Rethink the garage
Add flexibility and functional style with smart strategies for storage
When the house starts feeling cramped, it’s time for the garage to multitask. Homeowner and interior designer David Rivera packed his garage with multiple functions to free up space in his home. “It’s really the place where our family enters the house, so why shouldn’t it look nice?” he says.
Rivera’s family includes two sports-loving boys with a plethora of equipment ― balls, gloves, bats, and more. Using parts of an Elfa modular system (The Container Store), he designed a storage wall that works like a super-size gym locker. Each metal shelf corresponds to a specific sport. “When we’re leaving for a game, we can quickly grab the equipment we need,” Rivera says.
Flanking the shelves are deep storage cabinets ― one for bulk items, the other for seasonal gear such as Christmas decorations and beach and lawn equipment. “This gives us more space in the kitchen and closets for the things we use every day,” Rivera says.