A tidy garage is a productive one, and with our brilliant garage storage ideas, you will find yourself using the space so much more effectively. While many convert their garages into extra living space, there are those of us who prefer to retain them for their intended purpose – a place to park the car. With off-road parking adding value (and convenience) to a property, it makes sense to keep your garage as a garage if you don't desperately need more rooms.
But as many of us find, the garage not only becomes a home for your car, but also a whole host of other items. Bikes, ski gear, tools and even the Christmas decs can all find themselves jumbled in the back of a dusty garage.
Which is why being organized is essential. So, here are our top garage storage solutions, to help you take your garage from a cluttered mess to the pinnacle of tidiness.
If you do want to take things even further and convert your garage, head to our ultimate guide to garage conversions for all the information you need.
What is the best garage storage system?
We are big fans of customizable garage storage systems (hence why it's our number one garage storage idea), purely because, from one garage to the next, no clutter is the same! So you can tailor make yours to suit your garage shape and its contents, plus, if you find that somewhere down the line you need to add an extra shelf or hook, you can just purchase the additional section that you need, rather than have to rethink your entire garage organization system from scratch. Check out all our options below to get an idea of what garage storage will suit your space.
How much does garage storage cost?
The cost of garage storage totally comes down to want kind of storage you are after. You can pick up freestanding shelving for under £50 ($70) and create your own storage wall with boxes and hooks. But if you are after something more bespoke or a type of storage you have to pay someone to install you could be looking at paying from £1,000 ($1,500) upwards. We've covered garage storage ideas to suit all budgets, here.
How can I organize my garage cheaply?
The best way to organize your garage cheaply has got to be shelving. We've included plenty of affordable shelving options below that are perfect if you want to add garage storage on a budget. Plastic boxes with secure lids are also really affordable and you can pick them up online in so many different shapes and sizes, you'll easily find something that's going to work in your space.
1. Build a holds-everything garage storage wall
Get everything up off the floor with floor-to-ceiling shelving. Open garage storage systems (using moveable brackets on fixed runners) can store everything you need, and maximize every last inch of space.
Elfa's customizable garage shelving systems include different types of storage for hanging, stacking and hiding things away. They also offer a pegboard-style wall panel to hold all manner of objects. Elfa storage systems can be designed to specification so prices will vary, but a similar array to the one seen below would cost in the region of £650.
2. Line garage walls with tool racks
We've all seen the Chaplin-esque comedy sketches of people stepping on rakes, and leaving long-handled tools like brooms lying around will invite this kind of continuous tripping hazard. So copy this garage storage idea and get tools up off the floor with a garden storage rack. You can also find smaller versions for screwdrivers, hammers and chisels to save you from rummaging in drawers of sharp tools.
3. Look for garage storage ideas that clear the floor
Garage storage on a ceiling can come in many forms, but all of the options save valuable floor space, leaving room for a car and garage storage cabinets. A hoist is a great way to create garage storage overhead or for garage bike storage.
This contraption by Delta uses a pulley system to efficiently lift and lower items. Seen here holding a bike, it could also be used for ladders or kayaks.
- For more bike storage ideas check out our feature.
4. Smarten up your garage storage with stylish shelving
Even if you use your garage as a dusty workshop, there is no reason why it can't look great with the addition of some simple garage storage systems to help you get organized. In fact, if you spend a lot of time in there – perhaps making furniture, or restoring a beloved sports car – then you should make the space as appealing and welcoming as possible.
This garage storage idea from String (sold on Skandium) features open shelves for items you need to grab in a hurry, glass door cabinets for prized possessions and closed cupboards for hiding odds and ends. Seen here in walnut with black side panels, parts start at £42 and you can easily adapt it as your storage needs change. It is being used for a tack room here, but that just goes to show that even the muckiest of spaces deserve stylish storage.
5. Use pegboard for small garage storage ideas
A handy pegboard is one of the most versatile garage storage solutions out there, and perfectly suited to the wide range of things we need to store in our garages. Use them for hooks to hang paintbrushes, rollers and cleaning paraphernalia, or add pegs to suspend garden tools or brooms. You can also easily add small shelves to them.
The Little Pegboard from Kreisdesign comes with one shelf and six straight pegs. It is available in a range of colors including grey, blue, green and orange and costs £115.
6. Make shelf brackets multitask
To make the most of a set of garden storage shelves, incorporate extra storage potential into the brackets. Hook items on to the brackets, or thread them through to be supported at either end.
These shelf supports from A Place for Everything include tool hangers and can be used for tools, hose pipes, or cycling helmets. They measure H30cm x D25cm and cost £28 for a pair.
7. Find fixings fast with multi drawers
While finding a spot for all the large, bulky tools and sports gear, don't overlook all the little bits and bobs that need somewhere to live. Never be scrabbling around for a bolt, screw or nail again, with this clever garage storage idea – keep them in a multi-drawer.
Time for a bit of DIY? This four-drawer storage chest from The Container Store has a handle, so you can carry it from room to room. This is one of our favorite messy garage solutions as you can say goodbye to pockets full of rawlplugs! The unit includes eight drawer dividers, should you wish to sub-divide each drawer, and costs £37.33.
8. Create a garage workshop with fitted cabinets
If you use your garage a lot, think about designing it in a similar way to your kitchen. And to put an efficient garage storage system in place, you will need cupboards for storage, worktops and of course a sink for washing your hands, dirty paintbrushes and tools in. One option is to use a kitchen designer, but a specialist garage storage company will be able to supply drawers that are strong enough and appropriately sized for tools and hardware.
Garage storage experts Dura design and fit luxury garage storage solutions including drawers, wall cabinets, shelves and their handy storage wall. They also provide hardwearing flooring, work surfaces and sinks for a complete, bespoke garage. Custom built to your requirements so prices will vary depending on specification.
9. Pack and pile storage boxes with this simple garage storage idea
Keep everything from tools to out-of-season clothes dust-free but visible in a set of clear storage boxes or bins. These can either be stacked on shelves or in a corner out of the way. They will also protect your possessions from mold spores and potential damage from pests, such as moths or mice. Clear boxes are best so you can see what is stored in each, but if you use opaque ones, make sure you label them clearly.
Choose boxes and bins in a range of sizes to accommodate different items. These weathertight totes from The Container Store have strong latches and an airtight seal. Prices start at £5.22 for a 17 liter box.
The Samla range from Ikea comes in eight different sizes (from five to 130 litres) but they are all proportionate to allow easy stacking. Lids are sold separately, as are clips to keep the lids in place (although these aren't necessary unless you have a habit of cramming the boxes to the brim). You can also buy a tray insert that has two compartments, perfect for organizing things within the boxes.
10. Quick, no-fit garden storage ideas? Get garage racking
Versatile, hardwearing and affordable – there are plenty of reasons why racking is a popular garage storage idea. You can fill the entire rear wall of a single garage with racks for under £100, then add small drawer units, toolboxes and storage bins for a varied and inexpensive solution to all your storage needs.
Racking is a great option for garages, sheds and utility rooms. Hardwearing, ventilated shelves and sliding under-shelf drawers create enough space for the usual garden, car or workshop paraphernalia.
11. Find sports gear storage solutions for your garage
Piling sports gear in a cupboard is not the best way to look after it. Fortunately, there are plenty of specially designed options for all of your sporting needs.
Keen skateboarder? This board rack from The Container Store safely supports up to three boards and has handy holes for suspending bags or helmets from. It's a good storage solution for kids' scooters, too.
Or build a sports storage wall to your exact requirements with this solution from Elfa, available at A Place For Everything. A similar sports storage system would cost from £536.
12. Save space with overhead garage storage ideas
Your car dominates the garage and cabinets take up what little space is left, so it might feel like there isn't much room for anything else. But – look up and think again. Overhead racks, suspended from the ceiling, offer another area to stow things away. Just make sure they don't interfere with your up-and-over door.
They are better suited to lighter items to avoid the risks of lifting anything heavy over your head or up a ladder, or use them to support longer items that have no place on the ground (planks of wood, spare piping, skis even boat oars).
Garageflex provide a number of garage storage solutions, including the overhead mesh shelves seen below.
13. Get organized with sturdy shelving
The key to good garage organization is shelving, and don’t opt for flimsy racking, it needs to be tough and sturdy to withstand all manner of items.
Ikea’s BROR range is easy to assemble and robust. It can cope with all temperatures - it won’t warp, and can hold up to 100 kilos which is twice as much load as a standard shelf.
14. Invest in a workbench
Workbenches are a good asset to any garage if you love doing DIY. Even if your garage is on the slim side you should be able to source one that is narrow enough to fit along one of the walls. Look for sturdiness too, DIY benches need to withstand weight and center bracing is key.
This Pinnacle compact workbench from Homebase is easy to assemble - the shelving bays simply snap together, and can be tapped into position with a mallet. The finish is powder-coated steel and you get 20 handy hooks.
15. Hang storage high
As we’ve mentioned before, keeping the floor space of your garage free is key, you don’t want to be tripping over things or running them over when you drive your car in! Sometimes it’s hard to find the right shelving for your tools so look out for companies that are more specialized like Streamline Wood Design on Esty. Their Yard Tool Rack is hand-crafted and includes 10 slots so you can keep all of your yard tools in one handy place.
16. Pick streamlined style for your hobbies
Certain hobbies and jobs lend themselves to a more streamlined and super clean environment, so your garage needs to reflect that, and it might be that you want to convert your garage into something new. For example, you want to create a racing car workshop then check out the innovative designs from Dura Garages. They believe that the garage is the forgotten room of the house, so they have numerous solutions to help you fit out your space so it fulfills all your needs.
17. Utilize every inch of space
It’s a bit of a misconception that a garage can only store ‘outdoor’ items like the mower, sports equipment and DIY. They are actually fabulous if you’re slightly overcrowded in your house.
We love the idea of keeping your suitcases stored in your garage, and don’t forget seasonal clothes - all those big heavy winter coats and winter shoes take up space inside so pop up a storage solution like this one from Elfa.
18. And make sure you know where your tools are
If you’re a keen mechanic or simply love tinkering away at the weekends then keeping tools safe and in the right places will be key.
The best storage always has a mixture of shelves and drawers, so opt for designs that tick that box and another good tip is to buy something that’s lockable, garages can be vulnerable to thieves sadly. This 8 drawer tool center from Halfords comes on castors which is perfect for ease of use when you’re using your garage as a workshop.
19. Spilt a double garage in two
The brief for this double garage was to have one ‘station’ for training and the other as a workshop for the bikes and home/general DIY. Dura fitted tool-controlled foam for specialized bike maintenance, peg panels for other tools, integrated power sockets, high and low-level storage, an integrated TV and a bridging unit with under the counter storage.
The flooring was PVC interlocking floor tiles that are easy to fit, clean and are a great thermal and dust barrier. The result is a fabulous dual-purpose space that’s spacious whilst offering loads of storage options.
20. Discover motorized shelves
It’s always worth utilizing every inch of space, but sometimes that can seem impossible. Or, you have to risk climbing up ladders whilst carrying a heavy box - neither of which are safe or ideal.
Garage Pride have a fabulous solution - motorized shelves! Unique to them, this super innovative shelving means you can get those boxes stored up high, safely. All you need to do is place your boxes on the shelves and let the remote-controlled, high quality motor raise them up for you!
21. Hang up your tools
Be inventive with how you store your tools, anything with hooks and pegs can be utilized - check out this Moreton wooden tool hanger as an example and the Moreton pegboard.
Both are really useful for hanging hand tools and other gardening items from. You can add shelves to the pegboard so you can create your own design to suit your needs!
22. Look out for storage with character
Reminiscent of what you may have found Danny’s T-Birds using in Grease, this fabulous Sealey retro tool chest from Garage Pride will tick all the practical boxes too. It has a four-drawer roller cabinet, two-drawer mid-box and four-drawer top chest. With a load capacity of 45kg, it’s made of sturdy stainless steel with side handles chrome plated to add to the authenticity.
23. Squeeze in as many components as you can
We often say you can’t have too much storage inside your home, and this is so true when it comes to garage space outside. Of course, the main obstacle is that you can only use the edges of the space, not the main area.
So this is where you need to make the most of these clever modular systems that Elfa stock. There really is something for everyone and you can configure them to make your own space unique.
24. Opt for custom built tool storage
It’s always good to support craftsmen and you’ll end up with a unique storage system that will last for decades. Get your drills in order with this ingenious cordless drill organizer from Etsy that will get your workbench in tip top shape in no time. It has purpose-built slots for your drills, chargers, batteries and screws. Made from top grade ¾ inch plywood it’s sturdy with sanded or rounded edges. Each shelf is hand-crafted and all fasteners are hidden for a professional finish.
25. Keep all your tools in one place
If you don’t have a large garage and simply need somewhere to store your tools on a shelf then consider a tool chest from Halfords. They come in various shapes and sizes so make sure you opt for one that can hold all of your hand tools. Drawers are handy for smaller screwdrivers and look out for lockable designs, they are always a good idea.
26. Use all available wall space
If you have a few space inches of wall space then screw in a few spring grips. They are the perfect hook for holding a torch, rake, broom, mop - anything with a handle basically - just snap it into place and viola - it will hold them safe for you.
27. Mini storage is still essential
It’s not always large items that need to be stored in a garage, nuts and bolts need a home too or it may be that you use one side of your garage as a workshop and need smaller storage for what you make. Homebase’s Tactix 39 drawer storage bin will fulfill all these needs and more! There are different size drawers so there’s something for all items.
28. Remember you need to leave room for the car!
It’s all very well getting hooked into fabulous storage solutions that hang from ceilings, modular systems that store everything imaginable, and the gorgeous retro tool chests but then discover you can’t get your car in! This genius heavy duty over car garage shelving unit from Big Dug allows you to do just that as it fits perfectly around your car and offers great storage without sacrificing your car parking space.