1. Purpose. What do you want to use your Garage Flooring College Station for? Ideally, we’d like to have room in our garages to actually park a car or two. If your garage inventory is minimal enough to accommodate a vehicle as well, consider yourself lucky. This is the ultimate goal for us all. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. For some of us, the garage may be the only extra space we have, so it’s inevitably going to accumulate various storage items.
Those of us who actually intend to park a car in the garage or use it as a workshop will want to free up some floor space. Overhead ceiling storage is the solution. Consider an electrical hoist system with interchangeable rack and platform. The rack consists of a loading bar equipped with hooks and cables that can accommodate different weight capacities depending on the system you choose to purchase. The rack can be used for bicycles, kayaks, sporting equipment, etc. The platform is just what it sounds like, a flat platform suspended by chains onto which you can load up to 200 lbs and raise it all up to the ceiling with just the flip of a switch. An overhead electrical hoist storage system is an innovative solution to maximizing the storage space in your garage. If you find yourself tripping over bikes, trikes, and golf clubs, overhead storage will help you free up that valuable floor space.
2. Content. What are you going to store in your garage? This is the time to take a serious inventory of your possessions. If you come across items that you haven’t used in a couple of years, then you probably don’t need them. I’m just saying. Perhaps it would be more profitable for you to sell such items at a Yard Sale. Once you’ve decided what’s worth keeping, take proper measures to keep it in good condition. Irreplaceable family memorabilia, photographs, and film might be better off stored in an indoor closet, rather than your garage.
- If you’d like to use your garage to park your car or recreational vehicles, I recommend laying a scrap piece of carpeting or cardboard beneath them to prevent any motor fluids from staining your garage floor.
- If you’re going to use your garage for biodegradable materials, i.e; food, make sure it is stored in tightly-sealed waterproof storage containers.
- If you’re going to use your garage to store furniture, it should be covered with protective padding to prevent moisture damage, dust buildup, and scratches.
Now that you’ve decided what’s going into the garage, exactly where are you going to put it? The key to choosing the best location is to implement the all-important Convenience Factor. I guarantee you that nothing will be returned to its proper place if it is at all inconvenient to do so. Consider the following handy organizational products available to you on the market today:
- An electric hoist system can be used to raise off-season items like outdoor toys or holiday decorations off the floor, out of the way, and up to the ceiling for overhead storage.
- A deck box is the perfect solution for your sports equipment because of its spacious capacity. For the sake of convenience, the deck box should be located as close to the garage door as possible. These items should be easily accessible and easily returnable. I guarantee you that they will be returned no further than right inside the garage door anyway, with or without that nice deck box.
- The walls in your garage can provide lots of storage space. Mount pegboards, cabinets, and shelving to store items like fishing poles, dangerous chemicals, and hand tools. The self-discipline comes in when said items are taken out of the garage and “on location”. Once they’ve served their purpose, it’s so tempting to simply toss them into the nearest cupboard or closet and hope that your memory serves you the next time you need them. But here is where a lot of money is wasted on having to repurchase items you’ve simply misplaced. You may be alarmed to find out just how many hammers you actually have lying around your home, when all you really need is one–reliably retrievable from its proper place.
Once you’ve decided upon a logical place for each item, you will need to make the extra effort to train yourself (and your family members) to return these items to their designated locations in the garage–threats, rewards, whatever it takes. You must also resist the temptation to fill up the floor space in front of your handy wall storage system with large objects like the lawn mower, the snow blower and that camping generator. Do not create an obstacle course that will prevent you from reaching that fishing pole hanging on the pegboard when your buddies are honking impatiently in the driveway in the pre-dawn hours of the morning.