Carports are fantastic for storage. With their open design, it’s easy to move things in and out of a carport, so your use of the space can evolve seasonally throughout the year. However, you may realize you have more things to store than you realize, and your carport may feel a bit cramped. It’ll be time to think of creative and strategic storage ideas for your tools, yard equipment, supplies, and other odds and ends you have.
Bins, Bins, Bins
Storage bins are an excellent way to get organized in your carport, or in any other space for that matter. When trying to get organized in a space, it’s typically not the big items that make a mess and lead to clutter. Instead, it’s all the various small items that need a place to land that wind up all over the place. With plenty of bins available, you can sort your items and tools to keep them contained and out of sight.
Plastic storage bins are affordable, usually come with secure lids, and are available in many colors. You can simply stack the bins on each other, or you might add some shelving to create a more permanent home. To make it easier to find what you need quickly and easily, think about adding labels to each bin as you pack them up. If you have one side of your carport protected with a wall, these bins could easily sit against that wall, so they aren’t exposed to the elements. It would be even better if you have an enclosed shed space attached to your carport; this way, you could keep these bins indoors and lock them up.
Make Use of Your Vertical Space
It’s all too easy to fill up the available floor space under the roof of a carport. Even a relatively large carport can get crowded in a hurry if you only use the storage space available on the ground. With that in mind, look up to find space that you aren’t yet utilizing to its full potential.
You’ll find it easiest to use your vertical space if you have at least one wall included in the design of the carport. That way, you can go up one of the walls with storage solutions like shelves or cabinets. You’ll be able to store a large number of items while taking up just a tiny bit of floor space. This is far more efficient than having things scattered all around the floor, and you’ll quickly start to realize just how much stuff can fit within your carport when it is organized correctly.
Establish Specific Sections
One of the frustrating experiences you can have as a carport owner is heading out to find something you need, only to quickly discover that you have no idea where you should look for that item. It doesn’t do much good to keep all of these things on your property if you can’t find them when you need them.
As a solution, establish sections for your various types of supplies and equipment in the carport. For example, one corner could be dedicated to lawn care gear, while another corner is reserved for automotive-related items. The sections you create will obviously depend on the kinds of things you store, but the benefit of this system is obvious. You’ll start your search for an item with a targeted area inside the carport, and you’ll cut down the search time significantly. If your needs evolve over the years, simply revise your sections and move things around as necessary.
Adding the Space You Need
Storage space is one of those things that always seem to run out when you need it most. By adding a carport to your property, you can create a significant amount of valuable storage space without spending a fortune.
American Carports, Inc., is a trusted carport supplier with a long history of durable products and excellent customer service. You can use our easy Build & Price tool to create the custom carport that fits your storage needs. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions and we’ll be happy to help. Let’s get started today!