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While the word garage is these days taken to mean somewhere you store a car, don’t feel guilty if your garage is too full of other stuff to fit the car in. The word ‘garage’ originally comes from the French word ‘garer’ which meant ‘to shelter’—it wasn’t until much later that it became vehicle-specific. So if you’re sheltering lots of stuff, some shelving will help organise it…

Lightweight But Sturdy

Available in a number of different configurations with between one and five racks, with or without wheels. Also comes in a black finish. Amazon Basics

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You know your garage better than anyone and so you’ll also have a good idea about how weatherproof—and crucially, waterproof—it is. This might have a bearing on the sort of materials that you choose for your shelving. A shelving unit that is made entirely from metal—usually stainless steel or chrome—is likely to have a bit more resistance to damp than one where the shelves are made from MDF or wood, which if not properly treated, can be damaged by moisture over time. On the downside, entirely metal units tend to be pricier, so your budget might also be a feature.

With Bay Connectors

Designed for outhouses, this comes with all the hardware required to securely link more than one set, so you can have a continuous wall of them. G-Rack

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Think about what you want to store on the shelving units and before buying check that the load that each shelf can take is going to be sufficient once you’ve piled everything on. It’s also worth checking that the heights that the shelves sit at are adjustable as that will give you much more flexibility, and means you’re likely to be able to maximise your usage of the space.

Rust Resistant Coating

Designed to weather outhouse or stockroom conditions with special coatings to protect the metal from corrosion and the MDF platforms from moisture. G-Rack

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Before you purchase, draw yourself a scale drawing of your garage to work out what space you have available. If your car is going to be in there too, allow space around it when calculating the depth of the shelves lining the walls. And, if you’re thinking about having shelving on two walls that meet in a corner, consider using a dedicated corner shelving unit that will sit between two regular units. This means you’re really maximising the space available, and stuff is less likely to get lost or forgotten in an inaccessible position.

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