Harbor Blue: Garage Living’s Newest Design Color

Garage Living is pleased to announce the launch of Harbor Blue, our newest color that adds a unique look to any garage makeover.

Harbor Blue was created by Garage Living and is exclusive to the company. It’s available when choosing a color for your garage’s cabinetry, floor coating, and slatwall panels.

Why blue is a great color for your garage

Good things come in blue. Blueberries, violets, and cheese. A solid investment is considered blue-chip and of all nature-inspired colors, blue is the truest. That’s just a few of the reasons why blue is the best color.

But, for your garage? Absolutely! Blue is the essence of inspiration and beauty. It can conjure up images that calm and relax us, or stir our spirit, creating renewed energy.

Blue is where a cloudless sky meets the gently moving water on a warm, summer day. Transfixed watching sunlight dapple on the waves, changing the hue so subtly with every ripple, you can’t help but feel balanced and connected to nature.

The color, Harbor Blue brings to mind blue sky and water evoking a connection to nature.

The inspiration for Harbor Blue

The inspiration for Harbor Blue came from a weekend getaway surrounded by water, docks, and spectacular skies. Blue fit perfectly with the décor requirements of a year-round vacation home that’s meant to be a destination for relaxing. That the condo is located within a lakeside resort, the color choice, Harbor Blue makes even more sense.

The blue accents and trim on the lakeside resort condo’s exterior helped inspire Harbor Blue, the newest color available at Garage Living.

Harbor Blue is a perfect blend of all those blues, from cool slate to deep indigo and it’s the newest color exclusively available for your:

Your garage is an extension of your lifestyle

Our lifestyle is a reflection of who we are from the inside out. Our lifestyle doesn’t stop when we leave the house, (just as the color doesn’t have to stop at the garage door). Likely, we are constantly going through our garage to our vehicle to get to a destination not paying attention to this transitional space.

It’s actually the entryway in and out of our home. Why wouldn’t we want it to be as welcoming and stylish as any other part of our home, one that truly reflects our lifestyle?

Bring style to your garage through color

That’s what led Garage Living to create luxury garage interiors with style, color, custom detail and function in mind. Think of the interior of your home; it requires furnishings, flooring, lighting, and accessories. Just as we appreciate the luxury of a custom designed home, our garages are worthy of the same treatment.

Harbor Blue acts as an accent with gleaming stainless steel custom-cabinetry. This one-of-a-kind entertaining space is more than just a garage.

Incorporating Harbor Blue and décor to elevate your garage

Today, the styles we’re incorporating to our interior design is extending to our transition spaces, like garages. The color schemes that apply indoors can be interpreted and carried through beyond the entry.

Kitchen cabinets are starting to embrace a range of colors. We’re seeing rich, deep blue tones paired with warm brass or cool metal handles and the result is fresh and beautiful. Why not consider that same for the cabinetry in your garage?

Cabinet doors and drawers in Harbor Blue make an attractive and practical addition to the transition between home and the outdoors.

Drawers, locker doors, and stainless-steel countertops and backsplash are complemented by the wide, stainless drawer pulls.

Countertop options for the kitchen and bath range from wood, to solid surface materials and stainless steel. These options are also available to elevate your garage and the look of your entire home.

A qualified designer can assess, design and optimize the space to suit your needs. Choose from modular or customized cabinet options. Storage for sports, hobbies, vehicles and more are designed for your specific lifestyle. It’s like furnishing your home.

Floortex™ floor coating protects your floor

A concrete garage floor is susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. Like flooring in your home, there is an attractive and practical option to protect it for the long term. Garage Living uses Floortex™ – an impermeable, high-performance floor coating that is superior to common epoxy floors.

Not only is it hard-wearing and easy to clean, aesthetically the flooring is available in a variety of color blends. Harbor Blue features a mix of blue tints and tones, resulting in a beautiful and functional surface for vehicles, people and more.

Task lighting

You wouldn’t want to read and write in your home office without proper lighting, so add undermount LED task lighting over a work surface in the garage. It adds functional and practical light (and really brings out the blue!).

Undermount LED lighting.

Walls and accessories — décor for your garage

With the addition of slatwall panels, custom cabinetry and hardware, the garage’s curated color palette nicely reflects the beautiful, serene, and comfortable surroundings of home.

Now that you’re seeing the garage for what it really is — an opportunity to elevate your style, there’s no limit to what you can do. One great way to stylishly show off your organizational skills is with slatwall panels.

Ladders and bicycles utilizing slatwall storage to free up floor space.

Slatwall panels are an excellent option for taking advantage of your vertical space. Garage Living has over 40 accessories to choose from. Whether you need a simple hook to hang framed art or baskets of balls, slatwall panels are designed with style and function.

A welcoming home begins with your garage

Color shouldn’t stop at the garage door, make your whole home an inviting, starting at the point of entry. Adding beautiful color to your garage like Harbor Blue is just one more way to elevate your garage.

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The 2 Simple Garage Storage Solutions You’re Completely Overlooking

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What’s the one thing that makes a garage look disorganized more than anything else? Floor clutter.

A messy garage interior is why a quarter of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open, according to an Impulse Research survey.

And you can guarantee that as a garage becomes overrun by clutter, a sharp decline in its functionality will follow.

One day you’ll find that your vehicles are no longer being parked inside your garage because there’s no room for them. Finding anything in your garage becomes a regular headache.

If too much clutter is negatively affecting how your garage is being used, it’s a good bet one (or more) of these reasons is at fault:

  • your garage lacks proper storage systems altogether
  • you’ve had a “just store it in the garage for now” mentality for household items for too long
  • your existing garage storage systems are ineffective or outdated
  • the storage space in your garage isn’t being utilized to the best of its ability

Those first two points are a fairly obvious cause of garage clutter, but you might be surprised at how much of a difference that last factor can have on the tidiness of a garage.

Making better use of what your existing garage space has to offer is something most homeowners overlook when it comes to finding more storage space, possibly because it’s almost too obvious.

Which garage storage solutions work best?

The key to unlocking your garage’s full storage potential isn’t to make the space bigger with a pricey garage expansion.

You can actually solve your garage storage problems simply by using two spaces hiding in plain sight more effectively – your garage’s wall and ceiling space.

Getting creative and properly utilizing these two commonly underused storage areas can transform any untidy garage into an efficient, organized space.

Here’s why these two garage storage solutions make so much sense.

Solution #1: Slatwall storage

Most garages use some form of wall storage, even if it’s just a few wall hooks for hanging tools. Some homeowners also use freestanding tool storage racks that are kept in a garage corner. While they may keep some of your rakes, shovels, and other yard tools organized, they’re still occupying valuable floor space.

But a garage’s walls have a wealth of storage space just waiting to be properly used, instead of underused.

Nothing beats a slatwall storage system when it comes to maximizing your garage’s wall storage space. This storage system involves fastening cellular foam PVC panels to your garage walls so tools and many other items found in a garage can be hung up.

A variety of specialized accessories are hung in the grooves of the slatwall panels, giving you the freedom to make the most of your hanging space. Along with tools, items like sports equipment, outdoor apparel, and car cleaning supplies can be kept neatly stored and easy to find.

Compared to a pegboard storage system, a custom slatwall system is sturdier and gives you more storage versatility. This comes in very handy whenever your storage needs change and you need to rearrange your wall storage configurations (such as during seasonal changes or if you buy new tools).

In addition to slatwall, another practical way to to use your wall space better is to add other garage storage solutions like a wall-mounted hose reel, sturdy shelving, or heavy-duty tire racks for your spares.

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Solution #2: Overhead storage

An even more underutilized garage storage space than its walls might be its ceiling space. Once again, when used properly, you’d be amazed at how much floor space can be freed up when one or more overhead storage racks are added to a garage.

Overhead racks are designed for storing things of all sizes and are particularly useful because they can handle heavier weight capacities and bulkier items like storage bins and seasonal items.

Another benefit of using your garage’s ceiling space for storage is that it allows you to store items that are less frequently used. That keeps your easier-to-access lower garage storage space available for things you use more regularly.

In addition to heavy-duty overhead storage racks, that unused garage ceiling space can also be utilized to provide you with more parking space.

Add a car lift that takes advantage of your available vertical space so you can keep one or more extra vehicles parked indoors.

Limit what’s stored on your garage floor

Other than your parked vehicles, one of the very few things that deserves storage space on your garage floor is power equipment that’s too heavy for hanging. This would include things like a snow blower, power tiller, riding mower, and most push lawn mowers.

We say “most push lawn mowers” because some electric mowers may be light enough for hanging up. Items weighing up to 50 lbs. can be accommodated by some of Garage Living’s slatwall accessories. If you are able to take advantage of being able to hang up your mower and reclaim a few more square feet of floor space, by all means do so.

While a small number of gas-powered mowers are designed to be stored vertically, most shouldn’t be. The majority of gas-powered mowers, even if they’re lighter, are meant to be stored horizontally (otherwise leaking and engine damage can occur).

With the right garage storage solutions in place, even bikes and larger tools like a ladder or wheelbarrow can be stored on a wall to free up floor space.

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Expand your garage storage options

You can further expand your garage storage options by replacing that old, repurposed kitchen cabinetry or a flimsy, prefabricated standup cabinet with a garage storage cabinet system made from high quality steel.

Yes, garage cabinetry technically takes up floor space, but its efficient usage of vertical storage space still makes it an appealing storage option. With the ability to add locks to protect your pricier tools or keep hazardous chemicals out of harm’s way, as well as create the perfect garage workshop area, storage cabinets are well worth a look.

Another reason to consider any of these garage storage solutions is to update your garage’s appearance. A mishmash of different storage systems you’ve added to your garage over the years usually results in a disjointed look that detracts from a garage’s aesthetic, even if they’re keeping your space organized.

You can see by these photos how the garage storage solutions and the colors and design elements used in the makeovers nicely complement each other, resulting in clean-looking garage spaces with a cohesive, modern, and stylish look.

Update your garage storage systems

Our clients are consistently amazed at what our garage design professionals can do to maximize the storage space in their garages, in addition to radically improving the appearance of their spaces.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation and one of our design consultants can show you the exciting possibilities for your garage and provide a free garage makeover quote.

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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.

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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 Garage Wall Storage Tricks to Eliminate Clutter

Having too much garage clutter really hampers your ability to use your garage for what it was really meant for – parking and efficient additional home storage.

So is eliminating your garage floor clutter really as simple as making use of a few garage wall storage tricks? Absolutely.

When you take a smart approach to maintaining your garage with effective storage systems and sound organization strategies, clutter will cease to be a persistent problem.

Using even just a few of the following garage wall storage tricks will pay off immediately. Your garage space will be tidier, more functional, and safer.

1. Maximize your garage wall storage space

One of the key ways to keep your garage floor clutter-free is to utilize an area of your garage that’s mostly underutilized – its walls.

Some homeowners may use a few hooks for hanging yard tools and some DIY shelving on their garage’s walls. Look at most garages, however, and you’ll typically find a lot of wall space that could be used better.

When choosing a garage wall storage system to maximize your wall storage space, the two main options you’ll find are slatwall and pegboard. Both allow you to hang panels up to 4′ x 8′ on your garage walls.

As we discussed in a previous blog post, you’ll find a lot more limitations with pegboard compared to slatwall (including looks, versatility, and durability).

A high quality slatwall garage storage system is your best option. It’s designed to make the most efficient use of your wall storage space and also adds a more finished look to the interior of your garage.

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Slatwall storage maximizes your storage space and gives you the flexibility to create a home for any hangable item.

2. Make a home for everything

Your garage floor is filled with clutter because you haven’t taken the time to create proper storage spots for items like bikes, yard tools, sports equipment, and extension cords.

One of the major benefits of using a good garage wall storage system is that it allows you to create a home for anything in your garage that can be hung. This leaves everything highly visible, easy to find, and makes it significantly easier to keep your garage organized.

Once you get all the floor clutter stored on your garage walls, your garage floor space will open right up. It will be easier to park vehicles inside, where they should be stored.

Many things that are commonly found on garage floors also pose tripping hazards or have sharp edges. Hanging tools like rakes, pruners, hedge trimmers, and shovels on your garage walls is safer than keeping them on the floor. They’ll also be less likely to get damaged.

Your garden hose can also be kept off your garage floor and stored on a wall-mounted hose reel.

3. Use labels

Using a garage wall storage system automatically makes it easier to keep your garage organized. When making a home for all of the things you’ll be hanging on your garage walls, using labels can also be very helpful.

Some homeowners like to outline the items that are hung on their garage walls with paint or a black marker to remind them where they’re stored. Aside from the fact that this doesn’t look very good, it it also poses a problem if you decide to shuffle around where items are stored.

Labelling your hung items with a handheld label maker or labels printed from your computer or smartphone is much easier and certainly looks much nicer. Neatly printed labels that have a uniform look also help minimize visual clutter.

Labels encourage good organization maintenance by clearly spelling out (literally) where an item that was used should be returned to.

4. Look for storage flexibility

Your garage storage needs are guaranteed to change over time. Worn out and damaged tools will be discarded and replaced eventually with new tools of varying sizes.

You’ll also find that certain tools you may use frequently for a certain amount of time for a specific task may not be needed again for quite awhile.

That’s why choosing a garage wall storage system that provides flexibility when it comes to storing your belongings is so important. You want to be able to freely move items around and have your most regularly used tools as accessible as possible.

There’s no better garage wall storage system for this than a slatwall system. The horizontal slats on the wall panels allow for very easy movement of all your hung items and their hanging accessories.

5. Use the right hanging accessories

A big part of ensuring your garage wall storage system provides enough storage flexibility lies with the types of hanging accessories that are available for it.

It’d be a shame to buy a wall storage system for your garage and then find out that not enough of its hanging accessories fit your storage needs.

With Garage Living’s slatwall storage system, you’ll find more than 40 types of sturdy hanging accessories that have a wide variety of applications:

  • garment hooks, double hooks, utility hooks, loop hooks, single hooks, and industrial hooks
  • magnetic tool bars and tool racks
  • bike hooks, golf racks, fishing rod racks, and racks and hangers for other sports equipment
  • hanging baskets in sizes from deep to shallow
  • wire utility shelves
  • tilt-out storage bins and utility bins
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Look for a garage wall storage system with plenty of hanging accessories to fit your storage needs.

6. Look for stability with your garage wall storage

The stability of your garage wall storage system is another important factor to consider. Both the surface items are being hung on and the hanging accessories you’re using need to be sturdy, reliable, and able to hold heavier weights for reasons of safety.

A lot of garages with a pegboard storage system only use panels that are 1/8″ thick. That thickness is easy to find in any home improvement store and is also attractive because of its cheap price.

You’ll find, however, that using such a flimsy material for hanging items on isn’t an ideal long-term storage solution. Between the fluctuating temperatures in a garage environment and the wear and tear that comes with tools being handled, even thicker pegboard panels will degrade quicker than you’d like.

A more resilient material like our 5/8″ thick slatwall panels are more capable of handling the needs of a garage wall storage system. Their rigid cellular foam PVC construction will last much longer and can handle a load capacity of 40 lbs/sq in.

Pegboard hanging accessories usually only have two small hooks that fit into the pegboard’s holes. That doesn’t provide much of a stable anchor point.

Slatwall hanging accessories, on the other hand, are anchored over a larger surface of the panels to provide more stability. In fact, items weighing up to 50 lbs can be stored on a slatwall panel.

7. Use common sense with your garage wall storage system

Even as sturdy as some garage wall storage systems are, not everything in your garage is meant to be stored on the wall, nor capable of being stored there.

Common sense will dictate when to look at alternative garage storage ideas for items that aren’t suited to wall storage. Bulky items like holiday decorations and seasonal tools and patio furniture can be stored in overhead storage racks. If you have two sets of tires for your vehicles, free up garage floor space by using heavy-duty tire racks.

Industrial standalone shelving racks and garage cabinetry also provide additional storage options for items that are best stored somewhere other than your garage walls.

Use garage wall storage to reclaim your garage floor space

Reclaiming your valuable garage floor space is as simple as using the right wall storage system in your garage. Schedule your free in-home consultation with one of Garage Living’s design experts to begin the process of getting your garage organized.

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9 Things to Look for When Choosing Garage Wall Panels

Excess garage clutter creates all sorts of problems. It restricts you from parking inside, makes it difficult to find items, and simply limits the functionality a garage is supposed to provide.

Considering a 2-car garage in the average home can comprise 13-15% of your home’s overall square footage, that’s a lot of wasted real estate you could be making better use of.

Adding garage storage solutions like overhead racking and cabinetry can be a big help in restoring your garage to an organized state once again. So can adding garage wall panels to keep your floor clutter-free.

Two of the most popular options when it comes to garage wall panels are slatwall and pegboard. So what’s the smarter choice?

What should you be considering when buying garage wall panels?

When choosing what type of garage wall panels to go with, consider how important these nine factors are to you:

  • quality
  • durability
  • storage space needed
  • aesthetics
  • load capacity required
  • ease of installation
  • variety of hanging accessories
  • convenience of use
  • price

Let’s break down each consideration individually.

1. What kind of quality are you looking for in your garage wall panels?

Pegboard is perforated hardboard that’s most commonly found in 1/4″ thick 4′ x 8′ panels. If you’ve ever handled a sheet of pegboard this size, you probably noticed how much flexibility it had.

One word that possibly came to mind after seeing this was “flimsy”. That’s not exactly a quality one wants in their new garage wall panels, is it? Pegboard, which is similar to particle board, also tends to chip  and split quite easily.

When it comes to slatwall panels, there’s a couple of different types that offer more sturdiness. MDF (medium-density fibreboard) slatwall panels are quite heavy and come with horizontal rows for hanging accessories.

A more modern, improved version of MDF slatwall panels are slatwall panels made with a cellular foam PVC construction. They offer several benefits over traditional MDF slatwall panels, including durability, moisture resistance, weight, and looks.

One additional concern related to quality is the stability of the wall panels’ hanging accessories. Pegboard hooks commonly get knocked off when an item stored on them is removed. Slatwall accessories, however, provide more stability.

2. How important is durability in your garage wall panels?

As mentioned, pegboard can’t measure up to either type of slatwall panel when it comes to durability. Some homeowners setting up garage wall panels even make the mistake of going with a 1/8″ panel thickness when buying pegboard.

That’s an invitation for all sorts of potential problems. Even buying a harder-to-find tempered pegboard won’t give the same durability as slatwall garage wall panels.

Why? Because garage wall panels need to be able to handle a couple of specific challenges:

  • the wear and tear of tools stored on the panels being frequently picked up and stored again (especially in workshop-oriented garages)
  • the changing temperatures and moisture levels that a garage environment is subjected to (PVC slatwall panels are more resilient when it comes to these two factors)

“Heavy-duty” (as opposed to “flimsy”) is most definitely a quality you should be looking for in your garage wall panels. And slatwall panels certainly fulfill that requirement.

3. How much garage wall storage space will you need?

Your garage walls offer plenty of underutilized storage space just waiting to be used. But how much space will you need to store everything currently cluttering up your garage floor?

Do you have lots of yard tools and a big family that requires the storage of numerous bikes and lots of sports equipment? All of these items can be stored on slatwall panels.

Factor in everything you currently own, along with how much extra space you might need to store future tool and equipment purchases. As with anything storage-related, it’s always wiser to add extra storage space if possible, just to give you some flexibility later on.

The number of garage wall panels you’ll need might very well be a determining factor in which type you choose, because prices will vary. More on that shortly.

4. How important are garage aesthetics to you?

Pegboard offers few choices when it comes to panel colors. Ugly white and brown pegboard panels are what you’re most likely to find, which can leave you with a garage interior that looks partially like this:

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Dull brown pegboard doesn’t exactly enhance your garage’s interior look.

Yes, pegboard can be painted, but then you have to worry about dried paint clogging the holes. That can make it difficult to insert hooks and other hanging attachments, which leads to further work drilling holes through the dried paint.

And after all that, you’ll still be left with something that detracts from your garage’s interior appearance instead of adding to it (particularly if you’re adding several wall panels).

PVC slatwall panels offer 6 colors to choose from and provide protection and a finished, high-end look for your garage walls.

More color choices also means more design flexibility if you’re looking to complement the rest of your garage’s décor. That can be helpful if you’re adding other upgrades like a floor coating or cabinetry.

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The clean, finished look and superior level of organization that PVC slatwall panels add to a garage space.

5. What load capacities do you need from your garage wall panels?

An important deciding factor when buying an organization system for your garage walls is weight capacities. If you’re going to the trouble of adding wall panels in your garage, you should want them to handle the weight of just about anything that’s hangable.

Pegboard shows its limitations in this particular area. Smaller hand tools and lighter yard tools won’t pose much of a problem, but a heavier bicycle or push lawn mower? Not likely.

Garage Living’s PVC wall panels have a load capacity of 40 lbs/sq in and can safely hold items weighing up to 50 lbs with our heavy-duty slatwall brackets. That gives you more hanging storage flexibility.

6. Are you planning on installing your own garage wall panels?

When garage wall panels are installed, you’ll need to account for various wall obstructions. This can include things like receptacles, conduit pipe, and light switches.

Our workers are skilled at making sure this tricky process is done correctly so your wall panels perfectly fit within your garage space. Garage floor sloping and ceiling unevenness are also accounted for.

Extra finishing touches that includes trim for ends, corners, and any gaps, along with color-matching screws, leaves your garage wall panels with a clean, cohesive look.

One major drawback with MDF slatwall panels is their weight (as much as 100 lbs per panel). That makes them quite difficult to work with.

7. Are you looking for a wide variety of hanging accessories?

You can find enough basic hanging accessories for pegboard panels, but probably not more than the 40+ types of hanging accessories available for PVC slatwall panels.

The wide range of hanging accessories is what really separates this storage system from the other types of garage wall panels available.

The numerous sizes of hooks can be used to hang items like bikes, small or large tools, power cords, ladders, sports equipment, and more. Magnetic tool bars and a screwdriver holder can also be used for small tool storage.

When it comes to rack storage, PVC slatwall panels can accommodate fishing rod racks, racks for golf equipment and other sports equipment, and even a paper towel rack.

Baskets, shelving, and small storage bins can also be added to your garage slatwall panels to hold everything from easy-to-lose small hardware pieces, to cleaning supplies, to your gardening supplies and tools.

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Just a few of the 40+ slatwall hanging accessories available for PVC slatwall panels.

8. Which garage wall panels offer the best convenience of use?

Once you’ve installed a pegboard wall panel and set up all the hanging attachments, it can be a big headache when it comes time to shift items around or make space for a newly purchased item. That’s one of the limitations that comes with the individual holes that make up the pegboard’s design.

It’s more convenient making changes to the storage setup of PVC wall panels because you can easily shift items horizontally to make more room.

9. What’s your budget when buying garage wall panels?

Pretty much the only area where pegboard panels are a more attractive garage wall panel option than slatwall is when it comes to price. But as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”.

If aesthetics, storage flexibility, and durability rank low on your list of concerns, budget-conscious pegboard panels might be enough to satisfy your needs.

If you’re setting your sights a little higher for what you want your garage wall panels to provide, you’ll be better off with PVC slatwall panels hanging on your garage walls.

Find out more about the benefits of PVC slatwall panels for your garage

Superior looks and construction and a premium level of storage flexibility make PVC slatwall panels the clear best choice when it comes to choosing garage wall panels.

With the enhanced ability to keep your garage organized that slatwall panels provide, you’ll get much more functionality out of this important extension of your home.

Schedule a free in-home consultation to discuss your wall storage and other garage makeover plans with a member of our design team.

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