Increasing Garage Storage Space
It seems like no home ever has enough storage. You can ask
a family with a basement, large attic, and two garages, and
they will tell you they need more room. Fortunately,, there
are several ways to increase your storage in your garage,
and the won't cost a fortune to implement. Just a quick trip
to the local home improvement store and you'll be on your
of all, installing some prefabricated shelves are simple
to install, and they provide sturdy and adjustable storage.
If you choose to go with prefab shelves, you should opt
for the steel ones, as they are more durable and sturdy.
Steel shelves are not just for heavy stuff either.
No matter what you plan to store on them, steel works best.
you install the shelves, though, you need to decide where
to put them. Take some measurements to make sure you
have enough space in your desired area, as steel shelves
are not easily cut down to size. Only once you know
the measurements of where you'll be putting the shelves
should you buy them.
find that prefab shelves are rated according to how much
weight they can hold. The ratings go from lightweight to
heavy-duty. Use lightweight shelves only for items such
as the Christmas tree or boxes that don't have too much
in them. Use the heavy-duty shelves for heavier tools,
bags of concrete, and other hefty items. Remember
before you buy to make sure that the shelf has supporting
pins. These serve to keep the shelves from dislodging. You
don't want to risk having the shelves fall over on the kids
if they get mischievous and try to climb up them!
option is site-built shelves. Normally, you'll have
to do some carpentry work with these, but they are less
expensive. They also are highly adaptable and can easily
be made to fit the space that you have. You construct a
site-built shelf from half-inch plywood or a one-by-two
inch board which you place on shelf brackets. Here's how
the process goes: First, install the brackets to the studs
in the wall, using lag bolts. To add some extra strength,
add metal brackets which have been augmented.
another option in site-built shelves that some people prefer.
Rather than going with those that are installed on the walls,
they prefer floor-supported site-built shelves. The advantage
is that they are sturdier than those you install into the
walls. To make this work, you need to run vertical
two-by-fours every four feet. Let these rest on the
floor at the bottom. Attach the boards to the rafters
or ceiling joists at the top. Some people like to run extra
two by fours horizontally between the uprights on the edge.
They then use some particle board or some plywood to make
the actual shelves.
a general rule, you'll want these shelves to be about 18
to 24 inches deep. You should space them along the
horizontal two - by - four.
there's one other shelving option to consider. You can hang
shelves from the rafters. To do this, bolt a two-by-four
to the sides of the rafters to create overhead support.
Leave open this framework for storing long items such as
ladders, pipes, skis, etc. Or you could even add some plywood
to make the shelves. The rafter-hung shelves have the advantage
of not requiring the use of much floor space. And you can
adjust their height according to whatever vehicle you're
parking in the garage.
are just a few suggestions you can try that will increase
your storage space.