A Quick Guide to Garage Storage

The garage is often the most disorganised part of the home, and with good reason: We store everything that doesn’t fit or we’d rather not have in our living spaces in the garage. Gardening supplies, power tools, sports equipment, these are just some of the things that we commonly store in the garage. It is also one of the least visited areas of the home. Just looking at the mess raises one’s stress levels. What can you do to remove all this mess?

You can get all of the garage mess under control with the help of garage organisation and storage systems. You have two options: You can build the garage shelving yourself, or you can buy it. The former is good if you know carpentry and design, but for the rest of us mortals who can’t be trusted with a hammer, a trip to the store is our only choice. These garage storage systems help us reduce the amount of clutter in our homes, develop a sense of organisation, and improves our storage systems for our seldom-used items.

Garage storage systems are available in a wide variety of types and configurations, ready to fulfil our every storage need. Utility cabinets, pegboard hutches and tool chests allow us to store and organise our power tools and other hardware. Garage shelving and garage cabinets, on the other hand, allow us to store a wide variety of objects, not just power tools. Garage storage cabinets can be categorised into three main kinds: base cabinets, utility cabinets and wall cabinets.

BASE CABINETS

Base cabinets can be either used as a standalone or as part of a more intricate garage storage system. They are generally more affordable compared to in-built and mounted cabinets.

Depending on the type and the manufacturer, a base cabinet usually has 2 to 3 drawers or a combination of shelves and drawers. This makes customisation easy for anyone looking to improve their garage storage.

Some of the most common features include adjustable feet, protective edges, key and keypad locks and metal corners. This makes base cabinets one of the most durable storage options out there.

UTILITY CABINETS

Utility cabinets provide an easy and mobile storage solution for an overwhelmed garage. They are often freestanding, and you can even add more cabinets as your storage needs grow. They are most suited for storing and organising gardening and lawn care equipment and other small gadgets and accessories.

Utility cabinets are available in a variety of sizes and styles and can store long, narrow objects. Some cabinets can even be partitioned to separate bins and shelving. If you have a lot of small objects lying around, the utility cabinet is for you.

WALL CABINETS

Wall cabinets are the most common and traditional method for garage shelving. They allow you to maximise your storage space without taking up too much of your valuable floor area. An open wall cabinet allows you immediate access and easy identification of any stored objects. The height makes it also out of reach of children.

For extra protection from light, heat dust and prying eyes, an enclosed wall cabinet with doors (available in lift-up, hinged and sliding varieties) allows for convenient and hidden storage. Wall cabinets are perhaps the most customisable of the three. It can be configured to any shape or size; a rectangular cabinet makes use of horizontal space while a tall cabinet allows you to store objects vertically.

A FINAL WORD

The best garage storage systems incorporate all three types of cabinets to best serve your storage needs. You can have a pegboard hutch for all your hand tools, wall cabinets for your power tools and sensitive chemicals and fluids, a utility cabinet for your gardening equipment and a base cabinet for everything in between. You can customise your cabinets if you want to turn your garage into a workshop or gardening area as well. The only limit is your imagination, and maybe your budget.