7 Smart Reasons To Complete Your Unfinished Garage

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Is your home still “a work in progress”? One impactful way to get you a little closer to the finish line with your home’s design and completion is to finally take care of that unfinished garage.

Garages are commonly overlooked when home remodeling projects are being considered. It’s understandable that bathroom, kitchen, and floor renovation projects rank as the most popular home improvement projects year after year.

An unfinished garage deserves just as much love as those areas of the home, however.

One positive by-product of an otherwise difficult time living through the pandemic is that it’s shown us this: an unfinished living space doesn’t serve our needs to its full potential.

Why it’s time to complete your unfinished garage

Here are a few statistics that illustrate why completing an unfinished garage should be high on any homeowners remodeling priority list:

  • Only 11% of homeowners say they’re satisfied with their garage and wouldn’t want to improve it. (Wall Street Journal survey)
  • More than 55% of homeowners use the garage as their house’s main entryway. (Chamberlain Group study)
  • A Garage Living poll found that 20% of homeowners can’t park in their garage because it’s disorganized.
  • 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open. (Impulse Research survey)
  • Garages ranked higher as a desirable storage space for homebuyers than basements or attics. (Braun Research survey of realtors)
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An unfinished garage deserves just as much remodeling love as any other area of the home.

parked red Ferrari and red storage cabinets

A finished garage can be whatever you want it to be. Maybe you need lots of storage. Perhaps you want to set up a workshop. Or maybe you want a garage that looks like a Ferrari showroom. Yes, this is the same garage as the photo above it!

A finished garage is simply a better garage

These revealing statistics provide us with five key takeaways that should provide all the inspiration we need to finish an unfinished garage:

  1. Most homeowners believe there’s room for improvement with their garages.
  2. We use our garages a lot (it’s become the new front door for many of us).
  3. Many garages aren’t being used for their primary function – parking vehicles.
  4. A messy, unfinished garage embarrasses a sizable number of homeowners.
  5. Garages are the most valuable storage space in a house.

This Garage Living video sums up how most homeowners feel when they return home to their cluttered and unfinished garage:

An unfinished garage is like a blank canvas

As Garage Living’s Aaron Cash tells the National Association of Realtors, the company’s most common customer requests are to make their garages more functional and multipurpose.

The company’s co-founder says two of the ways they make this happen are by improving the storage capabilities of the garage and making it more hobby-friendly.

Most homeowners may see an unfinished garage as a dreary, disorganized space. Garage Living views an unfinished garage as a blank canvas, just waiting for some creative input to produce something beautiful that you can’t stop admiring.

Here are seven reasons why completing an unfinished garage to make it easier on the eyes and to make space for parking, storage, and hobbies is well worth the investment.

1. Having an unfinished garage is so last century

For the vast majority of the time that the home garage has existed (about 100 years), it was a part of the house that was viewed purely as a utilitarian space. How it looked simply didn’t matter.

Over the past couple of decades, that mindset has shifted dramatically.

Merriam Webster defines “unfinished” as “not brought to an end or to the desired final state” and “being in a rough state”. Yep, that nicely sums up the state of about 90% of the garages out there!

Is a home really finished if the garage is unfinished?

Most homes are left with unfinished garages (and sometimes basements) when the builder constructs a house. Calling them “finished homes” isn’t exactly accurate then, is it?

For so many years, it was easy to just get used to having an unfinished garage and adapting to how it looked and functioned, even though it was coming up short in both areas. Most garage interiors are not even primed and painted, if they’re drywalled at all!

Even when an effort was made to add some extra functionality to the room, it usually came in the form of ugly brown pegboard for hanging things, a few screwed-in wall hangers, and maybe some long nails for hanging yard tools.

When you think about it, it’s rather amazing that we waited for so long to wake up to the fact that having clean garages with a swanky interior design and efficient storage is something we should have been aiming for decades ago!

Why settle for having an unfinished garage?

Most people may have an unfinished garage, but why settle for the status quo and mediocrity with such a large part of your home?

In the 21st century, the value of transforming our garages into a more functional room that complements and extends the rest of our finished living spaces is being realized by more and more homeowners.

Think beyond the type of garage environment you grew up with, which prioritized functionality over aesthetics. You can have both!

unfinished garage before makeover

The owners of this garage wanted to create more parking and storage space and update the decor to complement their luxury cars.

2 car lifts and Porsche

Mission accomplished.

2. Most garages don’t pull their weight as a storage space

One in seven Americans have a room in their home they can’t use because it’s filled with things they rarely use, according to a ClearVoice Research study. The garage is often that room.

How many times have you said, “Just put it in the garage for now”? Before too long, the inside of the garage can start to look like a garage sale that never ends.

Poor usage of our home storage spaces causes us to do wasteful things like rent self-storage units. In most cases, simply making better use of the storage space we have (particularly in the garage) and taking the time to eliminate all of the needless junk we hold onto will significantly boost the usefulness of our homes for storing things.

Not all garage storage systems are created equal

Garage storage systems don’t all provide the same level of functionality needed to maximize the storage space in the room. These are usually DIY garage storage systems like repurposed kitchen cabinetry and homemade shelving racks.

Using cheap garage storage organizers can be even worse than making them yourself. Cheap products like plastic freestanding tool caddies, flimsy budget-priced storage cabinets that rust quickly, and pegboard panels that are only 1/4″ thick don’t last as long as they should. Most DIY and cheap garage storage systems leave a lot to be desired in the looks department, too.

Choose higher-quality storage systems that are specifically designed to be used in garages, have an attractive design that adds to the room’s appearance, and provide you with a healthy degree of storage flexibility.

Make your wall and ceiling space work harder

When Garage Living is looking for ways to get the most out of our clients’ garage storage spaces, we always look at the walls and ceiling areas first.

You’d be amazed at the wealth of storage potential just waiting to be tapped in these two areas. PVC slatwall panels with hanging accessories allow you to hang up a wide range of items to keep the floor free of clutter. Slatwall also gives the garage a stylish finished appearance that looks nicer than painted drywall.

The garage’s “fifth wall” (also known as the ceiling) offers a vast amount of storage space as well. Having heavy-duty overhead racks installed provides you with lots of room to store bulky items and things that are only used seasonally.

The other garage storage solution worth investing in is cabinetry. Garage cabinets are a perfect place to store tools and anything that can’t be hung on the walls or stashed up high in racking.

empty unfinished garage with unpainted drywall

Most garage interiors are not even primed and painted, if they’re drywalled at all!

storage bins and cabinets

Cabinetry and overhead racks provide ample storage space in this finished garage.

3. Finished garages are more comfortable and hobby-friendly

Considering half of the people who own a home use the garage as the primary entry and exit point for their house, creating a nicer-looking, more welcoming space that doesn’t require navigating around clutter every day should be a goal.

You shouldn’t only want a tidier garage because you’re passing through it so often, though. Remodel the garage to fit your lifestyle as well.

With the right design upgrades, your garage can become more accommodating for your family’s hobbies and passions. Here are just a few examples of what we mean:

  • add a garage workshop with lots of storage for your tools
  • set up a home gym
  • create a beautiful car showroom that shows off your luxury vehicles
  • use the garage as a crafting space
  • create a space to relax and read, watch movies and sporting events, or listen to podcasts

Boost your garage’s comfort level

To add to your comfort level in the garage, you can add conveniences like a garage-ready mini-fridge, TV, better WiFi, and a reliable security system. For improved climate control, add insulation and a heating and cooling system so the garage can be used year-round.

As you can see, there’s a lot you can do to make your garage more useful. Once you’re done adding some of these quality-of-life upgrades in the garage, it’ll almost feel like you’ve added an extra room to your house!

woman on exercise bike in home gym

A finished garage creates extra room in the home for hobbies and activities like working out.

4. Your vehicles deserve a proper home

Garages were invented to store vehicles, so why do so many homeowners not use them for that purpose? The fact that so many of us are unable to use the garage for parking shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Maybe you’ve never given it much thought but the next time you’re driving through your neighborhood, keep an eye out for how many vehicles are parked in driveways or on the street.

Getting the garage organized with storage systems that open up the floor for car parking is one of the best things you can do to protect the investment you’ve made in your vehicles. First and foremost, they’ll be far more secure in a locked garage.

Sitting outside 24/7 takes a toll on the body of a vehicle over time, too. Getting them under the cover of a roof will result in fewer car washes being needed, plus you won’t have to clear off ice and snow in the winter or wait for them to warm up for as long.

A car lift, which allows you to use your ceiling space to park one vehicle above another, is an additional solution for increasing the amount of parking space in a garage.

It’s a shame when bad garages happen to nice cars

Parking a luxury car in an unfinished garage is like displaying the Mona Lisa in a run-down art gallery with bad lighting, peeling wall paint, and terrible flooring. Each of them are still things of beauty, but they lose some of their magnificence because the unattractive space they sit in is such a bad fit visually.

Your luxury vehicles should be surrounded by high-end décor that is worthy of a beautiful car showroom, because it’s a shame when bad garages happen to nice cars.

3 luxury cars on car lifts

Luxury cars deserve a luxury garage to call home.

5. A garage should look as nice as the rest of a home

How many home garages have you ever set foot in that left a lasting impression on you because the décor looked so stylish and high-end? And of all the garages you’ve seen in an upscale house, how many of them looked as posh as the rest of the home? Very few, we suspect.

A luxury home isn’t truly finished until it has a dream garage. Any home, really, isn’t completely finished until the garage has gotten the same remodeling attention as every other room in the home has.

Fixing up the more visually unappealing aspects of an unfinished garage will go a long way towards transforming the room’s look from drab to fab. The floor is an ideal part of the room to start with.

Nicer floor, nicer décor

Simply by giving a grey, dusty, and cracked concrete floor surface a refresh with a high-quality decorative floor coating, any unfinished garage instantly starts to shed its outdated look and take a big step forward into the modern day.

Garage Living uses Floortex™ floor coatings for all of our flooring jobs because of its superior durability, decorative benefits, and because we can apply it year-round.

Hide the ugliness away

A lot of homeowners in the process of finishing their garage use plywood as a wall covering, but slatwall and painted drywall are much better options for both looks and functionality.

Most garages have unsightly things like exposed wiring, electrical panels, plumbing and central vac pipes, or ductwork out in the open. Exposed insulation is another eyesore. Have your garage remodel company tailor their design to cover them up with creative usage of cabinetry, slatwall, and drywall.

unfinished garage before

Before: This unfinished garage had unsightly wiring, an electrical panel, and a central vac system in plain view.

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After: The garage design included custom cabinets with enclosures to keep the home’s utility systems hidden, while also providing room for storage in the other cabinets.

Put your garage (literally) in the best light

Adding better lighting is another essential when finishing a garage. In terms of the most noticeable things that tell anyone entering your garage the room isn’t finished, having one or two incandescent bulbs that don’t even have a dome covering them are right up there.

Choose a garage lighting solution that provides warmer, more uniform lighting coverage in the room. Modern pot lights or some LED lighting fixtures are more energy-efficient, look better, and make the space brighter (and therefore safer).

To give your garage an extra unique look, ask Garage Living about incorporating LED ribbon lighting into the room’s design for visual appeal.

Personalize your garage décor style

All of these improvements, combined with having a cohesive design theme that makes a garage’s appearance really stand out, are what transform an unfinished garage into not just a finished garage, but a finished garage that looks stunning.

According to a Thompson’s Company study, 52% of homeowners want to have a garage their neighbors envy. Well-chosen storage systems, along with product and paint colors that coordinate the look of the floor, storage cabinets, slatwall, drywall, and ceiling, will make a bold statement that makes others notice your home and wish their garage looked as impressive.

Ask Garage Living about our Designer Series collection of stylish design themes that help simplify the garage design process.

6. An unfinished garage hurts your curb appeal

The average garage door opens and closes 3-5 times per day. That’s up to 1,500 times every year where your garage interior is on full display for everyone to potentially see!

When your garage doors are open and staying open for a while because you’re going some work or gardening, no one should worry about anyone getting a glimpse inside their garage, like that quarter of homeowners we mentioned earlier.

It’s a common misconception that only the front exterior of a home counts for curb appeal. Because garage doors open so frequently, that naturally factors into your curb appeal. The sides and back of a home are part of its curb appeal, too.

A luxury house with an A+ exterior featuring stunning architecture and immaculate landscaping, but a garage that gets an F in the appearance department, ends up only scoring somewhere around a C in terms of curb appeal.

Speaking of garage doors, they’re a major factor in your curb appeal. They can account for as much as a third of a home’s front exterior, so outdated doors with faded paint and dents will get noticed.

When you’re having a garage remodel done, considering updating the garage doors to boost your curb appeal. Did you know that adding new garage doors has one of the best returns on investment of any home improvement project?

2-car garage remodelled by Garage Living blue Escalade

The average garage door opens and closes 3-5 times per day. The appearance of a garage’s interior affects your curb appeal.

7. Completing an unfinished garage adds value to your home

We live in the now, so not everyone puts a high priority on the long-term investment benefits of a home improvement project. It’s worth knowing, however, that a finished garage adds value to your home.

Finished, organized garages with lots of room for storage are highly valued by homebuyers. The National Association of Home Builders’ recent What Home Buyers Really Want report found that 85% of homebuyers want a garage with ample storage space.

Even if you’re not planning to move anytime soon, it’s always reassuring to know that you’re investing in something that most future buyers will covet. An attractive, tidy garage makes a great first impression on a potential buyer that very well may be the difference-maker in closing the sale of your home one day.

And in the meantime, your family reaps the benefits of having a beautiful, high-functioning garage every day. It’s a win-win.

If you’re finding it difficult to convince your significant other about why you should finally do a garage remodel, use these two facts to help get them on-board!

person exiting blue car in garage

A finished garage adds value to your home. Future-proofing your garage with upgrades now will pay off later when you eventually sell your home.

Transform your unfinished garage

Just imagine the satisfaction of living in a home where there are zero home improvement projects weighing on your mind.

Bring your garage closer to the higher aesthetic standard the rest of your home has. Talk to Garage Living about transforming your unfinished garage into a space with superior functionality and the kind of “wow factor” any homeowner should want.

Get started by scheduling a free design consultation with us.

Our design pros will listen to your unfinished garage ideas and goals and look forward to collaborating with anyone seeking to reinvent their garage into something great!

To view more before and after photos of a few of the thousands of garage remodels Garage Living has successfully done, view our Garage Makeover Ideas gallery.

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Is a Garage Fridge Practical? Everything You Need To Know.

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It’s a hot summer day and you’re in the garage exercising or working away on a project. A cold, refreshing beverage is calling your name, so you open your garage fridge and grab a beer, soda, or water.

Having a fridge in the garage is undeniably handy in such a scenario. Is it practical or even responsible to have a second fridge running in your home, though?

There are differing opinions on the subject. Environmentalists think it’s wasteful. Experts who study food waste (which is a major issue in the U.S. and Canada) believe it contributes to the problem. A lot of homeowners love the convenience of having two fridges, however. 

Get all the facts you need to know about garage fridges and whether or not you should be using one.

Do you really need that garage fridge?

Owning a second refrigerator is quite common. An estimated 23% of 35 million homes in the U.S. have two fridges, with the second appliance usually being located in the basement or garage.

If you’re considering buying an extra fridge for the garage, moving an old fridge out there, or debating whether or not to get rid of that extra fridge, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are the temperatures in my garage suitable for the fridge I want to buy or currently have? 
  2. Do I spend a lot of free time in the garage and love having a nearby fridge to store beverages?
  3. Is an additional fridge and/or freezer used regularly for storing extra groceries that won’t fit into my main fridge?
  4. Could the space my garage fridge is taking up be put to better use?
  5. Do I really need to have a full-sized fridge loaded up with more beer, bottled water, and soda than my family can drink in the next few months?
  6. Can I justify the extra expense of running a second fridge?

The pros and cons of having a second fridge in the garage

To further help you decide on the practicality of running a fridge in your garage, here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros:

  • An extra fridge is handy for staying well-stocked on groceries and reduces the number of trips made to the grocery store.
  • Having a garage fridge that can hold bottled drinks is super-convenient and lets your main fridge be used mainly for food items.
  • A cooking enthusiast will appreciate having room to store their leftovers.
  • If you entertain frequently, an extra fridge is ideal for keeping prepared dishes you’re serving and for leftovers.

Cons:

  • Having an extra refrigerated storage space can cause you to overbuy when food shopping.
  • Food in the second fridge is more likely to go to waste because it’s forgotten about.
  • Running a second fridge in your house adds to your electrical bill.
  • A second refrigerator uses up space in the garage.
  • Owning a second fridge doubles the chance of future fridge maintenance costs.
  • Operating an additional fridge can create garage condensation issues from the extra moisture produced by the appliance.
open fridge with drinks and condiments

There are pros and cons to running an extra fridge in the garage. (Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash)

Why regular fridges aren’t ideal for most garages

Regardless of what decision you make after weighing your pros and cons about using a second fridge, there are a few important things you should know.

Unless you live in a climate with consistent year-round temperatures and they fall within the manufacturer-recommended range of temperatures for running the appliance, using a regular fridge in the garage is a bad idea.

Just for starters, operating a fridge in an inhospitable climate that doesn’t comply with the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines will probably void your warranty.

High temperatures and regular fridges = a future repair bill

Regular fridges are made to operate at room temperature. High temperatures cause a fridge in a room without climate control to run all the time without a break because it’s constantly struggling to keep the interior cool.

This extra stress the appliance is under increases the amount of electricity being consumed. It also turns the fridge into a major repair bill (and eventual complete breakdown of the appliance) just waiting to happen.

Fluctuating temperatures can cause the drip pans in these appliances to fill up with water quickly. When it gets hotter, condensation will also form on the outside of the appliances and evaporate. In both cases, that means extra unneeded moisture in your garage.

A regular fridge’s freezer doesn’t enjoy your cold garage

It might seem illogical, but very cold temperatures in a garage with a regular fridge can play havoc with the appliance’s freezer section.

Some refrigerators only have one thermostat in the fridge section, especially older models. When the temperature in a room drops, the temperature control unit is fooled into thinking the temperature in the freezer is fine.

Although the fridge compressor should turn on to lower the freezer section’s temperature, it may fail to do so. The next thing you know, the malfunction could leave you with nothing but a freezer that’s full of spoiled food when the room’s temperature rises.

A garage refrigerator kit might help

One way that a regular fridge could be used in the garage is to buy a garage refrigerator kit for between $20 and $40.

The kit lets you connect a heating pad or coil to the fridge’s thermostat and essentially trick the appliance into thinking the temperature in the room is higher than it is.

Buy a kit that is made by the appliance maker specifically for your fridge model.

It’s worth keeping in mind that buying a refrigerator kit for an old fridge may not be worth it. As we’ll explain next, old fridges aren’t energy-efficient. Therefore, it might be wiser to invest in a new garage-ready fridge that won’t cost as much to run.

Old refrigerators aren’t energy-efficient

The saying “they don’t make ’em like they used to” has a lot of truth. This writer has witnessed one of the most impressive examples of this – and it actually involved a fridge!

I’ve spent a lot of time at my best friend’s cottage over the years, which his family has had for several generations. One of the things that I was always fascinated by was the fridge running in the cottage.

It was a Viking fridge that my friend believes his grandfather bought in the 1950s. Back then, they called them “iceboxes”. And it still worked, summer after summer, surviving through many decades of Canadian winters in a cottage that isn’t winterized.

That’s impressive. Now, as quaint as this may be, that old beast was probably responsible for the lion’s share of the cottage’s electrical bill.

Old garage fridges are far less energy-efficient than modern fridges (and that’s in an ideal setting). When you factor in that they work a lot harder in hot weather and are rarely cleaned or serviced, that lack of energy efficiency is exponentially worse.

And let’s face it – a lot of old fridges aren’t exactly “lookers”. Remember the good ’ol 70s and those lovely fridge colors like avocado green, brown, and orange?

Here’s what it costs to operate an old refrigerator

energy star logoWhy is it probably time for your old fridge to be sent off to the appliance graveyard?

A fridge manufactured before 1990 could potentially be costing you between $250-300 a year to run in a garage.

To find out what your old fridge is costing you to operate, use this Energy Star calculator.

Replacing the fridge with a newer model may involve an upfront expense now, but you’ll save on electricity costs in the long run. It’s better for the planet, too.

ice buildup in fridge

An old fridge may last a long time, but you’ll occasionally see sights like this that indicate it’s not working properly. Old fridges are far less energy-efficient than modern fridges, too.

The best choice for running a fridge in the garage

If you’re still set on having that second refrigerator running in the garage, what you need is a special type of fridge.

To prevent problems, buy a garage-ready fridge that can function efficiently when it gets bitterly cold and also stiflingly hot in your garage.

A refrigerator designed to run in a garage has better insulation and components that can handle temperature changes. This special design does make them a little more expensive.

If your garage fridge is going to mostly be used for keeping canned or bottled beverages cold and not for overflow food storage, a mini-fridge makes more sense for you.

Remember to keep the fridge out of direct sunlight and plug it directly into an electrical outlet instead of using an extension cord.

Make sure you buy the right appliance

outdoor fridge

Outdoor fridges are also constructed with electrical components that can handle changing climates and temperatures, as well as moisture.

The appliances are built with thicker insulation and their exteriors are constructed with materials that will withstand exposure to the elements.

Don’t make the mistake of buying an outdoor fridge for use in your garage, however. These appliances are meant for areas like an outdoor kitchen.

Like a garage-ready fridge, outdoor fridges cost more than regular fridges in terms of the amount of cubic feet of space you get per dollar. There’s no point in paying more for a fridge with a weather-resistant exterior that is always going to be in a covered space.

Install a garage fridge inside a cabinet system

Garage Living helps our clients make their garages an extension of their living space. Adding extra amenities to the garage like a fridge is one way we make this happen.

Our garage cabinet systems can be designed to incorporate a garage-ready mini-fridge under the countertop like the one pictured below and in the top photo.

You can view additional photos of this Ferrari-themed garage remodel by viewing the Performance Garage gallery.

A mini-fridge won’t even feel like it’s taking up space in your garage because it’s recessed into the cabinet system’s design!

Other traditional indoor living space amenities that can be added to a cabinet system design are a TV and a sink with a faucet.

two ferraris parked in garage with red cabinets

This garage’s cabinet system was designed to include an under-counter mini-fridge.

Insulation will help with climate control

Adding or upgrading your garage insulation is a wise investment, whether you have a second fridge running in the room or not.

Garage insulation helps to regulate the room’s temperature so it doesn’t get such extreme temperature swings.

Along with extending the life of your garage fridge, you’ll boost your home’s energy efficiency.

A garage fridge is convenient. So is indoor parking.

Having a fridge that is specifically designed for use in the garage is convenient.

Being able to park your vehicles in the garage and having a well-organized space is even more convenient.

Update your garage’s appearance and optimize its functionality by scheduling a free design consultation with Garage Living.

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Minimalist Garage Ideas: The Beauty of Elegant Simplicity

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Minimalism is in.

Leading the minimalist movement are The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus), who write, speak, and make documentaries about the subject. Organizing expert Marie Kondo has also made minimalism popular.

Their message about the benefits of living with less has been embraced by millions of people around the globe in recent years.

Minimalism is popular in most aspects of the designs we see every day. Phone apps, web pages, advertisements, and products like electronics and cars often feature designs with a minimalist influence.

The architecture and décor of the spaces we live and shop in also employ minimalistic design elements.

Can the “less is more” concept be applied to a garage?

Absolutely. Find out why a minimalist garage philosophy and design style could be perfect for your home, especially if the rest of your house features minimalist design elements.

What is a minimalist garage?

minimalist modern garage

So what exactly is a minimalist garage? It’s a simple concept that involves two things:

  1. A neutral color palette is used for the garage’s décor to give the room an aesthetic that is simple, yet appealing.
  2. Giving the room plenty of open space by ensuring anything being stored in the garage is essential and arranged in a tidy, organized manner.

When some people hear the word “simple” associated with interior décor, they think “boring”. Minimalist garage design looks anything but boring when it’s done right by a talented design professional, however.

The photos in this article prove that applying a minimalist approach to a garage’s design can produce results that look sleek, clean, and ultra-modern.

An uncluttered garage with a muted color palette also has a calming effect that you’ll appreciate whenever you enter the room.

Can a garage really be clutter-free?

Taking a large room like the garage and keeping it clutter-free may seem impossible. After all, it’s the catch-all space where things that don’t have a home tend to end up…and usually forgotten about.

cluttered garage

A cluttered garage from the documentary film, The Minimalists: Less Is Now.

After a while, it’s easy to become accustomed to keeping clutter around. Unfortunately, this results in a room that’s far less functional than it should be.

Getting your garage to the point where clutter is a thing of the past isn’t as impossible a task as it may seem. All it takes is a little hard work and discipline.

Garages are the most valuable storage area in a house, not just for things like yard tools, sports equipment, and overflow storage from your main living space, but for your vehicles.

“Trimming the fat” from the contents of your garage by getting rid of unessential items allows the room to have more open space and be used more efficiently for storage.

Is minimalism still a thing?

Kondo often gets credit for kickstarting the minimalist movement a few years ago with her bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book. In fact, The Minimalists were out there promoting the minimalist lifestyle shortly before her.

The Minimalists, who grew up in Ohio and have been close friends since elementary school, quit their corporate jobs and began evangelizing the benefits of minimalism full-time in 2011.

They have co-authored several books, make public speaking appearances, and host the popular The Minimalists Podcast. You may have seen one of their Netflix documentaries, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things and The Minimalists: Less Is Now.

Minimalism is more than a trend

Minimalism isn’t just a passing fad – the concept has been around for centuries. The Minimalists and Kondo just redefined how we view material minimalism and brought their message to the mainstream.

Kondo’s message was so successful that her name has even become a verb for organizing (as in, “I’m planning to Marie Kondo my garage this weekend”).

Different approaches

The Minimalists and Kondo have different approaches on how minimalism can work for you. Kondo puts more emphasis on decluttering, while The Minimalists take a more extreme approach that encourages getting to the root of why we think we need to own so many things and trying to change our consumerist habits. Both offer useful lessons in how we can learn to live with less.

You don’t have to go “all in” with minimalism and have it be the drastic lifestyle change it’s sometimes made out to be.

Less is more

The basis of what they’re preaching really isn’t profound or rocket science. Essentially, their message boils down to this: not allowing possessions (that you don’t really need) to occupy your space is practical and better for your mental health.

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” design rule is also just as relevant now as it was when he first popularized the phrase a century ago.

Variations of that saying have sprung up over the years, such as the U.S. Navy’s “KISS principle” (an acronym for “keep it simple, stupid”). It may be blunt, but it’s still effective.

Visualize your minimalist garage

One of Kondo’s 6 Rules of Tidying is to visualize how you want your home to look before getting started on a decluttering project.

Apply that concept to the garage by establishing goals for how you want your garage to eventually look.

Goals for your garage-in waiting:

  • Having enough space to park vehicles comfortably.
  • Keeping things organized so that they’re easy to locate quickly.
  • Transforming your unfinished garage from an eyesore to a beautiful, stylish-looking space you enjoy returning home to.
  • Having heads turn from impressed neighbors and passersby when your garage doors are open.
  • Creating enough space to turn your garage into a more functional and comfortable extension of your living space.
  • Eliminating the never-ending stress that comes with dealing with a messy garage.
  • Being able to clean your garage much easier.
  • Having a clutter-free garage floor that doesn’t force your family to hopscotch around tripping hazards.

See your future garage before building begins

Your garage designer can help you envision what your finished minimalist garage design will look like. During the makeover process, 3D models are created with CAD (computer-aided design) to ensure everything is precisely designed.

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3D render of a minimalist garage design by Garage Living.

These models also allow the client to view the design and ensures they’re happy with it before work begins in their garage.

unfinished cluttered garage before makeover

Before: Prior to its makeover, this unfinished garage’s exposed central vac, circuit panel, and wiring were an eyesore for the homeowner.

minimalist garage after makeover

After: The utility systems are discreetly hidden inside custom-designed cabinets that complement the overall minimalist garage aesthetic. We’d bet that the finished project exceeded what the homeowner visualized for their new garage!

Think of it as curating, not decluttering

You could spend thousands of dollars on a luxury garage makeover project that makes the space look like a high-end car showroom. It won’t mean much if you can’t actually see most of those upgrades because of excess clutter, however.

The vision of what your minimalist garage will eventually look like should be an open, clutter-free space. Living with fewer material possessions requires us to make numerous tough, disciplined choices during the clean-up process.

Curating clutter

No one enjoys decluttering. Therefore, try to look at the process of eliminating the junk from your garage as curating. Curating is defined as selecting, organizing, and presenting something, which aligns perfectly with what you’re trying to do.

Kondo’s tidying up approach admittedly isn’t for everyone. If pondering whether or not an inanimate object like an old shovel sparks joy and should be thanked for its service to you before being tossed out seems a little silly, do things your own way.

As you go through each item, just ask yourself if it has any practical value to you. Use whatever barometer works for you to make those decisions, which could involve applying the one-year rule (has it been used once in the last year?).

Remove larger items first

Start by removing the easiest and largest items first. You’ll quickly start seeing more space open up and stay inspired to continue further. Our previous article listing some suggestions for garage junk items to toss or donate can help.

Use this as motivation: clearing out a clutter-filled room is guaranteed to make you feel lighter and unburdened when you’re finished. It’s a natural, healthy response to liberating yourself from useless things that have only been impeding your ability to enjoy your living space more.

Add hard-working, stylish storage

Part of creating a minimalist garage look is to use storage systems that look attractive, yet don’t call attention to themselves. They need to blend well with the rest of the room’s décor, too.

Any storage systems you choose should be highly efficient to maximize the room’s storage space. When paired with setting your garage storage systems up in the right places, this goal is easily achievable.

Use your walls and ceiling space more efficiently

Make your walls and ceiling space work harder by having slatwall panels and overhead storage racks installed. Each of these provides a wealth of versatile storage space that keeps your floor empty and open, which is just what we want for that tidy minimalist garage look.

tidy garage wall storage

Only keep essential items that you can store tidily. Set a goal to make your vehicles the only thing being stored on your garage floor.

Your storage needs will change over time. Aim to have space not only for everything you’re storing now, but also to accommodate future purchases (but not too many of them, okay?).

Remember that empty space is a key aspect of minimalism. It may be a challenge giving homes to every item in your garage, while also leaving some wall space unfilled.

Organize to minimize

Organizing everything on your walls in an orderly fashion and grouping like items together not only looks nicer, it makes it easier to find and return things to their home. The room’s minimalist look will be more emphasized than if items were haphazardly stored on the walls in a random fashion.

Avoid having too many storage bins in your overhead racks. They’re ideal for storing infrequently used things like holiday decorations that are only used once a year. Odds and ends stored in closed storage bins that are stashed up high and out of your way tend to be forgotten about over time, however (the out of sight, out of mind principle).

Overcrowded open shelving will create visual clutter that conflicts with a minimalist aesthetic. Make use of a closed storage system like garage cabinets to preserve the clean presentation of the space by keeping some things hidden.

Creating a minimalist garage design aesthetic

A game plan is in place for reducing the number of things that will be stored in your garage and where they’ll be stored. Let’s now turn our attention to the “canvas” your designer will work with.

One could jokingly argue that a minimalist design aesthetic has been the default look in garages since they were invented a century ago.

The dirt and grass floors of the earliest garages evolved into grey concrete surfaces. The wooden barn-like structures of garages in the past gave way to a surrounding backdrop of exposed framing studs or scuffed, unpainted drywall with a grey or ivory shade.

Get creative with your colors

To give the room a minimalist design update that stands out, some contrast and a little more creativity with the color scheme is needed.

Choose a combination of subdued neutral colors like black, white, brown, gray, beige, taupe, and tan for your color palette.

Garage Living’s slatwall panels and cabinets come in a wide variety of neutral colors and accents that complement each other beautifully.

To complete your simplified color scheme, the designer will help you choose a Floortex™ floor coating color that blends harmoniously with the rest of the room. A new floor coating isn’t just cosmetic – it also provides high-performance protection for your garage floor.

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Cabinets keep stored items hidden to preserve the garage’s tidy look. This minimalist design is the Midnight theme from Garage Living’s Designer Series.

Simplify the garage design process

To simplify things, you can choose a minimalist theme from Garage Living’s Designer Series, which features themes with pre-chosen colors and materials that help simplify the design process.

The garage pictured just above uses the Midnight design theme that includes a combination of black, grey, and white shades. The photo above showcase a remodel that is featured in our Minimalist Garage makeover gallery.

The designs are similar, with both using the same color of floor coating, black cabinets, and grey ceiling paint. The big difference is the walls. The Midnight theme garage has black slatwall with a black diamond plate backsplash that closely matches the cabinet color. The other garage went for more of a contrasting look, using floor-to-ceiling grey slatwall.

Both designs work effectively and illustrate a mere fraction of the range of minimalist design combinations available.

The black cabinets contrast nicely with the lighter neutral colors on the floor, walls, and ceiling.

Adding visual interest to your minimalist garage design

One of the biggest challenges with a minimalist aesthetic is to avoid having the decor look sterile and bland.

We’ve already shown how contrasting minimalist colors can add visual interest. Using textures, lines, and subtle accents are other ways to create more visual appeal.

Floor coatings have decorative flakes with different colors and give the floor a textured feel and attractive, distinct appearance.

Enhance the décor with lines and textures

The slatwall grooves provide the horizontal lines (lots of them, in fact!) and help the space look bigger. Thin slatwall strips that are a different color from the slatwall panel color used for the larger amount of wall space add tasteful contrast. Aluminum diamond plate backsplashes also provide a contrasting effect, along with a rugged, textured look.

Even subtle elements like the horizontal and vertical lines and contrasting colors of the pulls on a cabinet system’s doors and drawers add some variety to the room’s look.

Use negative space in a positive way

If your garage is big enough, using negative space can be an effective design tool as well. A painter knows that sometimes it’s what’s not added to the canvas that makes the rest of the piece stand out and deliver a more powerful visual presentation.

Using negative space as part of your minimalist garage design focuses more attention on the room’s finer points. That could be your prized luxury vehicles, a deluxe cabinet system, or your ultra-tidy walls filled with hanging items that are neatly organized.

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A double car lift leaves more open floor space in this garage with a minimalist design style.

Bring your minimalist garage ideas to life

Give your garage’s appearance and functionality an overhaul with these minimalist garage ideas.

To bring your garage remodel project to life, get started by booking a free design consultation with Garage Living.

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Garage Dust Control: 5 Effective Tips Everyone Should Know

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Is your garage a space that attracts dust like a magnet, despite your best cleaning efforts?

Household dust comes from many sources. Pet dander, clothing fibers, dead skin cells, dirt, pollen, dead insects, and particles from paint, wood, and home building materials are just some of the things that create dust.

It’s impossible to eliminate dust in a garage. There are plenty of garage dust control methods you can use to keep this area of your house cleaner, however.

Garage dust control is important. Here’s why.

Exposure to too much dust is unhealthy. Breathing in excessive levels of dust can cause respiratory issues. Many dust particles also have high levels of chemicals, which can lead to even more serious health issues.

Reducing the amount of dust in your garage is even more important if you spend a significant amount of spare time in the room using it as a home gym, workshop, or for some other type of hobby.

And let’s be honest, too much dust in any room just looks unattractive. Even a space that is immaculately organized looks and feels messy if it’s covered in a layer of ugly grey dust.

Why is my garage so dusty?

Keeping the amount of dust in your garage at a minimum can feel like a losing battle. There’s a good reason why. Garages are a space in which dust accumulates quickly for many reasons:

  • unsealed concrete garage floors slowly wear down and leave a fine, powdery residue
  • the average garage door opens and closes 3-5 times each day, providing a large opening for dust and debris from outside to blow indoors
  • some garage doors don’t have tight seals, which allows dust and dirt to blow inside
  • cleaning too infrequently or using poor cleaning practices
  • dried winter road salt gets ground down into a fine powder
  • garages tend to accumulate junk and clutter, giving dust more surfaces to settle on
  • the moisture in garages makes it easier for dust to “stick” to surfaces
  • vehicles coming and going and frequent foot traffic stir up settled dust
  • grass clippings and garden dirt from yard tools dry and break down into dust particles

While those are a number of obstacles to overcome, there are lots of ways to deal with garage dust issues.

The following garage dust control solutions will produce instantly noticeable improvements in the amount of dust found in your garage.

Unfinished cracked garage floor with road salt damage

Unsealed concrete slowly wears down over time and leaves fine dust on a garage floor.

1. Garage dust control solutions for your floor

Concrete dusting occurs when the top layer of a concrete slab slowly disintegrates over time, producing a chalky powder on the floor surface.

Vehicle and foot traffic can speed up this process. Old age may also be why a deteriorating concrete surface is causing persistent dust issues in a garage.

Concrete can break down prematurely because of various reasons related to how the concrete or a coating was applied. Here are a few examples:

  • the concrete was poured at a less-than-optimal temperature
  • floor coating or concrete products were improperly mixed
  • the concrete slab was not allowed to cure properly

Listed below are three options that will prevent or slow down the deterioration of a concrete slab.

Garage floor coating system

A floor coating system is one of the best garage dust control solutions you can invest in.

Floor coatings seal concrete surfaces and prevent them from wearing down and creating the fine dust that gets spread all over a garage. They also provide flooring protection from water damage, stains, and abrasions. Some garage makeover companies can even seal and coat the wall foundations in a garage, which can also deteriorate over time.

Floor coating systems are better than a plain floor sealer because they include decorative flakes that add visual appeal to a garage and help to obscure dust and dirt on the floor.

Although DIY epoxy floor coatings cost less, it’s worth the investment to have an expert like Garage Living handle your flooring project. Our Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings are superior to epoxy coatings. We follow a 5-step application process using state-of-the-art equipment, to ensure our floors look incredible and last for many years.

Another reason to let a pro take care of your garage floor is you’ll be ensured of being left with a perfect, smooth surface that’s easy to maintain.

garage floor sealer and coating

A garage floor coating system seals concrete surfaces to protect them from wearing down prematurely.

Garage floor tiles

Perhaps a garage floor coating system is beyond your budget. Another option worth considering are interlocking garage floor tiles that can be installed quickly.

High-quality floor tiles made from PVC or other durable materials provide a resilient foundation for garage floors. While floor tiles obviously don’t seal concrete, they do fully cover a floor surface. This will prevent the dust from concrete slabs from becoming airborne. Floor tiles are also cost-effective for anyone looking to cover up a floor with significant damage that they’re not eager to spend a lot of money on to repair.

The design of most floor tiles includes grooves and gaps on the top surface that traps water and allows for airflow. Those gaps will trap dust and dirt, so they’ll need to be vacuumed out occasionally.

Like floor coatings, floor tiles have decorative benefits. Most floor tile manufacturers offer a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, which can be mixed and matched to create a one-of-a-kind floor design.

Garage floor sealer

Roll-on garage floor sealers will help slow down the deterioration of concrete. It’s worth noting that commercially available floor sealing products found in big-box stores don’t penetrate a concrete surface as well as industrial-grade sealers. The bond to the concrete won’t be as strong, resulting in less floor protection and durability.

If you want to seal your floor and have it look nicer, floor sealers aren’t ideal. Surface flaws and evidence of repair work on cracks and sections of the floor will still be visible after a sealer application.

A commonly Googled question is “how to paint a dusty garage floor”. Don’t waste your time with roll-on garage floor paint products. They provide little to no sealing benefits for a floor. Floor paint is notorious for chipping and flaking away quickly after being applied and it only gives you a short-term cosmetic fix.

2. Keep the garage more organized

An organized garage that is only filled with items you use and actually need means there’s less clutter for dust to collect on. Less clutter means the airflow in the garage will be better, too.

Better storage systems that make it easier to keep the garage tidy are an effective way to control dust in the room. Slatwall panels and overhead racks that maximize your garage’s wall and ceiling storage space are very effective at keeping garages organized.

Storage cabinets are also perfect for garages that have dust issues. Cabinet systems give garages an upscale, professional look and provide covered storage space to keep more of your belongings dust-free.

With less floor clutter, you’ll find it easier to clean your garage more regularly. No one likes cleaning. It’s even harder to motivate yourself to give the garage a sweep when the floor is littered with stacks of junk you have to move or sweep around. An open, clutter-free floor can be thoroughly swept, squeegeed, or dry mopped in just a few minutes, without any fuss!

garage cabinets protect from dust

Garage cabinets keep your belongings protected from dust.

3. Fully seal all garage entrances

A study found that about 60% of indoor dust comes from outside. Garage doors that don’t have proper seals are a major entry point for dust and debris and also lower the energy-efficiency of your home.

Inspect your garage doors for gaps or broken seals that could be letting in dust and other debris. The bottom seal of a garage door must be in good shape and properly fitted since this a primary entry point for dust and dirt.

Making sure your garage doors are properly sealed will help keep out pests, too.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the seals around garage access doors that open to the outdoors. Perimeter weatherstripping around door frames and bottom door seals should last anywhere from 5-10 years before needing replacement.

Keep in mind that heavier usage of a door will cause the weatherstripping around it to wear down faster.

wood garage doors

Garage doors that are properly sealed will keep dust and debris out of garages.

4. Tips for cleaning a dusty garage

One comment we read in an online forum in reply to a question about dealing with dust in the garage actually said, “Your best option is to leave it. Dust will stay put if you don’t disturb it.”

We hate to imagine what kind of state that person’s living space is in, but clearly that’s no way to deal with a dust problem.

By merely cleaning more regularly and the right way, your garage will have fewer issues with excess dust. If possible, try to stick to a regular schedule for cleaning the garage. Every 3-4 weeks should be sufficient.

When we say “clean the right way”, we mean cleaning efficiently and thoroughly (including getting into those neglected garage corners).

Effective garage dust control doesn’t involve spreading the dust around when you’re cleaning instead of capturing most of it. Always work from the top down so any stirred-up dust falls to the lower areas you’ll be cleaning next. Avoid using anything to dust that’s dry. Damp cloths and microfiber or electrostatic dusting cloths will work most effectively.

For floors, a good push broom or dust mop and dustpan or shovel should capture most of the dust and debris on the ground. On unsealed concrete surfaces, sweeping compound does a good job of capturing all of the debris on floors and prevents dust from becoming airborne while sweeping.

garage dust sweeping

Image by Paweł Englender from Pixabay

You should avoid using a pressure washer with a high-pressure nozzle on a garage floor, whether it’s sealed or bare concrete. The pressure can damage the topcoat of a floor coating and will accelerate the deterioration of the concrete.

After sweeping your garage floor it can be hosed down and squeegeed and cleaned with a light cleaning solution. Follow our garage floor cleaning and maintenance guide to keep your floor coating looking like new.

Another benefit of cleaning a garage floor regularly is you’ll pick up the fine granules of sand, dirt, and dried road salt that can cause damage with pitting and spalling (when concrete crumbles or flakes away).

To conclude our garage dust control tips for your floor, take the time to clean your driveway. An occasional sweep will get rid of the dirt, sand, and other debris that gets tracked inside to your garage floor.

5. Install a garage ventilation or air filtration system

turbine roof ventThe above garage dust control solutions will have you well on your way to enjoying a cleaner garage. To improve the room’s air quality even more, you can install a garage ventilation or air filtration system.

A powered ventilation system can be installed on your garage’s roof or walls. Passive wind-powered turbine roof vents (pictured to the right) will also improve the airflow in a garage.

An air filtration system is another way to keep the air in a garage cleaner. They’re especially practical for garage workshops where a lot of wood is being cut, as will a garage dust collection system (which saves a shop vac filter from being overworked by dust collection).

If you currently have an HVAC system or some other type of air quality-related system that uses filters, ensure the filters are cleaned or replaced as recommended.

Do you have garage dust control problems? We have solutions!

Like any other room in your house, dust will always be present to some degree. By using these garage dust control tips, however, you can improve the air quality and cleanliness of your garage.

Spend less time cleaning your garage and dealing with excess dust and more time enjoying it.

Get organized with better storage systems that eliminate dust-collecting clutter and discover what a difference having the best garage floor coating on the market can make.

Talk to us about our effective garage dust control solutions and other creative ideas to make your garage nicer. Schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living today.

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Garage Storage Cabinets: Smart Organization Meets Modern Style

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Two things that most garages lack is a satisfying level of organization and visual appeal.

A few hooks on the walls and some DIY shelving don’t exactly maximize a garage’s storage capability. They also don’t provide one of the undervalued functions of any worthwhile storage system – looks that add to a room’s aesthetics.

Garage storage cabinets can upgrade the functionality and visual presentation of this hardworking home space.

Here are several ways your garage can benefit from what a cabinet system offers, as well as what to look for when buying garage cabinets.

Types of garage storage cabinets

Not all garage cabinet brands and types are created equal. That’s why it’s worth doing a little homework so you make a buying decision you’re happy with long after your cabinets are installed.

Garage cabinet systems come in modular, custom-fit, and semi-custom types. Here’s what those terms mean:

  • Modular cabinets (the type sold in big-box stores) are mass-produced and have a pre-determined design. The individual cabinet sections are mixed and matched to create a system that assembles relatively easily.
  • Custom-fit cabinets are built to order and are a more personalized cabinet solution. Things like cabinet colors and sizes are customizable and more add-on features are available. Professional installation is typically required.
  • Semi-custom cabinets are a hybrid of modular and custom cabinets. Consumers have more design flexibility than what modular cabinets offer, while having more limitations than what is available with a fully custom-fit design.

3 essentials for your garage storage cabinets

You can go big or go small with the design of a garage cabinet system, depending on your budget, available space, and how the cabinets will be used.

Pay close attention to a few key details about the garage storage cabinets you purchase:

  • Construction materials: look for cabinets with high-quality raw materials that are made in North America. Many types of cheap steel manufactured overseas are heavily recycled and rust quickly.
  • Metal thickness: steel or aluminum cabinets with flimsy shells aren’t built to last in most garage environments. Remember that the lower the number of a steel gauge, the thicker the sheet metal is.
  • Build quality/craftsmanship: prioritize buying cabinets with a high quality of craftsmanship. Cabinets with issues like doors and drawers that don’t open and close smoothly or that are poorly welded are cheap for a reason!

With the basics of cabinets explained, now it’s time to look closer at how they can improve a garage.

Get your garage organized and keep it tidy

Smart garage organization systems like slatwall and overhead racks work wonders to maximize a garage’s storage space. They accomplish this by utilizing the commonly underused wall and ceiling spaces in garages.

Cabinets function as a complementary storage system to these effective garage organization solutions. When has having more storage space and storage versatility ever been a bad thing? “Never” is the correct answer!

Getting a garage organized by creating a home for each item with a variety of storage systems makes the room more valuable to you in a few different ways.

Most importantly, having a tidy garage allows it to be much more functional for your family. Leaving your vehicles parked in the driveway because there’s no room for them in the cluttered garage becomes a thing of the past.

Having additional room in the garage also means more opportunities for things like using the garage as a gym or workshop.

The average garage can hold a lot and many of those items, like hand tools, are small and easy to lose. Don’t underestimate the value of using effective storage systems that makes things easier to find and put back.

Set up your storage systems properly and you’ll drastically cut down on the amount of time that is wasted searching for misplaced items.

Garage storage cabinets add visual appeal

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Matte red GL Custom Steel cabinets with black frames work perfectly in this Ferrari-themed garage (featuring the Performance theme from Garage Living’s Designer Series).

Having a higher level of organization in the garage with the help of a storage system like cabinets is a win for any homeowner.

If your cabinets can improve the garage with a professional, upscale look that makes your home stand out in your neighborhood, that’s a definite win-win.

Garage Living knows that cabinets play a major role in determining how a garage will look. We work with our clients to ensure the styles and color choices of their garage storage cabinets bring out the best in the rest of the room’s décor.

Our Designer Series collection of exclusive design themes was created to guarantee that all visual aspects of a garage remodel complement each other effectively. With the Performance theme, for example, the red and black colors of the cabinets blend beautifully with the red, black, grey, and white colors in the decorative Carbonite Floortex™ floor coating.

Garage storage cabinet systems can include additional decorative touches that provide visual upgrades:

  • Aluminum backsplashes in a variety of styles
  • Sleek countertops made from stainless or galvanized steel or butcher block
  • Attractive door and drawer hardware

Cabinets also give you ample space to keep stored items hidden. That eliminates visual clutter and helps to preserve the organized appearance of a garage.

Why custom and premium garage storage cabinets are worth it

A small, budget-friendly modular cabinet system with a no-frills look that can be installed yourself will be enough for some homeowners.

Others want a higher quality product and someone with expertise to handle their cabinet system design and installation. Garage Living specializes in creating customized garage cabinet solutions with our lines of modular, semi-custom, and custom-fit cabinet products.

High-quality garage storage cabinets don’t just look and function better than cheaper models – they’re built to last, too. Inexpensive cabinets found online and in big-box stores cut corners wherever they can to keep costs down. Those compromises result in an inferior product with a short life…and a long trail of customers with buyer’s remorse.

No two garages have the exact same layout and are used the exact same way by their owners. That’s why a “one size fits all” approach to choosing garage cabinets doesn’t always work well. Everybody has different design tastes as well, so the more cabinet and frame colors you can choose from, the better.

Made-to-order cabinets like the GL Custom Steel model can be customized to fit your garage to perfection, both physically and aesthetically. Because they’re constructed with superior materials and the finest craftsmanship, they’ll last for many years in your garage. Powder-coated finishes that protect against corrosion and scratches do their share of the hard work to extend the life of your cabinets as well.

Enjoy a safer, more secure garage

Things that can be stored in cabinets are things that are not left on your garage floor. That means fewer tripping and parking hazards and a safer garage.

Some items commonly kept in the garage, such as sharp objects and hazardous cleaning and lawn care products, are better off being stored out of reach or behind locked cabinet doors for your kids’ safety.

From a home security perspective, expensive tools that are stored out of sight inside cabinets are less vulnerable to theft. Your valuables can be even further protected from burglars by adding locks to some of your cabinet doors and drawers.

Cabinets are low maintenance and keep your things cleaner

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Garage cabinets are very low-maintenance and keep your belongings hidden and dust-free.

Cleaning metal garage storage cabinets involves very little work. To remove dust, simply wipe them down with a clean, dry soft cloth or a light duster.

If a deeper cleaning is needed to remove grease, grime, and dirt build-up on the cabinets, the powder-coated finish is resilient enough to handle using some water or a neutral cleaner product.

Stainless steel doors can also have a stainless steel cleaner applied to remove fingerprints and dirt so the cabinets are restored to a “just like new” state.

Another way that cabinets cut down on your cleaning work is they keep everything being stored inside them virtually dust-free. With no items sitting out in the open for dust to collect on, the air quality in your garage will be a little better.

Get the best garage storage cabinets available

Don’t settle for anything less than the best garage storage cabinets to improve the functionality and appearance of your home’s most useful storage space.

Garage Living’s five lines of North American-made cabinets look stunning and can be tailored specifically for your everyday needs and design taste.

Schedule a free design consultation with us. Our design consultants will work with you to create a unique cabinet system that exceeds your wildest expectations.

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