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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - By Bruce Dunn

1Hit the wall

Free up space on your work­bench and keep tools neat and tidy with a wall-mounted stor­age sys­tem. By fix­ing a large piece of MDF or ply­wood to the garage wall you can then use hooks and nails to mount items like span­ners, screw­drivers and ratch­ets. This sys­tem also has the added ben­e­fit of al­low­ing ev­ery­thing to be stored se­quen­tially in size, and gives you quick ac­cess to the tool you want.

2Res­ur­rect the dead zone

The ma­jor­ity of garages have an up-and-over door, which is great for con­ve­nience but not so good for max­imis­ing space, as they can leave a ‘dead zone’ on the wall ei­ther side of the door mech­a­nism. But this space can be utilised by fit­ting shelv­ing or rack­ing for things that are used less fre­quently. It’s im­por­tant that the ac­tion of the door isn’t im­paired, so check for clear­ance when you fit any­thing in this area.

3Oc­ca­sional shelves

If you’ve got a project or re­build on the go, then you might need ex­tra space for a short pe­riod of time. You may need to place en­gine com­po­nents that are be­ing stripped down in se­quence, or per­haps you need to lay out painted parts to dry safely. The so­lu­tion is to use shelv­ing that snaps to­gether quickly, but can be dis­man­tled and stored away when not needed. Clarke make a five-tier sys­tem for £20.

4Dirty area

Tools like drills and grinders gen­er­ate a lot of swarf and mess which can be an­noy­ing and haz­ardous, es­pe­cially if you’re us­ing them on your main work­bench. Pre­vent this by cre­at­ing an area away from your main workspace to mount the equip­ment. You can ei­ther buy a be­spoke work­bench ded­i­cated to fet­tling or make your own out of sturdy tim­ber.

6Pad­dock stand stor­age

If there is one thing that doesn’t seem to fit nicely any­where it’s got to be a pad­dock stand. They’re ideal when they’re in use, but at all other times th­ese strangely shaped ac­ces­sories re­ally get in the way. Hang them from large hooks on the walls, or if your garage has some roof space you can in­stall hooks or some chip­board loft panels to store them there.

8Rag hanger

Old rags are es­sen­tial in the garage, but if you leave them ly­ing around they can make your work­shop look like a tip. A so­lu­tion is to use a coat rack to keep them all in one place. Grade rags for spe­cific uses, for ex­am­ple have clean ones for pol­ish­ing, and less clean ones for clean­ing wheels, while the most soiled rags can be used for soak­ing up spills then dis­carded.

5Charg­ing sta­tion

The garage is usu­ally home to sev­eral tools that run on bat­tery power. Left un­man­aged, you can tie your­self in knots with the nu­mer­ous charg­ers, dock­ing sta­tions and ca­bles, which is not only messy but also a po­ten­tial haz­ard. Solve this by cre­at­ing a ded­i­cated charg­ing shelf – use ca­ble ties to tidy leads and la­bel the charg­ers so you know what each is for.

7Com­po­nent stor­age

Wall-mounted stor­age bins are an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion for find­ing a home for small com­po­nents like nuts and bolts. Th­ese sys­tems come in vary­ing sizes and fit di­rectly to the wall; Screw­fix do a set of 12, in­clud­ing the mount­ing panel, for £26.99. To help keep track of what’s in each bin use a la­belling sys­tem to pro­duce large font la­bels.


Re­cy­cle, up­cy­cle, call it what you want but you should al­ways think be­fore throwing some­thing away – can it be used again? You could use tim­ber from an old pal­let to make shelves, or use it in the roof space as loft panels. Or, with a bit of time and thought, use un­wanted parts to make a unique work­shop clock. Any­thing goes, just use your imag­i­na­tion.

Has a man ever looked more sat­is­fied with the lay­out of his garage?

Neil’s se­ri­ously tempted by a Yamaha FJ1200

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