If you are like any homeowner who has lived in the same home for a few years, it’s likely you’ve amassed enough clutter to make your garage nearly unusable.
If you can no longer park in your garage or access storage bins, bicycles or your workbench, it may be time to give your garage an interior design overhaul. With a focus on maximizing garage storage space, you can keep it organized and free from clutter.
Redesigning the interior of a garage is not as hard as it might seem – it just requires a little patience, and a bit of planning.
Before you know it, you’ll have easily accessible home storage space and you’ll be able keep your vehicles out of the Sacramento summer heat again. We’re killing two birds with one stone here!
If you’re looking to make your garage tidier, more organized, and more useful, look no further than these 5 unique garage interior design ideas to maximize storage space:
1. Change Your Garage Layout
First consider taking some time to evaluate how your things are currently placed around the garage, and identify ways you can rearrange them to make the space feel more open while not losing out on home storage space.
Think about moving bulky items such as workbenches and exercise equipment to the corners of the garage to keep the long walls accessible for possible cabinet and shelf installation.
While rearranging, pay special attention to areas you might not have thought could be used for storage coming to your attention. There are plenty of ways to turn awkward corners and spaces of your home into useable space by adding corner storage shelves. Consider this as you begin to map out your new garage layout.
2. Use the Ceiling, Not the Floor
Too often it feels easier to try to organize the garage from the floor up, not the ceiling down. By using the ceiling to store items by hanging them up, you can maximize both your storage space and your navigable space in the garage.
Consider hanging as many of your items as you can from the ceiling, such as bicycles, winter gear, ropes and harnesses, and even tools. You can also install a large net to hang from certain areas of the ceiling, then keep extra blankets, sleeping bags, and other soft items up there for easy access.
3. Install New Storage Cabinets and Shelves
If you have a lot of clutter in your garage, there are two main ways to organize and store away items: cabinets and shelving.
Installing cabinets along the walls with a countertop underneath or on top of your cabinets will allow you to stow away your smaller items, boxes, and containers. Adding a countertop below or above your cabinets will give you extra surface area to work with. A carefully planned countertop addition can also make for a fantastic desk spot if you’re in need of modern man cave ideas and if you have the space for it.
To really maximize storage space, heavy-duty shelves are a must. Big, sturdy shelves will allow you to stow away larger boxes and bins, such as your camping gear or Christmas decorations.
For those that are looking for a completely organized garage interior design, look for non-clear storage bins of the same color. Your shelf will look much better if you can’t see the clutter or junk, but it may be necessary to add labels if you want to efficiently find your bins when you need them.
4. Combine Aesthetic and Functionality
By thinking a little bit creatively, you can save a lot of space while making the garage look more aesthetically appealing. Think about how you can make your garage have a bit more of a personal touch by using your possessions as decorations. Try attaching outdoor and housekeeping equipment in organized sections with wall-panel storage.
Bikes and snowboards are notorious for taking up huge amounts of space in any garage when left on the ground – but by hanging your bike on the wall, or displaying your snowboards next to each other on the wall, you will completely free up the space they previously took up without creating more clutter and giving the space a bit of your own decorative flair.
5. Consider Keeping Your Car Outside
One of the main things limiting the storage capacity of your garage is whether or not to store your car (or cars) in there. If you live in a place with extreme weather, such as blizzards, heavy rain, hail, or anything similar, it is generally best practice to keep your car inside so as to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.
However, if you live in a place that is sunny year-round, or where the weather never gets bad enough for the possibility of damage to your vehicle, consider keeping it outside instead. This will create a huge amount of space for you to be able to work with and can help you to visualize the end result while you are rearranging, and if you are smart with your layout and placement of new installations, you may find that you are still able to bring it inside in extreme circumstances.
And while it can be a pain for daily drivers, parking a spare car outside and protecting it with a car cover is a viable idea to help you maximize your garage’s storage space.
With a little time and some small investments, your garage can turn into one of the most useful spaces in your home. Have any additional insight or ideas to share? Let me know on Twitter!
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