Tips to Organize Your Garage: Low Budget to Complete Garage Makeovers
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, you’ll likely agree they’re great, simply because they can be used to store a wide range of items. From big stuff like motorcycles and lawn mowers, to medium sized things like table saws and bikes, to smaller stuff like rakes, shovels and hand tools, the list of uses for a garage is endless.
However, “stuff” can quickly take over a garage, resulting in a non-functional space that no longer allows you to use it for what it was intended - parking your car.
Depending on your schedule and budget, there are a number of things you can do to organize your garage. From basic and simple organization tips to custom garage organization systems, here are some ways you can improve your garage space.
Low to Medium Budget Tips and Ideas for Garage Organization
Garages can clutter up quickly, so adding shelving and wall racks are a simple thing you can do to make a big difference.
Basic shelving systems can be purchased from many stores, like Home Depot, RONA, Lowe’s or even Walmart. There are countless types of shelving out there too, such as wood, metal, and plastic, so be sure to consider what you’ll be using them for and purchase shelving that will be strong enough to hold those items.
Safety Tip: If you decide to go with a shelving unit, after putting it together you’ll also want to be sure to secure it to the wall so that it won’t tip over.
Plastic Storage Bins
If you add shelving to your garage, it’s also a great idea to buy plastic bins to store smaller items. Clear plastic containers are extra handy because you can see what’s inside the bin. But, if you use coloured bins, be sure to add a large label to it so you know what’s inside. It’s helpful to add labels to the ends, sides and top, just in case you end up moving them around.
Use Wall Space to Hang Things
Most garages have very few windows, and if you don’t already have a lot of shelving, you should consider using your walls to hang whatever you can.
Home improvement stores sell all sorts of wall hanging systems and hooks that can be used to hang things such as lawn tools, brooms and ladders, to bicycles, golf bags or even a wheelbarrow!
Most rack systems are better to mount into studs as opposed to using drywall screws and plugs, which can fallout if there is too much weight on the rack. If you’re planning on mounting racks into studs, it’s a good idea to measure out the distance between studs in your garage, before you buy the racking system. Some racks do not have adjustable anchor points, and they may not always line up.
Tower Tool Racks
Placing a tower tool rack in the corner of your garage is a great way to keep things like shovels, rakes, and brooms organized and out of the way. Tower racks allow you to neatly store long-handled items in an upright position so they're easy to grab when you need them. For smaller items you can install a tool rack on the wall above your work bench to hang things like pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches.
Use the Ceiling for Storage
The area between the garage door (when open) and the ceiling, or the area from the end of the garage door to the back of your garage are both options for installing ceiling storage. An overhead storage system is ideal for items that you only need once in a while, such as holiday decorations and camping gear.
Home improvement stores will offer options for ceiling storage, or you can make your own sliding storage system with wood and plastic totes. Learn how to make a sliding storage system from The Family Handyman.
Safety Tip: Always ensure that a ceiling storage unit base is securing attached into the ceiling joists/studs to ensure that it can support the weight of the storage bins. If you purchase a ceiling storage kit from a home improvement store, always follow the instructions carefully.
Portable Storage Containers
If your garage is overflowing with stuff and there’s no amount of shelving that is going to help, you may want to consider and BigSteelBox storage container for temporary, long-term or permanent storage. A shipping container is a great option for a “storage shed” because they are wind, water and rodent proof, and have a lock box that protects your padlock from bolt cutters, so they’re very secure.
Another advantage to a BigSteelBox is our range of container sizes. We rent and sell portable storage units in a variety of sizes for residential storage (8', 10' and 20'), so even if you only have a little bit of room on your property, chances are we can place a BigSteelBox where you need it.
Give your Garage a complete Makeover!
If your garage is a hub for you or your family and you want to go all out with complete organization system that includes custom shelving, cabinet and drawer systems, and floor coatings, there are companies that specialize in just this.
While this may sound like an expensive option your budget likely won’t allow, keep in mind that some garage organization companies, offer custom options that you can choose to install yourself. This will allow you to save a little on the overall cost, or you can have them professionally install it for you.
The sky's the limit when it comes to giving your garage a makeover! Whether you need a workbench with cabinets above and drawers below, or floor-to-ceiling cabinets along an entire wall of your garage, there’s a wide ranges of options for style and colour. Plus, most companies will also offer cabinetry in a range of price points to meet the needs and budget of many homeowners.
Storage During Your Garage Makeover
If you choose to go with a complete reno of your garage, you will likely need to clear it out before new cabinetry and shelving can be installed. This is where renting a BigSteelBox can come in very handy.
By having a storage container delivered to your home a week or two before your garage renovation is scheduled to begin, you can take your time moving items out of the garage and into your storage unit. Having an empty garage is extremely important during this process, especially if you plan to have a garage floor coating applied.
Most custom garage projects take a week to two to complete when the area is completely empty, so once it’s done, your items will be right outside your garage door ready to be brought back into your brand new garage space. BigSteelBoxes come in a variety of sizes (8', 10' and 20'), so whether you just have a few things you need to move out or a ton of stuff, we can help.
If you think BigSteelBox can help clear out our cluttered garage, please let us know! You can request a free storage quote online or call us at 1-800-373-1187