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How to choose the right storage Cabinet for your garage


Garages have become ‘the’ place where we are most likely to dump all kinds of ‘things’ and as a result it can become cluttered. One of the easiest ways to keep a garage tidy is to use storage cabinets. But how do you choose the one that’s right for you?  We look at materials, position, security and organisation to help you decide.

Garageflex Cabinets Wall Cabinet Range from Garageflex

What should your garage storage cabinet be made of?

Storage cabinets can be manufactured using many materials from metal and wood to rubber, plastic and resin. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, but our recommendation would be for either moulded plastic or metal. Both options are manufactured specifically for the garage environment making them hard-wearing and durable.

Moulded Plastic

Garageflex Cabinets Wall Storage Solutions for a Fitted Garage

In addition, the plastic options are easy to keep clean by simply wiping with a damp cloth, it won’t “sweat” and is water resistant ensuring your possessions will remain safe from the elements. If the cabinet does get damaged, you can usually replace one panel rather than the entire cabinet. Our range includes Tall, Wall and Mini cabinets, all of which can be mounted on your garage wall using our FlexiTrack or FlexiPanel.  The Tall Cabinet can also be floor mounted if you so wish.

Metal cabinets

Garageflex Cabinets Wall Cabinet Range from Garageflex

Metal versions are also safe for using in the garage and give a premium look to your garage environment.  They are floor mounted and include cupboards, workbenches and mobile cabinets.  We offer our metal range in a light grey casing but you can choose the top, bottom and front colour.  The available colours include Gentian Blue, Light Grey, Crimson Red and Anthracite Grey.

How should you position your garage storage cabinets?

The question is “should the cabinet be floor standing or wall mounted”? Our advice would always be to go for wall mounted cabinets as they are easier to clean underneath and may save your possessions if your garage is prone to flooding or water on the floor.  There is also far less chance that a heavy cabinet will topple on to you when it’s secured to the wall.

Wall Mounted Storage Cabinets Garage

Is security important to you?

Accidents often take place in the garage, so bear safety in mind when choosing your storage cabinet. Garages are used to store all kinds of dangerous items, from tools to poisons so having a storage cabinet that you can lock gives you peace of mind that those dangerous items are out of the reach from the most vulnerable members of your family.

Garage Wall Storage Lockable Cabinets Garageflex

How can you organise your garage storage cabinet?

Perhaps the most important question to ask is “how you’re going to use your storage cabinets?” but this is also the most difficult question because we often change the way we use our garage, depending on our circumstances. Look for storage cabinets that have flexible organisational accessories e.g. bins that slot onto the inside of the doors, tool racks and modular shelves that you can position wherever you need them and that offer flexibility as and when your requirements change.

Organising your wall storage cabinet by Garageflex

Remember, with Garageflex, we can help you choose the right kind of wall or ceiling storage option as well as resin or tile flooring solution. Our fantastic range of space saving shelves, cabinets, baskets, brackets and racks are all available on our e-STORE for DIY use or, if you would prefer to have your garage designed and installed by us, then why not look at some garage makeovers to give you an idea of what we can do for you

Interested in doing it yourself? Inspiration from previous DIY customers


Thinking about undertaking some DIY storage for your garage yourself, rather than getting the professionals in, can be a little daunting for some.  Seeing what others have achieved can make all the difference to your confidence level and give you the incentive to have a go.

DIY Case Study 1

A customer in West Sussex decided to have a go at cladding his garage walls with our FlexiPanel, adding in tip out bins, hooks and shelves to get his perfect garage.  The result was fantastic.  To see more on this garage makeover, click here.

DIY before and after West Sussex

DIY Case Study 2

This customer from Bledlow in Buckinghamshire popped into our showroom to enquire about bike storage.  We asked what he wanted to achieve and the space he had available.  After discussing it in detail, the customer opted for a Vertical Bike Rack which he attached to his wall using our FlexiTrack.  Adding in a few brackets, hooks and bins gave him a great bike storage area where everything can be neatly kept together.

You can buy your ideal bike storage options by clicking here.

DIY Bike Storage Rack

 

DIY Case Study 3

When this customer from Hertfordshire contacted us about laying a new floor in his garage we were delighted to help.  His vision was to have a checkerboard effect on his garage floor, a perfect companion for his lovely Porsche.  After finding out the size of his garage we were able to advise him on how many of each tile he needed to cover his floor.  He then simply headed over to our e-store to buy them online.

DIY Floor Tile installation

 

So there really is no limit on what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.  We are very happy to advise on what you need to achieve your garage dream, whether it be a shed or a triple garage.  We even offer a Design service which is free of charge to get the best from your available space.

Garageflex: DIY with design

 

To talk through any ideas that you have, please let us know and we would be delighted to help.

 

What happens when one of our Design Consultants visits you in your home?


Once you’ve decided that you like the look of our garage installations, the next step is to arrange for one of our Design Consultants to visit you in your home.

During this appointment they will talk to you about what you want to do with your garage and what you want to store.  They will also measure the garage and plan it according to your requirements.

But don’t just take our word for it.  View our short video clip featuring our Design Consultant Abi Leonard, which takes you through the whole process.

To find out more about the installation process and how long it will take, click here.

 

Damaged Garage Floor? This is how Floor Tiles can hide a damaged and pitted garage floor


When it comes to garage floors, the team at Garageflex have really seen it all.  From brand new pristine concrete to the most cracked and damaged garage floors around.  But even in the worse case scenario its not always doom and gloom as there is almost always something that can be done about it.

In August 2017 we visited a house in Henley on Thames after the client called our Head Office to see how we could help with his garage floor.  The customer wanted to install a new floor to keep the interior of the garage in keeping with the rest of the house.  But how and what could be done to sort out the garage floor?

On inspection of the floor by Managing Director Alastair Broom, it was clear that the current cracked, stained and pitted concrete floor would need some remedial work in order that a sound floor could be established.

Floor Tile Installation before garageflex pitted concrete floor

The first stage was to arrange for our professional fitters to visit the site and lay a self levelling compound to fill in the cracks. This helps by also smoothing out any un-eveness and creating a good solid floor that could be worked with.

Garageflex self levelling compound for garage floor

Now that the floor is sound its time to lay the Tiles on top of the re-surfaced area. The client in this instance chose a light grey raised disk floor tile to cover the whole garage floor.  This single garage took around 5-6 hours to lay.  If you are interested in laying floor tiles yourself, our handy How To guide might a useful source.

Finished Completed Garageflex Floor Tiles Garage

 

To see more floor tile installations visit our Houzz Ideabook for further inspiration.

 

 

 

Thinking of installing tiles in your garage? Our new How To Guide provides help and advice


Installing floor tiles in your garage can make all the difference to the look and feel of your garage. Not only do they look great, they provide good traction to stop any slips and falls and are very easy to keep clean.

How do I install them in my garage?

Installing our Floor Tiles in your garage is easy.  Either you can have our professional team of fitters install them for you, usually in one day, or you can buy them from our online store and lay them yourself.  For a competent DIY person they are pretty easy to lay with the help of a Circular or Jig Saw and a rubber mallet.  Our new How To Guide shows you how to do it, providing advice and tips to make it an easy process.

Of course, if you have questions before or during the fitting then we are on hand to talk you through the process.  Just call us on 01491 579975 or email us at info@garageflex.co.uk for help.

Buy Garage Floor Tiles How To Guide

Why live with a damp, dusty garage floor when it could be smart, safe and easy to clean


Its easy to keep living with a garage floor that creates dust, doesn’t look particularly attractive and is cold and damp underfoot.  But you don’t have to.

Our inspiring photos of garages fitted out with our Floor Tiles show you just how good your floor could look. So you needn’t have to put up with just a standard garage floor.

Inspiring ideas for your garage floor by Garageflex

We offer two types of flooring – Floor Tiles and a seamless Resin coating.  Both offer good anti-slip properties, look great and make the cleaning much easier, plus they both remove the dust element making your garage a much nicer place to be.

Floor Tiles

Our PVC floor tiles each measure 500x500m meaning that 4 tiles cover one square metre of your garage floor. This makes it easy to work out how many tiles you need to cover your space, especially if you are ready to buy online. 

Colours and Textures

The tiles come in a variety of colours so you can choose whatever combination works for you whether it be to complement other colours in your garage, create parking zones or just stand out from the crowd.  We also offer two textures, smooth and raised disk.  The smooth tiles have a sort of orange peel effect so are still good if you are looking for a non-slip option, where as the raised disk provide even greater resistance to slips and let the water naturally roll of the top of the disks.

Here are just some of the colour combinations you could choose.

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Installation

There are two options when it comes to laying Floor Tiles in your garage.  Either you can purchase them on our e-store to install yourself or you can ask us to come and lay them for you.  To buy online we offer tiles at £8.85 per tile which includes VAT and delivery.  If you wish to have us install them for you please ask us for a quote which will include our fitters time and travel costs, we do cover the whole of the UK.

Technical Specifications

Each tile measures 500x500mm and has a depth of around 7mm.  They are made from PVC and are manufactured for use in industrial areas so can stand great forces such as forklifts etc. so are perfect for the garage environment.

What about staining?

Tyres can well cause staining to tiles, view our FAQs for more information.  What we do suggest is that if you are going to park your car or bike in the garage then you opt for a darker colour of tile that will minimise the colour change.

Garageflex install floor tiles into Wiltshire garage July 2017

If you have any questions about our Floor Tiles do let us know, we would be delighted to help or give you a quote.

New Case Study – New Build in Hertfordshire creates zones for workshop, tools and bikes


When it comes to a new build single garage thats filled with lawnmowers, bikes, tools and the rest of the clutter not allowed in the house, how do you get it into a usable state?  The answer is to let Garageflex design and then install a storage solution that fits with your lifestyle to make it as easy as possible to find what you need, when you need it.

This customer based in Hertfordshire was in the middle of a big renovation on her house and had a new build single garage to house tools and bikes that didn’t have a place anywhere else.  Being a new build, the garage was just bare concrete walls and was in need of some storage to help organise it. 

Mrs R called Garageflex in to see what we could offer her.  Our Design Consultant, Abi Leonard, went to see her to talk through the options.  It was clear that the customer wanted to get everything off the floor and onto the walls and create some order.  Abi created a design which solved her problems by adding in wall storage and creating zones such as the Tool Zone, Bike Zone, Workshop Zone.  And adding in some ceiling storage for items not used as often.

Once our installers were on site, it took just two days to turn the garage into a storage space that is now organised and clutter free.  Mrs R and her family can now find what they need rather than searching through the piles.  And, as the areas are zoned, they know that any tool they need will be in the Tool Zone of their garage.

Hertfordshire New Build Garage Storage Solutions Before and After by Garageflex

To get in contact with Abi who looks after London and the Home Counties and see how she can help you with your garage, please click here.

New build single garage completed with Zones for bikes and tools


When it comes to a new build single garage thats filled with lawnmowers, bikes, tools and the rest of the clutter not allowed in the house, how do you get it into a usable state?  The answer is to let Garageflex design and then install a storage solution that fits with your lifestyle to make it as easy as possible to find what you need, when you need it.

This customer based in Hertfordshire was in the middle of a big renovation on her house and had a new build single garage to house tools and bikes that didn’t have a place anywhere else.  Being a new build, the garage was just bare concrete walls and was in need of some storage to help organise it. 

Mrs R called Garageflex in to see what we could offer her.  Our Design Consultant, Abi Leonard, went to see her to talk through the options.  It was clear that the customer wanted to get everything off the floor and onto the walls and create some order.  Abi created a design which solved her problems by adding in wall storage and creating zones such as the Tool Zone, Bike Zone, Workshop Zone.  And adding in some ceiling storage for items not used as often.

Once our installers were on site, it took just two days to turn the garage into a storage space that is now organised and clutter free.  Mrs R and her family can now find what they need rather than searching through the piles.  And, as the areas are zoned, they know that any tool they need will be in the Tool Zone of their garage.

To get in contact with Abi who looks after London and the Home Counties and see how she can help you with your garage, please click here.

Garageflex delighted to be part of the Silverstone Classic – 28/29/30 July 2017


On the 28th, 29th and 30th July, the Silverstone Classic takes place at this historic circuit.  Billed as “The World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival”, it promises to be a great weekend for the whole family.

Garageflex exhibiting at the Silverstone Classic 2017

We are delighted that we will be exhibiting at the event for the first time and are very much looking forward to being part of the action by basing out mobile trailer at the Jet Village Green, next to the Ebay stand.

Silverstone Classic Map Garageflex Jet Village Green

The Garageflex Mobile Showroom

Managing Director Alastair Broom will be attending the event along with our two Design Consultants, David Starbuck-Edwards and Abigail Leonard.  Between them, they have a wealth of knowledge about garage design and storage and will be on hand to discuss your garage or any questions you have about making the best use of storage in your garage.

Our mobile showroom will be parked next to the Ebay stand and is set-up as a garage so you can see just how our products look, feel and work.  The showroom features FlexiPanel on the walls as well as our Ceiling Cladding and examples of our Flooring solutions.  So you can get a real understanding of how it could work in your garage.  Also shown will be examples of our storage accessories such as Wall Cabinets, Bike Racks, Shelves and Golf Racks.

What else will be there?

The packed weekend of the Silverstone Classic provides spectacular historic motor racing on the world famous circuit, free access to the paddocks and grandstands.  There will also be displays from over 100 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars, plus interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations. There’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy too, with live music from headline acts, air displays, a vintage fun fair, and a shopping village… all included in the ticket price. It’s an event for the whole family. Join us for the whole weekend – one day just won’t be enough!

To find out more about the event, please click here.

 

Time-Lapse Video showing just how easy it is to DIY Install our Floor Tiles


Do you yearn for a nicer garage floor?  Maybe you think its really difficult to do and not something you could possibly do yourself.  Our new time-lapse video shows you how to lay floor tiles in your garage and just how easy it is to do. 

Demonstrated by one our DIY floor tile customers, she sets everything up and completes the job in one day. The end result is a floor that looks fantastic, makes it a safe place for all the family and helps insulate the garage from the cold and damp.

How to lay Floor Tiles Video

The first step is to measure out your garage, making sure you order enough tiles to cover your space.  Each tile measures 500x500mm so when you come to working out how many you need for your space, you simply times the square metre size of your garage by 4 and that will tell you how many tiles you need.  Your next decision is then to decide if you want ramp edges to the front of your garage.  We would always recommend them as they finish the front edge off nicely and give you a smoother entrance by foot or car.

Starting with the Ramp Edges, it is then simply a case of locking each tile into the one next to it and in front, working your way backwards.  The side of the garage can be finished off at the end or as you go by cutting tiles to fit the space with a Jig Saw.  We would always recommend leaving 5mm between your garage wall and your tile to allow for expansion and shrinkage due to heat and cold.

So if you are ready to lay floor tiles in your garage – click here to go to our online store.  Our tiles cost just £8.85 per tile which includes delivery and VAT.  Alternatively, we provide an installation service and to get a quote for this please email us.  If you wish to find out more about our Floor Tiles, click here.

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