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Create the Illusion of a Livable Space in Your Garage

31Trying to come up with ideas to transform your garage into an extended living space? The key is coming up with an Orlando home organization plan that turns your garage into a place where you, your family, and friends enjoy spending time hanging out. Your garage is capable of so much more than just a storage place for paint cans, lawn maintenance tools, and sports equipment. The two things that can help turn it into a livable space are garage cabinets and slat wall systems.

What are Garage Cabinets?
Unlike your bathroom and kitchen, your garage was created for housing a car and store items that don’t fit in the home, but it can be so much more. By incorporating Gladiator garage cabinets, you can not only neatly store your items, but create more central floor space to make a livable room. If you’re familiar with gym and school lockers, you’ll understand how to place Gladiator garage cabinets. These lockers come in various sizes from small and boxy to tall and slender.

What are Slat Walls?
Slat wall systems are a modern storage solution that transforms simple walls into super-efficient storage space. The first part of the system involves installing elongated ‘slats’ made of durable material onto one or more garage walls. The second part consists of installing special hooks into the slats for hanging and holding various containers, tools, and all sorts of items. There are numerous ways to use these hooks, and they allow you to store way more than mere shelving alone.

Creating Your Livable Garage Space
Our garage cabinets offer a plethora of space-saving solutions with clean lines. Our Gladiator Premier Series Cabinets are known for their superior strength, while our Everest White Cabinets provide the same strength, but with a decorative touch. Some have rolling wheels, making them easy to move around if you need to adjust the garage space. Enjoy storing clothing, pantry items, tools, craft materials, toys, and various odds and ends inside drawers or on top of shelves. Combined with a slat wall system, the cabinets keep your garage neat, organized, and easily accessible.

Slat walls can also create the visual vitality that a livable space calls for, but also provides the flexibility to custom create what you store. You can also bring the outside in with a wall of plants or herbs. This addition will create a calming space for your guests and excellent connector between the inside and outside.

Want one of our Orlando home organization experts to provide you with a free in-home consultant? Give us a call at 407-447-8890 or send us a quick message online and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment.

Maximizing Your Garage Space for Hurricane Season

When hurricane season begins, an uneasy feeling lingers due to their unpredictability. The moment a nearby tropical storm is upgraded to a hurricane, questions of how to prepare immediately rush over you. As Floridians, we tend to not to worry about hurricanes until they get to a specific category, but experts say you should always plan for the worst. The strength and frequency of hurricanes are on the rise and now is the time to implement a strategic Orlando garage organization plan that maximizes the effectiveness of your space. Here are some great ideas for protecting you and your family from harm, while keeping your personal property safe from damage.

A survey by Gladiator Garage Works discovered that nearly one in four Americans are not able to fit their car in the garage because it is too cluttered. Your car is one of the most expensive purchases in your life. When a hurricane comes rolling through, do you want to risk your vehicle being exposed to the debris and high winds? I’m sure your answer is no. To move items into your garage, you need to find a place for the things that are currently there. To get more space on your garage floor, just look up! Our overhead storage options give you extra shelving to organize your garage space and bring in other items that are commonly left outside.

Bicycles
Bicycles that usually sit outside can be lifted off the ground during a fierce storm and turned into projectiles. If stored inside your home, you run the risk of someone getting hurt, especially when the power goes out. So what can you do? Store your bikes in the garage! Avoid having your bikes freestanding in your garage, because they can damage anything they fall against. The solution is to secure them with our sturdy bike hooks that are attached to a Gladiator hanging wall storage systems. Our patented “slat wall” track gives you the flexibility to hang your bikes vertically or horizontally.

Toys and Activity Equipment
Instead of piling toys and equipment such as balls, skates, and portable trampolines into closets, transfer them to your garage. Give yourself more space indoors, by using that same wall storage system, and its accessories. Our flexible storage baskets can be used for basketballs, footballs, and soccer balls. Open storage baskets can help tuck away items like baseballs and skating equipment. And let’s not forget those odd-shaped things like the trampoline! Just use our hooks to securely hang it on the wall near the bikes.

Barbecue Grilling Items
Protect your barbecue grill from impending damage by storing it against the garage wall between two rolling garage cabinets. This arrangement provides a buffer on three sides. Place the BBQ utensils and accessories into plastic bins and store within the nearby cabinets or garage shelving in case your power goes out and you need to use it to cook your food.

Pool and Patio Items
More than 10.4 million homeowners have pools, so it is essential to designate space in your garage for storing pool and patio accessories, as well as other outdoor portable items. Our tall Gladiator garage cabinets are durable and have multiple shelves for storing pool cleaning products, deflated inflatables, and small pool toys. Hang foldable chairs on large metal wall hooks. Patio furniture cushions can hang from ceiling hooks, or lay flat on metal ceiling shelves.

Need More Ideas?
The experts at Garage Design Works are just a call or online message away to provide you with a free consultation about Orlando garage organization. Give us a call at 407-447-8890 or send us a quick message online and we’ll be happy to chat about your garage needs.

How to Boost Your Yard Work Efficiency with Organization

Taking good care of your yard often requires keeping various yard tools on hand to make your job easier. Since storage space is limited inside of your home, the best alternative for storing these handy tools is usually your garage. While it’s great to have someplace to keep outdoor tools and supplies, the downside is having a mixture of tools stashed here and there, with no real system of organization. If you feel annoyed each time you head into the garage to retrieve hedge clippers, rakes, shovels, and grass trimmers, it’s time for an Orlando home organization update.

Organizing Large Tools
There’s no better place than the garage to store a variety of large tools that are routinely used for outdoor yard work. The biggest are the lawnmower, wheelbarrow, and ladders followed by rakes, shovels, saws, trimmers, and gas blowers. All these items take up lots of garage space, but you can utilize wall space to make these tools more visible, and easily reachable.

Select a modern slat wall system that includes grooves for adjustable hooks. The slats create attractive horizontal storage in sections, or across an entire wall. Wall slats combined with specially designed metal hooks are sturdy enough to securely hold a bulky wheelbarrow, short and tall ladders, hoses, and your collection of manual and motorized tools that easily fit side-by-side on the wall.

Organizing Small Tools
Small hand tools such as gardening shears, diggers, and pliers are every bit as important to yard work as larger tools but require more organization to find. You may want to devote a section of slat wall to hang these tools, or you can choose contemporary garage cabinets with extension shelves or deep drawers to keep track of various collections of hand tools and accessories. Storing these tools inside of cabinets removes clutter and keeps them safely away from small children and pets.

Organizing Supplies
When organizing various supplies used for yard work, the frequency of use should be a consideration. Consider grouping supplies together according to seasonal needs or tasks. For instance, bags of potting soil, seeds, watering cans, and growing solutions stay accessible inside a designated metal garage cabinet with adjustable shelves. Directly above, you can place your collection of empty planters on an overhead storage platform.

Proper Storage Extends Tool Life
Protecting your investment in valuable yard tools is a good reason to begin working on your organization plan. When all your tools have a designated storage spot, they are better protected from damages due to accidents or neglect.

Cut time and effort from your yard work duties with an efficiency-boost to your Orlando home organization plan from Garage Design Works. Contact us online or call 407-447-8890 for a free consultation.

Which Wall System is Best? Slat Wall or Pegboard

The most popular systems for garage walls are slat wall and pegboard systems. At first glance, you may think both are similar, and it doesn’t matter which one you pick. However, if you want lots of versatility, and care about aesthetics for any Orlando garage organization project, one choice clearly stands head and shoulders above the other.

Style Differences
The physical differences jump out immediately when visually comparing slat wall organizers against pegboards. Slat walls are constructed of durable materials into elongated horizontal strips that sit flush to the wall. Their visual effect resembles outdoor home siding. Pegboards, on the other hand, are made of individual panels with numerous holes. Both systems use hooks for hanging items. If you prefer an elegant look for your garage, slat wall systems have a sleek, modern look. Alternatively, the exposed remaining holes from pegboards are hard to ignore.

If you are going to put in the time to organize your garage with a wall system, aesthetics may be of importance. Especially if you intend to use your garage as an extra room for hobbies or entertainment. But, looks aren’t everything, right? So, let’s look at functionality.

Organizing with Holes vs. Slats
Pegboards have been around for a long time, and there’s no denying that they’re easy to use. Each board contains numerous holes, and you can decide where to insert the hooks to hang your items. Peg holes are typically spaced inches apart which limits ways you can personalize. The sheer number of holes can unintentionally lead to board clutter. Sure, everything fits, but it doesn’t necessarily look all that nice.

Slat wall systems, on the other hand, work in tandem with various sizes of hooks, bins, and baskets, giving you excellent versatility for neatly storing small to large items. Unsightly clutter is avoided because each item can hang directly on the wall, or be stored inside in a hanging container. Check out the neatness a Gladiator wall systems can offer.

Durability and Strength Matter
If you are still contemplating both systems, consider what you intend to store on the walls. Both systems can easily handle items such as fasteners, rakes, wrenches, and hobby supplies. What about big and heavy items such as bicycles, chainsaws, and golf clubs?

Pegboards may give way under the pressure of heavier items, ripping the hooks out of the holes. It’s no secret that slat wall organizers are strong enough to keep weighty items secured to the wall indefinitely.

Curious to Learn More About Wall Slat Systems?
Garage Design Works specializes in helping you plan the perfect Orlando garage organization system that works for your needs. We’ll answer all your questions about slat wall storage. Call us today at 407-447-8890 for a free consultation, or drop us a note online.

7 Tips to Keep Your Garage Workshop in Working Order

craftsman-garage-and-shed3The garage is an ideal place to set up a workshop. Most garages have space for a workbench and assorted tools. However, if you want to make your workshop more efficient, an organization plan is your best bet. Enjoy these helpful Garage Design Works tips for optimizing Orlando garage floors, walls, and ceilings.

  1. Create a Designated Work Area

It’s hard to do your best work when you’re competing with sports equipment, bikes, luggage, toys, and other items not related to your work projects. If you’re shoving things out of the way to reach your workbench, it’s time to create a clean, organized work area. Set storage parameters, and remove unnecessary items from your workspace.

  1. Install a Slat Wall Organizing System

When looking around your workshop, you see too much clutter, and there’s not enough maneuvering room. Wall slat systems were designed to solve this common problem. Consider installing a Gladiator hanging wall slat system that uses tracks and hooks to create new storage areas on garage walls. Tracks are sturdy enough to hold small, medium, and large tools and supplies freeing up floor space for creating, planning, and building.

  1. Update Flooring

Cleaning the garage floor after you finish for the day can be a hassle. Stains can be hard to remove on concrete. A protective epoxy such as high-quality ArmorSeal flooring finish makes floor cleaning a breeze.

  1. Organize Tools According to Use

Are you tired of searching for tools during a project? Organize your tools using slat wall hooks and sturdy rolling cabinets, keeping them within easy reach when needed.

  1. Light Your Work Area

If you rely strictly on natural lighting, consider boosting the lighting in your work area. When you’re working with power and hand tools, a mistake can cause physical injury. By adding two or more ceiling light fixtures near your workbench, lighting conditions improve considerably.

  1. Install Additional Electrical Outlets

Stringing numerous power extension cords along the floor is a tripping and fire hazard that should be avoided. Installing one or more additional electrical outlets on a wall near your work area can alleviate the need for extra extension cords. It’s best to let a trained electrician do the installation.

  1. Install a Ventilation System

Many garage workshops lack adequate ventilation. A fan isn’t powerful enough to remove most fine dust particles, debris, and fumes from the air you breathe. Likewise, for open windows. Safe ventilation is achieved by installing industrial-strength systems that remove air impurities as you work.

Garage Design Systems can give you more ideas for organizing Orlando garage floors and walls. Contact us today for a free garage workshop consultation.

5 Reasons You Need Heavy-Duty Powder Coated Steel Garage Cabinets

2You recently visited a large box store to look at their selection of cabinets for your garage and were not impressed. The materials seemed slapped together on cheap particle board frames, with sagging shelves, and the doors hung crookedly on their hinges. The whole reason you wanted to update your garage was that your friend’s garage looks so much better with his Powder Coated Steel Cabinets from the Orlando garage storage system pros at Garage Design Works. Maybe cutting corners is not such a good idea when it comes to garage cabinets. Below are just a few reasons you may need Garage Design Works’ custom cabinets.

  • Hunt and Peek

When it takes longer to look for a bicycle pump than it takes to air up a tire, something is wrong. If all your bike gear were located in one or two Gladiator Premier Series cabinets, it would be simple to quickly grab the bike pump, air up the tires, and pedal off to your next adventure.

  • Investing in Organization

Sometimes it’s so frustrating looking for a saw, you give up and buy another one. When this happens time and again, you begin accumulating three or four loppers, hand trimmers, hammers, and countless pairs of work gloves, which costs you excess money. Organizing your tools into Wall Gearboxes or Tall Gearboxes with casters will not only clear your garage, but it will also help keep track of what you own and save your time. For every minute you spend organizing, you gain an hour in return.

  • Less Stress

Looking through five mislabeled cardboard boxes for a tool you know you saw last week is frustrating. Housing the tools you frequently use in a Geardrawer will maintain a constant level of organization to help you live with less stress.

  • Maximize the Space

Two open shelves against one wall is not a practical storage system. Storing items in Gladiator Premier Series cabinets and designing the layout to your specifications will save you space. Utilizing all your garage’s available space is Garage Design Works’ goal, and our ONRAX Enduro-Deck™ system allows you to store kayaks, canoes, seasonal items, and any other bulky items above the garage door.

  • Safety First

Storing your items in cabinets instead of cardboard boxes piled atop one another does more than improve the appearance of your garage – it makes it safer. Now you do not have to worry about toppling boxes as you search behind them while holding a flashlight in one hand. Also, Florida’s rainy weather causes dampness to enter your garage, which can easily cause mold or bacteria on any natural products (fabric, cardboard, newspaper, wooden boxes) stored on the garage floor. With an easy to clean and durable ArmorSeal Garage Floor System, storing these items in a cabinet will make the managing of mold and mildew easy.

Garage Design Works would love to assist in renovating your garage into an organized workspace. Give us a call at 407-447-8890 to discuss our line of Gladiator Premier Series cabinets and how these beautiful Orlando garage storage system cabinets can work efficiently in your garage. Our website offers product pictures, garage designs, and blogs full of information on garage designing and organization.

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How to Manage Garage Storage With Children

kid-1241817_1920(2)When you have children, it’s inevitable that your garage will become a de facto storage area for all sorts of their items, such as clothing, accessories, and toys. This space tends to get cluttered quickly because your garage also houses your car, your household tools, and a wide array of items that have nowhere else to go.

Instead of putting up with a jumbled mess that puts your children and possessions at risk, create a safe kid-friendly storage solution by following these helpful Orlando garage storage ideas.

Create a Kid Zone

The first matter of business is designating a section of your garage as a kid zone. This can be a wall, or an entire side of a garage if you have enough space. Try to put as much space as possible between this storage area and your vehicle to avoid safety hazards and accidental vehicle damage. Once you’ve chosen a spot, it’s time to pick a storage solution that best suits your needs.

Wall Systems

Wall storage units are popular with garage owners because they offer easy and convenient storage for tight spaces. Most rack designs have square grids, but our Gladiator hanging wall systems have “slat wall” style tracks that allow you to have versatile options when storing an array of items. We have our small item bins for things like crayons, legos, or craft items. Our mesh baskets are ideal for easy viewing or items that need to be aired out from the beach or park. If your family is big into sports, our ball caddy will come it handy when trying to wrangle them all in one space. Each ball caddy can hold up to 9 full-size basketballs!

Cabinets

If your garage has enough room, you can opt for our already assembled Gladiator Premier Series Cabinets or our designer Everest White Cabinets to fit within the scope of your garage design. Either option gives you cabinets that can either be affixed to wall or movable in case you wanted to rearrange later on. You can add another level of personalization to your children’s space by giving them their personal locker.

Overhead Storage

When you run out of space on the floor and the walls, why not create more space by using your ceiling? Overhead storage is an efficient way to organize your children’s larger heavier items that are either seasonal items like clothes, sporting equipment, or road trip gear. Our ONRAX Enduro-Deck™ system provides exceptional strength up to 800lbs and has 9 shelf sizes and 2 height adjustment ranges. Custom sizes are available for lofted and angled ceilings.

These are just a few of the creative Orlando garage storage ideas offered by the team at Garage Design Works. Call our team at 407-447-8890 today to schedule an appointment to get expert advice on creating a kid-friendly storage space in your garage.

Choosing the Right Wall Organization System

IMG951216 (1).jpgSome homeowners are particular about how their garages function, demanding their most necessary items be in plain sight and within easy reach. Others believe function is not nearly as important as ambience and they create a stunning garage with matching cabinets and countertops. The Orlando garage storage experts at Garage Design Works can create the garage of your dreams that will meet all your needs.

  • It is a given that your garage floor should have minimum items on it: the car, a lawnmower, and possibly a tool chest. Any other items should be stored elsewhere, and a prime location is along the walls. Many homeowners simply buy oversized plastic bins and stack them against the wall. This method is far from fail-proof because of flooding, which may cause leakage into the containers, and the propensity of a large stack of containers to topple over and destroy what is within them or injure someone.
  • Gladiator hanging wall systems with their patented slat wall tracks are designed to accommodate a variety of hook configurations to hang everything from tiny containers to bulky golf bags.
  • Gearwall panels can be designed for any size wall. With a single panel, a series of hanging hooks will hold all your garden implements: rakes, shovels, axes, clippers, et cetera. An entire series of panels behind the workbench is perfect for small hooks to hold bins for screws, hammers, electrical tape, or power tools.
  • Gladiator carries a variety of hooks for all your needs. Whether you are hanging a bicycle or a sledgehammer, they have a hook for it! Traditional J and L hooks are handy, all-purpose holders, but a fishing pole is likely to slide off these hooks. Gladiator has a specialized fishing rod hook along with horizontal bike racks that snugly situate your bicycle against the wall or a vertical bike hook to hold the bike perpendicular to the wall. Cords and hoses are neatly stored on two-prong cradle hooks while an oversized heavy-duty hook is handy for motorized lawn equipment, such as hedge trimmers, edgers, or weed eaters. Sports equipment is easily gathered in a mesh bag, and different sizes of bags can be used depending on how much equipment you have to store.

The ability to easily store and locate your goods in a safe area keeps your garage organized and all your supplies within reach. Give the Orlando garage storage team at Garage Design Works a call at 407-447-8890 to learn about their line of Gladiator products and how they can assist you in redesigning your garage. Our blogs page has an abundance of information pertaining to our products, services, and organization ideas for your garage.

5 Ways to Protect Your Garage While on Vacation

As you pull out of the driveway, you hit the garage door remote and watch the door slowly descend. In your mind, the garage is secure. Besides, your neighborhood is safe, so you really have nothing to worry about. What you may not realize is your house has been watched for the past week in anticipation of your vacation, and the thieves know many tricks on accessing a closed garage door. Learn how to protect your garage while you are away by reading these tips brought to you by the Orlando garage storage team at Garage Design Works.

  • The Garage Door: Your automatic garage door is easily opened, even without a remote. To prevent potential theft, place a padlock on the overhead door latch, disable the automatic garage door opener, or simply place a bolt inside one of the many holes running along the door’s track to impede the roller from moving beyond that point.
  • Get Motion Lights: Motion lights have two functions: they startle anyone who trips them, and they alert your neighbors that someone or something is lurking near your home. Without the cloak of darkness, it is difficult for intruders to gain access to your garage. Interior lights on a timer give the illusion that someone is home turning lights on and off at a given time. Nowadays, lights can respond from an app on your cellular phone to turn on and off whenever you click a button.
  • Check the Windows: If your garage has windows, be sure to lock them before you leave. Installing metal bars inside the windows may help keep out intruders. Installing blinds is also a deterrent; if thieves cannot see inside the garage, they may believe there is not anything of value to steal.
  • Ask for Extra Eyes: If you are active in a Neighborhood Crime Watch program, let your team know you are leaving and for how long you expect to be gone. Also, tell a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you are away. To make your house look lived in, enlist a neighbor to park in your driveway and pick up your paper and mail.
  • A Security Camera: A security camera is a great investment. While some cameras run continually, others are programmed only to come on when activated by movement. Newer cameras can automatically feed to an app on your phone, giving you the ability to check on your garage at any time you are away from home.

Garage Design Works knows you take pride in your garage and home. Let our team help you organize your Orlando garage storage area and install locked cabinets for your more valuable goods. Call 407-447-8890 to speak with one of our garage design consultants, and read our blogs for information pertaining to cabinets, storage systems, and beautiful epoxy floor coverings.

Make the Most of Your Garage Storage Space

It does not matter if you have a one-car garage or enough space for five vehicles, it seems you never have ample room for all your supplies. Learning how to properly store your accessories will give you a much cleaner garage and an easier time locating exactly what you need. The Orlando garage storage team at Garage Design Works has the following tips on making the most of your garage storage space.

 

  • What to Keep, & What to Discard: The most effective method for clearing clutter is to remove every item from the garage and arranging the items into two large piles – one to keep and one to give away or sell. When the latter pile has been removed and only the items you want to keep remain, continue to the next step.
  • To Sort or Not to Sort: Sorting is a personal preference. Some people like to place items of similar sizes together, such as water skis and garden tools with long handles – rakes, hoes, etc. This saves on space, but may be confusing for others looking for the items. Placing items you use together, such as beach items, gives a very handy method of locating items, especially if they all fit neatly within a clear, labeled bin. Beach umbrellas or small sun shade tents are sometimes too long or bulky to fit inside a bin, and the toys you use at the beach may also be toys used when your children dig in the sandbox. Sometimes the solution is stackable bins that can be categorized together as “outside fun”, for instance, then further broken into smaller classes that would ensure the digging toys would be brought to the beach as well as the park.
  • Location, Location, Location: Location is vital in planning the perfect garage storage system. How often do believe you will use the inflatable kiddie pool this summer? If you think this will be a daily toy, place it close at hand for easy access, and store the exterior holiday lights from last winter in a bin with their hooks, extension cords, and all other items to make that task simpler. No matter how you decide to divide your belongings, placing them in clear bins will give you a better idea of what you are looking for without searching through an endless array of bins.
  • Be Wary of Floor Space: While all the coordinated bins are nice to look at, stacking them on the floor takes up too much space, and could lead to disaster if your home is in a flood zone or has ever taken in water during a hurricane. Remove as many items as possible from the floor by placing them on open shelves or in enclosed cabinets.
  • Let it Hang Around: A hanging storage area above the garage door is the perfect location to store artificial Christmas trees and large yard toys. With the capacity to hold up to 800 pounds, the ONRAX Enduro-DeckTM System will keep your items secure and out of the way.

 

For a full line of top-quality garage organization products, call the Orlando garage storage experts at Garage Design Works at 407-447-8890. Our team can outfit your garage to give you the space you need now and in the future. Browse our blogs for custom garage designs ideas.