Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Garage Storage: Making Good Use of Limited Space

garage storage system

Professional organizers have conferences, and I'm just back from one — which explains why blog posts have been light lately. The conference expo acquaints us with a number of neat products — and both this year and last, one of those products was the Monkey Bars garage storage system by Gorgeous Garage.

Comparison photos - Monkey Bars uses less space than other garage systems

The company claims that "Monkey Bars have 2 to 3 times more storage capacity than other garage systems" — and they do indeed have a number of clever ways of making the most of limited space.

storage racks for plastic bins

And let's look at a couple of other tools that could help you make the most of your space. I've seen many garages with stacks of bins — which makes it a real pain to get to the bottom bin. The Bin Warehouse would eliminate that problem.

Of course, the first question would be: Does it make sense to keep everything that's in those bins? But if the answer is yes, then storing them for easy access makes sense. The Bin Warehouse comes in two sizes, storing either 8 or 12 plastic bins, and there's also a file box version. You can find these products a number of places on the web, including Stacks and Stacks.

folding sawhorse

I was also pleased to learn about the Storehorse — a folding sawhorse from Crawford. Reviewer Chris Rodenius raved about these sawhorses, and the folding feature means they can be tucked away where others wouldn't fit.

Related Posts:
Garage Storage: Going Up
Garage Storage - For All Kinds of Stuff


JustGail said...

The Mondy Bars look very interesting. One possible drawback - in the comparison photo it looks like they store things deeper and closer together. I can say from experience that needing to take things down in order to get what you want or put it away leads to doom, at least in my house.

The sawhorse is nice - we have folding metal ones, and they have a few sharp edges. But they do fold down to aabout 6x6x30" size.

Jeri Dansky said...

JustGail, the Monkey Bars allow you to store things deeper and closer together, so if you need to save the space, you can. But you don't have to do that if you've got more space; the company's web site shows plenty of photos with things spaced out.

I totally agree that a less-compact version is easier to work with, on both the get-it-down and put-it-away side of things. Thanks for making that point for me!