Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa with wire shelves, storage track, cabinet and workbench for storing tools. Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa with wire shelves, storage track, cabinet and workbench for storing tools.

From chaos to order in the family garage

Imagine opening the garage door and not knowing what's going to come out. That's how little the family knew about their garage, which was just one big mess. With the help of Elfa and storage expert Christine Dalman, storage was built to suit their needs. Floor space was freed up and things were put on the walls, which meant that there was even room for the children’s table tennis table.

 Photo: Apelöga

Gustav and Annika sit with the children in front of the closed garage door.

Who lives here?

Father Gustav, mother Annika and their three children Wilma, Clara and little brother Hugo live in this house in Båstad.

Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa with wire shelves, storage track, cabinet and workbench for storing tools.
The garage as it looked before.

Everything has its place

As the family renovated the interior of their house, the garage was the last in line. 

“Going into the garage used to be stressful because you had to constantly look for your things,” says Gustav. “But going in there now even feels peaceful, because everything has its place.” 

The children have their own corner for their bicycles and toys, making it easy for them to go in and grab whatever they want. 

Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa with wire shelves and storage track for storing pots and garden tools.

Plants can now be taken in and stored for winter.

Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa used to store plants and garden tools.

Annika has her own planting corner with tools at her fingertips.

Gustav in a garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa.

“I can't believe how much space I got”

Gustav

See the complete makeover

Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa used for hanging sports equipment such as golf clubs, tennis rackets and skis.

The whole family is very active in a range of different sports. Because it's used every day, it was particularly important that sports equipment was easily accessible.

Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa used for storing toys and children’s bicycles.

The children can go in and grab their bicycles and toys themselves.

Tidiness in the storeroom

Garage with Garage+ storage from Elfa used for storing toys and children’s bicycles.
The garage as it looked before.

A green grill stands next to a Garage+ storage track from Elfa, where grill accessories are hanging.

The grill now also has its own place when not being used in the garden. Grill utensils are easily hung on hooks next to it, ready to select and use.

Garage with Garage+ storage track from Elfa used for hanging sun loungers and grill accessories.

The storage track can be mounted directly on the wall where it's needed. In the storage room, it was placed in the passageway next to the garden, so the family can easily take a sun lounger on their way out.

The family plays table tennis in the middle of the garage around a table tennis table in front of Garage+ storage from Elfa.

An extra playroom - for everyone

Now that everything has been put on the walls, there's room for the family table tennis table - with plenty of space to run around it.

"It's like giving the children an extra playroom, plus there's extra space for me and Annika and our hobbies."

The children bounce on a trampoline in the garden next to the log shed.

Firewood was moved out into the garden

The firewood used to take up a lot of space in the garage, and has now been moved into a practical log shed from Hörmann. That meant extra floor and wall space to use for storage.

Hörmann’s Product Manager Erik Rögardt next to the new garage door.

More secure, colour-matched garage door

The garage door was a heavy and delapitated up-and-over door that barely an adult could open, so it was really time for an upgrade. The family had also considered painting the house’s black doors in a light shade, which Hörmann took into account when making a suitable new garage door:

"We've colour-matched the new garage door to the new exterior doors with a customised NCS colour to create a uniform look for the house. This is also a much more secure door than a manual one, preventing break-ins and accidents, which feels especially important for a family with small children," explains Hörmann’s Product Manager Erik Rögardt.

The family house with the new garage door in the same colour as the front door. The family house with the new garage door in the same colour as the front door.

Elfas’ storage expert Christine Dalman.

Elfas’ storage expert Christine Dalman.

Storage expert’s tips for order in the garage

  1. Use wall to wall and floor to ceiling and build around any obstacles. 
  2. Create themed sections to keep related things together.
  3. Heavy things at the bottom, light things at the top. You don't want to risk getting that heavy pot on your head when lifting it down. 
  4. Want space for your car? Use the top part of the wall only for storage, and the car will also fit in.
  5. Store neatly and safely. A shelf on the wall does not tilt downwards and is easy to clean underneath.

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