How To Maximize The Storage Space In Your Garage

What’s inside of your garage? If you answered “a car” then congratulations! You’re a rare find. According to the US Department of Energy, 25% of people with a two-car garage don’t park any vehicles inside.

House with two car garage.

Storage or parking?

For many homeowners the garage is for storage – extra stuff and junk. Meanwhile your second most important expense, after your home, is sitting in the driveway, or worse, parked on the road.

Leaving your vehicle in the sun, snow ice and rain can be hard on the finish. It’s easier to break into and steal from the driveway or on the street. When you don’t park your vehicle in the garage you’re also wasting valuable square footage in your home.

This is a classic example of old kitchen cabinets being repurposed in a two car garage. It’s an inexpensive and often temporary solution.

Classic two car garage.

Garage storage wars

What could possibly be more important to store in the garage than a vehicle? A random sampling of neighbourhood garages usually reveals that people are using their garage for some of these items:

  • recycling and garbage bins
  • seasonal tires
  • stuff for the next garage sale that didn’t sell at the last one
  • bicycles and sporting equipment
  • seasonal outdoor decorations
  • stuff that needs fixing
  • gardening tools
  • a freezer or an extra fridge
  • stuff that didn’t fit in the house and isn’t affected by cold temperatures
  • camping gear and picnic coolers
  • artificial Christmas tree

What’s missing from this list? Vehicles!

The garage purge

If this is your garage, the first thing you need to do is walk in there and take stock of everything. Does it really belong there? Can it go somewhere else, get donated, given away or thrown out?

If the answer is “no!” then it’s time to look at solutions to get your garage organized and maximize your storage space.

Getting rid of paint cans

Everyone holds onto old paint cans for touch ups or simply for reference but they take up valuable space. Use your phone to take a photo of the paint can label. Be sure to  include the colour code and put a dab on the paint lid for reference. Gather up all of the cans and take them to Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) site.

If you were to empty all the contents out of your garage you’d be surprised how even a single car garage is quite big, that’s because it’s more than just the floor space.

Overhead storage

Look up! There’s tons of space to install overhead storage racks. It’s not the solution for everyday use but it’s great added value when you can tuck things up and out of the way for a whole season. Picnic coolers, seasonal tires and patio furniture can be stored safely and out of sight.

Wall storage

Now look at the walls. That’s added storage too. A slat wall system will take most of the “stuff” in your garage and hang it up. Hanging racks, shelves, bins come in many different configurations so you can hang small tools, gardening equipment, hockey bags or even your bikes.

Garage cabinetry

Custom garage cabinetry can hold everything behind closed doors from an artificial Christmas tree to last season’s wardrobe. Of course it can also be used to hold the car cleaning and maintenance supplies, power tools, and more.

Garage cabinetry and slatwall system helps to maximize the storage in this garage.

Garage cabinetry and a slatwall system helps to maximize the storage space in this garage.

Park your vehicle in the garage

That leaves the recycling and garbage bins and maybe the freezer. They’re around the same depth so line them up. Now, slowly drive your vehicle in to it’s newly cleaned, safer and more organized space.

Visit our showroom for ideas

For custom organizing solutions in your garage visit one of our showrooms. Walk through the garages we have on display and discover all of the storage options that are available.


Let’s talk about your garage remodel project.

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