A study in 2021 showed that more than half of people who have garages in the UK don’t use them for parking cars in, but use the space as extra storage. If you’re using up space in your garage to keep extra clutter that doesn’t fit in the house, you might wonder how to maximise the space so you can store more.
There are plenty of ingenious ways you can get more storage space in your garage. We’ve brought together a list of unique ways you can get more space in your garage, whether it’s for a car, for storage – or both!
Be Smart About Your Storage
One of the best ways to create more space in your garage is to clear it of any clutter and junk you aren’t using. You can make this a family job by having everyone help. Once you’ve got rid of all the extra stuff, you want to organise the things you kept.
Create a floor plan of your garage and decide where you’re going to keep everything. Like Tetris, you can fit more in when you think about where you’re keeping it, and store items that compliment each other well.
For everything you’ll use most often, like a bike, closest to the door. Organise all gardening equipment so it’s stored in the same place. You can keep a bulky item like the lawnmower in the corner, where it isn’t getting in the way or blocking other things. Seasonal things like Christmas decorations could be stored at the back, as you’ll only need to access this once or twice a year.
Wall Mounted Shelves
This one seems obvious. You can use the wall space in your garage to create wall mounted shelves or hooks to create some vertical storage solutions. If you can keep items off the floor, you’ll create more floor space to keep your care more securely stored.
If you’ve got lots of garden tools or equipment, the garage is the easy place to keep it. But you can maximise the space by creating some organised wall mounted shelves and keeping things up off the floor.
Create Storage Towers
As mentioned above, vertical storage solutions are a great way to maximise the space in your garage. However, it doesn’t just have to come as shelves. You can also get vertical storage towers, either by stacking plastic boxes on top of each other, or by buying vertical storage towers with boxes you can slide in and out.
Using a tower is better than stacking boxes on top of each other though, as you don’t need to move all the boxes to access the one at the bottom. With a tower, you can get quick and easy access to every box. So nothing will be out of reach or hard to find. You could even colour code boxes for extra organisation.
Change Your Garage Door
This one seems funny. How can changing your garage door give you extra garage space? But it’s true. Manual swing doors operate by going up and over into the roof space of the garage. But, if you got an electric roller garage door the slats roll up neatly above the door, without taking up unnecessary space. Suddenly, you’ve got access to a large extra area for storage!
The cover hood will store your garage door safely and out of sight, meaning you can use the roof space for storage.
Use The Roof
Speaking of roof space. Now you’ve got it, use it. You can create roof storage by hanging long and bulky items from the roof like a canoe, roof rack, or surfboard (if you’re into those things). But you can also use it to slide boxes in and out and create garage ceiling racks.
Since the average garage is built to fit a vehicle inside, opening up the roof space gives you plenty of extra storage options. Just store items of light to medium weight up there, as they’ll still be pulling against gravity and you want nothing going wrong.
Build Corner Shelves
Corners can often be an under-used part of our homes. They’re awkwardly shaped, and it’s difficult to store things in a corner. However, you could create corner shelves in your garage to store items, meaning everything is up and off the floor and you’re reducing overall clutter. Every piece of space can be maximised, they are perfect for storing smaller items like bottles, glue, oils, wax, and polish.