Are you building a new house with a garage? Or do you already have one, and it just needs a major revamp? No worries. Here’s how to plan your garage space in the most efficient way.
1. Measure your space. It’s important to get your exact dimensions, including…
- front, back, and side walls
- size and location of windows and doors, including doorstep
- location of stairs, outlets, and switches
- floorspace and space occupied by your car(s)
- clearance for the garage door
2. Identify your needs. Consider what you use your garage for and optimize the space for all you keep there. Think about logical places to store your gear. Group similar items together (automotive, sports, gardening, etc.), while putting frequently used items in the most accessible place.
3. What’s your style?
- Let it all hang out. Do you like to keep your items out, off the floor, and accessible via hooks and shelves?
- Basket case. Do you prefer your stuff to be visible, but safely secured in flexible, easily adjustable baskets and bins?
- Outta sight. Or would you rather hide items behind cabinet doors and in wall boxes for a sleeker look?
4. Plan your way. Getting stuff done is always easiest when you have the perfect garage organization ideas in front of you. There’s no one way of planning, so feel free to use all three of these:
- Online. Use this Gladiator® Design Studio to enter your garage’s dimensions and configure Gladiator® products right on your PC or tablet.
- Sketch. Get out some graph paper and rough out your ideal garage. This will save you moving time later.
- Ask the experts. Want more help? Get personal advice and professional support from Gladiator brand authorized installers here.
5. Choose the right storage system for your stuff.
- Hook. Hooks are ideal when floor space is at a premium.
- Basket. Baskets allow you to quickly locate and grab smaller items. Plus, they’re easily moved.
- Shelf. Gladiator® Rack Shelving can hold your heavy gear.
- Drawers. Perfect for smaller hand tools or frequently used items.
- Cabinet. Gladiator® GearBoxes provide safe, secure storage for items not used every day.
- Tool Storage. Mobility and accessibility are the keys to smart tool storage.
6. Create a wall organization system. Using your walls for storage is a smart way to get gear up off the floor and maximize space. It also provides you with flexible storage options that transform your garage into a space you can actually use.
- GearTrack® Channels: A simple solution to quickly organizing your garage without making a full-wall commitment.
- GearWall® Panels: Full coverage garage wall organization system that offers complete storage flexibility for often-rearranged items.
7. Floor or wall… or both? Gladiator® Wall GearBoxes hang on Gladiator brand wall systems to free up floor space and protect items against potential flooding. Gladiator® Modular, Tall and Jumbo GearBoxes rest on the floor with casters or adjustable leveler legs.
8. Choose the right size. Storage cabinets are the right choice when you want to clear items from the floor and keep them safely hidden behind closed doors. Based on your garage space and storage needs, you can select Gladiator® GearBoxes in small, medium and large sizes. Our Jumbo GearBox, in fact, is six feet tall and holds loads of 300 lbs.
9. Safety and mobility. Most Gladiator® GearBoxes feature universal lock systems to ensure safety and security. Solid rubber casters give you more options and mobility around the garage.
10. Working with your work surfaces. Both bamboo and maple tops make excellent surfaces for your project needs. Gladiator® workbenches support up to 1,000 lbs to handle virtually any project you’re planning.
11. Selecting the best location. When choosing a spot for your work surface, be sure to consider good lighting, plenty of room to work, and access to electrical outlets for your various tools and chargers. Here are a few suggestions on choosing the best location:
- In small garage, side placement usually works best.
- In the average two-car garage, the back wall is the ideal place for your work surface.
- Three-car garages often afford L-shaped work surface configurations for highly functional project areas.
- Large garages often provide enough room for any number of possible placements for work surfaces. A long row of back wall workbenches is typically the simplest option.
12. Keep it tidy. Here are a few tips for keeping your surface clean and highly functional.
- Keep a trash can nearby. A garbage can or compactor will help keep debris from cluttering your work area.
- Hang tools close to your bench. It’s always easier to put a tool in its proper place when that place is nearby.
- Hang plenty of bins. Keeping screws, nails and other small items stored away in bins is a simple way to maintain a tidy surface.
- Dock a modular GearBox. A Gladiator® Modular GearBox under your workbench provides quick access to frequently used items.
13. Move in! Well, you’ve eliminated unwanted clutter, planned an efficient layout and installed the most efficient garage storage system to meet your unique needs. All that’s left is to bring back and store your “keep” items, and put to good use all the space you’ve managed to reclaim. Enjoy!