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Garages are designed to house cars. However, they are often also an overflow area and dumping ground, where all that accumulated “extra stuff” that ends up being stored (out of sight and out of mind in a cluttered garage). Garages are often so full of stuff that there is only enough floor space for one car or the car ends up being parked outside.
This blog will step you through how to declutter your garage and gain more floor space. So you will be able to turn that big, messy collection of random stuff and underutilized storage in your garage into a functional space for your car, work and hobbies.
According to the experts there are 5 simple steps in the decluttering process that will let you reclaim the space in your garage and make life easier:
Take a day or a weekend to completely empty the garage and go through absolutely everything (including those boxes you didn’t unpack when you moved in).
Make three piles: 1) Keep, 2) Sell/ hold a yard sale/ donate and 3) Throw Out. Then get rid of those things you don’t ever use and will never need.
Go through the items you are going to keep and group similar items together. Place lawn tools with lawn tools and so on. You may end up with categories like: auto supplies, tools, hardware, toys, exercise equipment, boxes of old clothes, books, sporting equipment, camping gear, gardening tools, seasonal stuff, holiday decorations, power tools, spare and seasonal tyres etc.
Grouping like items together will make them easier to find in the garage and will also give you an idea of the space needed to store each category of items.
Getting everything out of the garage will also give you a chance to give the space a quick clean and spruce up.
Sketch out the floor-plan and walls of the garage. Mark the main roller door plus the other garage doors/ access points and then begin to plan out how you want to store your various categories of items. Calculate how much floor space your car will take. Allow some additional floor space for access and movement via the doors/ garage door and around the car. Then plan your organizational system in the space remaining. In this way you can promote easier access and create the perfect layout and means of storage for the specific items that you have in your garage.
There are two main principles to follow, when determining the best garage layout:
Use as much of the vertical space in the garage as possible. Think about using all the available wall space by incorporating: high shelving, shallow, tall, garage storage cabinets, wall hooks for hanging items up, rafters for storing long items, and over-bonnet storage to maximize space utilisation.
Create separate zones for each of the major categories in your collection of items. For example, garden tools in one area, sports gear in another and tools hung on a pegboard next to a workbench etc. Once you have the major zones in place, you can work out from there.
Here are some tips to think about, when you are creating your garage storage plan:
When planning out your storage, use what you have and invest in some additional shelving, storage cabinets, hanging devices and storage containers. Some basic items like a mix of longspan shelving, tyre racking, tubs, hooks, a cabinet and a bench for weekend tinkering can transform how your garage looks and functions. Choosing the storage solutions that make sense for your unique requirements is the key.
Plan to spend some time maintaining the organisation in your garage, so that it will remain tidy year round and for the long haul.
We have a broad range of longspan shelving, workbenches and tyre racking that are ideally suited to garage reorganisation.
Longspan shelving is perfect for garage storage. The shelves are open, so it’s easy to see what’s there. It’s also efficient in terms of access and space utilization, as there aren’t any doors to open.
Longspan is ideal for storing:
Our Standard Duty range is powder coated in white and comes in two sizes:
These shelves are designed for light to medium duty storage and are popular for storing cartons, tubs and miscellaneous items.
Our Heavy Duty range is tri-coloured (orange/ white/ blue) and is rated to 300Kg/ level. It comes in a comprehensive range of sizes, as shown in the table below. So the units can be mix-n-matched to fit any sized space.
|Width||2.0m High||2.4m High||2.7m High|
These shelves are built for heavy duty use and will handle just about anything you are likely to store in a garage, apart from the heaviest engine components.
We also have two lower rated units in the heavy duty range (see below):
They complement the 300Kg units and are often used for lighter storage situations. They are similarly tri-coloured, so they can be easily co-ordinated with the 300kg/L units
Our workbenches are made from all steel and are part of our 300Kg/L, Heavy Duty range. They can be used separately or connected into a row with other workbenches or with other longspan shelving units in the range.
The workbenches are 0.95m high and come in widths of 1.0m, 1.5m, 2.0m and 2.5m.
Our tyre racks are also part of our 300Kg/L, Heavy Duty range and they come in all the same sizes. They are a great addition if you have a set of spare or seasonal tyres.
Our shelving, tyre racks and workbenches are made from quality steel and powder coated for long-term durability. The powder coating provides long lasting resistance to rust, so your shelving will continue to look clean and professional.
They come in a range of different sizes, load ratings and finishes to match the look and needs of your storage space. So you can easily customize your storage to suit your requirements.
Our shelving units are designed for strength and ease of assembly. The side supports or uprights come as a single, pre-welded piece for extra rigidity and strength. The shelves or decks are also braced underneath for extra strength.
Assembly doesn't require any tools. The cross beams simply slot into “butterfly-shaped” grooves on the outside of the uprights. The shelving decks then simply slide onto a grooved ledge on the inside of the beams. So the shelves are easy to setup and adjust up and down. They are also easy to dismantle if you need to move them to a new location.
All our units are generally stable on a flat, even surface. However, for increased safety, they come with footplates that have predrilled holes in them. This allows the units to be fastened to the floor. It’s especially useful if the floor is uneven, or the shelves are located in high traffic areas or when you are storing heavy items high off the ground.
Our range of shelving can change as your needs change. If you need some addon units to extend your row of shelving or some extra beams or an additional upright that’s not a problem. We sell extra shelf kits and individual component parts as well as our standard 4-shelf units. Think of our shelving like a construction set and build whatever you need – a single unit with two shelves or 5+ shelves in a long row - it’s easy.
Falcon Shelving offers a three year replacement warranty for manufacturing or material defects in any of its products. However, we don’t usually hear from our clients unless they are looking to buy extra shelves or extra units.
You can shop our range of storage products here.