Get The Most Out Of Your Garage

by on 07/17/2014 - 12:50 pm

Category: Garage/Basement/Storage

The garage may be the room most deserving of the title "multipurpose."  And that space can be tough to design and organize, as we try to balance form and function.

In the garage, we need an expansive open floor for vehicles and heavy equipment, like lawnmowers. The floors should be tough enough to deal with wet/muddy/salty/snowy tires and shoes. Plus, vertical space along the walls has to support storage space for seasonal equipment, decorations, and more.

Oh, and can it all look nice?

This conflict is what created a residential demand for technologies that had previously only seen commercial use. Polymer-based floor coatings have been used in factories and hospitals for years, but recently homeowners have discovered that the durable, stain-resistant floors look pretty good in garages, too.

Garage storage and organization also requires a unique solution. In many homes, the garage is the main storage space, but not all that space is the same. Floor space needs to be preserved and protected. It might be easy to throw that box of old clothes on the ground, but you'll regret it when you have to turn sideways to get to your car.

Take advantage of vertical space. The garage may be the only room in your home where wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling shelves communicates "organized," and not "hoarder."

Put your frequently used items on lower shelves in forward spots, and push seasonal items to the top. There's no reason for Christmas decorations in Rubbermaid bins to be staring eye-level at you every morning. Pack them up, and put them on the top shelf.