For many homeowners, garage storage can be challenging. You want enough space to use your garage for its intended purpose, which is to safely store your vehicle. But you also want to be able to use your garage to store extra personal belongings.
The only way to accomplish both of these things is to be organized with your garage storage. Without a good organization plan, it can become impossible to find anything that you’ve stored in your garage. Here are some tips for keeping control of your garage storage and making efficient use of the space.
1. Use Your Walls
One big benefit of having unfinished garage walls is the extra garage storage potential. If you have exposed studs, you can make shelves by installing horizontal boards between them. The shelves will only stick out a couple inches past the stud, but that’s wide enough to store cans of paint, containers of nails and screws, and other small items that you need off the floor.
You can also hang pegboard between two vertical studs instead of plywood. Now you have plenty of space to hang gardening tools, woodworking tools, or even that pair of skates you only use a couple of times a year.
2. Hang Up Items in Garage Storage
If you visit any large hardware store you’ll find a wide selection of hanging devices to suspend larger items from the ceiling of your garage. These sturdy systems attach to the beams that run across the top of the garage ceiling. You can hang things like bicycles, kayaks, and skis, to name a few.
3. Install Cabinets
Garage cabinets will help you to store items that you want to hide or protect behind closed doors. You’ll find a variety of free-standing cabinets for the garage at hardware stores. Use these to store bulk items like laundry detergent, paper goods, and more.
4. Create a Workbench
If you’re like many homeowners, you have an ongoing list of things that need to be fixed. Chances are you’ll be able to actually take care of these repairs—and even enjoy doing them—if you have a dedicated project space. A garage workbench is ideal for small jobs like this. This may sound like it will just take up more space, but you can build a foldable workbench that can be latched against the wall when not in use.
5. Use Transparent Containers
Another great tip for DIY garage storage is to use transparent containers for items. This helps when you’re staring at a stack of boxes and you can’t recall which one holds what you’re searching for. For smaller items, opt for transparent plastic shoebox-sized containers.