298 Garage Storage

Garages quickly become the catchall for anything and everything that needs to be stored. Forget about parking there, the luggage and holiday decorations need a place to live! Without proper garage storage in place, it’s easy to lose sight of the real use of the space. Taking back control can be simple with the right organizational essentials, such as garage cabinets, storage bins, a workbench and a bike hanger. Learn about the basics of garage and tool storage below to get your space back to its full working potential. More 
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What type of garage shelving should I get?

Storage shelves should be sturdy and sized properly for the space. Consider the weight and general height and width of the items you'll be storing on them, and then make your decision. Most garage shelves are made of metal, so they can be cleaned easily and will hold up over time. Wire shelving can be custom ordered to fit the exact dimension of your space, which is handy in an environment where every inch matters. Plastic shelving is also common — just make sure it’s well made and can withstand a reasonable amount of weight, since full storage bins can get awfully heavy.

What are my tool storage options?

To be of the most use to you, your tools should be well organized and easily accessible. A garage workbench is a good central hub. Putting up peg board behind and around workbenches is a cost efficient way to display and store your tools. There are plenty of different pegboard hooks and other pegboard accessories made to hold specific items, so find what works best for your collection.

A tool chest, or tool cabinet, is a must-have for the family that has lots of small tools. The shallow drawers will keep everything neatly arranged, and most tool chests can be locked to keep dangerous items out of harms way. Look for a tool cart or rolling tool box if you do lots of work outside of the garage itself. Similarly, a portable workbench is handy if garage space is tight and working elsewhere is more comfortable.
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