Garage Tailors recognizes that every family’s garage and how they use this space is unique and specific to that family. One of the first principles in garage organization is how to maximize the space within your garage for optimal storage and this often means designing an overhead storage platform or mezzanine solution that is customized to fit your needs and space. Given we generally prefer to custom build an overhead storage space it makes it very easy to fit what our clients are looking to achieve within the dimensions of their garage.
We create made-to-measure garage storage solutions using a variety of options, including made-to-measure overhead storage, shelving, platforms and mezzanines.
Our overhead platforms are built to be approximately 36″ deep and a minimum of 30″ from the ceiling. This sizing allows for standard bins to be double stacked on the platform. Unlike many platforms that people would build themselves or have a handyman build for them, ours are different in that we finish our platforms with MDF trim along the front, bottom and sides to give it a feel and look of something that has been professionally done. One of the other things that we do when we build our platforms is that we use airplane cable to attach to the ceiling so that you don’t have a piece of 2×4 hanging from the ceiling or coming up from the floor. By using airplane cable we create a modern and clean looking storage solution that is capable of holding up to 750lbs. We finish our platforms off by painting them in a colour that the client prefers which is often white but can sometimes be in a colour that matches the slatwall which has been installed. Our customized platforms are built so that they can accommodate your outdoor patio furniture, THULE racks, tires and just about anything else that you want to get off the ground in your garage.
Garage Tailors also offer metal racking systems such as Strong Racks steel platforms for overhead or back wall storage. However, these metal storage racks are often not as strong or professional looking as a custom built platform and generally cost around the same. At Garage Tailors our preferred option is to build sturdy, made-to-measure platforms tailored to maximize the dimensions of your garage and to allow for you to safely park your vehicles in your garage.
While most garages have a limited amount of space, some garages have loads of it. Unfortunately, that space may be overhead, in what many would consider “unusable space.” However, at Garage Tailors, we don’t believe there are “unusable spaces.” There are simply unique spaces that require creative, made-to-measure solutions to maximize storage. Garages that are at least 14-feet high and deep enough to accommodate an 8-foot deep platform, without inhibiting the garage door rails, are ideal for creating a mezzanine.
Mezzanines provide walkable, overhead storage space in tall, deep garages. A mezzanine can be installed at either the back of the garage, or over the garage door, and runs the entire width of the garage. The additional space provided is invaluable for storing light, bulky items, like seasonal decorations, lawn furniture and off-season toys and sporting goods.
The mezzanine can be accessed via a step ladder, an attic ladder, elevating staircases or by various other means. Since this overhead storage space is meant to be walked on, building code required a sturdy safety barrier be installed. Each mezzanine is designed to blend into the space seamlessly. So the finishes are chosen to fit the space. You decide how simple or elaborate finishes, like flooring and safety rails, should be.
Shelving can be installed on side or back walls in a garage to increase the available storage space by storing narrow items high above the floor. There are a number of prefabricated shelving solutions, like Strong Racks, that work well in many situations. However, some garages have spaces with non-standard dimensions. A space that is either extremely wide or especially narrow won’t accommodate most standard, prefabricated shelving. By building shelving that fits your unique space, we ensure that you’ll get the most use out of the limited storage space available in your garage.
The unique collection of items stored in your garage might not fit neatly onto predefined shelving space. Our made-to-measure shelving solutions can be built to accommodate any item you need to store, from sports equipment and toys to tools and heavy equipment.
Each garage has its own unique storage challenges: recessed or protruding walls; narrow spaces; limited space; or loads of overhead space. Made-to-measure solutions offer the best option for using all of the available space in your garage. At Garage Tailors we enjoy the challenge of taking each unique space and maximizing the storage capacity by designing creative, made-to-measure solutions to fit the space and lifestyle of each individual client.
Check out some of the incredible garage storage designs we’ve created in garages all over Greater Toronto. Then contact us to request a no-obligation consultation to discover all of the untapped storage potential in in your garage.