organization is easy with the right storage
you have an impressive front entry door but you prefer
to enter and leave your home through the garage?
so, youíre not alone. A recent survey of 1,000 adults
living in homes with remote-controlled garage doors
found that more than 80 percent use their garage as the
the garage is usually ignored when it comes to making it
an appealing spot you want to come home to.
donít want the main entryway to be the worst-looking
room in the house," said Jim Melchert, owner of
Garage Store in East Dundee, Ill.
the room. Itís time to restore order by stowing away
all those toys, garden supplies and stacks of holiday
bins. Thereís no need to sell your car to make space,
though. Modular systems and other storage products that
suit your budget make organizing garage space a snap.
example, with Gladiator GarageWorks storage solutions,
you can spend $10,000 or more for a complete makeover or
you can start with a simple component, such as the
GearTrack Pack, strips that run horizontally on a wall
and hold various tools. It costs less than $25 for 8
flexibility is a plus: You donít have to do an entire
wall, just what you need. Put one or two strips on a
garage wall, add any of the various hooks available, and
garden tools, shovels, hoses and other bits of
paraphernalia can hang neatly organized and within easy
reach. Another advantage: The hooks are adjustable, so
the positioning of items is flexible as you add to your
addition to the hooks, Gladiator GarageWorks offers
metal or mesh baskets that hang on the wall for
frequently used items. If you want a cleaner look,
consider lockers and cabinets that keep clutter out of
sight and, more importantly, out of your home closets.
The cabinets come in silver or red with a tread plate
door design ó thatís a real garage look ó or in
white for a more modern, clean appearance. They also
mount on walls or can be free-standing, with rollers to
garages were designed for storage, some homeowners have
taken this concept to the extreme. The spaces have
become convenient dumping grounds for boxes of clothing
or toys. You can only stack boxes so high before they
tip over; a damp floor can damage their contents. A
solution is a quality shelving unit that gets the items
off the floor and out of the way.
can be attached to the rafters, and shelving units can
be installed to accommodate plastic totes of seldom-used
your personality. Lest you think a garage storage system
might look too generic or industrial, there is room for
individuality. PrimeTime lockers are available in
various team logos and big enough to accommodate hockey
an ordinary concrete floor a polished finish with
a flashy industrial look that blends in with other
components, diamond metallic flooring is an option. Itís
available in a peel-and-stick tile version from Raceday
or can be purchased in large sizes, such as 10 feet by
22 feet, from various manufacturers. Other floor options
include a durable epoxy coating or rubberized vinyl
floor mats by Better Life Technology in several colors
there are the small touches that make a garage homey.
Every garage needs a fridge, but standard kitchen
refrigerators arenít engineered to withstand the
temperature fluctuations in garages. A solution is
Whirlpoolís Chillerator stainless-steel refrigerator.
Itís made to run at peak performance in extreme
temperatures, and it uses less energy than a 40-watt
in a sound system and a comfy chair, and you might be
spending less time in the house.
can do anything with a garage," Melchert said.
"If youíre into automotive, camping, sporting
events, thereís flexibility with the wall system and
wall accessories that let you build a garage to fit your