Assigning a job to each wall gives this one-car garage smart function and style—plus room to actually park the car inside.

By Megan Boettcher

Parking in this garage was nearly impossible before its impressive remodel. The kids couldn't access their toys, a cabinet door hit the garage door track and couldn't fully open, and the walls and floor were stained and in desperate need of repair.

In order to change their garage from a dumping ground to a space that actually has room to house their vehicle, the family maximized storage capabilities of each wall and removed their bulky overhead garage opener. Take a look at these amazing before and after garage makeover photos for inspiration on how to clean up your garage and make it a useful space.

Before the makeover, a corner cabinet lacked any kind of organization, and large tools were leaned haphazardly against the wall. Painting the walls gave the space a more inviting feel, and a new epoxy finish makes the concrete floor easier to clean. Open shelves with labeled bins now group products by activity so it’s easy to grab everything that’s needed for planting bulbs or washing the car.

A wall-mount garage door opener frees space near the ceiling for storage. This way, the ceiling was opened up to install a pair of storage lifts for bulky and seasonal items. With everything having its own place now the family can store a lot more in their garage.

Moving the bikes from the back of the garage to a tiered rack near the front eliminated the problem of hitting bike handles with car doors. A ball net attached to the new rail-and-hook storage system makes it easy for the kids to play and put basketballs away.

Near the door, a simple series of hooks and a bench with a shoe rack keep wet or snow-covered outerwear out of the house. This way, the family avoids trudging mud or snow through the house.

Slats below the wall cabinets offer flexible storage options for tools. Open space below the workbench is an ideal parking spot when recharging the kids’ toys. Bonus: Now there’s no excuse not to put them away.

Ceiling-mounted storage lifts stow bulky items off the floor but keeps them easy to lower when needed. Overhead storage is also a great place to stash seasonal items, such as patio chair cushions. A pendant adds task lighting where the garage door opener once was and personality to this family-friendly garage. Hooks slide smoothly in and out of the new rail system, ensuring the ability to update storage for future needs.

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Comments (2)

eatthemmou4976081
March 25, 2019
Workbench and cabinets are a knock out. I'd like to do this project but don't know what some of these things are called (like the wall slats) and where to purchase them? Love the heavy duty wire shelves. Where can I find the same thing?
shellyrpt
March 25, 2019
Nice but what if you have more “junk”. It was a sparse filled garage to begin with