Garageflex will be exhibiting at the 2018 Henley Show
Garageflex are delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at The Henley Show which takes place on Saturday 8th September at The Henley Showground.
The event is dedicated to promoting and improving agriculture, horticulture and the breeding and rearing of livestock. Always such a fun day out for all the family with produce tents, poultry and a funfair for the children. Also to see are livestock, classic cars, vintage tractors, show jumping and dog displays. Such a treat for everyone to enjoy this local show which takes place at The Henley Showground between Henley and Marlow.
In the main ring this year are The Knights of Middle England Jousting Team plus a display of Aldabra Giant Tortoises from the Seychelles.
Gates open at 8.30 and close at 6pm. There is plenty of parking on site or you can catch a free bus from Henley (Boots) or Marlow (Platts garage) and well behaved dogs are very welcome!
Ticket prices on the gate are £15.00 per adult with Seniors £10 and children under 16 free. Early bird prices are available until 25th August. To book tickets, click here.
We look forward to seeing many of our local customers and friends at the Show.
Our premium range of floor tiles are now on offer
We currently have warehouse stock of our premium range floor tiles which we have reduced in price. The reduction reflects that, as they are from different batches, you might see slight differences in colour from one tile to another.
We offer our premium floor tiles in both raised disk and smooth texture in a variety of colours. Not all colours are available so click here to look at what we have on offer. The special offer price is £7.50 per tile with ramp edges costing £3.99 which includes VAT and delivery.
The tiles themselves are in good condition and if you want to fit your garage out yourself then they could be perfect for you. If you want to work out how many you need, each tile measures 500x500mm so four tiles make one square metre.
To give you an idea of how to install them in your garage using just a few simple tools, take a look at our short video clip below. This shows the process our professional fitters go through when installing a floor for us.
When it comes to bike storage, there are a lot of options on the market. Some are simple and cheap, others are more expensive but look better and provide a higher quality option. Here’s a quick run down of some ideas to get your bikes off of the floor and onto the wall, whether it be your garage, shed, basement or lounge!
For a very simple solution with no installation required the Bike Nook looks like a good option. It stores your bike up against the wall, freeing up space instantly. It is safe and secure, and great for all bikes as the base expands for any size tread.
Sports Velo Column 2 Bike Storage Rack
This option, available from Wiggle, is a spring loaded column which extends up to 10 feet and fits to the floor and ceiling. It can hold two bikes or four with optional add-on and can be purchased direct for £161.99.
Asgard offer insurance approved cycle sheds, shelters and lockers that can be kept outside to keep your bikes secure. Available in a variety of options from £525.
Wall Mounted Vertical Bike Rack
Can be wall mounted in your garage, shed or basement, the Garageflex Vertical Bike Rack neatly stores your bikes on the wall. Each rack can take two bikes and fits to the garage (or shed or basement) wall via our easy to fix FlexiPanel or FlexiTrack. Available from our DIY store from £64.
Wall Mounted Horizontal Bike Rack
Again, this can be wall mounted and consists of a rack which holds one bike plus a shelf and hooks for holding other bits and bobs. This rack gets mounted to your garage wall using FlexiTrack or FlexiPanel Available from our e-store from £86.38.
If you want to use the underused ceiling space then you could buy the CycleGlide which allows you to store several bikes in this space.
Or you could the try the Garageflex Double Point Hoist which uses pulleys to mount the bike on your ceiling. This starts at just £138 from our e-store.
This should give you some options to ponder but you could also look at a similar blog by our friends over at Cycleplan. Their article features some very interesting and innovative ideas for storing your bikes, including the bucket shaped “Solo” by Cycloc, the Airlock by Hiplock and the Clug by Hornit. To read more of their great article, click here.
Please note that where we have mentioned specific products, we are not endorsing them only sharing them as ideas for you to decide what works best for you. Happy cycling and storing!
10 Reasons why customers called Garageflex for their garage makeover
There are a whole variety of reasons why customers decide to have their garage transformed and choose Garageflex for this important task.Our list below looks at some of the main contenders as to what prompts them to phone us.Happily, our customers also find out that we are a friendly and passionate team whose aim is to give you the garage of your dreams.Why not contact us to find out what we can do for you?
1.Organise and tidy up the clutter, helping to find a home for all the bits and pieces. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing the item you need is somewhere in the mountain of clutter.
2. To brighten up the garage.Clients have told us that having our FlexiPanel placed on the wall and ceiling makes the space so much brighter and welcoming. It allows light to bounce around the garage and makes it a much nicer place to spend time. Some customers have even turned the space into a home office.
3.Turn the garage into a space to tinker with a classic car or bike. This way you can have all your tools close by, organised and ready for when you need them.
4.Create a specialised space for DIY rather than using the kitchen table.
5.Space to store all the bikes, kids toys and sports equipment out of the way but easily accessible.
6.Create a home gym or a place to exercise like recent client David McConnell who now plays his WII in his newly transformed garage. (link to case study)
7.Add value to their home. Findings have found that sorting out your garage and being able to store items in here can add value to the home.
8. Every other room has had a makeover and the garage lets the house down as it is so messy. We often hear this! The rest of the house looks fantastic and now I want the garage to fit in with the rest of our beautiful home.
9.Clean it up, reduce the dust and create a safe place to store all those precious bits and bobs.
10. And of all the unlikely things, to finally make room for the car!
Garageflex design and install bespoke garage storage solutions for your residential garage and you can contact us here.Or if you are a DIY enthusiast, why not look at our e-store and create your dream garage yourself?
12 interesting ways to use the garage
How do you use your garage? While lots of us use the garage to park our cars, only a quarter of homes with a garage actually store a car in it.
Part of the problem is that today’s cars have become wider whilst garages remain the same size. So actually parking your car in the garage can be extremely tight. To this end, most of us use our garages as extra storage space simply because we have too many possessions to fit into our home! But what are the most interesting ways to use the garage? We did some investigation work to come up with 12 interesting ideas.
More of us work from home than ever before so turning your garage into a home office is an obvious choice. But have you thought about combining the office space requirements with storage? This would mean that you don’t need planning permission (in most cases) and get to incorporate storage solutions into the space as well which, in most houses, we are crying out for.
Man Cave or She-Shed?
Turn your garage into a haven for your hobby, space for your diy or even an area to have friends over to relax. Not exactly a new concept these days but one where you can really use the garage space for your favourite pastime.
Garages have long been used as workshops for DIY or mechanics, but they are also used for other hobbies that need a lot of room, such as curtain making. We’ve even seen a garage used as a wheelchair repair centre!
The garage is perhaps the only room in the house big enough for a full size snooker table. It’s also a great place to set up a permanent dart board, table tennis table, or pinball zone.
So what do you do with all that gym equipment you buy on a whim? Put it in the garage, of course! We’ve seen many home gyms in garages, and they’re also used as dance and zumba studios.
Playroom or Kids’ den
Depending on how old your children are you may find they take over the garage. When they’re small, it’s an ideal place for all those ride-on toys and balls. And for teenagers the garage can be a great den for hanging out with friends, playing pool or table tennis and holding band practice. Just remember to soundproof your garage if you don’t want to annoy the neighbours!
Guest room / annexe / studio flat
Many a garage has become a permanent extra room – either for guests, or converted into a “granny flat” or studio for an adult son or daughter. Most of the time you don’t need planning permission if you are not changing the structure but of course, it is always better to check!
And now for some of the more unusual ideas …
A drive in cinema
We think this would be a great use of your garage because you’ll still be able to store your car – all you need is a flat screen TV on the back wall and a popcorn machine!
A golf driving range
With ever more sophisticated technology, we have seen garages set up as a driving range with the software portraying world famous courses such as Pebble Beach onto the wall. You not only get to practice your skills but actually feel you are playing the course.
Ten pin bowling alley
As with the snooker table, you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else long enough to fit a skittle alley.
We have heard about people using their garage to house a hot tub, which sounds like a fantastic idea, especially in a country where you can’t rely on the weather. We would suggest you install non-slip flooring though, and think about tiling the walls to prevent water damage.
And our favourite use of a garage …. an indoor skate park!
Sounds incredible but there really are people using their garages as skate parks. Let your kids hone their skateboarding skills in the garage, with a homemade half pipe made from plywood – there are even plans available on the internet!
Thanks for reading our article on 12 interesting ways to use the garage. If you would like to look into how we can help you sort out your garage then visit our website at www.garageflex.co.uk
Is your Garageflex garage still fit for purpose?
If you are lucky enough to already have the Garageflex system in your garage, we know that you have plenty of storage solutions to keep your space clean, tidy and organised. But what happens if your life has changed a bit since you had it installed? This blog looks at what you can do to keep your garage fit for purpose, regardless of when you had the garage transformed.
Have times changed?
If you were one of our first customers back in 2005 when Garageflex started, chances are that some of the storage solutions you needed then might not necessarily work for you now. Maybe you wanted plenty of toy storage when your children were younger or your interest in golf was at its peak. Now of course, you might have changed hobby to cycling, tennis or boxing, the kids may have grown up and the toys all gone or maybe your interest in gardening has increased.
So what you had back when your garage was installed might not be quite right now. Could it be that some extra bike storage could be used, a couple of extra shelves might work or even something like a coat rack for your wet-suits? OK, we know not everyone is going to have wet-suits but it might be worthwhile looking at our e-store to see if a new rack or hook might work better.
Have you thought of moving items around?
Our Consultants design your garage to best suit your needs and make use of all the available space, but times may have changed what you keep in your garage. Given the fantastic flexibility of our products and the option to move them around, have you thought about changing some bits and pieces around? Perhaps grouping your cabinets together would work better or moving them apart and putting in some extra hooks. A small change might help you use the space more efficiently. We are always happy to discuss any changes you would like to make so give us a call.
Clean it up
We are sure that your garage gets a regular clean but in case it has been a while, we always recommend hoovering your FlexiPanel (or TekTrak as it used to be called back in 2005) to get rid of any dust. It doesn’t have to be done often but we do find this spruces everything up. Wiping down or dusting hooks, brackets, racks and on top of cabinets can make the whole place brighter and feel fresher.
Giving your floor a mop with a PH Neutral cleaner will also give sparkling results and transform the garage.
Or have you thought about installing one of our GarageVacs? Ideal for mounting on the wall, you could use this to clean your entire garage along with the car too! Plus it comes in Midnight Black or Racing Red, so you can choose the one that’s right for your colour scheme.
Add in some pictures
Adding framed photos or favourite pictures can add colour and personality to your garage. All you need are some small mini clips which mean you can mount them directly on to your FlexiPanel or FlexiTrack.
Are you planning a house move?
Many of our customers who move house want to take their storage accessories with them. It’s easy enough to do of course, simply lift the items off of your wall and take with you. Then add in FlexiPanel or FlexiTrack to your new garage space or you can call us to measure up and install this for you.
Have you moved already?
Of course it may be that you’ve moved from your previous house where we installed your Garageflex garage and haven’t yet gotten around to having it installed in your new pad. Do give us a call if you would like to discuss installing it in your new garage.
And finally, what if you haven’t yet got Garageflex installed…
If you’ve read to the bottom and still haven’t had your garage sorted out by us, then let us send you a brochure by filling in your details here. You can see all of the options available and how the system works.
Looking for inspiration for your garage makeover? Our brand new case study is here to inspire you!
We are delighted to share our brand new case study of a garage makeover in Harpenden that we completed in May 2018.
From a cluttered, dark and dusty garage which had breeze block walls, a concrete floor and with exposed roof timbers, the customer wanted to clean it all up and make better use of this space.
After a Design Consultation with our MD, Alastair Broom, the customer agreed the plans and a date for installation was scheduled. Before that could happen however, the current timber storage rack needed to be dismantled and the ceiling to the mezzanine area supported. This would enable more space to be used and for the customer to get his car inside the garage.
Starting the process
Once these two tasks were completed, the beautiful seamless resin floor could be laid throughout the ground floor of the garage. Resin Floors only take a day to lay and leave you with a first class finish, worthy of any showroom. Then our professional fitters arrived to commence the wall panelling, ceiling cladding and installation of storage accessories. We offer either metal cabinets or a polypropolene option for our garage makeovers, and this customer opted for our metal range which sit directly on the floor, rather than being wall mounted.
The completed garage makeover transformation
Now the garage is finished, and as you can see from the ‘after’ photo below, the space is completely transformed. The space is clean, clear, organised and bright. Panelling the walls and ceiling allow you to install as much storage as you like whilst letting the light bounce around the room. The mezzanine area upstairs was also fitted out with cladding and floor tiles to create an extra storage area.
To see the full case study including lots more before and after images, click here.
We have also created a short video clip showcasing the before and after photos of this fantastic garage makeover case study.
Please do get in touch if you would like to know how we can help sort out your garage. We offer a complete Design and Installation service or, if you prefer, we can design the garage for you and provide you with a list of shopping items to buy and install yourself from our e-store.
Sharing some great customer testimonials received recently
We absolutely love getting great feedback from our customers and when we receive four testimonials in a week we are over the moon!
From resin and tiled floors to full garage makeovers, here is what some recently customers are saying about the service we offer and the finished results.
Full garage makeover – Mrs E, Esher, Surrey May 2018
“I have been so pleased with the whole process & decision to use Garageflex. The ‘boys’ were excellent, worked so hard & were extremely polite & helpful.
Abi was just amazing & completely understood what I wanted and showed me what would work best for me and my husband. He too is delighted with the end result. Abi was knowledgeable and practical, really helpful and excellent at communicating, even coming to put all the contents of the garage back inside when Peter and Bill had finished which was very helpful for me, and so much more than I had expected.”
Floor Tile Installation – Mr and Mrs W, Kenley, Surrey May 2018
“Just a quick note to say how wonderful your guys were yesterday. They even lifted the back cabinets to get the flooring under the entire area. I know we only had the floor done but we are absolutely delighted with the result.”
Floor Tile Installation – Mr M, Hertford, Hertfordshire May 2018
Via Twitter: “Floor tiles laid by @flexgarage earlier and now it’s nicer than my house. ”
Resin Floor Installation – Mr and Mrs L, Staines Upon Thames May 2018
“We are thrilled to bits with our lovely new garage floor. We keep going in the garage and admiring it! The whole process was carried out methodically in spite of the intense heat. It was a pleasure meeting Alastair and Veronique and thank you once again for our lovely flooring with which we are really thrilled.”
To see some other customer testimonials, please click here.
Restore the Balance of Vital Energy in Your Garage with Our Quick Guide to Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art which balances the energy levels in your home. And we thought, why couldn’t this be used in the garage? It may even result in a better time on your bike or a lower golf handicap. So here’s our top tips to get your garage bursting with positive energy.
1.Declutter. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, just get rid of all your unwanted junk. It might be a time consuming process but it will help you establish what is worth keeping and what can be freecycled, given to charity or sent to the tip. Remember you must be brave and you must be honest otherwise it’s a pointless task.
2.Give your garage an airing. Sounds a bit mad right? But actually letting good quality air and light into your garage is essential for good feng shui energy. If you can’t leave your door open why not think about an air purifying plant, we’ve found a little list of some good options.
3.Paint the walls in a colour that pleases you or panel it with some of our white FlexiPanel to bounce the light around. Or you could try adding in pictures of things or people you love that make you happy.
4.Add wall storage such as cabinets where you can store items and close the doors on them. This gives you a cleaner feel to the space rather than a cluttered junk pile. Also using specialist tool storage racks will keep items all together and out of the way, ensuring they are safe from little hands.
5.Fix your squeaky or broken garage door. See our recent blog on how easy this is to do.
6.Check the safety in your garage such as electrics and lighting, ensuring there are no cables to trip over. Making the garage a safe place for everyone is essential, especially if you have kids or grandchildren.
7.And finally. Always park your car with the headlights facing away from the house. The reason behind this a car is man-made and if this points to your house it can create bad energy, certainly something to avoid.
So there you have it – positive energy all the way for your garage and hopefully it might just rub off on other aspects of your life too. Happy feng shuiing!