Building Garage Storage Units: Ten Helpful Tips

When it comes to building garage storage, it seems there can never be enough. Garages tend to become dumping grounds for items that appear to have no better place, and junk can end up taking over the space where the car should be parked. These helpful hints are meant to assist with building garage storage more efficiently.

Tip 1: Evaluate What You Have

Decide what needs to be stored in the garage. Is parking the car in the garage a priority? If so, then space needs to be adequate to get in and around the vehicles.  

Tip 2: Categorize

Think of your items in terms of zones. This will be very important when it comes to building garage storage. For example, you may have:

  • Garden tools, hardware and building tools
  • Recreational equipment and sporting goods
  • Seasonal gear and decorations
  • Automotive supplies
  • Trash and recycling

Tip 3: Pick an Organizing System

Think about how a hardware store is organized. If part of the garage will be designated for a shop, some tools can be stored on pegboards or hangers for easy access. Rolling tool organizers are perfect for someone that uses them frequently. Shelving and cabinets lift items off the ground, and clear plastic boxes can reduce clutter.

Tip 4: Be Safe

Locked cabinets are essential for storage of valuable tools and poisonous garden and automotive chemicals. Locks will keep children safe from dangerous power tools and prevent hazardous spills.

Tip 4: Consider Who Uses the Items

If children’s toys or bikes are being used often, then build garage storage with them in mind to ensure these items are put away correctly. Children’s items can be stored lower or away from the vehicles so they don’t bang in to them. Adult items, such as golf bags or skis, can be hung up on hooks that are easily reached, but out of the way. Bicycles can be hung from ceiling mounts that work with a pulley system.

Tip 5: Remember the Trash

Keep the area tidy by building storage for trash and recycling bins. A tall wire shelving unit can have the garbage cans and recycling bins tucked underneath it. This area can also house items such as yard waste bags, twine or any other items relating to refuse.  

Tip 6: Make Space for Heavy-Duty Supplies

Most garages are deep enough to accommodate narrow cabinets or vertical storage systems. This area provides perfect storage for auto supplies, such as buckets and car-care materials, sprays, filters, etc. Painting supplies will also fit here.

Tip 7: Move Up

For a garage with an open ceilings, build additional storage space over it, similar to an attic. Pull-down doors with fold-out stairs are great for accessing compact spaces. This type of storage is ideal for seasonal things like holiday decorations or other rarely-used items stored in plastic bins. 

Tip 8: Use Your Garage Every Day

If there is room, the garage can also be considered as a spot to put an extra refrigerator. Hang hooks for wet coats and designate a spot on the floor for muddy shoes. Install a cabinet to store precious or extra files. These should also work into the zoned areas for convenience and efficiency.