Do you struggle to effectively manage the storage in your outdoor buildings?
I suspect your typical family shed or garage has to cope with a multitude of storage challenges – including bikes, gardening equipment, DIY supplies, toys, and pretty much anything else that we don’t want to store in the house. Here’s what the inside of our shed usually looks like – be warned, it’s not pretty…
If I’m being completely honest, I actually had a little tidy-up before I took this picture. The entrance to the shed was overrun with ‘stuff’ that had built up over the winter months, when it was too cold to be out there long enough to put it away properly. Which brings me onto the main challenge that we have with our outdoor storage: we just can’t get to the things we need easily enough.
We have four bikes which occupy much of the floor space, and it’s quite a juggling act to line them up neatly enough to allow us room to reach the shelves at the back. If I need a plant pot, it’s a major operation moving lots of stuff in order to get to the shelf, then another big job putting it all back again. And don’t get me started on the random scattering of gardening tools and the contortions required to reach them!
We’ve been wondering how to tackle this storage problem for a while now, and since a bigger shed isn’t an option, we needed to get smarter with the space available. GearHooks sent us a storage rack with hooks for bikes and gardening tools to try out, and hopefully create a space-saving storage solution. I’ve got a fab giveaway for you too, with GearHooks of your choice worth £100 up for grabs!
The principle behind GearHooks is a simple one. A universal 1 metre long GearRail fixes to the wall with three holes and super-strong fixings, then you add a combination of sturdy hooks to suit your storage needs. The rail took minutes to put up using an allen key.
You don’t need to drill any more holes to attach the hooks; you simply insert a clever sprung baseplate into the rail, and screw the front hook section on. This means it’s really quick and easy to move and adjust the hooks should you need to.
Once the hooks were attached, it was time to fill them up! We decided to store the larger bikes at the ends, leaving the smaller tools and bike easily accessible in the middle.
As you can see, we’ve managed to get four bikes and lots of gardening tools on there, with a lot of room still to spare on the longer tool hook. We could easily fit another hook on there too.
The whole system really is very sturdy. The galvanised steel hooks will each hold up to 25kg, and the rubber coating protects whatever you hang on them – so if you’ve got expensive kit you know it’s in safe hands.
Let’s take a look at the shed now shall we?
This simple piece of kit has made such a difference. It’s really easy to get to all the bikes, and we don’t have to move every single one each time we need to get just one bike out. All those higgledy-piggledy bits hanging on the walls are gone – the tool hooks swallowed them up no problem – and the floor is CLEAR! It’s so much easier to walk around the bikes and get to the back of the shed, and I can grab my gardening equipment in seconds. I really do think we’re using the space much better now, and it’s going to be so much easier to keep things tidy.
A GearRail costs £25 and hooks start at £11.94; you can find out more and see all the configurations available on the GearHooks website here. GearHooks have kindly given me a discount code for my readers; if you order before the end of May 2018, use the code Growingfamily04 to grab a 20% discount and free UK shipping! Don’t forget to enter the competition to win £100 worth of GearHooks too.
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