Garage storage just got easier.
Thanks to a new industrial aesthetic that is becoming ever popular in cities across the country, it has never been easier to get your garage storage under control. Go to any hardware store, or Home Depot, and you will find an entire section devoted black malleable pipe. With the right size wrench, you’ll be able to make an assortment of framework from parts right off the hardware store shelf. And most of the parts are under $10. It’ll be a lot cheaper than Ikea and will outlast Ikea by decades.
This style of using pipe has really picked up speed in the past year. I’m noticing it more and more, especially when I go out to eat at a new restaurant. Expect to see tables, light fixtures and coat racks in this style. I have a an old handrail along my front steps made out of pipes. It was probably installed in the 1960’s. I have been debating removing the handrail for something more up to date, but now I’m just trendy, and it will stay.
An easy to assemble garage storage rack such as the picture above, can be purchased completely from a hardware store near you. You’ll need floor flanges to attach to the wall, ceiling/floor, about $5 each. Size the brackets to your shelf width, typically 12″ to 18″. About $7 each. Next, this design calls for a 90 elbow piece, $2. Then you’ll want to vary the heights of each shelving unit. Typical sizes will be any where from 36″ to 12″. I suggest your largest shelves for the bottom, for heavier, bulkier items. Finish the garage storage shelves off with sturdy 2×12’s. For a garage, dimensional lumber works great and you’ll get a great price. Distressed wood, or finished wood, looks better for kitchens.
This fad of using industrial pipe will burn out eventually in kitchens and bathrooms. However, it will always fit in with your garage or basement storage. The pipe is a perfect blend with the inner workings of your home. It’s bulletproof, easy to assemble, affordable. Disassemble and recycle when it comes time for the next fad!
Garage storage chic.