How to cre­ate a fun and func­tional garage space

It has a lot more uses than just pro­vid­ing a space for un­der­cover park­ing, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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They’re meant for your car, but too often garages are lit­tle more than a stor­age shed for house­hold junk. With space at a premium in many homes, the garage is the spot for all that stuff that doesn’t seem to fit any­where else.

Garage Blitz direc­tor and owner Jamie Fitzger­ald says the garage is an ob­vi­ous place for peo­ple to store their goods.

“In places like Sydney the cost of build­ing is so ex­pen­sive so own­ers use al­most all the space avail­able and a lot of places won’t have any room for stor­age,” he says.

“If you’ve got things like ca­noes, kayaks or you’re into moun­tain bikes, they need to go some­where — and the best place for that is the garage.”

Howards Stor­age World or­gan­is­ing ex­pert Cathy Player says garages can be used to store ev­ery­thing from gardening gear, sport­ing equip­ment, suit­cases and tools through to dad’s brew­ing kit and the dog ken­nel.

“Ski gear, camp­ing gear, sport­ing equip­ment, pic­nic bas­kets, ca­noes, beach um­brel­las, even the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions all need to go some­where,” she says.

“In a stan­dard house­hold with a two-car garage, it’s al­most a lux­ury to use both sides of the garage for cars to­day.

“If you don’t have an at­tic or an al­ter­na­tive stor­age area, then it’s al­most in­evitable that you’ll need to have a good stor­age sys­tem in the garage.”

Squeez­ing the most out of it

Bun­nings na­tional stor­age buyer Daniel Gib­ney says cus­tomers are now more in­spired than ever to use the space in their garage to its fullest po­ten­tial.

“For a com­plete garage so­lu­tion, mix­ing shelv­ing units with cab­i­nets de­liv­ers a great re­sult,” he says.

“This com­bi­na­tion pro­vides the abil­ity for max­imis­ing stor­age space with shelves while be­ing able to lock away dan­ger­ous goods such as chem­i­cals or power tools.”

Daniel says the Ro­mak garage stor­age range from Bun­nings of­fers cab­i­nets and shelv­ing kits in match­ing heights and depths to max­imise any garage space and pro­vide a tidy look­ing garage.

“For peo­ple look­ing for a heavy duty so­lu­tion, the Rack It sys­tem of­fers a 750kg shelf rat­ing and it is easy to as­sem­ble so it can be cus­tomised to suit in­di­vid­ual needs,” Daniel says.

For peo­ple look­ing to cre­ate a good work­ing space for their projects, Daniel says the Ul­ti­mate Garage sys­tem pro­vides a great­look­ing yet func­tional work bench, cabi­net and un­der bench cabi­net stor­age that is durable and will safely store all of their tools for easy ac­cess.

“For a com­plete stor­age so­lu­tion, a garage cabi­net such as the Qiq Fix two-door cabi­net is built tough to en­sure it lasts and is less likely to rust, in­clud­ing lock­able doors to keep your items safe,” says Daniel.

This garage (above) de­signed by ar­chi­tect Mark Szczer­bicki dou­bles as a play space when not used for park­ing.

Flex­i­ble stor­age sys­tems like this one from Bun­nings (left) make it eas­ier to plan your garage space

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