17 Of The Best Garage Slatwall Accessories: Which Do You Need?

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After years of dealing with frustrating garage floor clutter, you’ve finally made the wise decision to invest in a PVC garage slatwall storage system.

Using your garage’s underutilized wall space for hanging storage makes a night-and-day difference when it comes to being able to more comfortably walk, play, and work in the garage.

And most importantly, you can restore the ability to use your garage for its primary function of parking vehicles.

Choosing the best garage slatwall accessories

The beauty of a garage slatwall storage system is its versatility and storage flexibility. There are lots of hook, shelving, bin, bracket, and basket slatwall accessories available which can be configured in an endless number of configurations.

Garage Living has more than 40 types of garage slatwall accessories to choose from. Which ones will work best for your needs?

Here’s a list of 17 of the handiest garage slatwall accessories available that will make your garage noticeably more functional.

1. Single hook

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Single hooks take up very little space and are easy to move around on the garage slatwall panels. They’re ideal for hanging:

  • small hand tools
  • barbecue accessories
  • paint brushes
  • garments
  • lighter tools with long handles (like brooms)

The 1″ single hook comfortably holds individual items. For hanging multiple items, choose the 4″ or 8″ single hook options.

2. Double hook

For more support for your larger tools, double hooks are the right slatwall accessory for the job.

One or more shovels, rakes, and various types of gardening equipment and sporting equipment (like baseball bats and hockey sticks) can be hung on the 4″ and 8″ double hook. You’re sure to find many other uses for this multi-purpose hanging accessory as well.

3. Deep utility hook

This hook is deep enough to accommodate storing any of the following items:

  • patio furniture
  • smaller ladders (around 8′ or less)
  • hoses
  • power cords

Consult a Garage Living representative about which garage slatwall accessories are best for horizontal storage of longer ladders.

4. Industrial hook

For more heavy-duty hanging garage storage, use a sturdy industrial hook. Our 26″ industrial hook gets bulky items like lumber, canoes, kayaks, and tires up off your garage floor to free up valuable parking space.

5. Vertical bike hook

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Bikes are one of those items in your garage that can really benefit from having a proper home instead of being left on the garage floor or leaned against a wall.

Using a vertical bike hook allows you to easily hang a bike by its front wheel on a slatwall panel.

Hanging bike storage will prolong the life of your bikes, as you won’t need to worry about them falling over or being accidentally damaged by a car.

6. Horizontal bike hook

Whereas a bike stored on a single vertical bike hook hangs perpendicular to the wall, a horizontal bike hook keeps a bike stored parallel to the wall. This is done by hanging the bike frame on two hooks.

This bike hanging solution may be more ideal for smaller garage spaces.

7. Golf rack

For Canada and the northern parts of the U.S., the rapidly approaching warmer weather means it’s time for golf lovers to get out the clubs.

Instead of letting your equipment take up vehicle trunk space, a slatwall-mounted golf rack provides a TaylorMade golf equipment storage solution for the garage (sorry for the bad golf pun).

8. Fishing rod rack

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Garage slatwall accessories are all about keeping you more organized. Any avid fisher’s collection of rods, baits, and other fishing accessories can grow quickly, so a proper place to store everything is very useful.

A fishing rod rack helps protect your investment by providing space for two vertically stored rods, which helps them maintain their shape.

For the rest of your fishing gear, mix and match an assortment of hook and basket garage slatwall accessories to keep your equipment well-organized.

9. Ball rack

Basketballs, footballs, and soccer balls can be a real safety hazard when they’re left strewn across your garage floor.

An adjustable ball rack makes secure wall storage space for those round tripping hazards.

10. Deep mesh basket

Another option for storing sports equipment is to use one of the most versatile garage slatwall accessories available – a deep mesh basket. This hanging accessory could also be used for storing:

  • shoes and boots
  • small gardening tools and gardening apparel
  • car cleaning supplies

11. Magnetic tool bar

If you’re using your garage occasionally as a workshop, a magnetic tool bar offers easy access to your small hand tools and keeps them organized.

12. Screwdriver holder

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Another small tool storage option to consider is a screwdriver holder that can hold five of your most commonly used screwdrivers.

13. Paper towel rack

Whether you’re using your garage as a work area or not, having paper towels close at hand in this space is convenient.

A paper towel rack hung on a slatwall panel keeps a roll of paper towels or shop towels within close reach to clean up dirty hands or garage floor spills.

14. Tilt-out storage bin

We’ve all seen those garages where screws, nuts, nails, and a thousand other tiny hardware parts are tossed into a bunch of plastic or metal containers. Clearly, there’s been no thought given to organization.

Sorting out the contents of these containers would take forever. If this problem exists in your own garage, look for a smarter way to keep all those small pieces organized, going forward.

Clear tilt-out storage bins will keep all your screws, nuts, bolts, washers, and other small hardware pieces organized. When needed, you’ll actually be able to find that right size of screw or washer for any project you’re working on.

15. Garment hook

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Several garment hooks attached to your slatwall panels can hold jackets, hats, gloves, rain jackets, or any other item of clothing.

Or maybe your garment hooks will be your preferred way to store bike helmets, towels, or baseball gloves.

16. Shelving

Some items in your garage aren’t suited to hanging storage. Garage cabinets are one option for storing such items, as are hanging shelving accessories.

Containers of automotive fluids, cleaning supplies, garden supplies, or perhaps some planters you plan to use soon are perfect for our small or large wire hanging shelves.

Angled shoe shelves can also be used for storing boots or whatever footwear you use when working in the yard. The shelving’s wire construction provides effective ventilation, which allows your soggy footwear to dry out in a timely manner.

17. Basket

If you want those items that are hard to hang to be a little more secure when they’re stored, add hanging baskets to your list of must-have garage slatwall accessories.

Available in mini, medium, and shallow basket size, these hanging accessories are ideal for storing aerosol cans, car cleaning supplies, paint cans, and much more.

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Use your chosen garage slatwall accessories to arrange your stored items any way you desire.

Learn more about the best garage slatwall accessories

Which of these garage slatwall accessories make the most sense for your garage’s requirements?

You can learn more about all of these handy slatwall hanging accessories and our other garage makeover solutions by scheduling a free in-home design consultation.

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7 Proven Garage Improvement Strategies to Utilize in 2018

With the New Year’s celebrations and holiday season for many of us now over, our attention turns to the traditional New Year’s resolution.

A lot of us view New Year’s resolutions as a pain. Others welcome the opportunity and challenge to better themselves by using the new year as a motivator for personal growth and improvement.

Getting in shape, eating better, learning a new skill, and volunteering more are all popular New Year’s resolutions. Getting your home organized is another big one. So why not start with the garage? It’s commonly the most disorganized room in homes.

Garage improvement strategies that are proven to work

Why focus on your garage over other disorganized areas of your home? Well, your garage takes up a sizeable portion of your home’s overall square footage. Therefore, you’re unable to get as much value from your garage space if you’re not using it to its full potential.

Your garage should be used for parking vehicles, not storing clutter. Consider that the majority of homeowners now use the garage as the primary entry and exit point to their house. Why not clear the clutter so you can park inside easier? You also wouldn’t have to look at stacks of junk you’ll never use on a daily basis.

Don’t settle for the status quo of having a garage that lacks visual appeal and is too messy to function properly. It should be viewed as an extension of your living space that’s as comfortable, useful, and aesthetically pleasing as any other part of your home.

These seven proven garage improvement strategies can help you keep your 2018 New Year’s resolution of finally getting your garage in order.

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Getting your cluttered garage in order is easier when you use these garage improvement strategies.

1. Declutter first

Decluttering, the first of our garage improvement strategies, is simple, but can be time-consuming. Clearing out all that unnecessary junk will make it easier to evaluate your garage space and determine what type of storage systems and improvements it will really need.

Garage clutter doesn’t just clog up your floor and limit the space’s functionality, it also:

  • attracts dust and limits airflow (which lowers the air quality in the room)
  • poses a fire hazard
  • attracts pests (like mice and insects) who like to create nests in anything with paper or fabric

Once you’ve tossed, donated, or sold whichever items comprised all of your clutter, you’ll have a clearer sense of what you own. Now we have to find somewhere to store all of it besides the garage floor!

2. Maximize your garage storage space

It’s almost impossible to store items like garden tools and sports equipment on your garage floor and not have the space look disorganized. Loose items on your garage floor are also a tripping hazard.

Without a proper garage organization system in place (or a few of them), finding items when you need them also becomes difficult. But where’s the best place to put those garage organization systems so they’re the most effective?

The solution is to turn to areas of your garage with underused storage space – the walls and overhead.

Adding slatwall panels to your garage walls will open your storage possibilities for anything in your garage that’s hangable. Items like power cords, tools, bikes, and ladders can be hung with all sorts of versatile slatwall accessories, which helps you maintain an organized garage space.

For heavier items, overhead storage racks that utilize your garage’s vertical space are the way to go. Whether you’re storing tires, large storage bins, out-of-season items, or anything else that’s bulky, look for heavy-duty racks that can safely support a lot of weight.

Garage cabinetry is another solution for creating more storage space in the garage. Be sure to do your homework, however. Choose a well-made cabinet system that’s built to last and fits your needs, like GL Custom Steel cabinets.

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Add overhead storage racks to your garage’s underused vertical space to keep bulky items off your garage floor.

3. Upgrade the garage floor

If you decide to follow just one of these garage improvement strategies, make it a floor upgrade. An attractive garage floor has a bigger impact on the space than you might think.

This type of upgrade is done by applying a floor coating to protect the concrete and provide a clean, consistent look for your garage floor. We recommend Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings, which are superior to epoxy floor coatings.

A polyaspartic floor coating offers much better durability and resistance to impacts and abrasions than epoxy coatings. It’s also more resistant to automotive fluids, salt stains, household chemicals, and tire markings. It goes without saying that all of those attributes are incredibly beneficial in a garage space.

Floor coatings that use decorative flakes in their application process, as Floortex™ does, also add a stylish aesthetic to a garage.

4. Boost your curb appeal

Our garage improvement strategies have focussed on your garage interior so far. What about the exterior? Considering the significant profile your garage doors have on your home’s exterior, it makes sense to evaluate them, too.

Older garage doors that are warped, cracked, or have a faded paint job significantly detract from your curb appeal. They also lack the much better insulation features and overall build quality of modern garage doors.

It’s never been easier to customize your garage doors to complement your home’s exterior décor than it is nowadays. Whether you want a classic look with steel or wood garage doors, or the modern aesthetic of full view aluminum garage doors are more to your liking, there’s a door choice to be found that will boost your curb appeal.

5. Push the limits of your garage’s functionality

Any of the above garage improvement strategies will make a huge difference with how your garage looks and functions. You can push things even further, however.

If you don’t have a garage door opener, or your current opener has seen better days, now’s the time to upgrade. Modern garage door openers are quieter and more reliable than the models of the past. Many models also have nifty, convenient features like MyQ Technology that lets you monitor and control your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone.

Another way to make your garage more useful is to increase the amount of space you have to park. There’s plenty of great reasons for parking inside a garage and a car lift enables you to do so.

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Combine your getting-in-shape and garage improvement New Year’s resolutions by creating a garage fitness space that incorporates slatwall storage.

6. Create a multi-purpose garage space

Expanding on the idea of enhancing your garage’s functionality, you can also create a multi-purpose space that lets you use the garage for more than parking and storage.

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, getting in shape has to be one of the most commonly broken ones. Everyone knows someone (or is someone) who wasted money on a barely used gym membership.

For most of us, exercising is a chore. Having to drive to a gym to do it just gives you one more reason not to go. Take care of two New Year’s resolutions at once by creating a garage fitness room as part of 2018’s garage improvement strategies.

You can work out conveniently on your own schedule…and won’t need to wonder if those sweaty exercise machines have been properly cleaned.

Other multi-purpose uses for your garage are to use it for crafting or as a workshop. The garage gives you some privacy and lets you tinker away to your heart’s content. Garage cabinetry can be incorporated into your workshop design to help you get the most out of it.

7. Maintain your transformed garage space

Once your garage space has been transformed, you need to make an effort to maintain it. Yes, keeping it organized will be easier with some of suggested storage and organization systems in these garage improvement strategies.

But you’ll reap the biggest benefits from the garage improvements you’ve made by still decluttering and cleaning regularly. Every two or three months should suffice for your garage cleaning needs. A more thorough cleaning (including washing your garage floor) should be done at least once a year.

Be the envy of your neighbors with these garage improvements

Getting your garage in order is an attainable, worthwhile New Year’s resolution to make. Follow these garage improvement strategies and lean on the trusted professionals at Garage Living to accomplish your New Year’s organization goals.

Find out more about how we can help with your garage improvement project. Our experts can suggest additional ways to upgrade your garage space, such as improving your garage lighting.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation to get on the right track to a more organized and visually appealing garage space in 2018.

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Considering a Garage Expansion? Rethink Your Storage Systems First

Are you locked in a never-ending battle against the slow creep of clutter in your garage? It can get exhausting and frustrating constantly trying to make room to park one car, let alone two.

Even if you’re able to park one or more vehicles in your garage, perhaps you’re barely able to get out of them because space is so tight. Garages are multi-purpose buildings, which often makes them overcrowded with clutter.

You’re not alone with this dilemma. A SpareFoot survey of more than 1,000 Americans found that almost half of them said they were unable to park in the garage.

Another study by the National Association of Professional Organizers found that 50% of the homeowners they polled named the garage as the most disorganized area of their house.

Is a garage expansion the solution?

When the problem gets to be too much for you, your initial inclination might be to undergo a garage expansion. But is this the best solution?

For some homeowners, it may be the best plan of action. Take someone with a single car garage as an example. He has a growing family and two everyday use vehicles.

He’s also an auto enthusiast who would like to buy a classic car or two that he wants to do maintenance on in a garage workshop. That’s a lot of needs for such a small garage space, so a garage expansion would make sense for him.

For most homeowners, however, they can dramatically upgrade their garage’s functionality simply by improving the organization and storage systems used within the space.

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A garage expansion might seem like the right solution for a small and cluttered garage, but it’s more sensible to simply make better use of the space.

The drawbacks of doing a garage expansion

A full-blown garage expansion may give you more space, but there are drawbacks to getting one, including:

  • the high cost
  • the complicated logistics
  • losing yard space
  • the noise and mess your family and neighbors will have to endure
  • the length of time it can take to complete a garage expansion

Look at improving your garage storage systems first

Instead of making the big commitment to undergo a costly and lengthy garage expansion process, first re-evaulate your existing garage space.

When compared to the large ordeal a major garage expansion can become, it quickly becomes evident that a garage makeover can be a much more practical option than a garage expansion.

4 ways to maximize garage storage space

The solution to your crowded garage woes is to maximize your storage space with effective storage systems. The reason so many garages are disorganized is that they waste storage space by not utilizing certain areas of it better. Here are four ways to fix that:

  • have slatwall panels installed
  • add overhead storage racks
  • increase your garage’s parking space with a car lift
  • include garage cabinetry in your makeover plans

Let’s break down each garage storage system one-by-one to show you their benefits.

1. Slatwall storage

If you’re dealing with a messy garage space, take a look at your garage walls. How effectively are they being used to store yard tools, sports equipment, and so many other items that commonly clutter your garage floor?

Adding slatwall panels that are custom-fit to your garage space can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your garage tidy. Anything hangable that weighs up to 50 lbs can be stored on the panels using a wide range of slatwall accessories.

2. Overhead storage racks

Another area of the garage that offers plenty of untapped storage potential is your ceiling space. Having overhead storage racks installed gives you extra storage room for bulkier items that can take up valuable garage floor space.

Needless to say, be sure any overhead storage racks you choose are right for the job. They need to be able to hold a lot of weight and be safely secured.

3. Car lifts

Creating more room for parking is one of the main reasons someone would consider a garage expansion. An easier and less costly solution is to add a 4 post car lift instead.

Whereas a garage expansion adds space by typically expanding to the sides or to the front or back, a car lift creates parking space by thinking vertically. And no garage walls need to be knocked down.

The car lift allows vehicles to be raised up so another vehicle can be parked beneath it. You can add one of more car lifts in your garage to effectively double your parking space for every car lift added.

4. Garage cabinetry

The extra space that the three above garage storage systems create can allow you to add other garage improvement solutions, such as garage cabinetry.

Garage storage cabinets are an additional effective way to keep your garage organized and can be used to increase the space’s functionality as a garage workshop.

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The same garage space from the first photo is now more functional and clutter-free after the addition of slatwall storage. A new floor coating and improved lighting are also part of this garage makeover.

Can I do a garage expansion or makeover myself?

Unless you have extensive experience in garage building or makeovers, taking on these types of projects yourself isn’t recommended.

For safety reasons alone, a garage expansion or makeover should be left to a trusted garage professional. A company like Garage Living has the expertise, proper safety certifications, and design expertise to produce the highest quality results.

A Zillow survey found that almost 40% of homeowners who had done a DIY project regretted taking it on. Sometimes a botched DIY home improvement project can actually end up costing you more than if you’d just hired a professional in the first place.

Rethink that planned garage expansion

Creating a more spacious, organized, and beautiful garage space is possible without going through the ordeal of a garage expansion. View our garage makeovers gallery to view many examples (like the pictures shown above) of how you can avoid a garage expansion simply by using your space smarter.

All of these storage system additions don’t just make your garage more functional, they also modernize your garage’s appearance and give it a nicer, more finished look.

Before undergoing a garage expansion project, let the experts at Garage Living help you rethink your current garage setup. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us to start your garage makeover process.

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7 Smart Strategies to Eliminate Your Garage Visual Clutter

Do you ever wonder why even relatively clean and organized areas of your home can still seem like they’re too cluttered?

The reason is probably “visual clutter”. Naturally, regular clutter will make any space look disorganized. Visual clutter, on the other hand, can stem from having poorly thought-out arrangements and locations for your storage and organization systems (or a lack of them).

Bad decisions with your décor can also contribute to visual clutter and garage visual clutter is no different. It can leave a generally off-putting vibe that your garage is just not looking its best.

Why should you eliminate garage visual clutter?

Here are some examples of visual clutter in the home:

  • a fridge front that’s overloaded with photos, memos, notes, and lists
  • having too many photos or pictures hung on your wall (mismatching frames also add to the visual clutter)
  • piles of magazines kept on a coffee table
  • an excess of cleaning supplies or auto fluid containers left on your garage floor

Just as it does in the rest of your home, garage visual clutter adds to your stress level. It also detracts from your enjoyment of the space, in addition to the fact it limits your functionality within it.

Most homeowners use the garage as the main entry and exit point for their home. Therefore, if you have garage visual clutter, it’s almost impossible to avoid. And if you use your garage as a workspace, workout area, or hobby area, garage visual clutter can also limit your productivity during time spent in the space.

Work on eliminating your garage visual clutter to create a more streamlined, aesthetically pleasing garage environment. Use these seven strategies to guide you.

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A clean, empty garage floor that doesn’t show any sign of visual clutter.

1. Get your garage floor cleared

Your garage floor can be a clutter magnet, so getting it cleared and keeping it that way will have a huge impact on minimizing or eliminating garage visual clutter.

Remember, your garage’s most important purpose is for parking vehicles. Floor clutter only makes that more difficult, in addition to detracting from your garage’s appearance.

A clear garage floor also allows you to enter and exit vehicles easier and foot traffic can travel without any obstructions or tripping hazards. To get things off your floor, look to your garage’s underused wall and vertical space to create more storage room.

Slatwall panels allow everything from bikes to power cords to garden tools to sports equipment to be hung on your walls, as opposed to being left on your floor.

Our various specialty storage racks include tire racks and heavy-duty overhead storage racks. These are great for storing the bulkier and heavier items in your garage that can take up a lot of valuable floor space.

Many of these bulkier items are for seasonal use or are infrequently used, so it makes even more sense to store them elsewhere so they’re not always in your way.

2. Eliminate conflicting design elements

Conflicting patterns and colors in your garage can contribute to garage visual clutter. With the addition of slatwall panels, your garage interior will have a more finished, organized appearance that’s easier on the eyes.

That sleek and clean look can be achieved even if you have light switches, conduit pipe, receptacles, and other wall obstructions. These can all be accounted for by our installers when they’re cutting the panels. Color-matched screws and trim for ends, corners, and any gaps between panels make up the finishing touches that help create the consistent look.

You’ll also minimize garage visual clutter by choosing colors for your garage upgrades that effectively complement each other. Your garage’s interior visuals can really pop when the right colors of both garage cabinets and slatwall are matched with the perfect flooring color.

3. Create a singular focal point

One way to reduce garage visual clutter is to create a singular focal point within the space. This means that when you enter your garage, your eyes should be drawn to one main wall.

Garage cabinetry can be a great anchor to help you achieve this goal. Garage Living carries a variety of cabinet styles and colors to match your design tastes and establish a showpiece focal point in your garage.

For example, the GL NEOS Elite cabinet system has a thoroughly modern look that features a seamless wall-to-wall presentation. The sleek, stylish look of the cabinets will instantly become the focus of your attention and functions as an effective countermeasure against the ugliness of visual clutter.

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Hiding your supplies behind storage cabinet doors maintains an organized appearance within your garage space.

4. Keep supplies and other belongings hidden

Along with improving your garage’s look, there are obvious functional benefits to adding garage cabinetry. First, they’ll help you keep many of your belongings better organized.

They also enable you to keep supplies and other belongings hidden and out of sight, which reduces your garage visual clutter. Tall cabinets, upper cabinetry, lower cabinetry, and drawers work wonders to obscure many of the items kept in your garage.

By having the ability to store items behind doors and in cabinet drawers, you’ll no longer have a constant reminder of everything your garage contains. That makes for a neater, more inviting-looking space.

5. Keep similar items together to reduce garage visual clutter

It’s always a good organizing practice to keep similar items stored together, whether you’re cleaning up a bedroom, a home office, or a garage. One reason to do this is to make it easy to find specific items without wasting much time.

The other reason to group like items together is because it simply looks neater and creates a more cohesive look. Think of how displays in stores are designed. The consistent, uniform look of many similar or identical products on display can be a real eye-catcher.

Some larger items in your garage can’t be hidden behind cabinetry doors, but you can still store them in a neatly organized manner on your slatwall.

There are many types of slatwall accessory hooks, shelves, racks, baskets, and bins available for hanging your belongings. That means you can configure your slatwall’s storage layout just about any way you’d like. Keep items like rakes, tools, or a multitude of other things grouped together, easy to find, and looking satisfyingly orderly.

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Group similar items together on slatwall panels to avoid garage visual clutter.

6. Use legible, consistent-looking labels

Using labels in your garage is a good idea, as it helps to locate infrequently used items quicker. One of the best examples of this would be bins of holiday decorations, which are ideal for storing in an overhead rack.

Perhaps your garage cabinetry, like the GL Custom Steel cabinet system, has an option to include utility drawers with organizing bins. They’re very useful for keeping small screws, nails, and other small bits of hardware organized, with the help of labels.

When making labels to identify your things, take the time to create labels that are legible and consistent-looking. If you’re using a marker, print neatly, make the writing easy to read from a distance, and stick with the same color.

If you’re able to, use a handheld label maker or print your labels on the computer. They’ll look nicer and create the desired consistent, uniform appearance that doesn’t produce garage visual clutter.

7. Don’t forget the visual clutter of parking in your driveway

You might not have considered it, but parking your vehicles all the time in your driveway is another type of visual clutter for your home’s exterior. That negatively impacts your home’s curb appeal.

And when you consider that our vehicles sit parked 95% of the time, that’s even more reason to take the time to make space in your garage for parking vehicles.

Create a more inviting space by eliminating garage visual clutter

Eliminating your garage visual clutter will transform your space into a more inviting area of your home that you won’t dread entering any longer. Every time you return home, you’ll appreciate having a clean, clutter-free garage that’s more manageable.

Garage Living can bring your dream garage to life and also show you some ideas and solutions that will even improve upon your original vision. Book your free in-home consultation with us today and take that first exciting step towards creating your dream garage space.

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5 Important Factors to Consider When Buying Garage Cabinets

If floor clutter is limiting your garage’s functionality, one of the most effective solutions to get your space organized is by adding garage cabinets.

But there are so many brands and types of garage cabinets available. For starters, you’ll need to know that they come in these two types:

  • Custom-fit – the cabinets can be built to custom depths, widths, and heights and more specialty options are available
  • Modular – a cabinet system built from pre-made standalone units that are mixed and matched

How do you make the right choice to fit your needs? There are a few important factors to consider when deciding what type of garage cabinets you should buy.

Before taking the next step and speaking with a trusted garage professional about your storage cabinet choices, get familiar with the basic facts about garage cabinets and what you should look for. Consider these five important factors to help you make the best decision.

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1. What’s your budget for buying garage cabinets?

Obviously, you’ll need to work within your available budget to determine what type and quality of garage cabinets you’ll buy. Just remember that age-old saying – “you get what you pay for”.

Buying an inexpensive garage cabinet system from a big box store may be quite tempting if your budget is limited. Just be aware that many of these cabinet systems compromise significantly on the quality of the cabinets’ construction materials. Typically, they’ll be made from plastic or inferior quality steel to achieve that cheap price.

Cheaper garage cabinets can leave a lot to be desired when it comes to functionality and durability. Do you really want to be replacing your garage cabinet system in just a few years when it starts falling apart? At that point, you’ll know that it pays to spend a little more to get a higher quality product that lasts longer.

Expanding your budget for new garage cabinetry will open up a wider range of higher quality options. The construction materials and craftsmanship will be at a higher grade and they’ll likely look better (don’t underestimate the value of garage cabinet aesthetics).

Cheaper garage cabinet systems also don’t offer the chance for customization. You’ll have limited choices for colors, styles, and extra custom features, like adding a countertop to the top of your base cabinets to create a workbench.

2. Garage cabinet usage

Knowing how your garage cabinets will be used within your space will be a major factor in what type of cabinet system you end up buying.

For example, take a homeowner who’s looking for a general purpose cabinet system that’s primarily needed for extra storage space. Higher-end garage cabinets, such as our custom-fit GL Custom Steel cabinets, probably aren’t the right fit for their needs.

Perhaps either the modular GL Signature or GL Premium cabinet systems will work better for them. They still deliver exceptional quality, but do come with fewer custom options.

The amount of space you have to work with will also be a factor when making your cabinet choice. If your garage layout has unconventional angles or wall obstructions, a custom-fit system will be easier to fit within the space.

And if your garage space is limited, something like the shallow depth option available with the GL Signature line might be ideal. This can allow you to comfortably get in and out of your vehicles with enough space.

Are you looking to create a garage space that lets you park vehicles and use it as a heavy-duty workshop? In that case, something like the more rugged GL Hayley or GL NEOS Elite cabinet systems are a more practical choice.

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Rugged GL Hayley cabinets are ideal for a task-oriented garage space.

3. What’s being stored in your garage cabinets?

What you’ll be storing in your garage cabinets will also play a role in your buying decision. Certain items are more suited to being stored in a specific type of cabinet, so you’ll need to choose accordingly.

For example, choosing a cabinet system that gives you an option for locks on the doors and drawers might be wise if:

  • you want to keep expensive hand and power tools secure
  • your garage has a lot of sharp tools you want to keep your kids safe from
  • there are a lot of chemicals and hazardous materials kept in your garage

The weight of items you’re storing also needs to be taken into consideration. If you’re storing heavy power tools or car parts, a flimsy cabinet system made from plastic just won’t cut it. You’ll need something sturdier, like a garage cabinet system made from 18-gauge or even stronger 16-gauge steel.

Maybe you plan to use your garage cabinets for storing longer items, such as a coveralls, or you want to keep your large collection of cleaning supplies all in one cabinet. If so, your cabinet system design will include one or more tall locker cabinets.

For those who have a lot of tools to store, an ample number of tool drawers to keep everything organized will be a priority for their cabinet system. Bins for storing all those easy-to-lose screws, nuts, and bolts would also be a smart addition.

4. How important are construction materials, durability, and looks to you?

The types of materials used in your cabinet system’s construction will be the biggest factor that determines how long it lasts. Construction materials and craftsmanship will also affect how your cabinet system functions. For instance, how smoothly do the cabinet doors and drawers open and close?

Don’t skimp on the quality of materials that were used to build your cabinets. Steel is your best option, but be wary of where that steel is from. Foreign-made steel is commonly heavily recycled, rusts quicker, and isn’t as resilient as the higher quality North American-manufactured steel Garage Living uses in all of our garage cabinets.

The harsh demands of a garage environment should also be taken into consideration with your garage cabinets. This includes changes in temperature, moisture, and everyday wear and tear.

To prolong the life of your cabinetry, look for models with a powder coated finish. Powder coating involves the application of multiple coatings of a dry powder to the surface of the cabinets. This helps protect against scuffs, scratches, and rust.

If you’re seeking a high-end look for your garage to complement your luxury vehicles and that sleek new Floortex™ floor coating, the look of your cabinets will no doubt be important to you.

The showroom-quality looks of a GL Custom Steel or GL NEOS Elite cabinet system fit this specific need. They elevate the aesthetics of your garage and transform it into stylish, comfortable extension of your home.

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The GL NEOS Elite cabinet system provides showroom quality looks.

5. Customization with your garage cabinets

If creating a personalized garage space ranks high on your list of priorities when it comes to a garage makeover, custom cabinets are a must. The ability to customize your garage cabinets gives you significant flexibility to truly create a dream cabinet system.

Custom-fit cabinetry also makes the most of your available space. Underutilized corners can become more useful with the addition of custom cabinetry. If you have a free wall in your garage that’s unfinished, have a seamless wall-to-wall cabinet system designed. That can take care of your storage needs and provide a more finished look for your garage interior.

Custom cabinetry can also be designed to best accommodate the manner in which you’ll be using your garage cabinets. If you’re a hobbyist, the upper and lower cabinets around your heavily used countertop area can be designed to store your most frequently used tools and items. That way, they’re always conveniently close at hand.

Here are just a few of the specialty options that can be included with custom garage cabinets:

  • numerous color options
  • sink units
  • power bars with USB charging ports
  • backsplash
  • pot lighting and valance lighting
  • TV cabinet enclosure
  • utility drawers with organizing bins
  • a dedicated space for hiding garbage and recycling bins

Learn more about how garage cabinets will improve your space

When used with our other effective garage storage and organizations solutions like slatwall panels and specialty storage racks, you’ll be thrilled with how much easier it is to keep your garage organized with a high quality cabinet system.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with us so one of our design experts can evaluate your garage space and guide you through the process of choosing the right garage cabinets.

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