Do you consider yourself the family handyman? If so, you’ve likely got a bevy of heavy-duty tools in the garage, including a nail gun, cordless drill, table saw, paint sprayer and more. While it’s tempting to simply stash this gear anywhere you can, it’s important to consider safety and performance and invest in power tool storage.
You’ll need a designated area for these tools to keep them as protected as possible, away from tiny, curious hands. When you invest in correct power tool storage, you’ll also extend the lifespan of your devices. Looking to transform your garage into a safe and effective spot to store all your around-the-house essentials? That’s why we’re here.
Today, we’re sharing five ways to store your power tools successfully. Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in!
1. Use Wall Slats for Power Tool Storage
There’s no denying that garage storage space can be slim. While it’s convenient to install cabinetry to contain your gear, most models take up valuable real estate on your garage floor. You need plenty of space to pull in and move around. That said, why not invest in wall slats for power tool storage?
Our innovative storeWALL system features solid-core, tongue-and-groove panels that install directly onto your garage walls.
Available in a wide range of designer colors and different wood grains, these plastic panels are termite-proof, waterproof and designed to last for years. You can spread out your tools as much as necessary to ensure you always know where they are.
The best part? The system is as durable as it is attractive.
Got a heavy air compressor you need to store? What about an oversized circular saw or a rotary sander? The storeWALL can handle it with ease, able to hold up to 100 pounds per square foot! The integrated CamLok technology secures it to the wall in a lock-tight manner, so you never have to worry about your expensive tools slipping off or crashing to their demise.
Want to see real-life examples of our storeWALL system in action? Check out our garage organization showroom gallery!
While this is a go-to away to accomplish DIY tool storage, there are a few other ways to keep your tools safe and secure. Let’s take a look.
2. Garage Storage Cabinet
If you have enough room in your garage, you can always install a garage storage cabinet to organize and lock up your power tools. Are you imagining the standard, run-of-the-mill cabinets you see on display at your local hardware store? Think again.
Our custom cabinets are sleek and streamlined, built to last and are designed to take up only a minimal footprint while still delivering plenty of space to securely store your gear. Our expert cabinetmaker designs and crafts each piece by hand from his shop in St. Louis, delivering a pro-quality product that will enhance any home.
When you work with us, you can design a custom cabinet built to your exact specifications. This way, you have plenty of room to store your necessities but you aren’t left with extra space to contend with. From patio furniture and holiday decorations to your beloved power tools and sports equipment, you can store just about anything!
To ensure the security of your items, we affix all of our cabinetry with heavy-duty hardware that won’t budge unless you want it to. This means that no matter how much wear and tear your family puts it through, or how adverse the weather is, the material is built to withstand it all. This can help your tools stay in premium condition for as long as possible!
You can choose from a range of different cabinet styles designed to fit your homeowner aesthetic. Whether your style is traditional, outrageous or anywhere in between, we can accommodate it all.
3. Ceiling Storage Systems
When floor space is scarce, you can store your power tools on the wall with our storeWALL system. Another option? Why not look up?
Your garage ceiling holds a ton of space — and potential. That’s why we designed overhead garage storage systems to help you maximize it! While wall slats might be ideal for those tools you use on a daily basis (e.g. your drill), overhead solutions are a great spot to stash the ones that you only use on an as-needed basis, such as your circular saw or drill press.
Check out a motorized storage rack by our partner OnRAX.
We also offer fixed platform and retractable systems that attach to your ceiling with ease, allowing you to utilize all of the vertical space that your garage can offer.
Only use your chainsaw when you’re cutting down the family Christmas tree in December? There’s no need to trip over it all spring and summer long. Store it up there until you need it, then use your storeWALL solution to keep it nearby all season long. The same goes for that concrete saw that only gets used in warm weather. Move it overhead and clear up space on your garage floor as soon as the frost sets in!
4. Commercial Bin Rack
While the above three options are the most secure, efficient garage storage methods, you can also store your power tools in a commercial bin rack.
As long as you have the right organizational setup in place, a bin rack solution can work. You can find setups that include sliding racks, top and bottom storage trays, double-sided bins, and more. To keep your power tools as secure as possible, look for models that come equipped with locking wheels.
Also, make sure to use the labels that most commercial bin racks include. This is an important step, as it can help you organize your tools and identify which ones are currently missing or in use.
Though they can be adequate in some situations, keep in mind that most commercial bins are open, exposing your tools without the ability to lock them up. As such, it’s best to reserve the majority of the rows for sports equipment, nuts and bolts, and other less-dangerous items.
If you must use a bin rack to store your power tools, reserve the top few rows for them, where they’ll be out of the way and less accessible to small children.
5. Traditional Peg Board
The only issue? While you can find heavy-duty pegs, most are best suited for smaller, handheld tools that are more lightweight. In fact, many pegs can bend or break under the weight of a major piece of equipment. Moreover, because they aren’t designed with any real organization in mind, you’ll wind up storing your tools in random arrangements on these boards. This can lead to a disheveled, haphazard appearance.
In addition to being unaesthetic, such disorganization makes it difficult to quickly find the exact tool you need.
Additionally, most pegboard manufacturers only provide a small range of colors and materials to choose from, meaning that unless you adore a brown or white storage solution, you’ll be hard-pressed to find much variety.
A more visually pleasing and functional solution is our storeWALL slat solution. The natural lines in the slats allow your tools to flow naturally and neatly as you store them. The end result is a neater, more practical solution that keeps your tools more visible and better organized.
Find a Power Tool Storage Solution That Works
Your power tools are an important, expensive investment. You shouldn’t have to store them on the floor or toss them randomly into a catch-all garage container when they’re not in use.
Instead, it pays to install a smart, efficient space in your garage that’s devoted exclusively to power tool storage.
If you’ve looked around, you know that there are myriad setups available. From traditional pegboard to categorizable bin racks, some standard solutions can be tweaked to meet your needs. However, when you’re looking for the ultimate in security, protection, and safekeeping, only a Garage Design solution will do.
When you’re ready to install a storeWALL wall slat storage system, a custom garage storage cabinet, or an overhead ceiling storage solution, we’re here to help.
Contact us today for a free garage organization assessment.
Our team of experts will listen to your challenges, address your needs, and brainstorm your dream design. Then, we’ll help you measure your space so you can turn it into reality. Your power tools need a powerful storage solution, and we’ve got just the one for the job.
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