The winter holiday season is a great time of year. It’s a time to enjoy good company, good food and of course the timeless joy of gift giving to our family and friends. But now, with the holidays behind us we have to deal with the other timeless joy of cleaning up! Your kids probably love all of their new stuff, and that new tool set you received is pure awesomeness. But where in the world are you supposed to put all this stuff? The answer lies in the most underutilized room in the house – the garage. But before you go throwing everything in a pile, let’s take a look at four simple and economical solutions that will transform one of the largest rooms in your home from a dumping ground into the organized envy of your neighbors.
Before and after using garage storage solutions to clean up the garage.
1. Garage Cabinets
Garage cabinets are what most people think of when you talk about garage storage. It’s what everyone wants to have in their garage but for some reason most people think it’s either way too expensive or way too difficult to make happen. This could not be further from the truth. Garage cabinets can be very economical. They are modular, meaning you don’t have to buy an entire set. You can simply buy what you need or can afford now and always add more modules later as your storage needs increase. Cabinet modules come both free standing, on rollers or permanent wall mounted, and can range anywhere from around $60 to several hundred dollars depending on your budget, style and storage needs. As an example, an average single car garage typically has about 10’ of useable wall space available. A 10’ garage wall can be lined with new wood cabinets for around $1000 – $1500. That’s an enormous amount of storage space! It’s like adding 4 or 5 closets to your home! As for installation, garage cabinets are easier to assemble and install than interior cabinets. There is not as much attention to detail required as is for a kitchen cabinet install so any handy Do-It-Yourselfer can typically do the job. As for time, a typical one car garage cabinet installation can be done in 1-2 days; a perfect weekend project. And for those homeowners who prefer not to use a drill, any handyman can handle the job easily for a modest fee. No need to call in a specialist.
Here are 16″ and 24″ depth, light maple garage cabinets and corner cabinets by GSC. This garage cabinet configuration can be purchased for around $1600.
Slatwall is a storage system that you have seen used in retail stores. It is a system that uses wall panels with horizontal grooves that allow attachment of a variety of accessories such as baskets, shelves, and hooks for storage and display. Used in garages, slatwall is one of the simplest and cost effective storage solutions, and it provides almost unlimited configuration options. Slatwall panels can be used as a complete garage wall covering or on a single section of wall depending on your budget and storage needs. As an example, an 8’ X 8’ section of your garage wall space can be outfitted with slatwall and accessories for around $500, providing enough storage space to hang all of your rakes, shovels & brooms, and with the sports rack accessories you can organize all of your kids sporting equipment as well. The panels come in many colors and are installed right over the existing walls with simple, color-matched screws or you can install them right over bare studs. Installation is very easy, and with only a few basic tools (Drill, Saw, Tape Measure, Level) slatwall can be installed by almost anyone with basic handyman skills.
The slatwall storage system provides almost unlimited configuration options for the garage. Installed on a single section of wall or as a total wall covering (as pictured) slatwall is the perfect garage storage solution.
Garage shelving is a simple, effective and inexpensive storage solution. However, one must be careful when selecting a shelving system for use in the garage. For most people the garage is a place to store big, bulky and heavy items that you typically wouldn’t store inside the home. Items like bulk animal food, drink cases, fertilizer, and more are usually heavier than you would put on simple wall mounted shelves. Commercial and industrial shelving systems are perfect for the garage and are not as expensive as you would think. Most free standing industrial shelving systems can be purchased for around $100-$200 and are far more capable than cheap wall mounted shelves. These shelving systems can hold thousands of pounds and with boltless construction any homeowner can assemble them with a simple rubber mallet! There is simply no better storage solution for heavy bulk items than quality shelving.
Industrial shelving is perfect for use as a garage storage solution. They are both inexpensive and extremely sturdy for even the heaviest items.
Pegboard has been around for many years. You have no doubt seen it used in classrooms, grandpa’s workshop, and in garages as an effective and inexpensive storage solution. What you may not know is that pegboard also comes made out of metal, and is super strong, durable, and waterproof; perfect for garage storage! Both standard pegboard and metal pegboard are great for tool storage, keeping them organized and in plain sight. The advantage of metal pegboard is that it isn’t affected by moisture which may be present in a garage. It won’t sag, droop, pull or warp because it got damp. It is available in many colors, sizes and finishes to match any décor. For mobile storage there are also rolling pegboard carts, which are great for working on projects out in the driveway. Standard pegboard panels are very inexpensive running about $25-$40 per panel, where metal pegboard is a bit pricier; about double. But the benefits of metal outweigh the cost. Installation is simple, usually requiring only a level, a drill and a tape measure.
Metal pegboard is durable and moisture proof. Absolutely perfect for use in the garage or workshop.
Any of these products on their own can provide great storage solutions. Combining them can open up storage options you never thought of. For instance you can line your garage wall with slatwall and install cabinets right over the panels. With open cabinet backs you now have slatwall both inside and outside which will allow using slatwall accessories inside the cabinets! Any way you approach it, adding garage storage will certainly help organize your garage, but you will also be surprised how it will add space inside your home as well. Instead of stuffing your closets, free up some space with these simple garage storage solutions.