Archive for the ‘Garage Storage’ Category

Keep Your Vehicles Safe and Warm this Winter

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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When you open your door and see your breath for the first time, you know that summer is really over.  The crisp mornings and cool evenings may be a welcome relief after a long, hot summer, but we all know what comes after autumn…

For many of us, by the end of summer our garages can look like a toy/sports equipment warehouse.  With bicycles, sports paraphernalia, gardening equipment and outdoor toys, it is likely that the family autos have been relegated to the driveway.  And while that may be fine when the weather is warm, it may be another story when we are chipping ice off the windshield or digging the car out after the first big snow.

But what to do with all that stuff?

b ball caddyGarage Store Illinois has the answer.  Their technicians can evaluate your belongings and suggest storage options that are as unique as you and your family. They have so many specialty products that they can find a solution for almost every storage need.

Here are just a few examples from our catalog:

A Project Caddy gives you a combination of shelving, hooks and a storage gag.  Perfect for the handyman in the family.

The Ball Caddy holds many different ball sizes.  Elastic bands allow access the balls while keeping them safely corralled.b project caddy

What could be better for the golfer in the house than a golf club caddy that not only holds the golf bag, but also balls and shoes.

The 30” and 48” shelves are perfect for cleaning supplies, auto fluids and many other small to medium sized bags and bottles.

Wire shoe racks are the perfect solution for keeping muddy shoes off the floor and out of the house until needed.

The deep 24” shelf provides easy access to small items that once cluttered the garage floor.

b mesh basketThe 24” mesh basket can handle all of those odd-sized articles, including small balls and other items that might otherwise fall off a shelf.

The 24” wire basket gives easy access to automotive supplies and other difficult to hang objects.

These and many other storage options are available at Garage Store, where a trained technician can help you design a garage that is perfect for your family, and help organize your garage so your car stays snow and ice free during the long winter ahead.

Call Garage Store for all your storage needs (847) 428-8862.

The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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Whether your father is a golfer, a gardener or a “gearhead,” the one thing that will warm his heart (and maybe convince him to raise your allowance) is a clean and organized garage.

During the Spring, Christmas decorations, snow shovels and winter gear are often moved over to accommodate gardening tools, the lawn mower, bicycles and other warm weather gear. The winter is also a time when some things get dumped in the garage—just to get them out of the house. This can make the garage a really big mess.

If your dad’s car has been relegated to the driveway because of all of that “stuff,” he would probably appreciate a clean and tidy garage—one that has room for his car.

The best way to clean the garage is step-by-step:

  1. Pull everything out of the garage and evaluate.
  2. Throw out anything that is broken or not worth saving.
  3. Move things back into the house that should be there.
  4. Donate things that are no longer needed, but still usable, e.g. the tricycle that junior has outgrown.

Now it is time to evaluate what is left and figure out the best storage solutions. It is also time to decide on how the garage will be used.

Does dad like to work in the garage? Consider a work bench and cabinet system.  Is he a gardener? There are many options for storing gardening tools.  Does he like to entertain? An epoxy floor coating will make the space more like a room.  Adding an all-weather refrigerator will give the family a place to store extra food and beverages for those family gatherings and parties.

No matter what your dad likes to do – even if it is just finding space to park his car – Garage Store has the answers. Stop by our store or browse our website for ideas that will make your garage the envy of all your neighbors, and give dad the best Father’s Day gift ever!

Spring is Here (Really, it is!) and your Garage Needs Help

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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It is time to put away the snow blower and dig out the lawn mower!

This winter was a little light on snow, which means the snow blower probably did not see much use, and we haven’t had the ice and slush that usually melt into muddy puddles of muddy water.  However, our garages are still plenty dirty and dusty, and probably cluttered with everything we threw out in the garage – just to get it out of our way.

It is time to clean the garage

Christmas decorations, ice skates and sleds must make room for golf clubs, bicycles and garden tools.  And the things we threw out in the garage – just to get it out of our way – must now we dealt with if we are to find space for our summer “stuff” – and maybe even our automobiles.

Once you have surveyed the state of your garage, it might be time to visit Garage Store or visit their website.  They have so many storage options, including cabinet systems, wall systems and overhead storage.  They have work benches that will give you space for work and hobbies.

Their Gladiator® Garage refrigerators and freezers are specifically designed for the temperature fluctuations in a garage. These appliances are perfect for entertaining when you need the extra space, and perfect to keep beverages cold when you are working outside during our Chicago summers.  You can also stock up on sale items that won’t fit in your kitchen fridge.

Want to keep your golf clubs handy and safe?  Or keep soccer balls, basketballs, or any balls out of the way?  Garage Store has specialty storage options that can be customized for whatever hobbies you have or sports you participate in.

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Handy items that will delight most homeowners are the adjustable shelves that hang from the ceiling.  These sturdy accessories can be adjusted to accommodate things like bins and boxes that are only accessed at specific times of the year – like that blowup Santa or the Easter Bunny you bought this year!

So, visit Garage Store – in person or online – to check out what they have that will make your garage functional and beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

Garage Store – Not Just for Your Garage

Friday, January 20th, 2017

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At Garage Store Illinois, our mission is to help people organize their space with quality products.  We design and install organization solutions and we provide concrete coating systems.

While our name is Garage Store, we go beyond just the garage.  Any area of your home, office or warehouse will benefit from being more organized.  Our epoxy coatings make concrete floors less dusty, healthier and much easier to clean.

In fact, your garage is just the beginning!

Classrooms/Instructional Centers

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When you think about it, classrooms get a lot of abuse.  There are dozens of students coming through on a daily basis.  When you have a room that needs organizing, but also needs to hold up to a lot of wear and tear Gladiator GarageWorks storage solutions may be the perfect option.  This classroom has a combination of Wall Gear Boxes and Modular Gear Drawers with Modular Maple Tops.  This option doesn’t just provide adequate storage; it also provides a heavy-duty workspace.

 

Basement Flooring
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A customer in Plainfield, IL had a massive flood in her basement.  The basement was carpeted and the flood destroyed the carpet and padding.  After having it removed she wanted a flooring solution that would be durable, yet attractive.  Using our Epoxy, Polyurea and Polyaspartic Concrete Coating System, we provided a flooring option that is attractive and easy to clean – a great alternative to bare concrete, tile, carpet or laminate. The best part is it won’t pop up, peel, or have to be removed if the basement floods in the future.

 

Office Area

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Offices (either at home or off-site) are areas that need work spaces and good storage options.  Modular Gear Boxes with a Modular Maple top are a versatile and useful option for this home office that will last a lifetime.

 

Laundry Room

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Ask anyone who does the family’s laundry and they will tell you how important storage and a good workspace are for this usually neglected area.  Gladiator GarageWorks storage systems are versatile and functional, providing not only a place to fold laundry, but sturdy storage solutions that will make a trip to the laundry room a pleasure.

 

Patios/Porches

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Creating a floor that will hold up to the elements – including motor oil, gasoline and winter salt – is what we do and it is a perfect solution for a garage. However, that same flooring system works for any outdoor concrete surface as well. Whether it is a patio, porch or driveway, our exterior coatings are a fantastic solution to cracked or pitted surfaces. The bonus is that our exterior concrete coatings will cost less than tearing out and re-pouring new concrete.

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Look around your house, office, school or warehouse. Are there areas that could use more storage, a better workspace or alternative flooring?   If so, give Garage Store Illinois a call at (847) 428-8862

 

 

Resolve to Take Back Your Garage in 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Garage Organization and Storage and Flooring

There are only a few days of 2016 left before we welcome in another new year.  With 2017 just around the corner and everyone making their New Year’s Resolutions it may be time to finally commit to getting that garage in order.

At Garage Store we can handle the job and get your stuff in order, get your area clean and usable, and protect your vehicle from the weather. We have many options. Select the right ones and you may be surprised at how spacious, functional and beautiful it can be.

Flooring

Garage Store is the Chicagoland leader in the floor coating industry.  Our systems provide a high quality, stain-resistant surface that is easy to clean.  The floor coating covers up the porous concrete, making the floor resistant to dirt, bacteria and stains.  Coating your garage floor with our system will provide you superior surface protection that will last a lifetime.

Organization Systems

Get your things organized and out of sight with our wall and floor cabinet solutions.  Based on your space and what you need to store, we can design a system that will work for you.  Our professional installation service and products are unmatched by others on the market and is guaranteed. You are never left with a product that does not meet your standards. Get organized and stay organized with our durable systems.  Our products are designed to withstand the test of time and any harsh environment and temperature extremes.

Overhead Storage

If your garage is on the smaller side, overhead storage may be the best solution.  We have both stationary and adjustable racks that hang from the ceiling, giving you the floor space you need while keeping your things organized and stored away. They stay readily available when you need them.   Our shelves can be adjusted to any height and size.

Garage Accessories

For those who use their garage as a workspace, entertaining space, or for any purpose besides parking your car, we offer a huge selection of accessories that will make anything you do in your garage more functional and enjoyable.

From refrigerators, freezers, lighting solutions, tool storage and more, we have just about anything you can think of or want to make your space great.  Check out our online photo gallery and our catalog for more information and ideas, we provide free estimates and we are certain we can help you make your garage great.

For more ideas, please enjoy our slideshow:

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Garage Storage Can Make Your Halloween Even More Fun

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Halloween is almost here!  If you are a homeowner in the Chicago area, you probably have at least a few spooky decorations to put around your house. Some of you have more than a few.  Whether it is a large scary spider crawling up the front of your house, a wicked witch flying over your roof, some ghostly apparitions in your trees or a giant blow-up pumpkin, you probably enjoy scaring the kiddies that come knocking at your door for treats.  And soon after the trick or treaters have scurried away with their candy, it is time to think about those Christmas decorations.

Is it any wonder that folks seem to accumulate so much “stuff” that they often find it difficult to park their vehicles in their garages after all of the holiday décor has been stored away for another year?

The good news is that even those with the most ambitiously adorned lawns and houses will find a place for the cars and the décor if the garage is organized correctly.

Garage Store has so many organizational options available that almost any garage can be outfitted to accommodate whatever treasures homeowners wish to store, including their automobiles!

Installing overhead storage may be the easiest and smartest way to store those once-a-year items.  There are adjustable shelves in all sizes that can be easily raised and lowered for convenient access.  Because most garages are high enough to accommodate these shelves, there will be plenty of floor space for any size vehicle.  Stationary shelving can also be used to good advantage – again, keeping the floor open for cars and even SUV’s.

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In fact, Garage Store has so many storage options and configurations available; you might just be tempted to add yet another spider to that web over your front porch!

See the Gallery for even more ideas.

Could it Be September – Already?

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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After a long, hot summer, the crisp mornings and cooler evenings are very welcome.  But the days are still warm and riding a bicycle is especially inviting on an autumn day. However, make no mistake, the signs are all there – winter is not far off.  It will soon be time to find somewhere to store that bike.

After a summer of using the garage as a dumping ground for bicycles, outdoor sports equipment, toys, gardening equipment, and tools, the garage can get cluttered. Parking in the driveway instead of the garage may not be a big deal until you are chipping ice and digging the family car out after the first Northern Illinois snow or ice storm. At that point, parking in a protected garage might suddenly become a priority.

For many homeowners with a growing family, the “stuff” that needs to be stored seems to grow exponentially.  It may seem impossible to find places for all of the accumulated items that are important during one season, but useless in the next.

Garage Store Illinois has the answer.  The technicians at Garage Store will evaluate your belongings and suggest storage options that are as unique as you and your family. They have so many specialty products that they can find a solution for almost every storage need. So call Garage Store at to organize your garage to store whatever needs to be stored. You are sure to find what you need — whether you need a place to store golf clubs, hang bicycles or even install a lift to store dad’s Corvette convertible until next spring.

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Call Garage Store before winter and you will be able enjoy a few minutes of extra sleep,  as you ignore the snow brush and simply drive out of your dry garage.

 

 

A Multipurpose Garage Makeover

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

 

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Each year Garage Store and the Daily Herald sponsor a garage makeover contest. And each year Jim Melchert, owner of Garage Store, focuses on ways a garage can improve the lives of homeowners. Two years ago, Jim focused on how a garage could become more organized and functional. Last year, he focused on the health benefits a dust-free garage can have on a child with respiratory problems.

This year, the challenge was to show how a garage could be used as another room of the house. The contest winner, a retired police officer with four adult children and six grandchildren, was looking for ways to make his garage a more inviting space to entertain family and friends.

The main issue was the garage floor with several large cracks and a lot of pitting from years of road salt. The homeowner had always wanted to have an epoxy floor in the garage, but saw the poor results his friends had when they did it themselves. While watching Jim’s crew professionally install the commercial grade floor coating, he realized that this was not a simple DIY project. He admits to being very impressed with the talent and skill of the crew, and even more impressed with the end result.

The $5,000 makeover also included two wall storage units, two tall cabinets and two workbenches with cabinets below.

When the project was complete, the homeowner and his wife agreed that Jim had more than accomplished his mission. The garage is now not only a place for the homeowners to entertain family and friends, but also a workshop and vehicle repair shop, as well as a well-organized storage area. It will also be a “man cave” and escape zone.

He even has a place to park his vehicles!
When explaining how he felt when he got the news that he had won the makeover, he said, “Oh my God, it was like my birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day rolled into one! I was in heaven. It was amazing. I feel so fortunate.”

See the full story of this amazing makeover in the August 14 edition of the Daily Herald.

Before makeover

Garage Makeover Winner – Before

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Garage Store Makeover – After

It’s Father’s Day – What’s in Your Garage?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

applianceIf, like most of us, you can’t afford to put a shiny new car in your father’s garage, the next best thing might be to organize the garage to accommodate the vehicle he already has.

But even more than a place to park the car, carefully outfitted garages can act as a second room in the house.  Whether dad likes to work on his car, do some carpentry or just needs a place to keep his golf clubs, basketballs, etc. Garage Store has the storage and organization accessories that can make the garage a place that dad, and the rest of the family, will enjoy.

A great garage might start with an epoxy floor system that is not only beautiful, but so easy to clean that dad will wonder why he waited so long to have it installed.  If the epoxy floor is not in the budget, a CarPad industrial vinyl garage floor cover might be the answer. It protects floors from mud, water, snow, salt, oils and solvents – the perfect place to park the car.

Garage Lighting

Any garage will be a more pleasant and useful space with great lighting.  A great solution is the zero degree start cold weather ballast lighting fixture.  It is the perfect solution for any garage. Featuring instant-on, quiet operation, it will work in spaces that get down to 0 degrees F – a perfect solution to lighting garages in our cold Chicago winters.  The fixture is ceiling mounted and can not only be used in garages, but also porches, basements and other areas of the home.  Garage store has lighting options that will fit in almost any space.

Gladiator Garage appliances are the perfect answer to long-term food storage because they are designed specifically for the garage. That means that they are built to operate in the hottest (and coldest) conditions.  These appliances will help alleviate overcrowding of kitchen appliances. Even better, a garage refrigerator will provide dad with a cold drink without having him track through the house when he is in the midst of a project.

Garage Store can help make every area of your home more functional and more beautiful.  Why not stop by to see how they can help make Father’s Day truly special for dad – even if you can’t give him a new car.

Spring is (Almost) Here!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

While our winter was not a particularly hard one, the chances are your garage is not as organized as it was last summer. You may have snow shovels, snow blowers, and Christmas decorations cluttering up your space. But now that the weather is warming, it’s time to start thinking cleaning up, reorganizing or even repurposing the space.

The Right Storage System Can Make All the Difference The first step towards making the garage a more pleasant space is to take stock of what is already there and how your family would like to use the space. Once you have a vision of how your space should be organized, page through the online catalog of Garage Store. You are sure to find the storage solutions that will make your garage a functional and beautiful part of your home. You might even be able to park your cars there!

The Sporting Family If your family is into any type of sports you will find a way to store your equipment. The right storage system will not only keep the equipment off the floor, clean, and tidy, but also extend its useful life, saving you the cost of replacement. You can add a sports mesh basket, a golf rack and basket, fishing pole rack or a racquet or ski rack. Whatever the sport, you can probably find a way to store your equipment properly. Sports Equipment Carpentry and Crafts For the DIY family, a maple workbench, adjustable workbench or modular gear drawer might be the answer. Throw in a magnetic tool bar, plastic utility bin and a clean-up caddy with places to hold paper towels and cleaning supplies, and you could have the perfect space for any building, painting or crafting project. Crafting organization The Gardener Many homeowners take pride in their yards and gardens. Garage-Store has many options to keep garden tools organized and ready for use. Start with rack shelving for garden supplies. You can then add cradle hooks for hoses and electrical cords, big hooks for weed trimmers and leaf blowers, hooks for shovels and rakes. Mesh shoe racks will keep muddy shoes off the floor and out of the house. You can even add a Scoop Hooks to hold lawn chairs to use when the job is done! Garden Organization   For even more ideas, stop by or call Garage Store at (847) 428-8862. Happy Spring!