4 Post Car Lift vs 2 Post Lift: 7 Buying Considerations

4 post car lift vs 2 post lift

Only 70% of the 900 homeowners surveyed by the Wall Street Journal said that their garage gives them enough parking space.

Garage clutter is the biggest factor that prevents most homeowners from parking inside. But another factor is they simply have more family vehicles than they do garage parking spaces.

The constant “vehicle shuffle” for a family when there’s a lack of parking space is inconvenient.

And in some cases, you might have a seasonal vehicle that occupies one of your valuable garage parking spaces for months at a time, even though you’re not driving it.

If paying for yearly remote vehicle storage or undergoing a pricey garage expansion aren’t solutions that appeal to you, having a car lift at home is a great way to simplify your parking problems.

What’s the best car lift for your garage?

When you’re researching the different types of home garage car lifts for sale, you’ll learn that there’s three main types:

Scissor lifts aren’t a viable garage parking option because you obviously can’t park underneath them. They also typically have lower lifting capacities and are more ideal for temporarily hoisting vehicles to perform maintenance, not longer term vehicle storage.

That leaves the two most popular home car lift options – 4 post and 2 post car lifts. The 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift debate can get a little confusing, so we’re here to simplify a few things.

Here are seven key factors you need to consider when deciding what type of home car lift will work best for your family’s needs.

1. Home parking

For many people buying a car lift for their garage, the ability to create more home parking space will the only thing they’re interested in.

Being able to park a vehicle underneath another vehicle elevated on a car lift is an attractive proposition for anyone tired of having more vehicles than their garage can accommodate.

For this type of usage, a 4 post lift is the ideal option. Virtually all 4 post car lifts are designed for this specific purpose, whereas only some 2 post models are recommended for using as a parking lift.

The support posts for the 2 post lift are centered where the vehicle is lifted. That makes it more difficult to open the doors and get in and out of a car that’s parked underneath a 2 car lift.

Because the 4 post lift’s posts are located at the four outside corners of a vehicle parked underneath the lift, side obstructions are not an issue.

4 post car lift vs 2 post lift black car

One advantage of 4 post car lifts over 2 post lifts is that it’s easier to get in and out of the vehicle parked under the lift.

2. Convenience and ease of use

2 post car lifts are a “frame engaging” type of lift that uses two metal arms to support the weight of a vehicle.

The drawback of 2 post lifts is there’s a lot less room for error when it comes to using them properly. You need to correctly identify the right lifting points, which can vary from vehicle to vehicle. Basically, this means 2 post car lifts require more care and precision when you’re using them.

Convenience and ease of use are two factors in your 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift comparison where the former undeniably comes out ahead.

Make no mistake, any car lift requires you to be safety-conscious when being used. A 4 post car lift, however, essentially requires you to just drive your vehicle onto the lift platform.

With all four wheels supporting the vehicle’s weight, there’s no guesswork and extra time spent ensuring your vehicle is aligned perfectly to be safely lifted.

3. Safety considerations

For those that don’t own one, using a car lift can be somewhat intimidating. Vehicles weigh thousands of pounds and it’s understandable to be a little nervous parking an expensive vehicle above another expensive vehicle.

Identifying the proper lifting points when using a 2 post lift is essential in order to store your vehicle safely. Otherwise, you’ll have a hoisted vehicle with an unbalanced center of gravity, which increases the risk of a vehicle falling.

You don’t have to be a physics genius to understand that a 4 post car lift that has twice as many posts as a 2 post lift provides more stability.

This factor, along with the relative simplicity of using a 4 post lift, is a big reason why they’re a more attractive option for some homeowners. It simply gives them more peace of mind. 4 post lifts are also considered a safer option for heavier vehicles and for long-term storage.

Any car lift made by a reputable manufacturer should adhere to the strictest safety standards, be ALI-certified, and be installed by a pro. Regular car lift maintenance is also important.

Any 2 post and 4 post car lift should have some sort of safety lock feature and likely a hydraulic flow restrictor feature. All 4 post lifts will also include front and rear wheel chocks, to prevent vehicles from rolling off the front or back of the lifting platform.

4. Garage space occupied by the car lift

Both 4 post car lifts and 2 post lifts take advantage of the usable vertical space in your garage. You’ll obviously want to make sure there’s an adequate amount of overhead clearance room in your garage for your car lift to operate properly.

That means taking factors like the location of your garage door opener, how high your garage doors open, and the placement of things like storage racks and lighting into account. A high lift conversion modification is one option to create more room for a car lift to be installed.

When it comes to 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift pros and cons, it’s true that a 2 post lift takes up less space in a garage. If you have a smaller garage or a smaller budget to work with, it might be your only option.

If your budget and the amount of room in your garage aren’t issues, however, you’ll probably be happier with what a 4 post car lift offers.

5. Ease of installation

Because safety is of paramount importance when operating a car lift, installing one should definitely not be a DIY project unless you really know what you’re doing.

Car lifts are also difficult to install because of their weight (a typical 4 post car lift can weigh anywhere from 1,800-2,500 pounds).

A trusted car lift installer will know how to inspect your garage floor to make sure the concrete is thick enough to handle the substantial weight it has to support. Having a concrete slab 4-5 inches thick is generally recommended.

All 2 post car lifts need to be anchored and an installer has to take into account the condition of the floor, along with the locations of floor cracks and seams before putting in the anchors. Because of their better stability, most 4 post lifts don’t need anchors.

You also have to know what you’re doing when it comes to the electrical work for a car lift installation. Many car lifts use a 110V motor that will work easily with electrical systems used in most garages.

Some car lifts use a 220V motor, however. For these lift models, you’ll likely need an electrician to upgrade your garage’s electrical system to handle the higher voltage.

4 post car lift vs 2 post lift

6. Extra car lift functionality

For some, extra car storage space might be a secondary priority to wanting a car lift in order to do maintenance on their vehicles.

25% of the homeowners polled for that Wall Street Journal survey used their garage for vehicle maintenance.

You’ll get a range of opinions when it comes to the 4 post car lift vs 2 lift debate over which one is better for using as home service lift.

Some auto enthusiasts insist that a 2 post lift is better because of the easier access it gives to the wheels and more areas of a vehicle’s underside when it’s hoisted.

4 post car lift owners might counter that argument by saying they can use what’s known as a jack tray attachment to raise the vehicle off the lift platform in order to do such tasks.

When it comes to versatility, a 4 post lift does give you more storage options. With the right car lift attachment, bulky items like a motorcycle, riding lawn mower, or snowblower could be stored on the lift.

Another selling point of a 4 post lift for some people is the fact the lift can be moved in their garage if needed. Unlike an anchored 2 post car lift, the 4 post lift has some mobility with the use of a caster kit, which allows the lift to be moved around.

7. Cost

With their typically lower lifting capacities and less material that’s used in their construction, 2 post car lifts are a little cheaper than 4 post lifts.

Keep a few things in mind when setting your car lift budget:

  • do your homework and choose a reputable, reliable car lift brand
  • cheaper car lift brands might not adhere to the stricter safety standards of an established lift manufacturer
  • the extra amount you’ll spend on a 4 post car lift will probably be worth it for the extra convenience and versatility
  • budget car lifts might take longer to raise and lower your vehicle and operate louder when doing so
  • the weight of the vehicle you’ll be lifting will impact how much you pay for a car lift

Whichever type of lift you buy, consider how much you’ll be saving if you’ve been spending money year after year on remote vehicle storage.

There’s also a higher level of convenience and more peace of mind having your seasonal vehicle stored right in your home.

Also consider how much less it’ll cost to add a car lift compared to undergoing a messy garage expansion.

Double your garage parking space in just one day

If your 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift research has shown you that a 4 post lift makes the most sense for your garage, schedule a free in-home consultation with Garage Living.

One of our garage design experts can evaluate your garage and the vehicle model (or models) you’re looking to park on a car lift.

Installing a car lift only takes a day. That means your garage will be a lot more functional and parking-friendly right away.

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Garage Cleanup Tips: 9 Things to Get Rid of Now

You open your garage doors to start your garage cleanup project and immediately feel a sense of dread at the daunting task ahead.

As you stare at the stacks of clutter that have accumulated over the years, you wonder where to even start.

24% of homeowners who are embarrassed to even open their garage doors, according to an Impulse Research survey. If you’re in this group, we have some tips that can help!

Tidy 3-car garage with cabinets, tire rack, blue Maseratti.

Get rid of these 9 things during your garage cleanup

When you’re worried about what the neighbors will think about your clutter-filled garage, that’s a sure sign it’s time to take some drastic cleanup action.

Keeping useless clutter at the expense of being able to park inside your garage doesn’t make any sense.

A garage cleanup can be a big undertaking but is well worth it to reclaim your garage space once again to be used more meaningfully for parking and efficient storage.

Start your garage cleanup by getting rid of these nine common items that are responsible for much of the clutter found in garages.

1. Old sports and fitness equipment

old sports equipment and bikes in garage

At one point or another, you or someone else in your family went on a health kick that involved buying some fitness equipment.

Maybe that enthusiasm has faded or perhaps it belonged to one of your kids who has moved out. The bottom line is that the equipment is just sitting unused in your garage, taking up valuable space that a vehicle could be parked in.

Whether it’s an old weightlifting bench and set of weights, an ancient NordicTrack machine from the 70s, a rusty exercise bike, or a broken treadmill, get rid of them.

The same goes for old bikes and old baseball, hockey, football, and golf equipment.

Donate or sell the equipment if it is still functional. Otherwise, add the equipment to your garage cleanup “junk” pile.

2. Broken and old tools

During your garage cleanup, decide which of your tools are in good enough shape to keep.

Rusty garden shovels, rakes with missing tines, plastic snow shovels that are cracked, a rusty hammer, a leaky and cracked garden hose…the list of old tools in your garage that you never use can go on and on.

By now you’ve probably replaced your old tools with something newer. Keeping those old tools around only makes your garage more disorganized.

They also give you more things to look through when you’re searching for a specific item.

3. Old children’s toys

old children's toys in garage

When kids inevitably lose interest in their toys and want the next trendy thing, their old toys tend to end up in the garage.

Obviously, donating them to a charity should be your first course of action if the toys are gently used and in good condition. As with any donations, the charity of your choice should be able to give you a tax receipt.

For broken toys or toys that are simply no longer usable, your only option is to throw them in the garbage. Unfortunately, the materials in most plastic toys are too difficult to recycle.

4. Old paints and chemicals

All of those half-used paint cans and partially used containers of different solvents and cleaning products in your garage aren’t just a flammable or ingestion hazard.

They’re also probably unusable if they’ve been sitting there for any length of time. Temperature changes will alter their consistency and effectiveness.

Round them all up, take them to your local hazardous waste disposal facility, and make your garage a little safer (and emptier).

5. Old tires

Old, useless tires are another garage clutter staple.

Whether it’s old tires from your bicycles or vehicles, you’ll likely need to dispose of them at a proper tire recycling facility. In most parts of the U.S. and Canada, old tires can’t just be discarded in a landfill.

Here are just a few things your recycled tires can be used to make:

  • rubber mulch
  • tire-derived fuel
  • rubberized asphalt
  • steel
  • carpeting

If you’re thinking about selling any of your old tires or using them eventually, keep in mind that they do have a shelf life.

Even if they still have a deep tread, the tire rubber will degrade over time (known as tire dry rot or sidewall cracking). Most vehicle tire manufacturers suggest a maximum service life of 7-10 years for their products.

6. Broken patio furniture

Your garage cleanup effort might uncover some old broken patio furniture that got buried by the rest of your garage clutter over the years.

It’s probably rusty, cracked, faded, or has a hole in it, so the only reasonable thing to do is to toss it.

Chances are, your old patio furniture will be tough to recycle or be worth donating.

7. Old building materials

If you live in a house for long enough, you’re sure to accumulate some building materials and supplies left over from one or more of your home improvement projects.

Maybe it’s half a bundle of roofing shingles, some broken patio stones, or extra interlocking stones from the driveway you redid.

Perhaps some of your garage floor space is being taken up by leftover building supplies you’ll never use, such as half a box of roofing nails or a partially used pail of driveway sealer that’s so old its contents are as rock solid as the driveway it was used on.

Any materials or supplies that can still be used could be donated to a worthwhile charity like Habitat For Humanity. They may be able to use some of your donations to help in their efforts to build housing for the less fortunate.

8. Old appliances

In garages overrun with clutter, you’re virtually guaranteed to find large or small appliances needlessly taking up space.

The garage is where small appliances like a slow cooker that’s been used once or an old coffee maker that still works go to die. If they’ve been stored in boxes or storage bins, give them new life by donating them.

A broken old stove, fridge, or washing machine might have been sitting in your garage for years because you just didn’t feel like dealing with disposing of them.

Now that you’re in full-on garage cleanup mode, now is the time to finally give this garage junk the heave-ho. If a charity won’t take your old appliances, look for a local business that can pick up your appliances and save you the hassle of getting rid of them.

Here’s another reason to get rid of your old larger appliances – they’re perfect breeding grounds for pests like mice.

9. Old bundles of newspapers and magazines

Walk through most neglected garages that have become a home’s catch-all space and there’s probably a bundle or two (or three, or four) of old magazines or newspapers in there somewhere.

But if you haven’t looked at any of those saved magazines or newspapers in the past 5-10 years, chances are you never will.

On top of the fact they’re probably dirty, dusty, and yellowed due to temperature fluctuations and exposure to moisture, here are a few more reasons to recycle them:

  • any information in them is probably outdated
  • they’re a fire hazard
  • information in the reading materials can easily be found online
  • stacked clutter is a tipping hazard

While you’re at it, recycle any old books you’ve had sitting in the garage for a long time. Let’s face it, you’re also likely never going to read them and they also won’t be in the best shape after years of garage storage.

Get your garage cleanup project started

Once your garage cleanup project is finished, you’ll want to ensure your tidy garage stays that way.

Consider adding PVC slatwall panels to your garage. This is a great way to get things off the floor and onto the walls to maximize your garage storage space.

PVC slatwall garage storage in 2 car garage

A garage makeover professional can also make other aesthetic upgrades to your space, such as adding new garage flooring. Your previously messy garage can truly become an organized, visually appealing extension of your living space.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with a Garage Living design expert to find out how our garage storage solutions can keep your space well-organized. We can also tell you about our junk removal services.

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13 Essential Garage Safety Tips You Should Know

Garages are meant to be one of the home’s most functional spaces.

And it’s because garages are so active that they also require diligence and effort in order to keep them as safe as possible.

Things are constantly getting moved in garages, work is getting done inside of them, vehicles are regularly coming and going…the list goes on and on in terms of the safety considerations this busy space requires.

How a garage is designed and put together also brings up other safety considerations that warrants some attention from any homeowner.

13 garage safety tips for a safer home

Take the time to thoroughly assess how safe your garage is for you and your family by going through our list of 13 garage safety tips.

These garage safety tips are even more important to follow if you have children. Take the time to educate your kids on any safety hazards that may exist in your own garage.

See how your garage and how you use it measures up to our list of recommendations.

1. Lock up hazardous materials

All garages contain many different types of hazardous material products that need to be stored responsibly. Fertilizers, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, pool cleaning supplies, car maintenance fluids, and paints and solvents are just a few examples.

Store any hazardous chemicals and materials in an appropriately safe spot, either up high and out of the reach of your kids and pets or in locked garage cabinets.

A locked shed with adequate venting might also be ideal for certain items, like bags of fertilizer or extra propane tanks. Makes sure to read the storage instructions on each product.

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Keep hazardous materials like car cleaning products and antifreeze containers locked up in the garage.

2. Store power tools safely

An unsupervised child might feel the urge to try out that big, noisy power tool they see mom or dad occasionally using in the garage.

Eliminate any safety concerns by making sure any power tools kept in the garage are properly stored so your kids can’t access them.

Garage storage cabinets with locks are the ideal solution and also help keep your expensive power tools more secure from theft.

For larger power tools that can’t be locked in a cabinet like, say, a stationary band saw or a bigger portable table saw, make sure their safety locking mechanisms work properly.

For an extra level of safety protection, you could also disconnect the stationary tools from their power supply when you’re not using them.

3. Keep sharp tools safely stored

In addition to ensuring safe, secure storage of your power tools, take the same care to make sure any sharp yard tools or hand tools are stored safely.

After a long day of yard work, it’s easy to get a little careless and just lean your tools or a ladder against the garage wall, or just stash them in a corner.

But rakes, shovels, pruners, and many other types of yard tools with sharp edges become garage safety hazards when they aren’t safely put away.

Invest in a proper storage system that allows all of your yard tools to be stored in a safe, organized manner.

A slatwall storage system works best for this purpose and keeps your garage floor clear (and therefore safer) by creating hanging space on your garage walls. Sharp hand tools can be stored in locked or upper garage cabinets.

4. Maintain a safe garage workspace

If you have a garage workshop, you’ll need to pay even more attention to how safe you’re leaving your garage.

In addition to following the aforementioned garage safety tips related to storage of your tools and hazardous materials, clean up your garage work area when you’re finished for the day.

Sweep up any spills, sawdust, and debris on your garage floor to prevent anyone from slipping. And properly dispose of any oily rags that may have been used during your work session.

Always use the appropriate eye, face, mask, and hand safety protection when working. And it’s also smart to keep a first-aid kit close at hand.

5. Inspect your garage doors and opener

Considering a garage door is a home’s largest moving object, it only makes sense to give it some close attention when you’re evaluating how safe your garage is.

Here a few garage safety tips for your garage doors:

  • periodically inspect your garage door springs and cables for excessive wear
  • keep garage door opener remotes out of the reach of children
  • know where the emergency release handle for your doors is and how to use it
  • check that your garage door photo eye sensors are properly aligned, clean, and unobstructed
  • test the auto-reverse safety feature on your garage doors and opener monthly

6. Deal with your garage clutter

Garage clutter doesn’t only make it difficult to find things and prevent you from parking your vehicles in the garage. All that junk also poses several safety hazards.

First, there’s the very real danger of clutter that’s stacked too highly falling over and injuring someone. Even brand new cardboard boxes aren’t the most stable storage container to be stacking and they only deteriorate over time.

Secondly, too much garage clutter (especially boxes, newspaper and magazine bundles, and flammable materials) also makes your garage more of a fire hazard.

Leaving too much clutter on your garage floor is also a tripping hazard.

Get your space straightened up and clutter-free by making use of the numerous helpful garage storage systems available, such as slatwall, storage racks, or a cabinet system.

7. Dispose of old paints and chemicals

If you’ve lived in the same house for awhile, you’re sure to have compiled a collection of empty and half-used paint cans, solvents, cleaners, spray paint cans, and other items that can’t just be thrown in the trash.

And if you’re the hands-on type and like doing your own vehicle maintenance, there are probably a few old car batteries, vehicle parts, and tires lying around your garage.

Taking the time to deal with what may be many years worth of accumulated hazardous materials clutter in your garage will free up valuable space.

Finally taking these old hazardous materials to your local recycling or disposal depot will also remove potential poisoning and fire hazards from your garage.

Garage safety tips old paint can

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8. Use well-anchored storage systems

Proper garage storage systems will help you stay organized, but they need to be up to the task of handling the heavy weight capacities of the items you’re storing.

That means making sure the garage storage systems you use are well-anchored, whether they’re wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted.

Say you’re storing your extra set of winter or summer tires on a wall-mounted tire rack, for example. The weight of a 17″ tire with a rim is around 40 lbs. Multiply that times four and you’ll see why safely anchoring your storage system is so important.

For overhead garage storage of large, heavy items, the safety considerations for your overhead storage racks is just as important.

Garage Living use racks with heavy gauge steel construction that can support up to 600 lbs, which we install to adhere to the strictest safety standards.

9. Garage lighting

One of the less obvious garage safety tips you might not have considered is to simply improve your garage lighting.

Relying on one or two incandescent light bulbs or a flickering fluorescent light to illuminate your entire garage is an outdated concept.

There are many modern garage lighting ideas available that can make your garage easier to function within, which makes it safer.

A modern LED light fixture or two, for example, will provide better energy efficiency and more uniform lighting for your garage.

Everything from driving in and out of the garage, working with tools, and finding a specific tool becomes that much easier when you can actually see what you’re doing.

10. Take proper fire safety measures

garage safety tips fire extinguisherHopefully you’ll followed a few of these garage safety tips to remove some fire hazards from your garage.

Even if you are keeping garage fire hazards to a minimum, take some additional proactive fire safety measures. A heat detector alarm or smoke alarm are a wise investment for your garage.

Another great investment is a fire extinguisher for the garage. If you live in a colder climate, make sure to get a model that can be stored in lower temperatures.

Otherwise, keep a standard fire extinguisher just inside your home’s garage access door. Make sure anyone old enough to operate the device is properly trained on how to use it.

11. Limit your garage’s carbon monoxide exposure

Carbon monoxide from vehicle emissions doesn’t pose a health risk in the small amounts that are generated by vehicles being started and parked in garages.

It’s when vehicles are left to run for longer than recommended periods in the garage that safety becomes an issue. That’s why you should think twice about warming up or idling your vehicles indoors for extended periods, even with your garage doors open.

This harmful odorless and colorless gas can also build up if you’re running any gas-powered tools or recreational vehicles in your garage.

If you’re doing maintenance on a lawn mower, grass trimmer, or anything else run by gas, be mindful of not running them for too long in the garage.

And operating any type of barbecue in your garage (possibly to cover yourself from inclement weather) is a huge no-no. Aside from the obvious fire hazards, charcoal grills generate high levels of carbon monoxide.

Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector that’s specifically made for garages.

12. Keep a well-maintained garage floor

Another overlooked area when it comes to garage safety is the garage floor.

A garage floor surface with cracks and missing chunks of cement doesn’t just look terrible, it also presents a major tripping hazard.

You could stub a toe or, even worse, take a serious fall without having an even and unbroken surface to walk on.

If you look around for the best garage floor coating available, you’ll find a polyaspartic garage floor coating is superior to an epoxy coating in several ways.

Polyaspartic floor coatings are more durable and easier to maintain, with a higher resistance to household chemicals and abrasion damage.

You’ll also get better traction, which makes your garage floor safer when it’s wet. It goes without saying that you should attend to spills and pools of water on your garage floor right away.

And since we’re discussing garage safety, it’s worth mentioning that polyaspartic floor coatings also emit a very low level of VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds). Those are the chemicals found in many household products that are slowly released into the air.

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A smooth, well-maintained garage floor makes your garage a safer space.

13. Replace old electrical cords

The last of our garage safety tips involves getting rid of any old, frayed electrical cords that have seen better days.

They’re not just a fire hazard, they’re also a shock hazard.

Be diligent with what type of power cord you’re using with a specific tool or for a particular job. Make sure a cord with the correct gauge is being used for the tool or appliance you’re using.

Avoid overloading your garage outlets with charging devices and extension cords. And if your garage’s electrical wiring and infrastructure is especially old, don’t wait until an accident happens to get them updated.

Make your garage safer and more functional

We hope these garage safety tips are beneficial to you in order to make your garage a safer space.

For creative makeover ideas that make your garage look incredible, more functional, and much safer, book a free in-home design consultation with Garage Living.

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7 Helpful Garage Organization Ideas You’ll Regret Not Trying

Tidy, organized garages get that way by incorporating the right garage organization ideas into their designs.

Not all garage organization ideas and products are equally effective, however. Some won’t make the best use of your garage’s available storage space.

Others may be adequately functional, but lacking when it comes to providing you with a convenient level of storage versatility.

7 creative garage organization ideas

We’ve compiled a list of 7 of the most helpful garage organization ideas to turn to in order to keep your garage clutter-free, highly functional, and looking its best.

1. Garage organization ideas to maximize storage space

Take a look at how your garage is currently set up to accommodate the items being stored in it. If it’s like most garages, it probably has a significant amount of wasted or underutilized storage space.

One of the cornerstones of good garage organization is to make the most of what you have to work with in your garage space.

That means utilizing your garage walls and overhead space properly in order to maximize how much your garage can store.

A slatwall storage system creates versatile hanging space on your garage walls by using various hanging accessories to keep items neatly stored. Slatwall storage is one of the most effective garage organization ideas available for reclaiming your valuable garage floor space.

In addition to your garage walls, also look to your underused garage ceiling space in order to find plenty of precious storage space. Overhead storage racks are an excellent way to give you more garage storage options.

garage organization ideas slatwall

Everything from tools to sports equipment to a garden hose has its place with a slatwall storage system.

2. Garage organization and storage ideas for vehicles

Are you unable to park in your garage due to excess clutter occupying space where your vehicles should be kept?

You’re not alone. Many home organization studies and surveys show that the garage is typically the most cluttered space in homes. Here are some examples:

  • a 2017 Garage Living poll found that 20% of the 1,500 respondents were unable to park in their garage
  • a U.S. Dept. of Energy study shows that 25% of homeowners with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all
  • an in-depth UCLA study of 32 Los Angeles-area families found that 75% of them didn’t use their garages for parking

Not being able to park in your garage leaves your vehicles less secure. Parking in your driveway also exposes vehicles to exterior elements that can shorten their lifespan. Rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, and tree sap can all take a toll on a vehicle’s body.

One of the more practical garage organization ideas for creating more parking space is to get a car lift. They’re a great alternative to having to undergo a garage expansion.

Car lifts effectively make a 1-car garage a 2-car garage, a 2-car garage a 3-car garage (or a 4-car garage if two lifts are added), and so on.

A car lift simply takes advantage of your garage’s useable vertical space by creating an elevated vehicle parking space that allows for another vehicle to be parked below it.

3. Effective garage organization ideas for garden hoses

Some homes have their outdoor water connections located in the garage. That can be convenient, but it can also add to your garage clutter with garden hoses that aren’t properly stored.

A garden hose that’s left haphazardly unwound on your garage floor contributes to a more disorganized garage space and is also a tripping hazard.

It’s also more likely to get damaged from vehicles driving over it or from having heavy items thrown on top of it.

When it comes to garage organization ideas for properly storing your garden hoses, a wall-mounted hose reel or high quality hose reel cart are the perfect solution.

4. Garage organization ideas for sports equipment

Bikes and other types of sports equipment can account for much of the clutter found on garage floors, especially if you have an active family that enjoys their outdoor activities.

Many of these items can pose some of the most dangerous tripping hazards in the garage, such as soccer balls, footballs, baseball bats, and skateboards.

There are numerous types of slatwall hanging accessories designed to keep your sporting accessories well-organized and more safely stored.

Free up a little garage floor space by hanging your family’s bikes on vertical or horizontal bike hooks.

Hanging accessories specifically designed for hockey, golf, tennis, and fishing equipment are also available, as are adjustable ball racks.

Hanging deep mesh baskets are another practical multi-purpose storage option. They can be used for storing everything from sports equipment to gardening, automotive, and cleaning supplies.

5. Perfect garage organization ideas for seasonal items

Another common garage floor clutter culprit are infrequently used items, especially seasonal items. Examples include:

  • storage bins
  • seasonal tires
  • patio furniture
  • out-of-season sporting equipment

Some of these items won’t be needed for months on end, so it’s a shame to have them needlessly sitting on your garage floor.

More often than not, these items are also bulky and heavy, which only makes them take up more space and become a hassle to navigate around.

Overhead storage racks are an ideal solution to handle your heavy-duty garage storage needs. Just store those bulky items up in the air and out of the way.

Freestanding industrial storage units might be more suited to your needs for less bulky items. And a proper wall-mounted tire storage rack is perfect for your seasonal tire storage requirements.

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Overhead storage racks provide ample storage space for bulky seasonal items.

6. Clever garage organization ideas for tools

With all of the yard tools and hand tools you’ll collect over the years, there’s seemingly never enough garage storage space available in order to keep them all effectively organized.

How much time have you wasted looking for that one particular wrench or garden hand trowel, only to give up and end up buying a replacement? Naturally, you’ll find the lost item months later.

Invest in some better storage systems with some garage organization ideas aimed at keeping all of your tools easy to find.

Slatwall storage is recommended for both yard tools and smaller hand tools that can be stored on easy-to-access hanging racks, holders, and magnetic tool bars.

For larger or more expensive tool collections (possibly as part of a garage workshop), there’s nothing better than a garage cabinet system.

7. Garage organization design ideas

Clearly, appearance plays a huge part in a garage feeling like a clean, organized space. Having things neat and tidy is important, but keeping clutter reduced is only part of the battle.

Don’t overlook the importance of garage organization design as well.

Are all of those organized items stored in a garage with a damaged, dull-looking garage floor? Do your storage systems have an outdated look?

Is your garage still lit by a couple of dim incandescent light bulbs? Perhaps your garage walls are still unfinished even after years of owning your home.

It’s details like these that matter with a garage’s aesthetics. Upgrading these areas will help your efforts to utilize the garage organization ideas listed here make even more of a difference to how your garage looks, feels, and functions.

Consider supplementing your improved garage organization systems with a new garage floor coating and improved energy efficient LED garage lighting to illuminate your space better.

And take advantage of custom garage design options that make it easier to come up with effective and stylish garage color schemes.

The trusted pros for the best garage organization ideas

Our custom garage makeover designs cater to the specific and unique needs of each of our clients. That ensures that when your garage makeover is completed, you’ll have a beautiful space that fits your lifestyle and looks even better than you could have envisioned

Book a free in-home design consultation with us to learn more about how the best garage organization and storage ideas on the market can transform your garage.

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7 Awesome Advantages of Owning a Garage Cabinet System

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Shelving, overhead racks, and a slatwall hanging storage system will help immeasurably when it comes to keeping a garage organized.

Effective garage storage systems that provide a home for everything prevent clutter from accumulating. They also make it easier to keep a garage space tidy with less effort.

With so many choices available when it comes to upgrading your garage’s storage capabilities, there’s one option you might be overlooking – a garage cabinet system.

Do I really need a garage cabinet system?

Many homeowners might think a garage cabinet system just isn’t for them. Perhaps you don’t spend enough free time in the garage to believe such a purchase would be worth it.

You might be under the impression that storage cabinetry is meant solely for garages that are owned by those with a big tool collection who love working with their hands.

While a garage cabinet system is ideal for garages where vehicle maintenance and carpentry projects occur on a regular basis, the fact is that every garage can benefit from having one.

Here are 7 common-sense reasons to consider a garage cabinet system for your home, regardless of how handy you are with a hammer.

1. A garage cabinet system eliminates clutter

One of the unquestionable benefits of having a cabinet system installed in your garage is that it will significantly cut down on your floor clutter.

Even if you have a larger two or three-car garage and available storage space isn’t a pressing concern, that garage floor clutter can still be a persistent nuisance.

Whether you’re tripping over clutter or finding it hard to locate tools when they’re needed, there’s a real practicality to removing things from your garage floor and keeping them neatly stored in a garage cabinet system.

When cabinetry is partnered with some of those aforementioned garage storage systems like slatwall panels, you’ll be amazed at how much nicer your garage looks and feels when it’s clutter-free.

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Keep your garage floor clutter-free by storing items like recycling bins and garbage cans out of sight behind cabinet doors.

2. Upgrade your garage’s appearance

Garage cabinetry might seem like a product that’s purely functional and something that’s only providing room for storage.

A garage cabinet system has a lot more value and use for your home than as merely a dedicated storage space, however.

Storage cabinets can add a huge aesthetic upgrade to your garage’s interior, which is not something to be taken lightly.

You’ll have to buy the right type of cabinet system, of course. Well-crafted, higher quality cabinets that are professionally installed instantly upgrade a garage’s interior with a more modern and finished look.

Stylish cabinet systems like Garage Living’s GL NEOS Elite or GL Custom Steel models infuse a garage with clean lines and a sleek, high-end appearance.

Choosing a garage cabinet system that allows for customization can really take your garage’s design to the next level. Adding custom options like a sink, backsplash, or an enclosure for a TV enhance your garage with stylish and functional touches that stand out.

3. Make your garage safer

More often than not, a messy garage is also an unsafe garage.

With items spread out all over the garage floor and tools leaning up against the walls, tripping and leaking hazards abound.

A garage floor littered with items also poses the risk of damage to those items from your vehicles, not to mention the vehicles themselves potentially being dented, scratched, and scuffed.

Corralling that clutter with better storage systems like garage cabinets will reduce that safety risk.

Your garage also contains many types of dangerous chemicals and hazardous materials that can be stored in a cabinet system with optional locking doors and drawers. Examples include:

  • paints and solvents
  • fertilizers and pesticides
  • cleaning products
  • containers of automotive fluids

To further childproof your garage, use locking cabinet drawers and doors to keep sharp tools safely tucked away.

4. Add value to your home

Because a garage cabinet system helps to minimize or eliminate floor clutter, you’ll be able to easily park your vehicles inside, where they belong.

That means your garage is serving its primary function and providing full value to your family year after year, not merely being used to store useless junk.

A garage that’s easy to maintain and allows for effortless vehicle parking is a strong selling point for any buyer whenever you decide to move. That means added value to your home.

Any garage with a high quality garage cabinet system will also project a more impressive, professional appearance. When compared to the unsightly look a cluttered garage with an outdated décor and cheap storage systems projects, prospective buyers will take notice.

5. A garage cabinet system keeps tools organized

The larger your tool collection gets, the harder it is to keep organized if you don’t have a decent storage system in place. After awhile, that big toolbox just won’t cut it anymore.

Invest in a well-designed garage cabinet system to enjoy the following benefits that come with keeping your tools organized:

  • you’ll spend less time searching for tools (leaving more time to actually work)
  • your workspace will be less cluttered
  • set up your workspace to have the tools you use most close at hand

A garage cabinet system that keeps your screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, and other tools stored in drawers and behind doors also helps to extend their life. They’ll be less exposed to dust, grime, and rust-causing moisture.

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A garage cabinet system keeps your tools organized and protected from moisture, dust, and grime.

6. Keep valuable tools locked up

Some of your pricier tools will no doubt include cordless power tools and pneumatic tools (which are driven by compressed air).

An expensive air compressor, power generator, and even many higher quality hand tools (which can cost hundreds of dollars each) are also best stored in a secure space, to protect your significant investment.

A garage cabinet system with locking doors and drawers provides such a storage option.

The comforting peace of mind you’ll get knowing your expensive tools are securely stored will be worth the extra expense for this custom feature.

7. Create a garage workshop

While most homeowners have no interest in setting up a garage workshop, some gearheads and hobbyists will salivate at the opportunity to do so.

Turning the garage into a multi-functional space by creating a special area that provides room to work with your hands will be a motivating factor for some to invest in garage cabinetry.

The fact that you can customize your workspace’s cabinet system to fit your working needs will be even more of an incentive for these homeowners to buy garage cabinets.

Our rugged GL Hayley cabinets are ideal for a garage workshop. This system features sturdy 16 gauge steel construction, a galvanized stainless steel countertop, and speciality options that allow for locks and a sink unit to be added.

Discover the advantages of a garage cabinet system

If eliminating your garage clutter and upgrading your garage’s appearance with a new cabinet system sounds like an appealing proposition, Garage Living can help.

Whatever your garage cabinet system needs are, one of our five lines of world-class modular and custom-fitted cabinet systems is guaranteed to enhance your garage space.

Book a free in-home consultation with one of our garage cabinet experts to get your personalized garage cabinet system design started.

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