a visually clutter-free environment and protect items from dust and damage. Cabinets come in various styles and budgets, offering versatile storage solutions for your garage.

Cabinets are a valuable storage option for any garage and provide many benefits such as:

  • Cabinet can be locked to store hazardous materials and protect valuable tools
  • Eliminate visual clutter
  • Create a dust free environment
  • Store items that are too heavy for overhead racks or shelves.

If the garage supports your hobbies or you enjoy tinkering with tools, garage cabinets will

accommodate many needs including storing your tools, organising your collection of screws, fasteners, nails, bolts or those many items on special you can’t resist buying when walking down the aisles of Hardware Stores. The availability of modular premium combination cabinets that integrate efficient storage with tool drawers, working bench, cupboards and wall mounting racks for power tools is generally on top of any wish list but can run into thousands of dollars.

Conclusion

By following these practical storage solutions and organizing tips, you can create a well-structured and clutter-free garage. Not only will this enhance the functionality of your home, but it will also provide you with a sense of well-being and save you time and frustration when finding your belongings. Sprucing up your garage will make it a welcoming access point to your home and open up opportunities to accommodate and enhance your lifestyle. Good luck with your remodelling project and enjoy the benefits of an organized garage!