Named by the New York Times as the “final frontier in home renovation,” garages are basking in the design spotlight. Sleek, chic custom organizers like these make it easy for any garage to go from junkyard to jewel. If you have a robust budget. But what if your decorating dreams are bigger than your bank book? Then you need garage organizers that get the job done in budget-friendly style.
A chalkboard surface turns castaway cabinets into a stylish focal point.
For a DIY task like that, I prefer Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint. It can be tinted to 12 colors and applied to a wide range of garage surfaces like metal, wood, masonry, dry wall, plaster, concrete and hardboard. Get a quart for just $9.67 at Home Depot.
Iconic chef Julia Child used pegboard on her kitchen walls to keep pans and utensils organized. It works equally well in garages to create and maintain order. Lowe’s has 4-foot sheets of ready-to-finish pegboard for $9.97 and 1×10-inch boards in 8-foot lengths for $15.62 that can be sawn into shelves.
When I moved into my first home, Dad created a work area in my garage by making a table with an antique butcher block top and adding a pegboard on the wall, like in this photo. Any type of table (as long as it’s sturdy) will work. If you like the idea of using a garden potting table, keep an eye for markdowns as gardening season winds down.
Made of sturdy steel, the Canaletto Freestanding Rack holds up to four bicycles without being tethered to the wall. For $129, its small footprint delivers big.
Frontgate’s Cushion Keeper® collapsible storage cart reminds me of commercial laundry hampers found in hotels, down to its wheels that make transporting cushions to the garage a snap. Compared to the cost of repeatedly replacing cushions left out in the elements, the $179 price point is reasonable.
At just $9.99, The Container Store’s Round Ball Claw is the deal of the day. Clever, too. With a three-prong ABS plastic grip that mounts easily to any flat surface, the Claw holds youth or regulation soccer balls, basketballs and volleyballs.
Last but not least, think ahead to the holidays. Classic Accessories’ Seasons Christmas Tree Rolling Storage Duffel stores a 6 to 9-foot sectional artificial tree or two smaller ones. If you’ve priced artificial trees lately, you know that good ones don’t come cheap. So you should take care of it. And if you shop around, you’ll score some nice savings. For instance, on QVC, If found this duffel for $119 (plus shipping/handling). On Amazon, it’s $75.99, with no shipping/handling for Prime members.
For many of us, the garage is the first room we see when we return home at days end. With a little imagination and some smart shopping, you can transform your garage into a stylish space you’ll be glad to see.