It’s nice to figure out the average cost of a bathroom remodel, or the average cost of a kitchen remodel, follow through on the renovations and have a brand new space in your home. Though, when it comes time to throwing out and storing some of the things from your old room, where do you put it? Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is the garage. While a great place to tuck your cars and other automobiles, the garage often turns into a place of storage, and a messy one at that! That’s why we here at Mihalko’s General Contracting have put together a list of ideas on how to optimize your garage for storage.
1. Multi-purpose Bench
A long bench with hooks and cubbies, the multi-purpose bench is perfect for a family with kids. Place the bench against the wall next to the door leading into the home and it will stand as not only a reminder to take off your shoes and coat before entering, but also a place to put them.
2. Commercial Cabinetry. Probably the most cost effective of all storage solutions, commercial cabinetry is great if you need something quick and easy. Available at most local contracting stores, or even an Ikea, when buying commercial cabinetry consider one on stilts in order to prevent unwanted water damage in case of a flood.
3. Loft. If your garage has limited floor space, but high ceilings, a loft may be the perfect storage solution for you. Having a local contractor build a loft in your garage will optimize your storage area so you can keep your home clutter free. A loft, or even an attic, can also be a consideration for those of you with extra space between your garage ceiling and roof.
4. Overhead Storage. If you’re not ready for the addition of a loft or an attic, consider overhead storage. Installing suspended shelving above your garage doors will maximize your storage capacity by taking advantage of unused space.
5. Slat Wall. If you’ve ever been in a retail store, you’ve probably seen a slat wall. Slat walls are a fantastic way to keep things off the floor, but still within reach. With the ability to move and space hooks at will, a slat wall is the perfect solution for hanging toys, tools, bicycles and much more.
6. Built In Cabinetry. While this may be a more expensive option, it’s definitely worth your dollar. Built in cabinetry is not only customizable in color and shape, but it can also be fitted to take up the entire surface area of a garage wall. Ultimately, this will ensure you’re getting the storage space you need to live a clutter free life.
Garages were not meant to be cluttered and they don’t have to be. There are multiple techniques to decluttering your garage, many of which we’ve listed above. When you’re ready to finally do something about the mess that’s been piling up in your garage, call a contractor you can trust. Call a contracting family that has been serving the Johnstown PA, Latrobe PA and Altoona PA area for over 34 years. Call Mihalko’s General Contracting to help build your storage systems and declutter your life.