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The Laymans Garage Storage Solution
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By: Kathryn Dawson Email Article
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Finding storage in a home requires figuring out the proper place to install the necessary hardware. Closets often do the trick but these enclosed spaces are only suitable for storing certain items. It wouldn't be very prudent to set up a tool bench in a bedroom closet with oily and rusty tools sitting around. Such a storage solution requires heading to a proper locale.

Garage storage is one of the most common storage destinations for most home owners. The garage offers plenty of advantages over most locales in the household. Bedroom closets can only hold interior items, things like clothing, linens or other delicates. Spare tires and crates of knick knacks not only are more cumbersome and bulky, two features that often play havoc in the confined space of a closet, but are usually "dirty" items.

Calling an item "dirty" isn't implying anything about its moral character. It's simply saying that such items usually leave a mess behind. This can easily wreck and ruin carpet, rugs and walls. Storing items in the garage is simply far more practical. Not only is this space more open (make sure your vehicle is promptly absent when it comes time to set up your storage solution), but the risk of damaging a part of your home is far more remote. Oily and greasy tools can be stored in the garage next to boxes and crates of more delicate items.

Nevertheless, once the garage has been selected as a storage solution the real question becomes how exactly are you supposed to store everything? Wall mounted shelves are one option. These can be installed by either you, the homeowner, or by a carpenter or handyman. Wall mounted shelves are a solid option and can often enhance the ambience of the garage. They look homey and turn the garage into a room of its own.

However, storing large quantities of items can often tax these wall mounted storage solutions. Storage racking is a better alternative when it comes to packing away and storing large quantities of items. Wall shelves typically cannot hold as much as storage racks. This can spell catastrophe should wall mounted shelves be overloaded. Most often it'll be like the straw that broke the camel's back. Putting one item too many on a wall mounted shelf could cause it to rip right out of the wall.

Storage racking is a better alternative because it works with far more support from the ground up. These storage racks are usually free standing rows of shelves that are reinforced in a lattice like structure along the sides. Various levels of shelves are contained within that allow for maximum storage utility. What makes storage racks so effective is through the way they are structured. The entire framework supports itself and is rigidly reinforced, allowing heavy items to be stored with ease.

For extra support these items can be sunk into walls that anchor them into place. Depending on the layout of your garage with solution may be ideal if you have particularly heavy items that need storing. These racks also come in various materials that have differing prices ranges and levels of stability. Plastic racks are lighter, cheaper and easier to store but may buckle under excessive weight. Metal ones, conversely, are heavier and more difficult to maneuver around. However, metal ones are top notch when it comes to storing away the biggest, heaviest and bulkiest items and equipment.

All of these garage storage solutions can be located if you do a quick search online. You will normally find a range of websites offering excellent deals on a top range of storage racking solutions. Free standing units are in plentiful supply alongside decorative or display shelving and solutions for smaller enclosed spaces.

Kathryn Dawson writes articles for Shelfsave, where you will find the lowest cost garage storage solutions and storage racking in the UK.

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