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How to plan garage shelving and storage

Are you getting the most out of your garage storage? It’s easy to dump the mower, park your bikes and stow your tools without paying much attention. The result? A disaster zone that’s a total mess.

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However, with a bit of thought and planning and good quality shelving, organising your garage will be a snap.

Making the most of your garage shelving

Shelving out your garage is the most cost-effective and efficient way to create garage storage that adapts to your needs. When you’re thinking of installing garage storage, you’ll need to consider the following four criteria:

1. Ease of installation: when you need a simple and practical shelving system, choose freestanding cabinets. Sturdy and durable, they’ll adapt to all your storage needs.

2. Flexible storage options: a good Garage Shelving Company will offer a wide range of options. Consider including wall or ceiling hangers for sports equipment, tool chests and pegboards for tool storage and a workbench.

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Your storage needs may change over time, so make sure your shelving units can change and grow with you. Purchase multiple flexible units to save money now and in the future.

3. Size, capacity and load: first you need to check the dimensions of your space against the size of the units and storage you require. Don’t forget to factor in the weight of what you’ll be storing whether that’s dry goods in a larder or tools in a tool cupboard.

Garage shelves are marked with the maximum Uniformly Distributed Load (UDL). For example, if the UDL is 100kg, that would be the weight the shelf can support when items are distributed evenly across the shelf. If you have heavy objects to store, look for heavy duty shelving.

4. Materials and construction: Make sure your shelving is built to stand up to the garage environment which can be damp and dusty. Look for anti-corrosion materials, and always choose solid metal over PVC or plastic. That way your shelving will stand up to all life’s knocks and bangs. Galvanised metal frames with strong chipboard shelving are a smart choice.

Measuring up

Always measure twice before you order your shelving. You’ll need to know the width, length and height to establish the volume of storage you need to meet your needs. Remember, a small footprint cabinet can have a large vertical volume.

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