Organization Possibilities | Best Pick Reports

Aesthetically, closet and garage organization products have come a long way from plastic-coated wire shelves. Many have a distinctly furniture-like feel and appearance, and there is an array of products and styles to choose from when making closets and garages more functional. Each product is geared toward a specific task, like shelving that is tilted to display shoes or perfectly sized to store bulky sweaters. Extra organizing space might be gained with overhead storage racks or kid-friendly cabinets with slide-out baskets. For homeowners with large walk-in closets, companies can fabricate custom storage islands—similar to a kitchen island—for even more storage space.

Garages also have specific storage pieces available, including large wall cabinets, work benches, and slatwall systems. Slatwall is made of PVC and available in many colors; it is designed to store items off the floor by means of a variety of accessories, such as bike racks or moveable shelving, and large baskets for storing bulky items. To enhance and protect the garage floor, many companies also offer durable epoxy floor coatings as well as interlocking tiles.

The different components available with organizing systems make them easily customized to fit particular needs and preferences. The best systems will typically be custom made, so homeowners can collaborate with a design consultant to select the design and components that works best for their storage needs. And home organizing systems don’t stop at closets and garages. Home offices, Murphy wall beds, laundry rooms, entertainment centers, and pantries are often available in the same variety of finishes and materials as their closet and garage counterparts.