It has been said that a man’s home is his castle, but any man who is married knows that the house is queen’s territory while the garage is the king’s domain. Some Seattle men have created elaborate “man caves” out of their space, but for many of us, we’d be happy to have a functional garage that did more than just cover the cars from the rain. Here are a few ideas from local business that will not only help you organize your garage, but give you more room as well.
Overhead Garage Storage
Ideal Garage Solutions
Serving Greater Seattle
If you can’t even park your car into your garage because of too much storage, consider overhead shelving. Unlike wall shelving, overhead shelving provides you with plenty of storage without having to give up any space. Overhead Garage Storage carries the Pro Series Ceiling that hangs anywhere from 10 to 47 inches, is 48 inches wide, 96 inches long and has a weight capacity of 600 pounds. It can be professionally installed on finished or unfinished ceilings. If you’d rather practice your handywork, you can even install it yourself.
13614 Manor Way
Lynnwood, WA 98087
If you want to go all out and create lust in the hearts of your Seattle neighbors, Garage Logix Garage Cabinets are for you. The durable and functional European cabinets not only look classy, but can also be tailored to fit your unique space. All cabinets are built with one inch thick shelving that can hold over 150 pounds each. The countertops and doors are laminated with heavy-duty materials with over 400 different color options available.
901 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: Mon to Fri -8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat -8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun -9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Playing “pick up sticks” was fun when you were a kid, but nobody likes to play the adult version with garden tools. Instead, consider purchasing the Rubbermaid Tool Tower. The tower is 37 inches high, 36 inches wide and 18 inches deep. It can hold up to 36 tools including slots for small tools, slots for long handled tools, recessed areas for trimmers and an extension cord wrap. This is a great space saver. You can pick one up at City Hardware in Seattle. If it’s not in stock, no problem. Ace Hardware will ship the item free of charge to the store location.
Mobile Tool Chest
Tweedy & Pop Hardware
1815 N. 45th St. Suite 112
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Mon to Fri -8 a.m to 8 p.m., Sat -8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun -9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you find yourself hauling your tools around outside of the garage, you might want to consider purchasing the Stanley Pro Mobile Chest. This portable tool chest has extra large rubber coated wheels. Store your large and small tools in one space. Dimensions of the chest are 24 inches high, 16 inches wide and 15 inches deep. Pick one up at Seattle’s oldest hardware store, Tweedy & Pop.
Emerald City Closets and Wall Beds of Seattle
15036 NE 95th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
Is there anything more annoying than walking through your garage and knocking over a whole row of bikes? Enough is enough. Emerald City Closets and Wall Beds of Seattle (yes, you read that correctly), offers an incredible array of garage accessories including the Racor 2 Bicycle Rack. It holds two bikes with molded rubber hook guards (to protect the wheel and rim) and shelving to hold bike helmets and other gear.
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