Published at Wednesday, August 21st 2019. by Rosamonde Angélil in Garage.
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.
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.
Garage storage cabinets are very important for any garage as they provide the extra storing space that every homeowner needs. Garage storage cabinets are available in a wide range of materials like wood, metal and heavy plastic that can help with storage of heavy items and keep them safe. And I will personally even vouch for some of the heavy plastic items, in saying that if assembled and installed correctly, are probably more sturdy than some of the metal or wood units. Make sure to get cabinets that are strong enough to store all kinds of tools and equipment that you keep around the house. You should always consider installing cabinets with shelves that are capable of storing equipment that measure up to hundreds of pounds. You can make your cabinets a well-built storage by fastening it together with dovetails joints.
One of my hobbies is tinkering on old cars in my garage. To me there’s nothing more relaxing than getting under the hood of what someone else considers a ”piece of junk” and doing my thing to make it run again. I’m not quite at the point where I can say that I restore classic cars, but that’s definitely my goal someday. It takes money to get into that game, though, so for now I just practice on old beaters that I find for a couple hundred bucks each. Once I get the vehicles running again, I can usually find a buyer and recoup my costs.
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.
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.
In many homes, the garage is the catchall room for everything that does not have a place of its own — and some things that do, but that no one gets around to actually putting away. For this reason, many people seek the aid of garage shelves to help them organize their excess personal belongings while still allowing there to be room to park the family car, too. However, because there are so many choices on the market today from wall shelving to overhead storage, to shelving units that you have to put together, to a pegboard and basket system, it can be difficult and overwhelming to determine what kind of garage shelves you might need for your storage concerns.
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