Published at Monday, July 22nd 2019. by Loring Francoeur in Garage.
Wood or Metal: Garage cabinets come in wood or metal. Both substances have their benefits and their drawbacks. The one you choose ultimately depends on your needs, budget, and tastes. With wood, you have the advantage of more sizes and shapes than you do with metal. You also have a wider variety of powder coat colors from which to choose. The majority of these systems use a medium density fiberboard (MDF), which is strong and dense. Its use creates a long-lasting unit. What you need to look for is a system that has a protective finish. Those without this finish will not last as long and are not as durable in areas that are not temperature controlled.
Having the right storage options along the walls can also make a difference in the look and usage of the garage. If you’re simply utilizing shelves, you really are not making enough use of the space. Having some storage cabinets where you can actually put things out of the way is one option that is open to you. A well-placed peg board can also assist you in getting some of the smaller items off of the floor and making them more readily available when you need them. There are a variety of pegboard hooks that are on the market which can help you to hang everything from a screwdriver to larger items that you may not have ever considered hanging on a pegboard.
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.
A garage can get disorganized quite quickly with regular use. People store their tools, garden equipment and other machinery needed for outdoor maintenance. Is there a good way to organize this space? Yes, there is all it takes is a pegboard garage storage system. This is the best way to get tools and such hung up and arranged neatly. The floor space in a garage should be reserved for the big pieces of equipment you own like your car, lawnmower and leaf blower. It should not be taken up by things that can be hung on the wall. A cluttered garage makes it hard to find anything when it is needed.
There are many different places where you can buy pegboard organizers. You can often find many different styles and designs at you local hardware and home improvement outlets. For the best selection and price, there are also many online retailers, and you can get some great package deals, which include the board, and a variety of hooks and other accessories for one low price.
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.
Floor Covering: Garage floor coverings are not only practical, but they really make a difference in the overall appearance of your garage. When talking about coverings, there are many different types including garage floor paint, epoxy, tiles, and mats. Paint is certainly the least expensive method, but also the highest maintenance method. Paint will protect and make your garage look much better, but you will have to add a new coat probably once a year. Epoxy is similar to paint, but it’s thicker, and much more durable. It’ll give your garage floor that showroom look you find in many dealerships. Epoxy will cost you more than paint, and you’ll also have to do more preparation work, but the result will be worth the extra cost and effort. You can also opt for professional installation as most retailers offer the service. Garage floor tiles and mats are also options to consider. Tiles are typically 16 by 16 inches, and you can get them in a variety of colors. They interlock with each other to hold everything together, and they’ll make your floor look absolutely incredible. Mats come in many different shapes and sizes to fit your needs. They’re basically designed to contain automotive fluids, and all the muck your vehicle drags in with it.
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