Published at Thursday, August 15th 2019. by Pansy Anglais in Garage.
Hooks: Rubber coated hook hangers are great ways to store heavy-duty items in your garage. These typically have a thread on the end of the hook that allows you to embed them deeply into the garage wall. This provides great strength and leverage when storing objects in your garage. A great example of these hooks at work is with bike storage. Bicycles are typically very heavy and take up quite a bit of space. If you can get these things up off the ground and hanging from a hook you can make a ton of room yourself in the garage.
One of the options that is available for this area of the home comes in the form of garage storage systems. These come in almost every shape and size that you can possibly imagine, from shelving units that are going to line the walls of the garage, down to some rather unique items that will hang bicycles, fishing rods, or other relatively unused items from the ceiling. Once you begin to look at the systems that are available for storage in the garage, you will likely be surprised with everything that is available to you.
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.
On the other hand, hard plastic garage storage cabinets are easy to install, more durable and economical. Once you have proper storage space for tools, you no longer have to hunt for things as they would be stored in the right places. Wrenches, screwdrivers and paint brushes can be stored in shallow compartmentalized drawers or on pegboard hooks instead of large deep drawers as they might get lost there. Tools that are used often can be hung on pegs and stored that way as it saves the hassle of opening the drawers over and over again.
Light Switch: Another way to modernize your garage is to upgrade the light switch with one that’s illuminated when the lights are off. This eliminates fumbling around looking for the switch while leaning over, and holding the entry door open for enough light to find the switch. Even better, it’s inexpensive and easy to do yourself. With basic knowledge of electricity, all you have to do is turn off the breaker that feeds the switch and wire up the new switch the same way. There are no additional wires to worry about. The end result is a mild orange glow that’s easy to find in the dark. Another option is to add motion sensors to your garage lights so they come on as soon as you open the door. You can even get motion bases that screw into standard sockets. Once installed, all you have to do is screw in the light bulb as usual. This is a clever way to have motion activated lighting without having to do any wiring.
Customizing Your Space: The beauty of custom garage cabinets is that the design fits not only your space but also your needs. If you like to work with wood or metal, you will need some sort of bench that integrates right into the cabinetry. This allows you to have your surface area while keeping all your items within easy reach. A pegboard hangs beneath the top cabinetry and above the workspace. In some instances, you may not need a worktable. Instead, you need some place to hang yard tools, bikes, and sporting equipment. Floor-to-ceiling pegboards give you the flexibility to organize your tools and sports equipment how you see fit.
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!
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