For really organized people, the garage is just another room of the house. It’s welcoming, spotless, and if it’s heated – you can spend your life in there. But for many others, the garage is a headache and a half. And cleaning it is never the highest priority on the “to-do” list. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not having enough storage and shelving. People are often worried about getting shelving and storage, because if it doesn’t get used, it’s more clutter. But, it’s really the only way to go if you want to have a truly clean garage. Here’s a little info about the three main types of garage shelving:
This type of storage is a good choice if you don’t have the time or desire to set up wall shelving, which we’ll discuss in a bit. The disadvantage? If you don’t keep up with cleaning the garage, it’s simply more “stuff” on the floor. This type of shelving is pretty self explanatory – the more stuff you keep in your garage, the more shelving you need. If you have heavier stuff, you’ll want to buy a durable, metal or steel unit. Avoid shelving with wheels, as well as tall shelving. Most people don’t have their ladders set up in the garage, so they reach excessively, which is a recipe for disaster.
Wall shelving is nice for getting the showroom feel going in your garage. It just takes some time to install everything. Some of these units are adjustable, which is nice if you’re always getting new things that need to be stored. A lot of times you can build wall shelving yourself. It’s similar to building shelves in your home, but garages often have sheet-rock you have to worry about. Make sure you have a plan and build everything to be extremely sturdy. You don’t want to damage your cars, or worse, any people.
Ceiling shelving is the best option for maximizing your space. But as you could probably guess, it’s not easy to access anything. People often invest money in these units and never end up getting anything out of the storage containers; it would be better off to just throw away anything you know you won’t use. I find them really useful for hanging bicycles upside down. It’s best to have ceiling shelving professionally installed, as it is the most dangerous type of shelving when installed improperly.
If you want to make the most of your garage, it’s best to utilize all three types of shelving. Good luck!