Giant inner tubes that we’ve been playing on in the neighborhood pool, six bikes with pool towels draped over them, my speaking supplies, three bags of donations and other random things have accumulated on my husband’s side of the garage. Now that fall is upon us it is a perfect time to clear out, clean up, get organized and, yes, give our garage a little makeover.
Chris Long, from Home Depot in Chicago, is our guest post author today. He is going to share some sophisticated storage solutions for your garage. Furniture in the garage? Read on…
Sophisticated Storage for your Garage
With the arrival of autumn comes the time to put away the toys of summer. For many of us, that means loading things back into our garages.
But instead of simply piling things into corners to collect dust as they eagerly await the final frost of spring, why not embrace the décor opportunities presented with such a space?
Indeed, our garages are virtual blank canvases at this time of year, and just because storage pieces serve a purpose doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty to look at as well.
For more on that, here are some suggestions for storing your stuff in style this season!
Build out a Better Bookcase
The all-star of storage has got to be the bookcase. And with so many ways to personalize it, it’s one of the best candidates for combined storage functionality and aesthetic appeal. For example:
- Wood versions can be painted in whatever shade suits your fancy
- You can stock them as open shelving units for easy access (just stay on top of keeping everything ship shape so your shelves don’t look cluttered)
- Bookcases with doors (solid or with glass inserts) keep items in and protected from those you’d prefer to keep out (like kids and pets)
- Some versions may even come with a means to lock the doors – a great option if you are storing paint or chemicals that would be toxic in the wrong hands (yep: kids and pets)
While we’re on the subject of kids and pets, if you’re concerned about potential risks presented by bulky bookcases, simply anchor it to your garage wall with a few bolts drilled into the drywall.
When your kids grow out of their chest of drawers or when you overhaul your bedroom suite, refresh your dresser with a coat of paint and place it in the garage to live out the remainder of its existence!
The drawers provide ample storage for small or flat items. Some examples include:
- Tools like screwdrivers and hammers
- Paint brushes
- Extension cords
- Light bulbs and batteries
- Nails, Hooks and Screws
Another way to push the boundaries of your storage when you need to separate small items within the individual drawers even further is the use of cutlery dividers or craft boxes (for jewelry or thread, etc.).
These drawer organizers come complete with little compartments that are ideal for keeping tiny things like nails or screws confined to their own spaces and make finding a specific size of these items a cinch!
Convenient Computer Desks
By working a piece of furniture that was previously used as a computer desk into your garage setup, you now have a fully-functioning gardening workstation! Just swap out that laptop with a few terra cotta pots and you’re in business.
A computer desk like this one is ideal due to the inclusion of two different types of storage. The center drawer is perfect for keeping your gardening gloves or hand tools like your spade, shovel or hand trowel and the shelf below is a great place to keep your watering can and bags of potting soil.
Finally, employ small storage boxes to safely stow your organized flower seed packets until you’re ready to plant them!
By utilizing a corner desk, you can maximize every inch of your garage and ensure no available space goes to waste. To really stretch the space, install corner shelves above the desk to keep more lightweight items off the floor but still within easy reach.
Terrific Trunks and Fabulous Footlockers
What family garage would be complete without sports equipment or pool/beach accessories strewn about the space?
If you incorporate a stylish trunk or foot locker outside, you now have a place to contain the scattered balls and floaties that would otherwise clog up your pathways, presenting both a hassle for your organization efforts as well as a hazard to your safety.
Whether you have run out of floor space for a trunk or simply prefer to stock it with different items, consider hanging a mesh bag from a hook on the wall for your errant sports equipment.
Bench with Built-in Storage
And speaking of hooks, here’s a great option that meets a myriad of needs! Taking it from the top down, you’ve got:
- Upper cubby units for hats, gloves, scarves or more dangerous items you may want to keep out of reach of little fingers
- Hooks for hanging jackets, coats, umbrellas, leashes, even reusable grocery bags
- Bench for sitting down and putting on and taking off shoes, which also means you’re not tracking garage grime through the house!
- Shoe storage inside the bench compartments to keep them accessible but protected from puppies and kids alike
What are some of the sophisticated storage pieces you want to use in your garage organization this fall?
Chris Long is a Home Depot store associate in the Chicago area, where he has been helping customers since 2000. Chris also contributes to Home Depot’s Home Decorators.com on furniture topics. He’s been providing advice to homeowners on unique ways to utilize everything from bookcases to computer tables to room dividers.