A lot of owners are surprised how much use can be made of the space above the car in their garage. The average height of the ceiling is 2.4m but most saloon cars are only 1.6 m high and 4 x 4s are around 1.8m. So unless you’ve got two 4 x 4s in a double garage then you have space to use!
So how to use it? Well the options range from getting a few hooks and hangers from Homebase or similar (must start plugging other brands!) and screwing them into the roof joists right through to bespoke systems to suspend from the ceiling. Here we shall talk about the systems because that is what we know about – and they can be fitted as stand-alone units without having the whole garage fitted out. and they can be fitted by you in no time.
Here are a selection:
Overhead storage rack: these are 1.2m square and made of steel mesh that are suspended from the ceiling taking a maximum weight of 113kg. They are really useful for putting “out of season” items up there like Christmas decorations, garden furniture cushions or anything that is not being used daily. Two of these units can be placed side by side to create even more space.
Adjustable T Rack: OK so who keeps loads of bits of wood just in case…..? Yes we all do and these racks are the place to keep them all! And anything else long that needs putting away somewhere safe. They come in pairs so can be placed any distance apart and are adjustable in height. You can also hang different weights on each side making them ideal for skis, fishing rods and other activity items. We recently sold the magician Paul Daniels a pair and he put a clip on YouTube to show how he had adjusted them to take his ladders – no trick in it!
“C” and “D” Hanger Hooks: these durable hooks are perfect for so many things: bikes, fishing rods, ladders, sledge, model airplanes, garden umbrellas – the list is endless. They don’t take much space and again can be set up in pairs or single. It was another Television personality (can’t name two in one Blog so I’ll maybe get his name in another time!) who keeps his model planes on these!
Hoists: you can get what are called “single point” or “four point” hoists depending on the use to which they will be put. A single is good for hoisting a bicycle to the ceiling and a double for a canoe or car roof box or as one Garageflex customerÂ has done, his model railway set from his childhood days. Just to prove we cannot ever throw things out!
PowerTrak: all these items can be fastened to the ceiling timbers – unless it is a new house with a suspended ceiling as happens a lot now days. This is not a problem, it just requires different fixing materials. But the best solution in our view is to use an innovative PowerTrak developed by Garageflex. This is attached to the ceiling and then all the above products are slid intoÂ the PowerTrak using adaptors that allow the items to be placed anywhere within the PowerTrak. So they can easily be slid to a different position if needs change – great flexibility.
Ceiling cladding: the ultimate product that can bring everything together on the ceiling is the PowerPanel cladding system. This is not necessary for any of the above and indeed where ceilings are plastered it is not often used – only occasionally where owners want either low maintenence or a reflection to improve the lighting.The cladding is a tongue and goove white soffit that does however cover up any old roof timbers and all the cobwebs and gives a terrific light, bright and clean surface on which to attach everything. It looks good and stays looking good.
So whatver you have to get up there, a solution is available. Take a look at the Garageflex video or call us on 01491 579975 and we would be pleased to go over the best solution for your problem.