Published at Monday, August 05th 2019. by Aurore Lespérance in Garage.
First of all, we are assuming that you are not able or not interested in adding a bump out on the garage which will actually increase the floor space that is physically available. This is not an option for most people, but there are some things that can be done which will help to get things off of the floor and improve your ability to use the garage effectively. One important thing that you should consider is the ceiling, as it is an unused area of the garage in most cases. There are many things that can be hung from the ceiling in a garage such as fishing poles, lawn tools and your bicycle. Putting those items up an out-of-the-way can make a difference in your floor space that is open and available.
There are many different advantages of using pegboard organizers for your garage storage needs. They have many different fun storage ideas, hooks for hanging tools from, grip holders for holding long handled tools, such as rakes, shovels, hoes, etc. They have a variety of cool bins, baskets, and even plastic jars with lids, all that fit into the holes on the board. Because the whole board is covered with these holes, you have just about unlimited combinations when it comes to how you put them up. You can use vertical or horizontal rows, place them randomly, or have areas for certain items, hand tools in one area, long handled items in another area, whatever you can think of. Best of all everything is neat and organized, and up off the floor.
The answers you provide for these questions will go a long way in helping you determine which type of garage shelves are best suited for your storage needs. To expand on the examples further, if you have heavy items, you will most likely prefer to use metal shelving units as they tend to be a little more sturdy than their plastic counterparts. This, of course, is not to say that the plastic shelves are weak, but for heavy items it is bet to go with the most industrial strength products you can find, otherwise you might find yourself cleaning up a mess of collapsed boxes later down the line. So, by taking stock in what you want to store, you will be able to make the best choice where your garage shelving needs are concerned.
It does take a lot of time and effort to organize a garage or workshop, but the results are worth it. It’s actually quite empowering to know exactly where to go for a specific screwdriver, torque wrench, or ratchet that I need for a particular job. I’m far more efficient now than I’ve ever been, and can concentrate on perfecting my craft rather than trying to remember where I left my pliers. Some people might not care about organization as much as I do, but at this point there’s no way I would want to deal with a messy garage ever again.If you’re thinking about creating your own workspace in your basement or garage, then I recommend getting organized right from the start. Investing some money in pegboards, toolboxes, and oil absorbent pads will put you well on your way to maintaining an efficient and clean workshop!
The accessories are just as cheap. The basic 5/8” hook for a standard quarter inch pegboard can be as low as.34 cents each, and many times you can get a lot of them for free when you buy the board itself. These basic hooks are made from heavy duty galvanized steel rods, and have integrated tabs for added safety. You can buy them in various sizes from 5/8” up to three or four inches depending on your needs. You can also get them in different styles, for holding oddly shaped items like pliers, screwdrivers, and many others.
If you want a cheap and easy way to solve a variety of garage storage needs, then pegboard organizers are the answer. What they are is a large tempered wood, metal or plastic board, with multiple holes that accept a variety of different hook peg products. They come in many different sizes, from 4’x4’ items, to panels that can spread across the entire length of a wall, or your whole garage wall space. Some are even free standing, meaning they have legs, and you can utilize both sides.
Common faults with fibre board panels were the fixtures often popped off when you removed tools, an annoying habit that is remedied today with metal wall panels that require a special movement to unfix a fixture, ensuring the fixtures stay put when you remove a tool. A metal striped pegboard panel will not be damaged by moisture or water damage and will not warp under extreme temperature and physical conditions. A metal striped pegboard panel will not chip or sag from the weight of the tools it supports, there is also the danger of the fine fibre particles themselves from the pegboard which can enter the lungs and cause much damage to your health.
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