Closet Tips & Trends for 2019

closet tipsAre you tired of being embarrassed about the closet spaces in your home? Maybe it’s time to invest in a new closet design for 2019. After all, Spring is March 20thand Spring cleaning often means getting your home storage options in tip-top shape. If it’s time to organize, here are some design ideas that houzz.com listed recently. We loved the tips so much, we decided to share.

At Garage Décor and More we will visit your home for a free consultation. Whether you need more storage in your basement, master bedroom, or garage, we can help. The first tip offered for a closet re-design in this particular article applies to any organizational project you may have: figure out your storage needs beforeyou begin the process.

Before you start designing, it’s best to start decluttering. Go through your closet(s) and get rid of items you no longer need or wear. Invite your friends over for a movie night, asking if they want any of the items you’ve accumulated over the years or donate the unwanted items to a local organization. Some re-sale shops even will pay you for name brand clothing and accessories. Once you have a better idea what needs re-organization in your closet space, it’s easier to think about its design. Otherwise, you’ll be designing storage for items you don’t even use.

Your clothing will take up a certain amount of space. Folded sweaters, for example, take up 9-15 inches of linear space each. Pants or jeans on the hanger will require up to 50 inches of vertical space. Planning on storing winter coats and jackets in the closet you are redesigning? They can take up even more room in your closet! When designing a closet, it’s also important to figure out how many dresses you own or blouses and skirts for work. Do you attend many formal affairs each year? Make sure you have room for those formal dresses and suits. Depending on the clothing, the space needed will vary.

One recommended way to maximize space in a closet design is to utilize corner shelving. In a corner, you can hang clothes or store your purses and suitcases. If you don’t have enough space for a corner shelf, it’s ok to have the panel overlap. It still gives you access to store items you may not use as often, or seasonal items like winter clothes and boots.

A trip to an island sounds good after a long, cold winter, but it’s just as desirable when you’re dreaming of a master bedroom closet redesign. If there is room in your closet, including an island in the plans can be life-changing. Similar to a kitchen island, it’s ideal to have at least 36-inches of a walkway on each side. 30-inches or 24-inches may work, but you’ll be sacrificing some clearance and mobility. More walkway space, means more room for pull-out drawers and more storage!

Adding a shoe rack is also a wonderful idea when re-designing your closet. Make sure you have large enough “shoe cubbies” to store your shoes. Women’s shoes range anywhere from 5 ½ – 10 inches wide, while a man’s pair of shoes can be 6 ½ -10 ½ inches wide. At Garage Décor and More, we will design plenty of space for your shoes and also your winter boots, keeping them organized and well-kept.

Higher-end closets also offer room for a bench to sit. It’s an ideal place to put shoes and stockings on, and typically benches can be installed under higher windows or below drawer storage if an island is also in the plans. A place for accessories is also a wonderful addition to anyone looking to upgrade their closet, offering homeowners a place for their purses, jewelry, neckties, and more. A jewelry tray can be added to one of the drawers in the newly designed space, installed either in the island or in a drawer near a vanity.

At Garage Décor and More, our stylish Redline Closet organization systems offer high-quality solutions for your closet re-design. With so many colors and styles to choose from, your new closet will be a customized to fit your exact needs. Your friends and family will envy your new, beautiful closet for decades! Redline cabinets offer dovetail construction, multiple finishes and heavy-duty tracks. Isn’t it time to get organized? Call us today for your free consultation at (618) 789-7969.

Garage Flooring Trends for 2019

garage flooringToday, garages can really WOW your neighbors and your guests. If you use your garage door entrance more often than your front door, it may be time to consider a flooring update. With the new year comes new ideas and fresh new looks, and updated flooring in your garage can really make a difference in its overall aesthetic. Looking to update your garage this season? Here are some ideas to consider.

Give your garage floor a “textured” look.

Want to make your garage floor “pop”? Polymer coating in a textured look can really add visual interest to your garage flooring. It’s not actually textured, because that would make it hard to clean, but it’s speckled which helps make the floor look clean – even when it’s not. It is a beautiful way to update your existing space while also offering you the benefit of minimizing the look of dirt and grime that can sometimes go hand-in-hand with owning a garage. Interested? Give Garage Décor and More a call and we can show you the variety of styles and colors to choose from.

Go neutral.

What’s currently trending aren’t the bold, bright colors for interior design. Neutral colors are an ideal decorating tip for 2019. If you pick a gray or a khaki for your flooring, the odds are your garage will match your existing car…or any car you purchase in the future! Browns and tans also work well, and you’ll want to consider matching any existing cabinetry as well. Think that you may be interested in new cabinets this year? We can help you with a cabinet update, too!

Sleek styles rule!

The cold, rough look of concrete isn’t trending like the sleek and polished look of a coated or tiled garage floor. Garage Décor and More offers Lock-tile flooring that is perfect for a quick installation project and for heavy-duty and high traffic areas. With Lock-tile, you’ll love the sophisticated looks like checkerboard flooring and more. It offers homeowners a variety of style choices, customizing your garage to not only look fabulous but also will protect the flooring for many, many years to come.

Today’s overall trends include lighter colors over darker ones, increasing in popularity for 2019 and beyond. Another color, blonde, is believed to be making a big comeback. So, if you think it may be time to update the shelving and more in your beloved garage, start to think about the lighter colors you prefer. With light colors, rooms typically look more spacious, too! Other style ideas include large-formatted tiles, like the ones that Lock-tile can offer, offering a European-flair that’s been popular for a while and continues to trend.

If 2019 is the year for a garage overhaul we can help! All of our flooring options are heavy-duty and built to last. We take protecting your home, warehouse or commercial space seriously, and our products have been used by countless users in all kinds of settings. And, because we offer no-hassle quotes, what do you have to lose? Contact us today for quote at (618) 789-7969 or learn more about our flooring, cabinets, and more by visiting our website at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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Unique Home Office Spaces to Keep You Organized

home officeDo you find that bills are scattered throughout the home and school homework is getting lost in the shuffle? It may be time to create a home office work space! With a little planning and imagination, a work-friendly space can be created in your home that emerges from a spare corner, a few inches of a wall, or other unique area. Here are some clever ideas for turning that “extra spot” into a practical home office.

Everyone loves a corner office.

If you have a corner in your home not being used to its fullest potential, think about creating an office work zone. Even a formal living room can turn into a home office simply by sneaking in a table, chair, storage, and a few office accessories. Redline closet systems were built to impress and are just one solution our clients use to turn that unused space into one you’ll love again. Many manufacturers simply offer “collections” to satisfy your organizational needs. With Redline, we can give you choices to create your own look, not sacrificing style or quality.

Put that bare wall to work!

Limited space? That bare wall in the living room can be a valuable asset if you’re trying to create a home office. Put that wall space to work by installing floating shelves or bookcases that offer practical solutions. If your living room is large enough to accommodate an office, make sure this multifunctional room looks good aesthetically with its new purpose. Stay true to its existing color and décor, keeping any additional furniture from the traffic flow of the room. With over 30 door styles and color choices, our storage solutions will complement any room in the house.

Another reason why it’s the favorite room in the house.

Adding a desk and office storage into an existing kitchen is a popular idea for homeowners because a simple architectural detail can be a practical way to add a home office. Garage Décor and More have options available for creating a message center, kitchen desk and file storage that will help organize all of those papers, tucking them nicely into a desk drawer or filing cabinet. A “nook” is really all you need to make a spot work for you when wanting to add a home office!

The multi-tasking bedroom.

Ah, the sanctuary that is your bedroom! Why not add a work space to it since it’s already a place tucked away from the rest of the home? Since you really only use your bedroom at night, take advantage of any additional space during other times of the day for your home office. Garage Décor and More offers ideal solutions that will tastefully match your existing decor. We can recommend the best multi-use cabinets from either Contur, Redline or even wall organization systems from StoreWall. If you have storage room under your bed, it’s a perfect place to hide any office-related items that may not be needed on a regular basis. These items can be stashed under the bed in wicker-baskets or storage boxes.

Garage Décor and More designs and installs custom organization systems in St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan area. We offer free consultations and personalized service so that your custom organizational system fits your space, needs and budget. We can show you the many solutions we offer, helping you create the perfect home office space! Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (618) 789-7969 or visit us online at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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Getting Your Gift Wrapping Supplies Organized

gift wrapping suppliesWith the holidays approaching, it’s fun to start thinking about gift exchanges, shopping excursions and Christmas lists. Most of us have a long to-do list this time of year, filled with parties and event schedules. Wouldn’t it be ideal to be organized this holiday season? One way to feel less stress is to create a gift-wrapping station that can be utilized for holidays, crafts or any celebration happening year-round.

Garage Décor and More offers many ways to transform your existing home or work space into an ideal gift-wrapping mecca! If you are looking to be more organized, we can help. Here are some tips to creating a successful wrapping station.

Countertop Space is Key

Countertop space is important when wrapping gifts. If you have a lot of gifts that require wrapping, bows, tags and more, having a counter top space that’s the right height, depth and width will make your wrapping much more efficient. We can add just the right amount of counter space to your existing garage or home office to make wrapping a breeze.

Storage Spaces

Having an ideal countertop/work space is crucial, but it’s equally important to have easy access to all of the supplies needed to make the magic happen! Serious gift-wrappers also know they need a place to store everything from wrapping paper to bows, gift-bags and ribbons. Storing the paper and keeping it intact, crinkle-free and unharmed by the elements is equally important. The countertop can be used throughout the year for crafts and more, but the wrapping paper and other embellishments needs to be kept safely tucked away until needed. One of our storage systems, like the Contur or Redline Cabinets, is ideal for a wrapping station that offers a tidy, uncluttered look any time of the year.

Another option for a storage system is our Slatwall organizational system, one that provides flexible shelving for your scissors, gift bags, and more. When everything has a place, it’s easier to store it and also find it when you need it most. Clients love the “open concept” to this storage as well! It’s easy to find what you are looking for because the “Grab and Go” Baskets and bags display your items perfectly. And, depending on the size of your items, they can be stored in the Storbox or Shelfbox systems.

Make it Match

If you have a corner or wall space in an existing room that you’d love to turn into your wrapping/craft station, we can help. We can create a look for you that blends seamlessly into whatever space you have, offering a lot of storage potential in a small area. Our different lines of closet organizational systems are fully customizable, offering our customers many options to choose from when looking to create something personalized. Matching your existing décor is easy, and we can help make a gift-wrapping workspace that not only looks amazing but is highly functional, too.

Garage Décor and More designs and installs custom organization systems in St. Clair County, Illinois and Madison County, Illinois as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan area. We offer free consultations and personalized service so that your custom organizational system fits your space, needs and budget. It’s the perfect time to create the holiday gift-wrapping station you’ve always wanted! Let us show you the many solutions we offer. Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (618) 789-7969 or contact us here.

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Organizing Your Child’s Nursery

organizing your child's nurseryWhether or not it’s your first child you’re expecting or your third, preparing a nursery can be a stressful experience. There are so many fine details to hammer out and as a nesting mother or their spouse, you want to ensure everything is perfect for your little one. While designing and decorating the nursery may be a fun, exciting part of baby preparation, figuring out ways to keep it organized is another important part of the whole process.

Here are some helpful tips on organizing your child’s nursery.

Start with the Basics

Deciding on what area rug looks best and how to arrange the gallery wall are not the most pressing matters of the nursery. Your baby first needs a place to sleep and be changed, as well as storage for “all things baby”. Start by looking for a crib, preferably a newer model to align with safety regulations. You can learn more about baby crib safety by visiting the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website here.

Revamp the Changing Table

Not every nursery has an abundance of room to fit all baby-related items comfortably, especially if your new nursery is sharing space with a guest room or home office. This is where you have to get creative and decide what is absolutely necessary for you and your baby. An easy way to save space is to combine the dresser and changing table. Pick a dresser with lots of storage and make sure it is anchored to the wall. Add a secured changing pad to the top, and you’ve got a changing table, too.

Use Closet Space to Your Advantage

No matter if your closet is large and spacious or small and cramped, it is possible to make the most of your space when organizing. Redline Closet Systems offers customizable closet solutions to meet your needs, regardless of available space. There is even a soft close option for drawers so your little one’s fingers don’t get smashed when they are old enough to start exploring. You can also check out these closet accessories that have options for storing toys and items large and small.

Verticalize It

It’s smart to use your wall space for storage. Using StoreWALL is an easy way to store toys, lotions, diapers and more when you’re limited on space. Storing things on the wall is also a great way to keep things out of reach from your little one when they start crawling. Not only does it free up limited floor space, it can create an interesting, creative aesthetic on your nursery room walls.

Categorize the Clothes

As an expectant mother, you most likely have more baby clothes than you know what to do with in an assortment of sizes. It’s wise to organize the clothes in three different categories: what fits now, what will fit in the future and what has already been outgrown. Keep what fits now nearby and easily accessible. What will fit in the future can be stored in the closet that is easy to get to, but out of the way of what fits now. What has already been outgrown can be placed to the side, under the crib or in the basement, ready to donate or hand down to family members or friends.

Keep the Crib Clean

Although you want the crib area to have toys and interesting decor for the baby to admire when in their crib, eliminate what you actually hang on the wall. If there are a lot of things hanging over the crib, the risk of things falling onto your baby increases. Avoid hanging more than a mobile over the crib so your baby stays safe. It’s also important to not place too many items in the crib when the baby is small for fear of suffocation. Rely on one of Garage Décor and More’s closet organization systems for storage of items your baby can play with and admire doing the day, and keep out of their crib at night.

Once you have all of your nursery organization needs taken care of, you can begin the fun part: decorating and design! For any storage needs you may have for your nursery, visit garagedecorandmore.com or call (618) 789-7969 for a free consultation. One of our experts will help make the most of your space!