Garage Shapeups: Garage Organization - Cabinets For the Garage and Closets Are Two Very Different Things!
You finally come to the realization that your garage is a mess and need to do something about it. Congratulations, acknowledging that you have a problem is always the first step. Now what? You decide that adding cabinets to the garage will provide much needed storage and allow you to put things away so that the entire neighborhood doesn't have to see all your stuff every time you open the garage door. Excellent. Step two: come up with a plan. Now what? Where do you go to get cabinets for the garage? How about going to you local home improvement store to see what they have? Good idea! However, when you get there you are overwhelmed by the choices; metal, wood, resin, etc. But then something hits you; if you buy these cabinets, you will have to put them together. And due to the fact you are handy-man-challenged, as you don't know the difference between an open ended wrench and a claw hammer, you decide to scratch this idea. Now what? Suddenly, a watermelon sized light bulb appears over your head and now everything becomes crystal clear. A couple months ago you remembered that you remodeled your closet and had a professional closet organization company come in and install cabinets. Heck, why don't I just call them and have them install cabinets in my garage as well? A sense of calmness comes over you, as you believe this would be the perfect answer to your garage cabinet question...or do you? You go out to XYZ-closet-company.com to check it out. Perfect! As you review their website you even see pictures of their cabinets in the garage. Perfect, problem solved...or is it?
Garage organization is one of the fastest growing segments in the massive home improvement industry, accounting for multi billions every year. And the closet industry companies have been installing cabinets in the garage for over twenty years. They closet companies were really the first industry to start to focus on organizing the garage. So who better to help with my garage organization than the closet companies, right? I can answer that question with another question, would you order Mexican food at a Chinese restaurant? Of course not. Then why would you have a closet company install closet cabinets in your garage? The obvious answer is to hire a company that focuses on the garage and builds cabinets designed for the garage...a garage organization company.
So allow me to elaborate on the benefits and differences between closet cabinets installed in the garage and custom cabinets designed specifically for the garage. And while there are exceptions to every rule, for the most part, the following information is true about most large franchise based closet organization companies. First, most closet companies install knockdown cabinets. (When you think of knockdown cabinets, think of buying your cabinets at Ikea and then having to assemble them yourself). This means they buy standard size cabinet pieces from the franchise mother ship, inventory the pieces at their shop and then build them at the customer's site. This is fine when your garage layout allows for standard, cookie cutter size cabinets; i.e. 7 feet high by 3 feet wide by 18 inches deep. However, if you want to have cabinets run the entire length of your 21 feet, 7 & 1/2" wall, and you want all the cabinets to be exactly the same width. Also, because of the garage door rail toward the front portion of the side wall, two of the cabinets will need to be 6" smaller in height. So now what? You can have the closet companies use their knock standard size cabinets and have almost 20" of wasted wall space and lose about 6 cubic feet of internal storage space. Or you can contract with a garage organization specialty company to have custom cabinets built 43 & 1/4" wide, with two of the cabinets 6 inches shorter. A perfect fit. Also, knockdown cabinets are assembled with cam and post screws, again think Ikea. Custom cabinets are built to order based on shape, size color designed. The cabinet box is permanently constructed with screws, nails and glue. So you don't have to worry about the boxes eventually coming apart or loosening with normal wear and tear and/or vibrations.,
Next what about the materials that the cabinets are made from? Most closet companies install cabinets made from 1/2" or 5/8" particle board. This is fine for cabinets installed inside the house, in a 75 degree climate controlled environment that holds shirts and sweaters. However that's not the garage.
The garage is normally the hottest and/or coldest area of the home, as there is normally does not have air conditioning or heating. Also, the garage has to deal with a lot of moisture in the air due to rainy conditions. Also, these cabinets will need to hold heavy paint cans, various tools and tool boxes, plumbing and electrical supplies, 50lb bags of lawn fertilizer and pool chemicals. Items you normally don't store in your bedroom closet. Custom cabinets built for the garage are normally built of 3/4" or 1" industrial grade melamine. These cabinets normally have full and solid backs and reinforced shelves that can hold around 100lbs per shelf. My point is that closet company cabinets are not designed to handle the heavy loads, varying weather conditions and the rugged conditions of the garage. Custom cabinets from a garage organizational company are designed specifically for the garage.
So if you are in the market for cabinets for your garage, consider hiring a company that specifically has cabinets for the garage, a garage organizational company. And if you need cabinets to hold some blouses, socks and ties, call a closet organization company. And if you want some good Mexican food, go to a Mexican restaurant.
OrganizIT! Inc, is a Chatsworth based company that provides organizational products and services for the garage. Operating since May of 2006, OrganizIT! is one of the fastest growing garage organization companies in the Los Angeles area. OrganizIT! is a full service garage organization company that focuses on providing a high level of professional service. OrganizIT! carries products from the leading manufacturers in the garage organization industry such as; SwissTrax garage floor tiles, Tuffrax overhead garage racks, Schulte and Racor garage accessories and HandiWall slatwall.
For a free design consultation, go to; http://www.organizitco.com/
About Gus Gougas: Gus Gougas is presently an partner and president of OrganizIT!, a Chatsworth based business that provides products and services within the garage remodeling/organization industry.
After 20+ years in Corporate America in outside enterprise sale/marketing/management for companies like; Symantec, Unisys, Logica, Lanier, Gus started OrganizIT! Inc. Gus has appeared on TV programs about garage organization on NBC, HGTV and KCAL9. Gus published numberous articles on garage organization and has recently been featured in new book, "Big Book of Garages", by Tina Skinner. You can contact Gus at email@example.com or 818-232-7683.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeup's Guest Author: Kathryn Lively
For some homeowners, the garage serves more as an office than a place to keep the car when it's not in use. Men, and even women, like to tinker with engines and work on projects with the door open to the summer sunshine. If you feel lately the contents of your garage are threatening to spill over into the yard and beyond, however, perhaps it's time to consider a professional touch. Yes, there are contractors that specialize in garage renovation who are ready to assist in optimizing this important part of the home. The reasons why you should invest in a garage makeover can save you sanity in the long run.
Safety First! An organized garage is a safe garage. When you hire a remodeling crew to install a new skid-free floor and wall racks without sharp hooks you minimize the opportunity for injury. You can also place dangerous tools out of reach of children and minimize the risk of loose wire and unsteady shelves causing heavy equipment to fall and hurt somebody.
There It Is! Wouldn't it be great to find that one Allen wrench you haven't seen in years? Re-organize your garage with new cabinetry, drawers, and rolling toolboxes and you'll never have to dig around unkempt piles of tools again. Doing this also gives you the opportunity to clear away what you don't need anymore, tools and junks that have taken up space and you hadn't realized it.
Increased Functionality! Once your garage is renovated, you'll find there's plenty of room to move around and work, even with your car parked. You'll be motivated to work on projects you didn't think you could finish without making a mess in the yard, and you may be more inclined to spend time outdoors instead of watching TV for hours on end. Increased functionality equals more activity.
If you haven't thought about calling a renovation consultant, ask today about your options for fixing up the garage. Make it more than just a place to store junk.
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Lloyd Pinto
There are three main types of garage shelves that are generally available in the market for your use. It is important to consider all these options before selecting the best garage shelving system for your case. This is because each type of shelf has its own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the best type of garage shelf is not a very hard decision.
The first category of shelves for garage comprises of those that are made from metal. These shelves are not hung on the walls but are put on the floor. They are very strong and can support more weight without breaking down. These are very durable and they require little maintenance. Metal shelves may appear to be expensive during purchase but they are very cost-effective in the long run. These shelves have the ability to withstand the storage of heavy and rugged tools and equipment.
You may alternatively decide to go for wooden shelves for your garage. This kind of garage shelf is not normally hung on the garage wall. They have a similar appearance to those that are used for storing books. They are free-standing garage shelves that are not connected to the garage wall in any way. They occupy more space given that they are put on the floor but they also give you more space for storing your garage tools. Most people use wooden garage shelves because they have a classier look than the other kinds. Wooden shelves are susceptible to damage by the stored workshop tools because they are rugged in nature. This means that wooden shelves have a shorter lifespan unless they are well-maintained and kept away from moisture.
Finally, we have those shelves for garage that are hung on the walls. The main advantage of these kind of shelves is that they don't occupy a lot of space. This is a very good option especially if you want to make maximum use of your garage space. However, you should ensure that the shelves are properly supported on the wall to avoid any risk of the shelf falling down. It is important to consider all these options before choosing the best garage shelf for your garage.
Irrespective of the type of shelf you choose for your garage it is very important to pay time and attention to their maintenance. If you keep your shelves clean and free from moisture they will last for a much longer period and you will have a good-looking garage for decades.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Rusty Parker
There is no other part of your home that experiences as much wear and tear as your garage door. You never realize how often you use your garage door until the day it breaks down on you.
The majority of families in the United States use the garage as the main entrance into their home, being used multiple times throughout the day, thousands of times per year. When kept in good working order, it can provide security and storage at your convenience.
Having a garage can really make life easier, but when it is not cared for can become a safety risk to you, your family, and especially children. With it's natural wear and tear, a garage door cable can come apart or a door opener can malfunction, resulting in a hazard to your belongings and anyone near your door.
In order to keep it running properly, it is essential to perform routine maintenance to avoid expensive repairs. The following top 10 garage door maintenance tips for homeowners will help keep your door working properly for years to come. These maintenance tips require no special skills and usually take less than 10 minutes each to perform.
Required Materials Needed
Avoid last minute trips the hardware store by having all of your materials onsite and ready ahead of time. You may not use every single tool listed, but having it available will save you time and frustration.
In order to ensure safety while working on your garage, remember to never remove the lift cable. The garage cables are under extreme tension and will cut like a knife if released.
Never try to adjust or release the garage door springs. This is a job that should be left for the professionals only.
1.) Paying Attention
When was the last time you visually inspected your garage door? You may not be a certified technician, but you can take the time to check out your garage.
If you have a metal garage, check for rust spots. These areas should be sanded, primed and painted. If you have a wooden garage door, it should be checked for water damage. If not sealed properly, wood garage can warp and lose their shape over time.
It will also be good to wash your door on a regular basis with an all-purpose cleaner. Your garage door makes up a large portion of the exterior of your home, so keeping it clean and presentable will have a positive effect on the appearance of your home.
2.) Watch & Listen To Your Door As It Operates
Do you have a noisy garage door? Do the springs pulleys and cables on both sides look symmetrical? Does it move smoothly? Or does it jerk in certain places?
Taking the time to observe and listen to your garage every time you use it is the best precaution every homeowner can perform. By doing this, you will be aware when something doesn't sound right, or when something looks out of place.
3.) Testing The Balance
First, disconnect the opener. You do this by pulling the red handle at the end of the red cord. Once it is disconnected, open the door about half way. If the garage door starts to close on its own, then the garage door is not balanced properly. The springs on the door need to be re-adjusted. We recommend that you contact a certified professional to repair or replace your springs.
Your garage opener will have to work harder if the door is not properly balanced. This will ultimately shorten the lifespan of the door.
4.) Test Safety Features (Auto-Reverse)
There are two safety mechanisms on your garage: mechanical and photocell. A door that does not have these safety features is outdated and needs to be replaced immediately.
In order to test the mechanical safety feature on your garage, place a solid object on the ground in the path of the garage door. When the garage touches the object while closing, it should automatically go back up.
When testing the photocell feature on your garage, simply stick out your leg in the door's path when closing. Your leg will come in contact with the photoelectric beam (not visible) that runs across the bottom of the door. The garage should automatically reverse once your leg contacts the photoelectric beam.
5.) Visually Inspect Your Cables
You should never touch the cables. These high tension cables are responsible for lifting the door. They have enough force to cause serious injuries, even death. You can visually inspect that garage cables too if there are any broken strands or anything that is out of order. If you see there is damage, we recommend that you hire a professional.
6.) Clear The Tracks
Take a look at the tracks on both sides of the door. Clean the garage door tracks so there is no debris or trash. Also, look for any physical damage making sure it is straight and aligned. Tracks that are damaged can cause the door to not be smooth and it will be very noisy.
Spray the garage tracks with a citrus-based solvent or WD-40, then wipe everything clean with a cloth. If needed, use an old toothbrush to loosen up dirt and grime, then wipe with a cloth.
Any major repairs or adjustments to the tracks should be handled by a professional garage door technician.
7.) Apply Oil To The Moving Parts
Ten minutes of work can add years to the life of your garage door. Keeping your door parts lubricated will keep your garage running smooth and quiet. Your should use white lithium grease on your garage opener chain and spray lubricants on the rollers, hinges, bearings and tracks. Also apply grease to the garage door opener chain or drive screw.
Remember, never attempt to do any work on the springs or cables. Leave that to the professionals.
8.) Replace Weatherstripping (If Needed)
The weatherstrip is the piece of rubber attached to the bottom of your door. It is called a U-shaped astragal. It keeps that rain water, debris and rodents from entering your garage. Check along the side of the door and adjust the stripping if necessary.
You should replace the rubber weather strip on your door if it's starting to crack and fall apart. Use a flat blade screwdriver to remove the old weather strip before installing a new one.
They are easily found at any hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe's and are usually sold by the foot. All you have to do is find the width that best fits your situation, cut it to fit your garage, then install. You can also contact your local garage company if you have further questions or concerns.
9.) Check All The Bolts & Screws On Your Door
Examine and tighten the brackets on the rollers and the bolts with a (socket) wrench. The average garage opens and closes more than a thousand times a year. It is easy for hardware, screws and bolts to become loose with all the movement and vibration.
10.) Replace The Rollers
Garage rollers that are cracked, worn or chipped should be replaced immediately. You should only attempt to replace the rollers if it is not attached to the door cable system.
Whether you have nylon rollers or steel rollers on your garage, they should be inspected at least twice a year and should be replaced every 7 years. If you use your door more frequently, then you should inspect your rollers more often throughout the year.
If you still feel as if you don't have enough time to do this type of check up, then call a garage door professional to schedule an appointment. Most garage companies offer affordable tune up services to keep your garage door operating smoothly.
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Rick Dynek
7 Step Guide To Garage Organization
Are you tired of having to walk through a messy and unorganized garage and wish you could get more valuable use out of it? There are a number of things that you can do to improve the cleanliness and usability of your garage. Here is a simple 7 step guide to garage organization that you can use to get back the great looking garage that you were once used to.
1. Clean it up.
The first thing you need to do is clean up the mess that you and you're family have created over the years. There are a number of things that you can do to clean up your garage including sweeping, dusting, moping, or any other type of cleaning activity that will help remove the dirt and grime that has built up for who knows how long. Garage organization will become much easier if you have a clean slate to work with.
2. Keep it, or dump it.
The hardest thing to do in most cases is decide whether or not you should keep something or throw it away. This is perhaps one of the reasons why garages, or any areas of the home for that matter, become so cluttered with possessions over time. Often times people have a hard time parting with things that they collect, so they resort to stashing them away somewhere in a corner until they can deal with them later.
If you want to be successful with garage organization, then one thing you have to force yourself to do is decide if are going to keep something or get rid of it. If you choose to only keep the things that you absolutely need, then you'll find that your organization goals will be much more achievable.
One thing you might consider before throwing something in the trash is whether or not it can be donated. Often times items can be donated so that someone else may use them. Old tools, car equipment, sporting goods equipment, yard tools, and more are great examples of things that can be donated to others. The best part is if you donate enough, you may be eligible to receive a tax credit for the items that you gave away.
Once you have completed the process of sorting and sifting through the things that you need and don't need, then you'll want to categorize all of the remaining garage items so that you can organize them all in a manner that makes sense for your needs.
You might consider categorizing everything by usage, so you might have categories such as hand tools, power tools, automotive equipment, yard work items, sporting equipment and outdoor gaming equipment, fishing gear, and more. Remember to organize the items in your garage in a manner that makes sense to you so you know exactly where to find a particular item when you need it.
4. Choose your storage equipment
There are a number of options that you can choose from when it comes to storage needs. If you're looking to save a little money on storage, then you can build your own shelving out of wood, metal, or plastic. This option is more time consuming because it will take some commitment from you in order to build the shelving properly.
If you don't want to bother with building your own shelving, then you also have the option of purchasing pre-made or even custom made shelving from either a local home improvements store or online through a number of different retailers.
The storage equipment that you build or purchase should be flexible enough to allow for a number of different storage options. There should be shelving for larger items that you want to keep off of the ground, drawers for smaller items that need to be kept together, trays for hardware pieces, and cabinets with lockable doors for items that you want to restrict access to. All of these different storage options will help make your garage organization efforts much more feasible. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5582204
When you've made the decision of which type of storage you are going with, organize and install it according to your particular garage layout. You should have some sort of conceptual plan for how you want your garage to look once you have everything in place, so your shelving, cabinets, drawers, and other storage facilities should be installed in a manner that will accommodate that plan.
6. Arrange for convenience
Perhaps the most important purpose of performing the task of garage organization is the purpose of adding convenience to your space. This means that you'll be able to quickly and easily access something when you need it, instead of having to sort through a mess to get what you need.
During this step you can address each item that you have decided to keep and position it in a spot close to similar items. This way when you need something in particular, you will at least know the general area that it will be in if you don't know the exact location. For instance, if you're looking for a power drill, then it will most likely be located where the rest of your tools are, perhaps near your work bench.
7. Review and reorganize.
Garage organization is a critical process that you will want to go through if you don't want to have to deal with a cluttered mess all of the time. After you have completed the process, don't be afraid to take a glance over the space you have created for yourself to see if there is something that could be reorganized differently to provide even more convenience.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Rick_Dynek/790484Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5582204
Proper garage storage provides a convenient way to getting at the messiest place - your garage. The type of storage units or cabinets you get depends on the items you usually have in your garage, but certainly there is a storage method available for all types of items.
Organizing Your Garage
The first step in getting your garage organized is to get it cleaned up. Many of us like to save items over the years thinking that we might use them at some point, but never do. Start at one corner of your garage. Take out everything you have there. Sort out the stuff you have into various categories depending on your needs and usage.
Like anywhere else, in a garage, storage will depend on the type of items you have. You should separate the items that you want to keep. This separation should be done based on what job the items are used for and the frequency of usage. For every item ask yourself this question - "Would I ever use this?" If you have a "NO" to this question, then separate it.
Broadly speaking, you should separate the items that you rarely use and the items that you use often. Also, you should pile the items required for the same or similar tasks together so that you can get to all the items you need for the task at one place. You can further segregate these items, for one task based on frequency if you like or if at all it is possible.
You should also go around the house and look for items that you want to keep in the garage. Segregate these items into the categories that you have or create a new one if required.
Organizing in Garage Storage
Now that you have separated everything, it is time to get organized. You need to figure out the kind of boxes or cabinets you need to get to store each item.
Your garage storage will also depend on the structure of your garage. You will ultimately have to fit these boxes or cabinets in your garage. There may be many items that you would just like to hang out somewhere in the garage. Keep this in mind. You may want to get some shelves built in for convenience, but you must also be aware that open shelves tend to get dirty easily, especially in the garage that is exposed to open air all the time.
Sliding door storage units are better than open door ones because they save some space that otherwise be unusable because of the doors that open. For smaller items like nails, choose storage that has dividers. It will be easier to find out what is where if they are properly separated.
There are many companies that offer self storage. These self storage units are like a warehouse. Whatever you think is rarely used; you can place in these units. They have car storage, RV storage, boat storage, furniture storage among other things. You can move these bigger items out of your garage and get some more space there.
Garage storage can be very easy if you know your needs. You can fit in a lot of items in your garage if it is well organized. So, get organized and work your way to productivity.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Blog's Guest Author: William Garvin
Quick Tips for garage organization and storage.
1. Move out
Completely clean out the garage and move it into the driveway or yard. Go through each item and decide when was the last time you used it. It's a good idea to organize your items into 3 groups at this time. Frequently used items should be quickly accessible in the garage on low storage, items that you use occasionally should be stored higher and more out of the way and items you haven't used it in over a year, get rid of them.
2. MAKE A PLAN
Your garage is an expensive room but most people don't treat it that way. If you treat it like any other room in the house it's worth the time to draw up a plan. Just as you would for your kitchen or bonus room take measurements and put your plan down on paper.
Decide what items that you store in the garage but use in the house. Keep those items nearest the door into the house. The big items like a lawn mower, pressure washer or snowblow should be stored under a shelf so they don't take up as much room. Storing them in the corner is a waste of space and also makes keeping the floor clean much more difficult. Get your string trimmers, weed eater, shovels and rakes off the floor and onto a storage system. There are many systems available to help store these items.
4. GARAGE CABINETS, SHELVES AND CONTAINERS
Ideally everything should be stored off the floor. Keeping things in a cabinet, on a garage shelf or in a container not only lets you get them off the floor but keeps them clean. Not only does it keep your items clean but it makes keep the floor clean a breeze as well. Shelving is ideal for items that you need to grab quickly or when you will have your hands full.
Your garage most likely contains hazardous materials like fertilizers, pesticides, and paint. Keep those up high and out of reach or keep them locked in a garage cabinet. It also a good idea to keep your sharp gardening tools and your chainsaw in locked cabinet or up high on a garage shelf. The one item that you should never be without is a fire extinguisher. Your garage most likely has many flammable items so make sure you are covered if a fire starts.
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Whatever your budget for your garage system we have a solution for you. Whether you are looking for simple garage shelves to get things off the floor or something more customized with slatwall, garage cabinets, garage shelving, garage floor tiles or epoxy floor coating we have the solution to your garage organization needs. Give us a call today at 615-283-0070 to speak to one of our design consultants or visit us at [http://www.overhaulmygarage.com].
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The garage workbench is a must for every homeowner who has a 'do-it-yourself' attitude. Consider your future projects, and assume the ideal working area in your garage. Then buy or build the perfect workbench for your needs.
Placement is Key
Choose the optimum spot for your garage workbench. If you park vehicles in the garage, place your workbench in a location that allows you maximum work space.
If your house and garage are attached, your choice in placement may be limited. Putting the garage workbench against a shared wall is a good idea for ease of electrical outlet installation. It will also be the area to give you the most warmth during cold months. Some insulation for sound should be considered so the folks in the house are not bothered by the noise. If your garage stands alone, you may find it easier to select an area. Ideally, place your garage workbench along a bare wall in order to have plenty of room for cabinets and shelves on one or both sides of the workbench. By positioning your workbench on the opposite wall of a window, you will be provided with the most natural light.
If space is an issue, a fold-up garage workbench takes up little room when not in use. They are often designed with cabinet space to hang tools and hardware, and the hinged bench folds into that space with its legs tucked under. When you need to work, simply unfold the top, prop up the legs and get to it. Select one with a leg system that is sturdy enough for your needs. Make sure to allow adequate space to work in when the bench is laid out.
Height is Important
A workbench should be higher than a desk, as you must be able to stand and work comfortably, with your arms bent at the right angle. Some experts suggest that the table top's height should be at the level of your navel or at the crease of your wrist. Others find it more comfortable and usable at a higher level. If you want extra work room and support, consider the height of your table saw and place both together as a unit. You can set up a prototype bench by placing a sheet of plywood on some blocks in order to determine which height works best for you.
Store Every Tool within Reach
Do you have more tools than your local building store? A work bench should have a large enough tabletop to hold various saws, sanders, and other power tools for easy access. Installing wall cabinets and shelves either above or beside the workbench will greatly alleviate your organization task. Check out the myriad of options available, from open wooden shelving to stainless steel cabinets especially designed for garage wear and tear. They should give you ample space to store tools, manage all the hardware that comes with home improvement, and tuck away any work in progress. Some garage workbench designs actually incorporate a built-in cabinet system which is very practical when attached to the garage wall. If you find the surface area of your workbench insufficient, consider setting up a supplementary table top elsewhere in the garage.
Do Not Forget the Pegboard!
Every work area needs a pegboard that will accommodate a variety of things, from tools and cords to tapes and work aprons. Be sure to install your garage workbench against a wall that leaves you enough room for a good-sized pegboard. If necessary, supplement with additional boards elsewhere in the garage. Some workbenches are available with a built-in pegboard, often located along the back of the bench.
A Worthwhile Project - Workbench Kit or Build your Own?
Various workbench kits are available on the market. Choose the one that best suits your needs. Consider a heavy duty stainless steel garage workbench if you expect to use it often and want extra durability. Be sure to have all of the right tools on hand to assemble it, and if necessary shop for some new ones! You will most likely want more handy tools for your new work space. Note that some essential hardware may not be included in your kit.
If you would prefer to build it yourself, look for plans and designs online or browse through carpentry books and magazines. You should be able to find workbench plans that are not only simple to execute, but also require readily available materials.
Whatever garage workbench you choose for the organization of your new work space, it will motivate you to initiate many exciting projects.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Bob Tom
Garage organization is one of the trickiest aspects of home ownership. The garage contains a wide variety of things, and few of them are related in function or shape. Also, many of the items housed in the garage are large, bulky, or difficult to store. Despite all of this, there are a few key ideas and tools that can help any homeowner make sense out of the chaos that is the garage. The following ideas can help you as you begin organizing your garage.
1. Make 'em Obvious
Identify those things which you use frequently. If you use something on a daily basis, don't keep it hidden. Keep it easily accessible and available for use. Take trash bags, for instance - you are not going to want to hide trash bags in an unreachable place. Instead, try hanging small curtain rods or other forms of rods somewhere within arm's reach of the door, and make a "bag dispenser" that is convenient, easily reachable, and organized - put away, yet still available for use. Another thing to keep obvious is the trash receptacles. When organizing, ensure that your trash and recycling containers are easily accessed from the door, and have a clear path to the outside.
2. Smart Sorting
Before building, buying, or boxing anything, it is important that you sit down and sort out all of the items you are trying to organize. Decide which items can be logically grouped. Items which you often use together or which share a similar purpose should be grouped. Once they are organized, make sure to label them. It will be very hard to find what you're looking for if you don't write it clearly on the outside of the storage container.
Shelving is a great way to utilize wasted space, and a key player in establishing garage storage. Rather than placing arbitrary shelves throughout the garage, you can use a shelving system to organize your storage containers. For seasonal items and things you do not need to access on a regular basis, ceiling-based storage is a great way to go. An excellent system for this is the overhead storage rack. It is best to use clear containers for this type of storage, as it makes it easier for users to find things when necessary. If you need to access your storage on a more regular basis, a wall unit such as the steel storage rack works well.
4. Arm Storage Hook
Bicycles and other large sports equipment are some of the most difficult things to store in out of the way places. Wall storage is a great way to put them out of the way, but keep them accessible during the seasons when you are more likely to use them. Bikes, kayaks, sleds, and such can all be stored using wall mounts for easy access. Multi-purpose arm storage hooks can be used for all of these purposes. Arm storage hook is a great option for this.
5. Corner Tool Rack
Many yard tools, such as rakes and shovels, are oddly shaped and difficult to store. There are simple ways to get them out of the way. If your garage has obvious studs on the walls, you can simply create a cordoned off area where tall tools can be easily stored together, yet remain accessible. To do this, simply attach some small cross beams, or even strong cord, perpendicular to the studs, which will create a "basket" of sorts in which to store them. This type of storage can also be utilized for camping chairs, tents, etc - anything which rolls up, and fits within the space of the containment system you've created. If this isn't your style, or your garage doesn't have naked studs, you can also find a corner tool rack, which will serve the same purpose.
6. Peg Board
A Peg Boards is a great multi-use tool that can be employed in a garage to organize just about anything depending on the attachments you use with it. Peg boards are reasonable, and can be found at virtually any hardware store. Hooks can be added to organize bound extension cords, cups or baskets can be utilized for small hardware, large pegs can be added to hang larger tools or garden implements - the list is endless. Peg boards are an incredibly versatile element of garage organization.
7. Tape Dispenser
If you own a wide variety of tapes, it can be helpful to create a wall-mounted tape dispenser. This not only ensures that your tapes stay useful, but that they are easily accessible. This can be accomplished by hanging a wall-mounted paper towel rod, or a small wall-mounted box. Either way, the tapes will be handy and less likely to be covered in lint.
This one is important. However you choose to organize, make sure that you continue with the system once you have it in place. When something new is added to the garage, make sure that you place it in the appropriate place. Don't just throw it on a random shelf - place it in the correct storage container, on the correct hook, etc. "Everything has a place, everything in it's place," as they say.
Garage organization can be a daunting task for any homeowner. By putting a few of these garage organization ideas into motion, you can make your garage not only clean and logical, but attractive and convenient. The benefit to you as a homeowner makes these simple changes worth the effort.
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