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6 Clever Ways to Maximize Your Garage Space

Monday, May 27, 2024   /   by Teresa Pileggi

6 Clever Ways to Maximize Your Garage Space


6 Clever Ways to Maximize Your Garage Space


Most homeowners don't pay much attention to their garages. To others, a garage is a less critical place that stores all the home junk, from empty containers to sports equipment and unused tools. The space becomes cluttered with time, leaving only a way for the car to drive in and out. Do you know that your garage can also become a convenient outdoor place to keep your valuables or spend your evening hours? Besides housing your vehicles, you can also turn your garage into a usable space for other activities. While most people will spend a lot of money and time organizing their garages, here are six clever ways to utilize your garage space.



1. Start With Upgrading the Floor and Walls


Even with your plan ready, an organized garage will still look messy if the floor and walls are old or unfinished. Transforming the floor and walls will give your garage a new look, making it easier to know which item will fit which space. 


Some of the floor and wall upgrading ideas include:


? Installing epoxy and poly-aspartic coatings makes the floor anti-skid and resistant to oil stains.


? Using new wallpapers and hanging art, especially in places that remain free.


? Installing wall lighting.


? Installing garage floor rolls.



2. Maximizing the Space on A Budget


Organizing your garage should be a smooth endeavor. Instead of buying new items to create a functional garage, you can use what you already have in your home. You can also do the work yourself, following your floor and wall plan instead of hiring a professional to organize your garage. For instance, you can paint and modify your bookshelves, cabinets, and dressers and use them as garage storage spaces.


The point is to spend less and achieve the most out of your garage space. Having a plan and budget will streamline your work and help you quickly build a fully functional garage.



3. Create Vertical Organization Systems


Creating vertical organization solutions is the easiest and most effective way to maximize garage space. These solutions keep most items on the walls, saving on floor space. Common solutions include pegboards and track systems. Pegboards have grid-like patterns of small, evenly placed holes where you can insert hooks or pegs. They are ideal for smaller items like screwdrivers, wrenches, and other garage tools.


However, you can customize them to fit your garage style and aesthetics and hold heavier items. On the other hand, garage organization track systems are ideal for heavier items like sports equipment, toolboxes, and cleaning appliances. These systems are also customizable, allowing you to adjust hook placements and add shelves along the track for specific storage needs.



4. Create Overhead Storage Space


A tall ceiling is also an advantage, especially if you want to optimize garage traffic and accessibility. One way to use your ceiling is to create overhead storage solutions for heavier items and those you don't use frequently. Some of the ideas include:


? Installing pulley systems on ceiling joints to hold things like bicycles.


? Attach wire shelves or racks above the garage door to create extra storage space.


? Screwing hooks into the ceiling joints to hang lighter items.



5. Have Designated Areas for Different Storage Needs


Organizing designated areas for different storage needs is a go-to solution to maximize a small garage space. It also allows you to move quickly in the garage and pick whatever you need to use instead of moving things up and down. For example, you can create specific areas for gardening tools, sports equipment, and car repair. Some genius hacks include:


? Using clear plastic bins and drawers to store smaller items like screws, spanners, and craft supplies.


? Label bins and containers with seasonal items like holiday gear and keep them


on high shelves.


? Placing gardening and frequently used tools close to the door for easy access and to avoid dragging mud on the floor.


? Creating a collapsible workstation, mainly if you or your family members use the garage as a workstation.



6. Add Open Shelving Units


Shelving units are effective in keeping items off the floor. They also keep the garage organized and give you easy access to your supplies. However, consider installing open shelving units if you have limited square footage. That is because open shelving units don't need more space for their doors to open and keep everything on display. You can install DIY shelving units if you have some wood crafting and carpentry skills. Alternatively, you can buy ready-made units and install them on the garage walls. Just ensure they are on raised legs for easier floor cleaning.



The Bottom Line


Getting a clutter-free and functional garage should be manageable now. You can implement the above practices and easily create the necessary well-organized and functional garage space. Remember to start by measuring your space and installing space-saving storage units that can accommodate most of your items.


Pileggi Real Estate Team - eXp Realty
Tom Pileggi, Broker
P.O. Box 1665
Holland Landing, ON L9N 1P2
416-917-6566

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