Do you often find your garage overflowing with clutter and odds and ends? You’re not alone. Many homeowners can’t help but turn their once-clean garage into a catch-all for everything that doesn’t have a designated spot in the house. Over time, this makes your space feel cramped and chaotic due to a lack of proper garage storage ideas.
But you don’t have to live with that! Why not consider a solution that maximizes your garage’s storage capacity, enhances its aesthetic appeal, and adds to your quality of life? Maybe all you need are some better garage storage options!
There’s no such thing as “the best garage storage solution”, or anything else that’s 100% perfect. Everyone’s needs are different and will require different approaches. Think of the following factors to make sure that your chosen storage not only matches your lifestyle, but also stands up to the challenges of Calgary’s ever-changing seasons for the long haul:
How much stuff you have: Evaluate how much storage space you require, considering items like bikes, tools, garden equipment, totes, extra supplies, spare tires, and so on.
Functionality: Define the purpose of your storage. Will it be mainly for stowing away tools, organizing hobby materials, housing spare tires, or just to get things out of sight for years at a time?
Durability: Materials like porcelain don’t belong in a garage. Invest in something heavy-duty and reliable, like steel or hard plastic, that is going to last through Calgary’s constant freeze/thaw cycles.
Accessibility: For most people, relatively easy access to your stored items is crucial. Opt for solutions that allow you to retrieve what you need without hassle.
Aesthetics: With all that said, don’t compromise on style. Choose storage solutions that align with your preferences and match the vibe of your home. Otherwise, you’ll always regret going for an option you don’t like as much.
What about the rest of my garage?
Who said storage solutions have to be the end of your garage upgrade journey? We also offer a range of accessories that can elevate your garage’s functionality and appearance. Think about practical enhancements like mats for the floor, vehicle lifts, wall guards, magnetic induction lighting, and heaters to keep the interior warm. If you really want to take things to the next level, you can even explore different flooring to suit your needs. Our team is here to assist you in achieving a complete garage makeover!
3 Different Overhead Storage Ideas
When it comes to optimizing storage in your garage, sometimes all you have to do is look up and imagine.
Overhead storage options not only clear valuable floor space but also make use of areas that are often overlooked. Whether you’re stowing large sports equipment, precious childhood toys, or seasonal items like parkas and boots, The Garage Store offers a variety of ingenious overhead storage solutions designed to enhance both functionality and convenience.
1) Motorized Lifts
– ProSlat Storage Elevators
When it comes to garage storage ideas, accessibility is key. That’s where ceiling lifts like the ProSlat shine. Imagine effortlessly raising and lowering your items with just the push of a button – no dangerous ladders or balancing acts required.
The ProSlat has a wide variety of attachments, an optional platform, and a motor that moves the whole thing at 30 feet per minute. Secure on the ceiling, it provides a convenient solution for storing items that are tough to move but you need to get to – bikes, totes, big bags of hockey equipment, and so on.
– ONRAX Overhead Storage Unit
Bring the whole shelf down to you and back up again with the motorized ONRAX overhead storage unit. It’s a perfect blend of style and function, with 14-gauge steel that offers all the strength you need. Plus, you can choose from different sizes and finishes, almost all of which have a maximum lowerable range of nearly four feet (45”). No more struggling to lift something heavy all the way up and over your head.
2) Mechanical Lifts
Bikes are fantastic for the whole family to stay active and explore the outdoors, but finding a convenient and space-saving storage solution can be a challenge. Enter bike lifts – the best way to keep your bikes safely stored and out of the way when not in use.
Bike lifts like the Floaterhoist operate on a lever-and-pulley system, using leverage to reduce the effort needed to lift and store your bike up overhead. The three-point supports make sure it stays up there as long as you want it to, too.
– ProSlat Hoist
If you need something more versatile, you’ll find it in the ProSlat Hoist – which lifts bikes as well as kayaks, ladders, and anything else that will fit into its straps. They can hold up to 100 lbs and are built with a locking mechanism, so you can feel fully safe in reclaiming your floor space and organizing your garage.
3) Mounted Overhead Racks and Shelves
When it comes to effective garage organization, using available space is the key – and mounted overhead racks and shelves offer a smart solution for optimizing storage in your garage.
– ONRAX Overhead Storage Unit
That’s right – there’s a basic version of the ONRAX shelf, which stays firmly in place along the ceiling where you put it. If you just need to put things off the floor and out of the way, with less worries about constant access, this product from the ONRAX company will never let you down.
– Hayley Overhead Racking
Now you’re in the big leagues of overhead storage! With a weight limit of up to 600 lbs, the Hayley overhead rack has enough strength to handle almost anything you throw at it. Use it as a sturdy platform to store larger items, such as boxes of seasonal decorations, bulky luggage, or barely used equipment. However, proper installation into the roof joists is crucial to ensure safety and stability – so give our experts at The Garage Store a call, and we’ll make sure that the entire thing is good to go.
3 Categories of Wall Storage Ideas
Don’t overlook the potential of your walls in keeping your garage floor clear. Garage wall storage solutions are often the best method of storing various items, keeping your tools, equipment, and other belongings within easy reach but away from precious floor space. Here at The Garage Store, we’ve got a range of options to choose from – which one would be best for you?
1) Slats and Pegboards
Slats and pegboards are simple but ingenious systems to keep wall space orderly, with customizable layouts like the HandiWALL that can be easily adjusted to accommodate a variety of items. They’ve been a mainstay of modern garages for decades, and if it’s not broken, why fix it?
– ProSlat Wall Storage
ProSlat isn’t just for lifts and shelves – they also offer excellent customizable slat wall panels and accessories to go with any home. ProSlat has proven to be so good that we incorporate some of their products into almost every one of our clients’ storage strategies. Choose from PVC, Aluminum, ProCore, and ProCore+ panels and accessorize to your heart’s content!
Pro tip: branch out from tools and think of how else you can use these boards. Ladders, small hanging shelves, paper towel dispensers, coat hooks, hose storage, bike hooks…the possibilities are endless.
2) Wall-Mounted Bars and Rods
– Racor Racks
Got lots you want to hang? Racor Racks are your best bet. They’ve got more than 50 products to choose from, each one meant to save space and keep your floor clutter-free. And no worries if you’ve got to hang something heavy – some of the rods and bars we install can hold up to 1,000 lbs.
Use these for everything from rakes, shovels, and trowels to lawnmowers, compressors, spare tires, heavy totes, and just about anything else.
3) Hanging Racks
Oversize equipment like spare tires, kayaks, and skis can present a challenge when it comes to finding a suitable storage solution. Enter hanging racks and organizers – put ‘em up high and put all that stuff out of sight and out of mind.
We use tire racks from both Hayley and ProSlat, specially designed to keep these bulky, muddy, and heavy items out of the corner of your garage. Simply install the racks sized for your tires in an appropriate place, load up your spares, and then forget about all the headaches you used to have about them. Easy!
5 Different Garage Cabinet Options
For homeowners with an array of smaller items, investing in a comprehensive garage cabinet set can be a game-changer. These state-of-the-art, fully customized cabinets provide a great-looking, all-in-one storage solution with unmatched practicality and an aesthetic to tie the whole room together. Call us biased, but we think garage cabinets are one of the best parts of any garage environment.
If you want to go for cabinets, think about what you need in your garage, like:
Materials to use: wood, MDF, or steel (16 and 20 gauge)
Modular or whole sections
Permanent or rolling cabinets
Freestanding or wall-mounted floating cabinets
Area of coverage: upper, lower, closet, corner/blind corner, tool chests
Remember – whatever combination you choose, we can make it happen!
Calgary Garage Storage Ideas: Installation
There’s a lot of information here, but remember, The Garage Store is here to guide you every step of the way. We have the expertise to tailor a solution that perfectly aligns with your needs and preferences. So, contact us today to discover the full spectrum of garage storage ideas and possibilities, and book a free consultation that will help you make the most of your decision. We can’t wait to help you turn your garage into a little piece of organizational heaven!