You had a vision of what your dream garage would look like, you worked hard to get it done, and now it’s time to show it off.
The quickest and easiest way to share your finished project is to take some great photos with your smart phone to share with family, friends, and your social media followers.
Taking photos of your garage is easy with modern cell phones or digital cameras—it just takes a little planning to get the best possible shots. Over the years (and through a lot of trial and error) we’ve discovered what makes a garage photo really stand out. Below are a few tips.
Clean your garage and remove any clutter (ex: boxes, stored house items, items on the floor, etc.) Give your floor a good sweep to get rid of any leaves, footprints, or dust from the installation.
Lighting is key! Know which way your garage faces and use the sunlight (or sunset) to your advantage.
Take photos with and without your cars or motorcycle in the garage.
If you have a garage with nice lighting at night, a great shot is from your driveway looking into the garage (capturing just past the door opening on each side at various angles).
Before and after photos are a great way to tell the story of how you created your dream garage – Always shoot the before and after from the same angle and height for a the most impactful transformation photo.
Get shots from many angles and levels. The 4 best shots are typically: Looking into the garage from the driveway from head high level, shot from 1 corner looking in to the garage and out at a lower level (both with and without cars), shots from above looking down into the garage are great and a photo that you feel shows what your garage is all about.
Get different photos holding the phone or camera both vertically and horizontally. iPhone users can also get great shots using portrait mode.
With today’s cameras and phones, you can take many great photos! Pick the best 4 or 5 and if needed, imaging editing is also very easy and most devices have an “auto” image editor.
All that’s left is to show off your “Coolest Garage On The Block”!
It’s not often you get to meet an actor from one of the largest and longest running movie franchises, so when you do, you want to make a lasting impression, and what better way to do that than by exposing cult hit Icon Sung Kang to the most modern garage flooring in the game. RaceDeck CEO Jorgen Moller did just that when the Fast 9 and Obi-Wan Kenobi star stopped by for a visit at RaceDeck in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sung got to take a peek at Jorgen’s ’73 Kenmeri, already a display of pure awe, when just underneath that beauty was our Free-Flow XLC garage flooring. We don’t know what Sung loved more, the car or the garage floor, because that’s the day the Tokyo Drift actor decided he wanted to get some RaceDeck flooring for his garage back in LA.
Treating Your Cars to a Life of Luxury
When you’re not out showing off your ride, you’re more than likely going to be working on it in your garage, which is why you need to make sure you’re investing just as much time and energy into it as you would your car. You won’t walk into Sung Kang’s garage and find exposed flooring, cobwebs and old Christmas decorations; instead you’ll find pure racing bliss all sitting on RaceDeck Free-Flow XLC flooring. Like Ludacris’ court, you’ll be greeted by premier quality and seamless presentation.
Our Free-Flow XLC is the first commercial grade product to join the family, boasting qualities that make it perfect for commercial garages, shops, dealerships, and Sung Kang’s garage. Especially that last one.
With everything that Free-Flow XLC has to offer, you’d think they’re using our stuff in every Fast and the Furious garage scene. Dual-Traction Tread offers more surface area for unrivaled slip resistance and easy cleaning. You also won’t have any issues rolling around toolboxes, creepers, and trays on this flooring. To add, we also offer the largest garage tile, measuring in at a colossal 18″ x 18″ x 3/4, and you’ll be surprised to know that our flooring self-drains, perfect for eliminating hydrostatic tension. It’s also some of the most durable garage flooring you’ll experience, being able to support rolling loads of over 80,000 pounds. Now that’s 100% American muscle.
Your garage floor should tie your dream garage together, so don’t settle for ordinary. Unleash your inner Han and check out our top-of-the-line garage flooring options that are sure to breathe new life into your second home.
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Things have accelerated at RD HQ recently with the RaceDeck crew spending time at Ken Block’s legendary Hoonigan Racing Division in Park City, Utah. RaceDeck CEO Jorgen Moller was on hand to deploy a custom designed RaceDeck Garage Floor for the Hoonigan team, complete with personalized custom logos. While onsite, the RD crew received an offer they couldn’t possibly turn down: the chance to acquire the Iconic Hoonigan MK2 RS. The M-K-what, you ask? You know it as the flat black and star-spangled Ford Escort MK2 that you’ve seen pretty much everywhere. With millions of views on Youtube, to a popular player option on Forza 4 video game, this iconic ride is legendary.
The newest member of the RaceDeck Speed Garage is iconic for a reason: the MK2 Escort is a one-of-a-kind rally machine. Mechanically, this Escort shares all the best parts of a top-level WRC-spec tarmac build, coupled with a specialized suspension setup with Gymkhana tricks in mind. Under the star-studded hood, the car packs a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Millington motor that generates 333 naturally-aspirated horses and absolutely screams at the limit when stretched out to the 9,000 rpm redline. That’s right—we said 9,000 RPMS! Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.
The flooring of choice for the Hoonigan shop is RaceDeck’s cutting edge, multi-patented FreeFlow XLC shop flooring complete with custom, hand-painted Hoonigan Racing Division and the new 43-Block logos. FreeFlow XLC is the latest commercial grade addition to the extensive RD product line up. Bigger, beefier and engineered garage tough, FreeFlow XLC is the top choice for shops, dealerships, commercial garages, race teams and more. RaceDeck is the Original USA made, multi-patented modular flooring system engineered for the garage, with over 20 style offerings.
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See why the Country Music Superstar and RaceDeck Garage Floors are Both Legends in the Making.
Country music’s Brantley Gilbert sings a lot of songs about letting loose on a weekend night in a small town that should be listened to loud. So, when the pandemic kept him at home, he got bored. Gilbert had been dreaming of turning his garage into a man cave, so he called on his “boys” (friends and bandmates) to help him with a garage renovation, and man did they “Fire’t Up!” They covered every inch of his garage and man cave with RaceDeck flooring. “I just love the design, how light bounces off of it,” says Gilbert about the Free-Flow® RaceDeck garage floor he installed.
RaceDeck & Brantley Gilbert’s Dawg House
The garage houses his trucks, off-road toys, motorcycles (his “babies”), and even his tour bus. But wait – there’s more! The country star and the boys also installed RaceDeck wood-style flooring (with the same simple snap-in features) in what he says is “the man cave/showroom/anything you can think of.” There’s space there for bunk beds, a writing room, a back patio with an overlook to a dance floor – and every amazing inch is beautifully covered in RaceDeck’s wood look modular flooring.
The RaceDeck custom garage flooring is the dream Gilbert had before he became successful, and there’s a reason he used it for his cars, bikes, off-road toys, and tour bus. “This stuff has an 80,000-pound test, and it is tough. When you bring these guys in here nasty and dirty, you can drag a pressure hose right in and clean off the mud. We installed three drains on each side. We even wash the tour bus right here.”
Brantley Gilbert’s Tour Bus
Then there is Gilbert’s collection of toys and vehicles. Check out the 1968 Mercury Cougar he brought back to life (and yes, the lyric about when he “gets the cover off the ‘68” in his famous song, “My Kind of Party,” is about this white Mercury Cougar). Stray dogs and cats once lived in it, but he’s turned it into a hot rod. Jeff Lee helped with the motor.
A self-professed “Ford truck guy,” Gilbert also has a 2018 Ford SpeedKore Edition F-150 that looks good and “she’s fast.” When they unveiled it to him, it blew his mind. “This is probably the fun-nest vehicle I’ve ever driven in my life.” He also has a 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty 4×4 (Lifted) built by Rocky Ridge. Then there are the toys: A Polaris RZR, four side-by-sides, and several four-wheelers.
But his real “babies” are his motorcycles. A major enthusiast, Gilbert shows off his “babies,” including a 1999 Harley Davidson Softtail Custom, which they take out on the road because it’s part of his show. Next up is a 2006 Harley Davidson Road King, his newest and oldest bike all at the same time, which he bought to tear down and loved so much “she stayed exactly like she was.” Then there’s a Fatbackers Incorporated 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide that’s big and blocky and built to the gills. Last but not least, there’s Gilbert’s 2018 Harley Davidson Road Glide that’s his trip bike. He also has some drift trikes and minis.
When he’s not riding or touring, one of Gilbert’s favorite places at the Dawg House is the bar. With big hits like “Bottom’s Up,” that’s not hard to imagine, except the musician recently celebrated nine years of sobriety. “It’s where everyone else drinks, but I always end up playing bartender,” says Gilbert. “And if you get bit,” he adds, “this is where you wake up in the morning.”
You might be asking, what do you name such a vast, envy-inducing space? Gilbert dubbed it the “Dawg House” – a nod to Gilbert’s beloved Georgia Bulldogs. And if you think there’s more to the name than his favorite sports teams, you’re probably right. “I thought the Dawg House was a cool name,” Gilbert told People magazine in an exclusive interview, “But also some of the guys will say, ‘Well, if you do screw up and get kicked out of the house for a minute…’” he jokes. “In the South, we call that ‘getting put in the doghouse, so now there is an actual Dawg House where they can come stay.”
We doubt Gilbert’s in the actual doghouse often. Read any critique of Gilbert’s music you’re likely to hear about songs not just about having a good time, but those that reveal a man who cares about the people in his life. His space is a great place for friends and family to unwind, and when they realized his kids also need play space of their own, he built a special treehouse. “It’s got a boy’s side and a girl’s side,” the singer says, “and it’s right beside the Dawg House. So that’s their Dawg House.” We’re pretty sure it has RaceDeck flooring, too.
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Who has the Coolest Garage on The Block™ for 2020? It’s Matthew Brown for the Win.
This year’s 2020 Garage of the Year Winner isn’t just Living the Garage Life™, our champion extended RaceDeck® garaging flooring to his shop, too – a massive part of his life as a car enthusiast. Matthew Brown, of Idaho used RaceDeck® FreeFlow® and Smoked Oak XL flooring for what can only be described as his uber-cool garage.
“It’s my ‘fun place,’ where I work on my cars and trucks,” Matthew said. “I used to have a Ford Model A, and my current collection includes my daily driver, a Ford Mustang GT Premium, a recently lifted Ford F-150, and two Polaris RZRs for fun. I also work on the cars of trucks of friends and family here.”
Huge congrats to Matthew, who proved his garage is anything but typical. Which reminds us that the year 2020 was anything but ordinary. That goes for our Garage of the Year contest, too. RaceDeck had so hundreds and hundreds of cool garage photos submitted for this year’s contest, so instead of highlighting the top ten like we usually do, we chose 25!
The Garage design ideas featured some killer toys, rad rides, and the best garage floors we’ve ever seen. Entries ranged from massive garages fully outfitted with lifts, to man caves, to garage gyms and everything in between. Designs were colorful, muted, wild, classic, and completely original. We were blown away at how many of you love the garage life as much as we do!
If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you’ve seen us showing off the limitless creativity we received for cool garage ideas but here’s a shout-out to everyone in our top 25 in one place. Just take a look at these radical rides and RaceDeck garages (in no particular order) – and keep your ideas and photos coming. After all, 2021 could be your year to have the Coolest Garage on the Block™!
Highlights From the Top 25:
Bill Pierce of Houston, Texas
has a man cave garage floored with our multi-patented TuffShield Diamond® style garage flooring. See photos below!
Jon-Paul Mickle of Louisiana
has a garage and shed floored with our multi-patented CircleTrac® style garage flooring. Check out the transformation of this cool little space!
James Martin of Arizona
has a man cave/garage painted in Harley orange, black, and gray. He chose RaceDeck because it was “the sharpest-looking product on the market.”
Peter Framson of Maryland
has a garage that’s a converted 1960’s Civil War-era “bank barn.” Peter and his wife have done two garages with RaceDeck flooring and had a blast each time!
Scott Stekr of Colorado
has a cool home garage and woodworking shop that’s floored with our multi-patented Free-Flow® style garage flooring.
Allen and Sasha Crisp of Florida
have a four-car garage used extensively for vehicle service and repair, but their RaceDeck flooring means they keep it showtime ready. “RaceDeck is the right, and only, choice for us.”
Steven Hossa of Illinois
keeps his supercharged Range Rover Sport and Ford Raptor on the best, RaceDeck checked floor out there.
Ron Schaepkens of Michigan
now has an impressive RaceDeck garage floor that dramatically contrasts with his cars. Ron used RaceDeck’s black diamond plate TuffShield and aluminum diamond plate.
Frank Mewborn of Georgia
built an addition onto the house that serves as his shop/man cave. His hobby is building café racers, and he says he picked RaceDeck garage flooring because it’s nothing but the best.
Kendi Endra of Rhode Island
says her two beautiful cars, including her dream car, the King of Corvettes, deserved a “cool abode” and installed RaceDeck flooring that allowed her creativity to flourish.
Daniel Allen of Pennsylvania
chose a retro-style industrial look with a complementing RaceDeck floor pattern to define parking pads for his “dueling Germans.”
James Broyles of Pennsylvania
is a Corvette junkie, who used stunning RaceDeck flooring for his garage renovation in preparation for a new Corvette HTC.
Victor Neeley of South Carolina
loves his RaceDeck flooring and inspired his brother-in-law to design with RaceDeck garage flooring, too.
Mike Rosedale of Illinois
is a long-time satisfied RaceDeck customer who built a fantastic six-car garage their neighbors refer to as “Garage Mahal.”
Robert Stewart of Southern California
designed his garage with RaceDeck flooring as a Pandemic Project. He chose RaceDeck garage flooring because it creates a fantastic showroom floor and is customizable for any design style.
Stephen Fantasia of Texas
bought four 100th anniversary Harley Davidsons in 2003 and decided to transform his garage using RaceDeck flooring into a fully functional personal bike workshop.
Lester Stanley of Massachusetts
gets a nod for turning up the volume on his heated and air-conditioned garage featuring RaceDeck flooring that he loves, in part, because he says spills are effortless to wipe up.
Josh Boyer of Pennsylvania
says his wife hated his garages before RaceDeck, and now she’s pushing him to finish more. He loves the way RaceDeck garage flooring transformed his space.
Darryl Clark of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
says he chose RaceDeck because it was the only floor that would support his four-post lift.
Kenneth Rutter of Illinois
used RaceDeck for the second time and recommends it to everyone he knows.
Rich Stomp of North Georgia
says when he has friends over who admire his cars (especially the Ford GT), they always ask about the RaceDeck flooring. “It’s a great product and dresses up the garage.”
Richard Lorio of Chicago, Illinois
has a nearly 1,000 sq. ft. home garage with wall-to-wall RaceDeck Free-Flow graphic tiles that show off the “Ford guy’s” cars – and is a place of refuge for him.
Guðmundur Árni Pálsson and Maríu Höbbý of Iceland
have an incredible, huge multi-level garage that includes a collection of cars and motorcycles, plenty of activities, and not to mention an elevator. More about this next-level garage here.
The owners/designers of the top 25 garages featured here received some coveted RaceDeck Swag, and our top winner, Matthew, took home a grand prize package that will include a feature of his garage in an upcoming national ad campaign for RaceDeck. Thanks to everyone for sharing the most awesome garage floors we’ve ever seen! Here’s to seeing your spaces right here next year.
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The 2020 Garage of the Year countdown has begun!
In its third year, the RaceDeck GOTY contest typically counts down the top 10 garage submissions before announcing the big winner. But, as we’ve all come to understand, nothing about 2020 was “typical!” This year, the RD team received so many incredible garage submissions with so many awesome stories behind them, it was impossible to pick just 10. Instead—and even this was hard—we chose 25 of our favorite submissions and one grand prize winner to be crowned the RaceDeck 2020 Garage of the Year!
From January 6th — January 30th via the RD Instagram and Facebook pages, we’ll be sharing (in no particular order) 25 of the coolest garages on the block, featuring rad rides, killer toys, and of course, the best garage floors we’ve ever seen! Featured garages will win coveted RaceDeck Swag and the grand prize winner will take home a prize package, including having their garage featured in a RaceDeck National Ad Campaign. The big winner will be announced on January 31st. Have you seen your garage on our pages yet? Stay tuned!
Who’s up for a loud, fast ride that smells like gas? Then hit the road with Aaron Reitman in his 1959 Beck Speedster, a Porsche Speedster replica with a CB Performance fuel-injected 2165cc that he says rips! Aaron, who was the runner-up in RaceDeck’s Garage of the Year contest last year, says, “If I have the Beck out, it’s for the sole purpose of driving the car, and I love it. The engine has a tad more than three times the power of a real 356 would’ve had in 1959. It has no door locks, side windows, or creature comforts that make it a standard-usage car, but the Beck’s not actually old, so it’s as reliable as any new car on the road today.” Aaron adds: “It just provides an extraordinarily raw and visceral driving experience, and it’s a car that commands attention at all times.”
The garage floor where Aaron shows off his Beck Speedster demands attention at all times, too.
Just take a look at that classic checkered garage floor. The four-by-four black-and-white RaceDeck custom garage flooring is the ultimate dream for car and garage lovers. “It has such a cool, classic look,” says Aaron. His fully attached garage measures a whopping 2,100 square feet and is completely floored in RaceDeck Free-Flow®.
It’s not Aaron’s first experience owning a RaceDeck garage floor, either. A RaceDeck modular floor took center stage at the home he recently sold. “My last home’s garage floor was a solid black Free-Flow floor with red-and-white racetrack curbing across the entrance of the garage,” Aaron says, but it wasn’t the high-tech look that sold him on a RaceDeck floor twice. “I live in Northern Indiana, and we get significant snow. They use a highly abrasive salt on the roads all winter, but my RaceDeck floor took the daily abuse of our driving for six years and still looked brand new!”
“For my new house, there was no question. It was a RaceDeck garage floor or nothing.”
Choosing a new design for his new RaceDeck floor was still challenging. “With so many garage floor designs, I was having a tough time making the call on color. We’d just finished the new house when I watched the first F1 race of the season on TV,” says Aaron. “After the race, they pulled Valterri Bottas’ winning car onto the grid, and I noticed the black-and-white Free-Flow right away. I honestly paused the TV and counted the tiles to confirm it was four by four!” Aaron exclaims. “I placed my order with RaceDeck right then and there.”
“This RaceDeck floor has proven to stand the test of time at the highest quality. For me, there is no other alternative.”
No one can argue that Aaron’s RaceDeck floor has some stiff competition from his collection of cars. Check out the blue-and-white 1969 VW Beetle. Formerly owned by Chuck Beck, the creator of the Beck Speedster and Beck 55 Spyder, the car was restored by Beck/Special Edition of Bremen Indiana in 2019 (get this) as a birthday present for his wife! Then there’s the 1971 VW Tin-Top Westy in Neptune Blue, and the 1961 Dove Blue Single Cab VW Bus. Feast your eyes on that 1972 BMW 2002, though, because that one really has a story: it was the first car Aaron owned when he was 16! “I sold the BMW it in 1992 then repurchased it in 2012 – from the same guy. It was fully restored and painted Jadegrun. That isn’t the correct color for that year, but when I owned it as a 16-year-old kid it was Jadegrun, so I kept it,” tells Aaron.
Every true car enthusiast wants a dream garage to showcase their rides, and RaceDeck flooring options make it simple and affordable!
RaceDeck garage floor options are easy to install—no tools required—and it only takes a few short hours. What’s more, self-draining Free-Flow style flooring is the best way to keep your prize rods and vintage vehicles high and dry year-round. The advanced design allows maximum airflow and evaporation, preventing moisture and thus odor buildup in your garage. All RaceDeck flooring also comes with a 20-year limited warranty so that just like your cars, your floor is a quality investment for the long term.
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Photos of Aaron’s Garage:
Photo Credit: RaceDeck’s own Dean Hainey, Aaron’s salesman!
Welcome to Steve’s RaceDeck Garage in Camano Island, Washington. With his collection of classic cars and vintage memorabilia, it is without a doubt the “Coolest Garage on the block” and arguably most of the Pacific Northwest!
Steve and his wife recently made the move to a new garage (and house) in Camano Island, Washington. First on the list was renovating the garage to be a worthy home for their classic cars and accessories. When selecting a floor, Steve and his wife chose RaceDeck TuffShield, the only modular garage flooring system that features a high-gloss sheen to really make the garage pop.
Steve has been collecting and restoring Petroliana for the last 20-plus years. For anyone new to the term, Petroliana is a category of collectables primarily related to gas stations and/or the petroleum industry. Steve’s Petroliana collection consists of mainly signs and antique gas pumps. Other collections may include fuel advertisements, oil cans, and road maps. Steve does the body paint and restoration on all of the signs and pumps while a good friend of his does the neon work. The results are incredible!
Steve also collects and restores classic cars. He current driver is a 1969 Mustang sport roof while his wife zips around in her 1964 Falcon Futura convertible. Next up on the restoration project block is a 72 Ford Maverick Grabber.
Here’s what Steve had to say about his experience with RaceDeck:
“I finally got all of my memorabilia, signs, jukeboxes, gas pumps, etc. put in place and decided I would put RaceDeck TuffShield flooring in the shop. I really liked being able to design it and pick the colors online. It was the frosting on the cake! My wife and I installed it in two days and it looks great! Everybody that has seen it loves it! Thanks for a great product!”
Thanks, Steve, for sharing your awesome garage!
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As a true car enthusiast, your garage is your inner sanctum. It’s the place where you keep your favorite cars and work on your passion projects. With that in mind, it shouldn’t be a surprise if you find yourself wanting to upgrade your garage. As a company focused on helping you build your dream garage from the ground up, we have your back in more ways than one. We know that a garage you’ve improved is a garage you’re proud of and happy to use on a regular basis.
Here are 10 easy ways to take your garage to the next level:
1. Clean garage walls, windows, and floor
Nothing makes you feel a lot better by taking some time to get rid of that dust, dirt, and grime buildup in your garage. Set aside at least two hours to get your garage spotless. Here are a few practical tips to clean your windows, walls, and garage floor:
- Windows: Yes, you need to clean the inside and outside of your windows! A little window cleaner and a cleaning rag will get the job done. Depending on how dirty your windows are, you might have to get rid of loose dirt and dust first before going to town with a window cleaning solution. Windex now makes a great exterior window cleaner you simply attach to your hose and spray away!
- Walls: To start, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the cobwebs. Don’t forget to get the corners and crevices since they tend to gather more dust. After you’ve gone to work with the vacuum cleaner, use a cleaning rag and water mixed with dish soap to clean your walls. Go through your walls twice if needed. You will be very happy you took the time to do so.
- Floor: Just like your garage walls, get rid of the dust and dirt on your garage floor. You can also use a broom to sweep up your floor. It won’t be surprising if you find leaves and other things from outside that might have blown in every time you’ve opened your garage door. After you’re done with sweeping/vacuuming, mop up your garage floor. You can use two gallons of warm water and a few drops of dish washing liquid to get the job done. Now that you’ve mopped your garage floor with soapy water, rinse out your mop and mop your floor again but this time with clean water. Once you’ve finished these steps, your garage floor will be a lot cleaner.
2. Add a security system
Your garage is responsible for storing everything from your cars to other items that could potentially be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Installing a security system will give you greater peace of mind. Here are two things you should put to work for you to make your garage safer and protect your belongings:
- Cameras: Consider an exterior camera and an interior camera. Some might say having cameras to secure your garage is like having a babysitter on site. An exterior camera will provide you with the chance to see what’s going on outside of your garage. You can check any outdoor activity without having to step outside. Installing an interior camera adds another layer of security and protection to your garage. You’ll be able to see what’s going on inside your garage should you suspect something is going on. There are plenty of reasonably priced cameras on the market now and most connect to an app on your phone which can alert you with any unexpected motion or sound.
- Motion-sensor exterior lights: This tip will not only improve the security of your garage but it’ll also make the surrounding areas of your garage safer as well. Motion-sensor exterior lights are an effective deterrent to crime since they will illuminate the outside of your garage. This makes it easy to see what’s happening if someone with bad intentions might be snooping around. You will also make it safer for you if you’re doing things outside at night like taking out the trash or shoveling snow. After all, wouldn’t you like to be able to see where you’re going and not have to find your way around in the dark?
Putting a security system to work for you will cost you money, but you can’t put a price on increased safety and greater peace of mind you will receive from doing so. It’ll help you protect your physical belongings in your garage and your family as well.
3. Donate unwanted items
Like most people in the United States with a garage, you probably have things you’ve been keeping but don’t actually want or need. A solution you can use is to donate these unwanted items to a thrift store. Sort through everything in your garage to make sure that you’re not holding onto anything that is taking up precious space. To help you not miss anything, here are some categories of items you should go through when separating old belongings for donation:
- Clothing: Do you have bags of old clothes that have been in your garage for more than a year? If you haven’t touched them in more than 365 days, you don’t need them at all. They’re just taking up valuable space that doesn’t need to be used. Old articles of clothing are a no-brainer contribution to your donation pile.
- Furniture: Included in this category are camping chairs you don’t use, tables, dressers, nightstands, coffee tables. If you have any unwanted furniture, take them out of your garage to clear up more space. It could be worth trying to sell old furniture if they’re still in good shape. Whatever you’re not able to sell, take them to your local thrift store.
- Toys and athletic equipment: Everything from rusty bicycles to children’s toys can go as well. Go through all of your sports accessories and equipment like your weights, basketballs, soccer gear, and yoga mats. Sift through and separate everything that still works but throw away everything else that is unsalvageable. Give away the working fitness/sports gear to an organization that will get these items in the hands of people who’d benefit from them.
After you have gone through the process of donating unwanted items, take a moment to appreciate how much better you feel. Reducing clutter in your garage will always result in a breath of fresh air.
4. Add ceiling storage racks
Get the items that you still want but don’t use very often up and off the floor. You can accomplish this by installing racks that are above the floor and hang from the ceiling of your garage. This is a great way to get your boxes and bins off the floor and out of the way by using space that would be unused otherwise. You can use this storage method to keep seasonal things safe and available when you actually need them such as Christmas lights. Ceiling storage racks are also an effective way to store keepsakes such as family memorabilia you can’t throw away or donate.
5. Use cabinets as additional storage
Cabinets are an easy way to help you stay organized and keep items out of sight. They tend to be a classier option you can use to create a sense of order in your garage. Items you’d store in your cabinets will be things that you would use on a more regular basis compared to holiday decorations. Here’s a quick list of things you can keep in your garage cabinets:
- Car detailing equipment
- Extension cords and power strips
- Extra paper towels
- Power tools
- Sporting equipment
Keep in mind that the items on the list right above aren’t the only things you can store in your garage cabinets. The list is purely here to give you some ideas and serve as storage inspiration. To make your life even easier, consider labeling your cabinet shelves. By labeling your cabinet shelves, you will be able to easily find anything you need.
6. Hang up tools on your wall
Sure, cabinets allow you to easily store things you don’t need all the time but what about the tools you might use more often like rakes and brooms? Use wall hooks to hang those tools on your garage wall. You will always know where to find them when you need them whether you’re in need of a hammer or a handsaw. Using wall hooks will allow you to keep them off the floor and prevent your tools from becoming tripping hazards. This solution will also help you stay organized and prevent the chaos and frustration that comes from not knowing where your tools are
7. Secure chemicals, paints, power tools, etc.
To increase the safety of your garage, lock up any dangerous chemicals and tools. It’s still a great thing to do even if you don’t have kids at home. Remember those cabinets from tip #5? Cabinets are a great way to secure anything that would result in a less than desirable event should those items get in the hands of a child. Put a lock on the doors of the cabinets you’re using to store anything toxic or sharp. This will reduce any stress that might come from your children or grandchildren playing in your garage. Locking up your things will also reduce the chances of theft in the event of someone breaking into your garage with the intent to steal from you.
8. Schedule out time to organize and clean every three months
Don’t just organize your garage once and call it good. Set a date in your calendar on a quarterly basis to clean and organize your garage. While you were able to purge your garage of old, unwanted things by following the earlier tips, you’ll find that you still have more junk you can get rid of. You will find that it’s easier to feel content with the state your garage is in because you’re maintaining it on a consistent basis. Take time to do everything from sweeping up dust to donating old belongings throughout the year. It’ll help you have a sense of control over your life and prevent you from having to do a major clean up in the future.
9. Paint your garage walls
Since you’ve followed tip #1 on this list and cleaned your garage walls, one of the top ways to take your garage to the next level is to add a fresh paint job to your garage. Painting your garage walls breathes new life in your garage and gives it a more welcoming feel. It’ll make you feel more energized and comfortable every time you walk into your garage. A quality paint job will also increase the value of your home if you’re thinking about putting your home up for sale. Remember that you don’t need to power through painting your garage on your own. Ask for help or consider hiring a professional painter to get the job done.
10. Next level garage floors thanks to RaceDeck
After you’ve done some serious cleaning and organization, now is your time to really level up your garage game. The icing on the cake or the cherry on top will be installing RaceDeck garage flooring! RaceDeck flooring is easy to install and use while turning your garage into a showplace for your awesome cars. You don’t need any tools to install it and the whole process can be completed in just a few hours. Choosing RaceDeck to help you take care of your garage flooring needs means you receive a 20-year limited warranty and added protection to your garage floor. RaceDeck flooring gives you the opportunity to customize your flooring color to do everything from matching your car color to rep your favorite sports team.
The ten tips you just read might feel like a lot to take in, but they don’t need to be stressful. Take each bit of advice one at a time and you’ll be able to have the perfect garage you and your cars deserve. All of the tips are tried and tested which, if followed, will provide you with greater satisfaction at home.
Since you’ve taken the time to deep clean and organize, you’ll have an incredible space you can enjoy. Your garage will be taken to the next level and will be a sweet spot you can be proud of!
Your garage is your haven. Why? It’s where you keep the cars that you’re proud of.
As a car enthusiast, you like to keep your garage in great shape. Your garage needs to be organized and designed in a way that helps you know where everything is at all times.
With designing and organizing your garage, there are a few common mistakes. We’ve separated these into two categories: Organization and aesthetics. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re guilty of anything listed below–you’re not the only one, and most of these problems are easily remedied!
Problem: Your garage is cluttered and unorganized
One area you may be having trouble with is organizing your garage and keeping it free of clutter. Clutter is a real issue if you can’t even use your garage to park your cars. Having a garage full of broken and unneeded things can be embarrassing and stressful to look at. Here is a list of items you may have but no longer need:
- Broken tools: Example: a weed whacker that hasn’t worked in three years and you keep saying you’ll fix it but never have. Broken drills and that unsalvageable air compressor you keep just in case (in case what? You need a broken air compressor?) fit in this category as well.
- Unused sports equipment: Were you an avid tennis player in your past life and have rackets laying around? What about that dusty weight set you haven’t touched in years that prevents you from parking in your garage? Any fitness equipment you no longer use contributes to clutter and frustration with your garage.
- Old holiday decorations: That decrepit Frosty the Snowman you used to put on your front porch when your oldest kid was in kindergarten probably needs to go. You’d be surprised how easy it is to allow tired holiday decorations to take up space in your garage.
- Useless baby clothes: Do you still hold onto infant and toddler clothes despite no longer having kids who need them? Sure, they’d be great to keep for memories, but old children’s clothing just takes up space at the end of the day. Children’s clothing really only benefits children, so keep that in mind.
- Unwanted furniture: It’s not uncommon to store items such as extra chairs and tables in your garage. Unwanted furniture takes up valuable space and you could definitely do without it.
Solution: Declutter with a minimalist mindset
Now that we’ve identified five categories of items you may have but no longer need, here are solutions to help you regain control of your garage. It’ll require somewhat of a minimalist mindset that will help you feel empowered through organizing your garage. A minimalist mindset doesn’t mean you should get rid of absolutely everything. Rather, you’re focusing heavily on what you actually need and use on a regular basis. By following the tips below, your garage won’t feel overwhelming and your significant other will thank you.
- Tools: The first step to getting your tools organized is to separate the broken/defective tools from the ones that still work. Once you’ve separated your tools into two different categories, throw away the tools you can’t use. For the tools that still work, consider selling the tools you no longer need and find homes for the tools you still use. This might mean installing hooks on a wall in your garage to hang things like brooms, rakes, and shovels. Tool boxes and other storage equipment are also handy in organizing your garage.
- Sports equipment: It might be difficult for you to part with unused sports equipment due to the money you’ve invested in them, as well as positive memories associated with the equipment, but it’s still in your best interest to part with them. If you have athletic items that are still in good shape, consider trying to sell them on Facebook Marketplace or eBay to get some money back. For the sporting goods and fitness equipment that you still use, store them in bins to keep them contained and out of the way. A garage sale is also another way to blow out some old items and earn some quick cash to put toward organizing your garage.
- Holiday decorations: Yes, you do need to get rid of that decrepit Frosty the Snowman. The same goes for any holiday decorations just laying around your garage you no longer use or want. It’ll take you some time to sort through everything but you’ll be glad you did. For the holiday items that are still in working condition but you don’t use, consider donating them to a thrift store.
- Baby clothes: This category of items might be the most difficult to deal with, depending on how nostalgic you are. If you can’t bring yourself to donate old children’s clothing to a thrift store or throw them away, give them to family members who are expecting a newborn. You’ll be able to create more space in your garage by doing this. For the outfits you especially feel attached to, limit yourself to ten articles of clothing. This will help you free up space while still holding onto clothing that brings back positive memories.
- Furniture: It’s not uncommon for people to have aging furniture in their garage. This includes chairs, tables, and maybe even couches. Yes, that old card table you’ve had since 2002 and haven’t used since then makes this list as well. The obvious thing to do at the start is to either donate or sell furniture you haven’t used in more than a year. Selling furniture hardly ever gets you your money back, but at least you will earn some cash while purging your garage. You will instantly clear significant space in your garage and rid the overwhelming feeling that comes from clutter.
Problem: Lack of garage aesthetics
If your garage is hard to look at, or if other people have cared enough to tell you that, it’s time to put the work in. You will enhance the overall aesthetics of your garage with time and effort. Here are some common problems that prevent your garage from becoming something you are proud to show off. After all, your garage is more than just a place where you store your favorite cars.
- Poorly done paint job/no paint job: Adding the right type and color of paint to your garage can quickly breathe new life into your garage. When your garage walls are unpainted or are covered in poor quality paint, your garage isn’t very inviting. This is especially true if the wall paint color does not match the rest of your home.
- Bare garage flooring: Is your garage floor just concrete with nothing else on it? There are different issues that arise from an unfinished garage floor. One of the problems includes a higher chance of slips and falls when the flooring is wet. Another problem is that your garage may not be able to resist any spills or stains. Not to mention unsightly cracks and imperfections that appear in concrete.
- Terrible lighting: If it’s difficult to see in your garage even when you turn on the lights, it’s time to consider new lighting. Lighting greatly affects your mood and how you view everything around you. Yellow fluorescent lights are good to get rid of since they don’t add to the overall aesthetic of your garage. There are also negative health effects to consider that are related to fluorescent lights like eye strain, sleeping problems, migraines, and higher levels of anxiety. Who knew the type of lighting you used could have such a big impact on your mental and physical health?
Solution: Transform your garage with these easy improvements
Now that we’ve identified some of the common things that contribute to your garage’s lack of aesthetics, here are the solutions to those problems. Your garage is part of your home so it’s definitely worth your time and energy to improve your garage.
- New paint job: Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the most proven ways to increase your home value. It also provides an incredible return-on-investment (ROI) for your work. In fact, a brand-new paint job can give you a 55% ROI. Painting the interior of your garage will breathe new life into it and will make it a more inviting place. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t waste your garage painting efforts:
- Clean your garage walls: It’s not uncommon for garage walls to be dusty and dirty. Anytime you open your garage door, you allow a wide variety of particles into your garage. Cleaning your garage walls will prevent your paint job from going to waste. You can use a shop vac to suck up loose particles. After vacuuming, use a rag with dish soap and water to remove dust and grime from your walls.
- A primer on unpainted drywall: Primer will prevent your paint from absorbing into your drywall. Your paint job will be able to dry evenly and give you the results you expect from new paint.
- Consider interior latex paint: You won’t need exterior paint for the inside of your garage because the inside of your garage isn’t directly exposed to the elements. Interior latex paint will look great and give you the vibe you want in your garage.
- RaceDeck flooring: One of the easiest ways to protect your garage floor while improving the safety of your garage is to install RaceDeck flooring. There are multiple benefits to choosing RaceDeck flooring such as the hiding damaged concrete and adding more traction. You can use self-draining RaceDeck flooring to receive the benefits just mentioned. Self-draining RaceDeck flooring’s advanced design allows air and moisture to escape which prevents odor from building up in your garage. RaceDeck’s patented design also helps prevent slip and falls in the event you spill liquids such as water and car oil on your garage floor.
- Better lighting: To improve your mood and overall health, take some time to invest in better lighting for your garage. If you have a large budget, consider adding a skylight or more windows to your garage. These increase the amount of natural light that comes in. Natural lighting will quickly boost your mood and not take a toll on your eyesight. If adding a skylight or new windows isn’t an option, consider upgrading the lightbulbs in your garage to incandescent lights. They won’t flicker as much as fluorescents so you should be able to reduce your chances of eye strain. While incandescent bulbs aren’t as energy-efficient as LED lights, they won’t disrupt your sleep patterns or damage your vision like LED light can in the long-term.
If you couldn’t relate to any of the organizational problems or aesthetic issues we’ve shared above, well done! If you could identify with the problems we’ve shared, these solutions can help you in designing and organizing your garage, creating the ideal space for you and your favorite cars!
What are the next steps to getting the garage you deserve?
Taking the time and energy for organizing your garage doesn’t need to be an overwhelming experience. Identify your goals, then break them down into smaller projects that you can tackle one weekend at a time. For example, spend one Saturday afternoon listing items for sale on social media that you no longer use. The next Saturday afternoon, set aside two hours to clean your garage walls, then paint your walls the week after. Once you’re done organizing your garage and completing everything listed above, like installing RaceDeck flooring, take a picture to showcase all of your hard work and tag us on social media @RaceDeck! We’re looking forward to seeing your awesome garage!