5 Garage Storage Systems That Will Make Your Life Easier

As the weather warms up, you’ll find that you’re spending more time in the garage working on projects and getting tools for yard maintenance. You may come to the realization that your garage storage systems are in need of improvement.

Upgrade your garage storage systems instead of making your garage bigger

If your current garage storage systems just aren’t giving you the storage space and degree of organization you need, there’s a wiser solution than undergoing a costly renovation to make your garage bigger. We have five garage storage systems that maximize your existing storage space and allow you to maintain a peak level of organization and efficiency in the garage.

1. Overhead garage storage systems

The space above your head in the garage is commonly underutilized. You’ll free up lots of garage floor space by putting this unused space to work with overhead storage racks.  Our heavy-duty overhead storage racks can hold up to 600 lbs, are adjustable to accommodate your changing storage needs, and come in six different sizes.

Store bulky items like patio furniture, storage bins, and your out-of-season vehicle tires in our overhead storage racks that feature a powder coated finish to ensure a long life. Or you can store your tires in one of our other practical garage storage systems – a heavy-duty wall-mounted tire rack.

Woman moving storage bin onto overhead storage rack in garage.

 

2. Specialty storage racks

Our specialty storage racks offer additional garage storage systems that can be used for specific needs. They include:

  • heavy-duty industrial shelving featuring industrial strength steel construction that’s powder coated and built to last
  • firewood racks made with heavy-duty 16-gauge stainless steel that come with a cover to keep your firewood dry
  • rust-resistant grid bike racks constructed from sturdy 14-gauge galvanized steel

3. Slatwall storage

Another storage area in garages that isn’t taken full advantage of are the walls. One of the most effective garage storage systems you can choose is slatwall storage. This system uses durable PVC wall panels that can be installed securely on studs, drywall, and concrete. The panels come in five different colours, are easy to clean, and give your garage a much more finished look.

More than 40 types of slatwall accessories are available for hanging items that can weigh up to 50 lbs. For example, our slatwall-mounted golf rack is perfect for storing your golf equipment. With so many accessories and a limitless number of possible storage configurations, you’ll love the flexibility and storage space that a slatwall system provides.

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4. Garage storage cabinets

As much as slatwall panels can improve your garage’s interior aesthetics and functionality, garage storage cabinets can take these two areas to the next level. The wide varieties of garage cabinet colours and custom options available can be used in conjunction with your slatwall panels to complement your garage’s existing décor or even match the colour of your vehicles.

Garage cabinets can be used for storing items both large and small. Keep your small tools in locked drawers, bottles of car cleaning products in the upper or lower cabinets, and jackets or larger items in the locker-sized cabinets. We also have garage storage cabinets (like our GL Hayley and GL NEOS Elite systems) that can enhance the functionality of a more task-oriented garage space.

5. Car lifts

All of these garage storage systems will provide more room for parking in your garage. If you have a one car garage, however, even a completely cleared garage floor won’t allow you to park two vehicles inside…unless you have a 4 post car lift installed that is.

4 post car lifts also make use of your garage’s underutilized vertical space, allowing you to double your parking space. We have three models available that can hold vehicles weighing up to 9,000 lbs.

Let our garage storage systems make your life easier

To find out how these useful garage storage systems can make your life easier, schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our design experts today.

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Q & A: Find Out Why Jay Loves His One Car Garage Makeover

Toronto resident Jay Kerr, recently had a one car garage makeover by Garage Living that left him quite impressed. This Q & A finds out why Jay needed the one car garage makeover, what he had done, and why he absolutely loves it.

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What made you decide to get this one car garage makeover?

For over a year, I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have a clean and organized garage. I was tired of the unfinished look of the garage and the overall lack of organization, which made it difficult to park my car in there. The garage floor needed to be finished. The concrete floor was cracked in a few place and just didn’t look very appealing.

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Jay’s garage prior to the makeover.

Was it difficult keeping your one car garage floor clean?

The garage floor was always dusty and dirty and it wasn’t particularly easy to clean. I would often need to sweep it out, which was a messy job. In the springtime, it was especially messy with the dirt and salt that accumulated over the winter.

Were you aware of the high quality garage floor coatings available?

Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating completely opened my eyes to the fact that a high quality floor coating can add undeniable visual appeal to your garage space, as well as be easy to maintain. I did my homework and learned that polyaspartic garage floor coatings have several advantages over epoxy coatings.

What type of garage organization system were you using?

I had a metal shelving unit from a big box store that was falling apart. That seems to be a common thing with many of their products – they have a very short shelf life, no pun intended. The cheap particle board shelves were warped, sagging, and popping out of place.

Hockey sticks were piled in the corner and I had a few cheap hooks and nails to hang brooms and lighter items. I wanted to get things off the floor and organized onto the wall, something that could support items such as a ladder, garden hose, or a work bench. I’m the type of person that likes to have things neat and organized, but the DIY storage system I had wasn’t working.

Tell us about the slatwall garage storage system you had installed

The grey slatwall panel system is a great storage solution. It was installed along the length of the side walls, which I now realize is underutilized storage space in most garages. Now I have a place for everything. The slatwall system allows me to get nearly everything off the garage floor and onto the wall. That gives me space to park my car. It also makes it much easier to clean the floor because the only thing I have to move out are the garage bins.

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Before – unfinished garage.

After the garage renovation

After – new slatwall panel system and Floortex™ floor coating in Nightfall color.

How about the slatwall accessories you chose?

I’m still figuring out new ways to utilize and arrange the different hooks and shelves that are available. One of my favourite slatwall accessories is the 8″ double hook I use to store my hockey sticks. I also use these hooks to store other items like brooms and shovels. My ladders are now on the wall and the hanging wire bins are perfect for car cleaning products.

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Hanging slatwall accessories for all of your garage belongings.

What type of Floortex™ floor coating was applied in your one car garage makeover?

There are a bunch of floor coating colors to choose from and I chose the Nightfall color. The new Floortex™ floor coating is a huge improvement compared to my old concrete garage floor and I look forward to enjoying it for many years to come. I had the work done in November and it was convenient that the colder weather wasn’t an obstacle to having the Floortex™ floor coating applied.

How much easier is it to clean your garage floor now?

The floor is much, much easier to clean now. I can sweep out the dirt and hose it down to keep everything looking new. Garage Living also has a great squeegee that I can use to make the cleaning process quick and efficient. The Nightfall’s dark grey colour also hides the dirt well in between cleanings.

Did your one car garage makeover include anything else?

Yes, one of the biggest improvements was simply upgrading to an LED garage light. I’m sure many homeowners just live with a single light bulb in the garage, as I was doing. It’s a simple upgrade but it makes such a huge difference. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.

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A new LED garage light makes a huge difference.

Did your one car garage makeover have any challenges to deal with?

I had a few issues with one wall. We renovated the house eight years ago and the contractor left an electrical conduit and a wood post on what used to be the outside of the house, now the inside wall of the garage. I was concerned about the Garage Living installers being able to remove everything but it was gone within an hour. I also had some concerns about the natural gas line on the inside wall. They put the slatwall behind it and everything looked neat and tidy when they were done.

Any challenges with the garage floor?

The front corner of the garage was unfinished and there was a gap between the concrete floor and the drywall. There was also a cinder block in the corner that jutted out a bit. Garage Living suggested two options. They could fill the gap in the floor with cement and finish the drywall in the corner. That would take longer and add more to the cost than I anticipated. A cheaper and easier solution was to box in the awkward corner and seal it with the Floortex™ coating, which is the solution I chose.

The outside wall of the garage had a cinder block foundation that was two blocks high. Garage Living applied their Floortex™ floor coating up and over the cinder block for a finished look that also seals the floor and acts like a baseboard. Now when I hose out the garage to remove the dirt and salt from the winter, I don’t have to worry about the water damaging the drywall.

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A problematic corner with a cinder block jutting out and gap between the garage floor and wall.

one car garage makeover corner after

The problem is solved by boxing in the corner and adding Floortex™ coating.

How long did the one car garage makeover take?

The flooring took a full day to clean and prepare. By the end of the day, the floor coating was done and had to dry overnight. I couldn’t walk on it for a day. After that, my car and garbage bins were back in the garage. The slatwall and new light was installed in less than a day after that. Everything was completed on time and to my complete satisfaction.  

How easy was Garage Living to work with?

Everybody was courteous and happy to answer any questions I had throughout the entire process. I especially appreciated the advice and options that were presented to me in regards to the issues with the garage wall and corner. That’s what great customer service is all about.

How satisfied were you and your wife with the garage makeover?

I was extremely happy with the end result. Everything looked brand new and finished and I look forward to keeping the garage much more organized now. My wife was amazed when she saw the final results.

What are your neighbours’ impressions of your one car garage makeover?

Many neighbours have come by to look at the end result and everyone has been more than impressed. I think most people aren’t used to seeing a clutter-free garage with a finished floor and a car parked inside. One neighbour even said that my garage looked nicer than some of the rooms in his house!

So you find yourself parking your car in the garage more now?

I park my car in the garage all the time now. We have a large maple tree that shades our driveway and the birds love sit on the branches and bomb our cars. My car stays cleaner now and I love that I never have to brush the snow off in the winter. I also have the peace of mind knowing that my car is protected and secure. Our other car was left unlocked in the driveway one night and somebody broke in.

Are you planning on using Garage Living for future garage upgrades?

Yes. My next upgrade will be a better garage door and garage door opener. I’m a tech geek and I love that today’s garage door openers have modern features that allow you to control the door from anywhere with a smartphone. I sometimes forget to close the garage door and would like something that does this automatically or that alerts me when it is left open for a long period of time.

Find out more about garage makeovers with your free in-home consultation

Jay loves what his one car garage makeover has done to improve his garage space. His is just one among the thousands of transformative garage makeovers that Garage Living has done throughout North America, for garages of all sizes. Some of them can be viewed here. Schedule your free in-home consultation today with one of our design consultants to discuss your own garage makeover.

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Garage Living Calgary Donates SportScreen Garage Door Protector

Garage Living Calgary recently donated a SportScreen garage door protector to the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association for one of their Novice age group tournaments. Okotoks is a town located about 18 km south of Calgary.

What is the SportScreen garage door protector?

The SportScreen is a sports training tool that is essentially a tarp made of high-tenacity open mesh polyester fabric that can be mounted above a garage door. This made-in-Canada product also has a convenient remote control roll-up feature.

Kids (or anyone older who’s still clinging to that dream of an NHL career) can practice their hockey shooting skills using real pucks or balls and the SportScreen will protect their garage door from dents. It also cuts down on the racket that’s created from this activity. Lacrosse, baseball, and soccer shooting will additionally work with the product, which was featured on TV’s Dragon Den program.

SportScreen works outside or inside a garage

SportScreens can also be set up inside a garage, which is handy for shooting practice when the weather is particularly unpleasant. One of Garage Living Calgary’s recent garage makeovers included the addition of the SportScreen.

Complement the SportScreen with a slatwall sports equipment and accessory wall

The garage makeover also included the addition of slatwall panels with slatwall accessories. This creates a sports equipment and accessory storage wall that keeps your belongings and garage interior organized.

Add Floortex™ floor coating to complete your garage project

Rounding out the garage makeover is an application of Floortex™ floor coating. There are 15 floor coating colours available and the client chose Obsidian for this project. A Floortex™ floor coating is perfect for a garage where the SportScreen is being used – it’s extremely durable and provides a nice, smooth surface.

A shooting pad that simulates an ice surface can also be purchased separately from SportScreen, which will additionally protect the garage floor from scuffing.

A Floortex™ floor coating, slatwall storage with accessories, and the SportScreen create the perfect mini sports training facility, right in your own garage!

Our Calgary location is the only Garage Living franchise currently utilizing the SportScreen in their garage makeovers. Contact them for more details.

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Garden Tool Garage Storage Solutions That Work Best

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A survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professionals last year found that 75% of Americans found it important to spend time in their yard. 90% of those surveyed with a yard also believed in the importance of keeping it well-maintained.

Lawn and yard care requires many kinds of tools and pieces of equipment to get the job done properly. You spend a significant amount of time every week grooming your lawn and the rest of your property. Why waste any of it looking for garden tools?

A sensible garage storage solution will help significantly in this area. It’ll also help keep your garage clutter-free, leaving ample space for parking your vehicles. Consider the following organizing solutions when it comes to your garden tool garage storage.

You have more garage wall space than floor space – make the most of it

Most garages have more wall space than floor space, so make the most of it. A versatile slatwall panel system is the most effective garden tool hanging system you can buy for the garage. Some of the benefits include:

  • maximizing your garage’s wall storage space by providing a wide range of storage options, in any configuration you choose with our slatwall accessories
  • keeping your garden tools organized and easy to find
  • more durable, versatile, and longer-lasting than pegboard and is easy to clean
  • adding an improved finished look to your garage and can be colour-coordinated to your garage’s decor
  • heavy-duty hooks and brackets can support up to 70 lbs. of weight

 

Garden Tool Garage Storage Solutions

Use garage cabinetry for your more valuable garden tools

Like slatwall panels, garage cabinetry also instantly improves the aesthetics of your garage. And garage cabinetry has more uses than for just storing your conventional carpentry tools and other hardware-related items.

Your more expensive electrical and gas yard equipment (such as leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, grass trimmers, and chainsaws) can be locked away safely. Garage cabinetry, along with hanging basket and bin accessories for slatwall, is also ideal for smaller items like gardening gloves, seed packages, and more.

Shelving and overhead storage increases your garage’s storage possibilities

Specialty storage racks give you even more garden tool garage storage options. Our standalone shelving rack is constructed with industrial strength steel to handle the heaviest weight loads. It’s also powder coated, which ensures a long life that’s rust-free.

Overhead racks let you make use of your garage’s underutilized ceiling space. These heavy-duty racks can hold items weighing up to 600 lbs. Store your snowblower in the overhead racks during the year’s warmer seasons and switch it out with your lawnmower during the winter months.

Eliminate garden hose messes with a quality hose reel

Keeping your garage and yard free from tangled up garden hoses is much easier with a quality hose reel. We carry mounted and portable garden hose reel storage solutions that will keep your hoses organized and much easier to use. Our hose reels and garden hoses are also much better quality than most types sold in stores. This means they’ll both work reliably and you won’t have to replace them as frequently.

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Proper garden tool garage storage improves safety

By making use of proper garden tool storage solutions, you’ll also be keeping your home safer. That old-time comedy visual of someone getting clanked on the head after stepping on the end of a rake is an all-too-real possibility if your garden tools are just left leaning against a wall or on the garage floor.

Hazardous yard care materials like insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizer are also better off locked away if you have children. Garage cabinets outfitted with locks allow you to do that and also keep these materials close to where you’ll be using them.

Keeping your garage safe, organized, and clutter-free becomes much easier with these efficient garden tool garage storage solutions. Garage Living’s team of skilled designers can help you put together a plan for your unique space, so schedule your free consultation appointment today.

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3 Fishing Gear Garage Storage Solutions Every Angler Needs

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If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you’ve likely been making the most of this summer’s beautiful, fishing-friendly weather. Avid fishers will inevitably end up investing in numerous kinds of rods, baits, and other fishing accessories to get the most out of their hobby.

As your fishing gear collection grows, so does the need for a proper way to store your equipment. Fishing gear is typically kept in the garage, but is your garage properly equipped for storing it? Keep all of your rods and accessories organized with these three fishing gear garage storage solutions.

1. Store your rods properly with a fishing rod rack

Your primary piece of equipment, your fishing rod, doesn’t take up a lot of space. There are several reasons, however, to invest in a proper solution for storing your fishing rods in the garage. A specialized fishing rod rack has the following benefits:

  • vertical storage method protects the delicate construction of your rods and helps them maintain their shape
  • safer than leaning your rods against the garage wall
  • fishing lines on your rods won’t get tangled with each other

Using slatwall panels and our special hanging solution designed specifically for fishing rods, we’ll make it easy to keep your rods in top condition.

2. Slatwall panels are great for fishing gear garage storage

Our slatwall panels also have over 40 other accessories available so you can store more of your fishing gear on your unused garage wall space. Select from the following accessories:

  • numerous type of hooks for your fishing outerwear, like jackets, vests, hats, and waders (our heavy duty hooks can handle the extra weight of wet waders)
  • baskets and shelving for gloves, tackle boxes, and hard-to-hang fishing gear items
  • an angled shoe shelf comfortably holds three pairs of fishing boots
  • two types of tilt-out storage bins can keep your smaller fishing gear items organized, such as hooks, sinkers, and lures

Any extra space you have on your slatwall panels can hold your garage’s other hangable items, including bikes, lawn tools, ladders, extension cords, and much more.

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3. Garage cabinetry also works effectively for storing smaller fishing gear items

If your growing collection of smaller fishing gear accessories can’t be contained by our storage bins, garage cabinetry will work perfectly. Modular and custom-fit cabinet systems are already a great addition to any garage with their high durability and sleek looks. They’re your best solution for storing tools, nuts, bolts, screws, drill bits, and other smaller items.

Smaller pieces of fishing gear, such as baits/lures, hooks, floats/bobbers, fishing line, and sinkers will also store nicely in garage cabinetry. Keep your hard-to-organize small fishing items easy to find and secure with the lock options available on some of our cabinet models.

Fishing gear garage storage becomes much easier with these three solutions. To improve your storage capabilities for your fishing equipment and many other garage items, schedule a free consultation with our experts today.

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