In addition to keeping the snow drifts off your car’s windshield, the garage is an essential repository for all of the stuff in your life that has no other place to go. All of that stuff, however, can easily turn your garage into a haphazard jumble where you can never find what you’re looking for, and you’re constantly in danger of being buried under an avalanche of hockey pads and extra paper towels. Take control of the situation with these expert tips and transform your messy garage into an oasis of tidy, stylish organization.
Cabinets are essential for keeping your kitchen and bathroom organized, so why not the garage too? Take advantage of your garage’s unused vertical space while keeping clutter behind closed doors with cabinets in a range of sizes and shapes. Companies like
While it doesn’t have the same clean look as a wall of cabinets, modular shelving like the
3. Painted floors
A concrete floor may be stylish in a loft, but the oil stains, paint spills, and other marks accumulated over years of use in your garage can make it feel more industrial than industrial-chic. The most straightforward option is simply to paint your garage floor grey or off-white, but before you get your rollers out
4. Interlocking tiles
If you’re not interested in all of that scrubbing and sealing, a simpler option might be to invest in one of the
5. Magnetic shelving & bin shelves
In addition to shelves for your bike helmets and ski gear, what about all of the small stuff that might get otherwise get lost? Purpose-built shelves, like
There’s a good reason that pegboards have been standard issue on garage workshops for so many years: they work!
For a sleeker, more contemporary look, opt for one of the
8. Cardboard tube bins
Using a few cardboard concrete-forming tubes and some simple metal fasteners, you can
9. Put the rafters to work
The overhead space in your garage is just as usable as the walls, so don’t let it go to waste! Whether it’s a
10. Upgrade your door
Now that the inside of your garage is completely transformed, why not give some love to the outside? An upgraded door does wonders for not just the look of garage but your entire home. If you’re ready to take the plunge there are plenty of
Jeremy Freed is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto. His writing about fashion, travel, food and design appears in Sharp, Harry and re:Porter magazines, among many others.