Home & Garden

How to reclaim the space in your garage

Garage organization is easy with the right storage solutions.
Garage organization is easy with the right storage solutions. TNS

Do you have an impressive front entry door but you prefer to enter and leave your home through the garage?

If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of 1,000 adults living in homes with remote-controlled garage doors found that more than 80 percent use their garage as the main entrance.

But the garage is usually ignored when it comes to making it an appealing spot you want to come home to.

“You don’t want the main entryway to be the worst-looking room in the house,” said Jim Melchert, owner of Garage Store in East Dundee, Ill.

Clear the room. Restore order by stowing away all those toys, garden supplies and stacks of holiday bins. There’s no need to sell your car to make space, though. Modular systems and other storage products that suit your budget make organizing garage space a snap.

For example, with Gladiator GarageWorks storage solutions, you can spend $10,000 or more for a complete makeover or you can start with a simple component, such as the GearTrack Pack, strips that run horizontally on a wall and hold various tools. It costs less than $25 for 8 linear feet.

That flexibility is a plus: You don’t have to do an entire wall, just what you need. Put one or two strips on a garage wall, add any of the various hooks available, and garden tools, shovels, hoses and other bits of paraphernalia can hang neatly organized and within easy reach. Another advantage: The hooks are adjustable, so the positioning of items is flexible.

In addition to the hooks, Gladiator GarageWorks offers metal or mesh baskets that hang on the wall for frequently used items. If you want a cleaner look, consider lockers and cabinets that keep clutter out of sight. The cabinets come in silver or red with a tread plate door design or in white for a more modern, clean appearance. They also mount on walls or can be free-standing, with rollers to ease mobility.

Express your personality. Lest you think a garage storage system might look too generic or industrial, there is room for individuality. PrimeTime lockers are available in various team logos and big enough to accommodate hockey sticks.

Give an ordinary concrete floor a polished finish with stylish materials.

For a flashy industrial look that blends in with other components, diamond metallic flooring is an option. It’s available in a peel-and-stick tile version from Raceday or can be purchased in large sizes, such as 10 feet by 22 feet, from various manufacturers. Other floor options include a durable epoxy coating or rubberized vinyl floor mats by Better Life Technology.

“You can do anything with a garage,” Melchert said. “If you’re into automotive, camping, sporting events, there’s flexibility with the wall system and wall accessories that let you build a garage to fit your lifestyle.”