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    36 Practical Things To Buy If You Have A Garage

    Because you might not have thought to keep a bug catcher on-hand.

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    1. A hand crank extension cord winder you'll cherish for all the times it'll save you from tripping over rogue wires., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is an absolute no-brainer for your garage. I have mine in my garage and a nice 150-foot 16/3 cord allows me to use it all over my garage, driveway and most of my front lawn and almost to the back of my house. The cord, again, is nice and straight with no kinks so it's easy to use for tools. Then, when I am done, it takes about 20 seconds of turning the crank to reel it all back in. I've had mine for about 18 months and it shows no signs of wear or falling apart. Other reviewers indicate that this will last years." —M. Behnke

    Get it from Amazon for $34.20.

    2. A 44-piece drawer organizer, so every nut, bolt, screw, or washer will always have a designated home.

    the drawer organizer filled with various nuts and bolts

    Promising review: "This is going to make my life in the garage so much easier and save me from countless hours of searching around for little items all over the shop. Now all the little items are all in their own drawer and nicely labeled. I use it for things like nuts, bolts, markers, washers, spacers, small tools, wire nuts, drill bits, taps, air compressor fittings and tire pressure gauges. i will be ordered another one or two to fill up with a full Drill bit index and tap set to hang next to my drill press. This is a fantastic little storage unit. better than cheap ones i have owned in the past." —corey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four sizes).

    3. A critter catcher you can use to safely trap and remove any unwanted creature that wanders into your garage. Added bonus? You MIGHT stop screaming bloody murder and running for higher ground when you see a spider.


    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry little guy your GPS brought you into my house, I will help you find your way back outside :)" —Crystal R

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in three colors).

    4. A tool chest with 16 removable bins, a must-have for anyone who spends their weekends tinkering around under their car and has managed to accumulate *quite* a few stray bits and pieces.

    a black storage chest with pull out drawers

    Promising review: "This is such a great alternative to the hugely expensive metal chests. It's indestructible. I grew out of my tool box and needed something bigger with some organizational space. But...I didn't want to spend a lot of $$$. Thus, this was the sensible option and I love it! All my tools fit and I do not have to rummage around for the right tool anymore." —Barbara M. Mahan

    Get it from Amazon for $98.71.

    5. A magnetic mesh screen to help you keep bugs and other pests from trespassing while you're enjoying some much-needed me time in the garage.

    Promising review: "I'm so happy with this! It is the perfect width and height for our two-car garage, which we pretty much use as a den/office space. Perfect solution for keeping bugs and random leaves out. We attached the velcro across the top of the actual screen first, then we secured the screen to the outside of the garage door by using five tacks (middle, midway to each corner, and at the corners) starting from the middle. When we were happy with our placement, we fished for the ends of the back of the tape to peel the sticky side exposed and pressed down. Excellent product. My neighbors are already asking where we got it from!" —Bridget

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in two sizes).

    6. A WiFi extender you'll pat yourself on the back for purchasing when you get a mental block while building that squirrel picnic table and want to pull up a YouTube video for assistance.

    the wifi extender

    Promising review: "Easy as pie to set up in five minutes. Just ignore the instructions and do the obvious. Plug it in. Look in your setting on your phone and find it. Select your router. Type in your password. Done." —Carl

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    7. A universal rubber garage door bottom that'll replace the ripped up, damaged one that probably came with your house.

    Promising review: "I laid out the rubber strip out in the sun for a few hours. Most of the kinks came out and shaped very nicely in the channels without issue. Drilled pilot holes in each panel. I put the 3- to 4.5-foot channels on first then cut the last channel twice for each end of the door so the edges would be flush. I used the supplied self-taping screws. No issues and tightened up pretty good. Used window cleaner for lubrication and I also put silicone between the channel and garage door bottom. My gaps are now gone. Great buy!!!" —Anthony Bonano

    Get it from Amazon for $36.97+ (also available in packs of two and three).

    8. An infrared heater, in case you find yourself doing most of your handiwork in the colder months and you're tired of your fingers freezing., Amazon

    Promising review: "This little gem was delivered yesterday, plugged it in this morning, and it’s been working the last six hours. I cannot tell you how pleased I am. I only wish I had 220 outlets throughout the main house. I have a detached 500 square-foot insulated garage/gym/shop and it heats the entire room up in minutes. The thermostat is doing a great job keeping the space at 64 degrees (my comfort zone) it could easily keep it warmer if I would like." —Scott E. Mayer

    Get it from Amazon for $116.99.

    9. LED garage lights so you can easily find that screw you just dropped without having a toddler-like tantrum.


    Promising review: "I’m super impressed with this light! Lit up my garage way more than I expected. I was looking to do fluorescents with LED lights throughout the garage and now may not need to. Being able to adjust the panels allows you to focus the light on a particular area or simply flood a space with light. One of the best purchases I have ever made!" —C240

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. Or mountable industrial lighting that'll literally become the *light* of your life when you see how much brighter they make your garage workspace.

    a reviewer's garage with the lighting in the top

    My father-in-law installed a set of these for me in our basement and my husband is planning to put another set in our garage. It's unbelievable how bright they make the room! Highly recommend.

    Promising review: "These lights are super bright and let me see everything!! I want to spend more time in my garage just because it’s not dark in there anymore!! Super easy to install, took about 15 minutes for both from opening the box to lights on!! I don’t have any issues with my garage door opener, controls, or WiFi capabilities. You won’t be disappointed!!" —Jesus Torres

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $49.99.

    11. A utility sink – it'll come in handy when you come home with shoes full of mud and don't want to destroy your new rug.

    a white utility sink with four gray legs

    My parents have one specifically for my mom to dye her hair (sorry for, uh, publicizing that, Mom) in so she doesn't stain their nice, new sinks.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a replacement for an old but nearly exact sink that is the only sink in my garage/auto shop. This is plenty sturdy for filling pails and cleaning heavy parts. As noted by others, the faucet is especially nice. Along with the faucet, this unit would be ideal for washing dogs up to a medium size. An excellent piece for not much money. As is usual with Amazon, it was delivered in just two days." —D OC

    Get it from Amazon for $172.99+ (available in two styles).

    12. An absorbent mat to protect your precious garage floor from oil, water, and any other mysterious liquids that might find their way inside.


    Promising review: "I unrolled this mat, butted it against the garage door threshold, and took a microcloth floor sweeper and used it to smooth the wrinkles out. It laid flat and hasn't budged with the car coming in and out of the garage. I did not need any carpet tape to hold the corners down. It is lightweight and thin however don't let that fool you. It does what it says it will. Keeps the garage clean and dry. Very easy to clean, just vacuum if dirty, rain water drip from the car evaporates quickly so I've never had to squeegee the water out. I'm very happy with this mat." —Weedpuller

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A parking mat that'll signify you should STOP driving so you don't hit your garage wall...again.


    Promising review: "We got this parking mat when we got a new car that was four inches longer than the one we had parked on the shorter side of our garage. We needed precision parking, to say the least. The great thing about this mat is the bumps are right up against each side of your tire. There's no wiggle room to let you get it wrong. Also, the first bump is big enough so you can feel it, but small enough so you easily roll over it, rather than sit partly atop it. The second, stopper bump, is tall enough so the wheel stays up against it without any chance of rolling onto it. Also, because our garage floor is concrete, we definitely had to use the sticker on the bottom to keep it in place. So far, that sticker is working well. The mat hasn't moved." —SR

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in three colors).

    14. A hoist to keep that bike you swore you were going to ride every weekend in a safe place until you actually use it., Amazon

    Promising review: "I had previously purchased these bike hoists to store a couple of mountain bikes in my garage. I have been looking for quite some time for a way to store two kayaks and found all of the kayak lifts to be too expensive. So I got the idea to order these bike hoists and try to use them with my kayaks. I am happy to report they work great and now I have a way to store the kayaks out of the way." —M. Jones

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $30.78.

    15. A cabinet that'll minimize the mess in your garage because you can fill it up then close the doors and pretend it isn't there — the best way to solve any problem, right?

    a gray double door storage cabinet

    Promising review: "These are great garage cabinets. They are easy to assemble and install. They are more durable than wooden cabinets. I've purchased four for my garage." —KLH

    Get it from Amazon for $120.53.

    16. A magnetic tray you'll be ~drawn to~ for how easily it keeps all of your tools and parts in check.

    a reviewer's metal tray with tools sticking to it

    Promising review: "This thing is great. Cheaper than smaller versions in auto parts stores, secures everything I have thrown at it. Just went out to test the magnet's strength due to another reviewer saying it couldn’t hold much, and it held a ball-peen hammer, a 10-inch socket wrench, two 10-inch crescent wrenches, a couple sockets/extensions, and some screws (tray mounted sideways). The tray obviously wasn’t designed to hold things that large but just wanted to test its abilities (and I’m sure it could hold more). Does a fine job, highly recommended." —KW

    Get it from Amazon for $11.36.

    17. A fishing rod rack you can attach to the back of your garage door to assure nothing ~fishy~ happens to them.

    a bunch of fishing rods neatly lined up inside the racks

    Promising review: "These racks are AWESOME! I heard about them from an article in our local newspaper. So glad we purchased them. They are really neat riding up and down with the garage door. Keeps the rods and reels safe and are most certainly out of the way! We like them so much we're going to purchase a couple more!" —Doolen102

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    18. Double utility hooks that'll assist in storing ladders, cords, and all kinds of power tools., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these hooks. I used them all over my garage to hang stuff from the wall. The largest ones worked great for my 8-foot ladder. The welds look good, the finish is great and the Plasti Dip is sturdy. I can highly recommend these hooks." —Manuel Ott

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $29.90.

    19. A storage system with 12 galvanized steel hooks to hold an array of items, you MIGHT just be able to see your garage floor again.

    The adjustable system is 48 inches long and arrives with all the accessories you need to mount it on your garage wall.

    Promising review: "This storage organizer is fantastic. It comes with three 16-inch rails, 12 hooks, able to hold up to 12 lbs. each, and 12 pegs, able to hold up to 5 lbs. each, thus providing plenty of storage. And even more, it helps to remove clutter from your space, be it a work area or a garage. This product gets things up and off the floor, in their place, and helps to eliminate trips and falls. I highly recommend the NZACE Wall-Mounted Storage Organizer. It is well worth the money." —Dr. C

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    20. A corner tool rack that'll hold everything from rakes and mops to hammers and brooms, and is essentially what garage dreams are made of., Amazon

    Promising review: "This tool tower is lightweight, movable, and extremely easy to put together. Six pieces, three minutes, no tools required. Though it is light, it is sturdy and stable. I have just as many tools kept in the rack as the marketing picture on Amazon, and have no issues with entanglement or anything falling over. These tools had previously taken about 10 feet of my garage wall to store, it is much more convenient to have them all consolidated into a much smaller space." —TL

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in three styles).

    21. A handy lil' golf bag organizer to keep your accessories in check until you make your PGA Championship debut.

    a reviewer's golf bag storage system

    Promising review: "This was a birthday gift for my husband. It fits perfectly in our garage, with one side just clearing the rail for the garage door. It holds everything perfectly and is right there, ready to be loaded into the trunk of his car. My husband is not a person who enjoys putting things together...but within 15 minutes he was in the garage working on this. It went together quite quickly and he was so happy with it. It was a great purchase at a good price for the quality." —Karen Simonson

    Get it from Amazon for $99.

    22. An electric air compressor combo kit that'll assure you're always prepared in case you get a flat tire or want to take on more advanced DIY projects.

    a red electric air compressor kit
    The Home Depot

    This set has 1,373 5-star reviews — so it's definitely worth the splurge. It comes with the compressor, an 16-gauge nailer, an 18-gauge nailer, and a 3/8 inch stapler. Additionally, my brother-in-law, who spends A LOT of time working on projects around the house, says he doesn't know how he ever lived without it.

    Promising review: "Super useful and too good a deal to pass up, so I bought it and I am glad I did. I was in need of a new compressor and compared to my 10-plus-year-old pancake compressor this Porter-Cable is light as a feather and quiet. I also like the dual pressure gauges. One for the tank, one for the tool pressure. I will use the 16-gauge finish nail gun for most of my work but the other gun and stapler will come in handy for certain projects. I have used them all and they work great. I have installed trim in four rooms, doors, windows, and floor mold trim and the guns have not jammed once. I think this was a great purchase and recommend it for any professional or homeowner." —Franztini

    Get it from The Home Depot for $269.

    23. Or a small shelving system specifically for your brooms, in case you're actually a witch and your collection of broomsticks has really gotten out of control.


    Promising review: "This wall mount was so easy to install! I was pleased to see it came with a stencil to pre-mark the screw holes and a website for online video instructions. They provided multiple set of screws, so you can pick the ones for your wall type (online instructions cover which to use). Took maybe five minutes to install. Would definitely recommend and will be purchasing more for garage." —Jill

    Get it from Amazon for $13.77.

    24. A place to store wood for your outdoor fireplace that probably inspired the lyrics, "I got racks on racks on racks.", Amazon

    Promising review: "We are very happy with our log holder. I no longer have a pile of wood in my garage. It is neatly stacked and has room under it so I can sweep, rake or vacuum up any debris. I would definitely recommend and would buy again if I need another." —The Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99+ (available in two sizes).

    25. A waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, so you can crank up your favorite playlist while hammering away on that birdhouse you told your sister you'd build her.

    a reviewer's photo of the speaker in blue on their work bench

    I used the Flip 4 years now and recently upgraded to the Pulse 4 and neither have failed me yet! The music is clear and crisp even when I'm using it outside at the windy beach. Definitely a fan — it does exactly what it should!

    Promising review: "I've been eyeing the Ultimate Ears Boom for years, but its $300 price tag has always stopped me. I bought the Flip 5 after borrowing my friend's Flip 4 while kayaking. It's waterproof, holds a long charge, and good sound quality (4/5-star sound). I use it whenever on the water (be aware it doesn't float, but does have a wrist strap), when working in the garage, or renovating my basement. It's great, and I don't have to think about it. Would be great if was Alexa-enabled, but that feature is only useful if you have internet (duh). For the price I paid, I cannot imagine a better deal!" —Richard

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95 (available in 14 colors).

    26. A Genie remote control for your garage door so you can quickly make an exit when you see one of your neighbors coming over to chat., Amazon

    Promising review: "I have three cars, and my garage door only came with two remotes. I got tired of switching remotes in different cars, so decided to buy this remote. I'm so glad I did. It synced to my garage door in less than five minutes and now I have three working remotes. If you need a replacement or need an additional remote for your garage door, I highly recommend this." —Spencer Davison

    Get it from Amazon for $27.75.

    27. A battery organizer that might just have you feeling ~charged up~ if you love nothing more than keeping things tidy., Amazon

    Promising review: "Well-designed and sturdy product. It solves the problem of searching for batteries when you need them. I see myself buying less batteries as now, all my batteries are neatly stored in one central location. The tester is a great feature, it takes the guess work out of what is normally a very tedious chore of find the right battery, making sure its a good battery, and determining if the problem lies with the battery or the actual device. Would highly recommend this to anyone seeking to organize their battery supply. Not some cheap plastic, but a really durable and solid product. Also makes a great gift!" —Howard NY

    Get it from Amazon for $18.24.

    28. A heavy-duty shelving unit with a weight capacity of 350 lbs. per shelf (WOW!) so the next time you get wild at Costco you won't have to fret about where to store all those cases of water you bought "just in case.",

    Promising review: "We purchased these shelves to go into a small pantry where I keep all my small appliances. Some of them are very heavy and were actually warping the wire shelves that were in there when we bought the house. I can fit all of my appliances on these shelves and not only do they easy stand up to the heavy appliances, they look great too!" —vgill

    Get it from Amazon for $40.58+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

    29. A tiered shoe rack to provide a space for your muddy, grungy boots or just the overflow of gear you won't be using during specific seasons.,

    Promising review: "This is a great storage shelf! We needed something for the garage to keep shoes. This fits perfectly next to the door. It is sturdy and well-made; very easy to assemble. I am ordering two more for closet storage. I would highly recommend!" —Jana T.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.10.

    30. Magnetic strips you can hang along your garage wall and stick your go-to wrenches, screwdrivers, hammer (and whatever other tools you've got) to safely. No more searching endlessly for the right tool on your garage floor.

    a reviewer's tools lined up on the magnetic strips on the wall

    Promising review: "I’m amazed at the strength of the magnets. It’s the perfect way to organize my tools so I don’t have to carry a heavy tool box around. It was very easy to install. I used anchors where there wasn’t a stud for more support. I chose to not use the connectors because I thought that section would give me extra magnetic space — but it didn’t. I’m very pleased with this product." —Natalie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.99+ (also available in sets of four and eight).

    31. A sturdy tire rack your spares can call home instead of being stacked in a corner, only to be covered in dirt and dust.

    four ties on the sturdy metal tire rack

    Promising review: "Installation is very straight forward and all the details you need are in the instructions along with the necessary hardware. Took me less than an hour and it’s very well-secured in place. I tested the weight capacity by doing some pull-ups on it after I was done! I only weigh 180 lbs but it was rock solid so I proceeded to put a set of tires away on it (4 x 225 width with room to spare). I can definitely trust this rack to hold four wheels with tires mounted on them with no worries in the future. I would definitely buy another and recommend this rack to anyone looking to free up some floor space in their garage. I don’t see how someone would pay for similar racks at triple the price." —Marvin

    Get it from Amazon for $52.96.

    32. Overhead storage you can attach to your garage ceiling to finally create a Santa-approved home for your Christmas decorations., Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is great in my opinion. Installing it wasn’t too bad. Though make sure you have the right measurement tools, and you’re doing the measurements with another person. It makes time go by way quicker. What I also love about this product is that my garage looks way less cluttered. We don’t have bikes to hang, but we just have a lot of decorations that need to be stored away and it just makes our lives way easier. We also store my husband's tools on top of it. I was skeptical about the weight capacity and it proved me wrong." —HelloKiwii

    Get it from Amazon for $174.99+ (available in three colors).

    33. A micro wet/dry vac that'll help you keep your garage floor so clean you could eat off of it.

    a small red shop vac

    Promising review: "This is a nice little guy for the garage. It’s loud, but it does a good job. The cord is very short, but the vac will always need to be used with an extension anyway, and the short cord makes it easy to carry and store (for those of you who actually store these things)." —Caroline Carlson

    Get it from Amazon for $53.07.

    34. A steel pegboard, so strong you won't have to worry about hearing a loud clang in the middle of the night only to discover all of your tools fell off the garage wall.


    Promising review: "After deciding that my garage needed a pegboard, I did a ton of research on traditional wood fiber, acrylic, and galvanize steel. Ultimately, I wanted something that was going to last decades, look good, and keep me motivated to build and maintain things around the house. This pegboard solution is just awesome. It looks great, super sturdy, and all of the attachments are rigid. I mounted mine on concrete with a 2-by-2 frame. If you are mounting into concrete, make sure you get your hands on a hammer drill. Super happy with it!" —Ryan D

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in five styles).

    35. A mini fridge/freezer with a retro vibe you can use to secretly store all of your favorite drinks and snacks you don't want your other family members to find.

    a red mini fridge and freezer
    galanzamericas / Via

    I have one of these adorable lil' fridges and it's as functional as it is cute! The freezer is DEEP — like fits-an-entire-ice-cream-cake deep. Definitely worthy of being added to your new and improved garage.

    Promising review: "Great fridge! Looks good. Runs efficiently and mostly silent (just a slight hum when the compressor kicks in). I purchased this one because I wanted a small fridge without a can rack on the inside of the door. Without it, this fridge has tons of storage for lots of non-soda can things! Freezer is also super roomy. This is a great product for anyone who wants a stylish appliance that works well and saves space." —REV

    Get it from The Home Depot for $259.99 (available in three colors).

    36. And a custom garage sign, because what could be more practical than claiming your territory with a beautiful crafted piece of art?

    a wooden sign that says rick's workshop est 2016 with a images of tools on each end
    3dwoodworker / Etsy

    3dwoodworker is a small business based out of Holland, Michigan that sells — you guessed it — custom made wood products!

    Promising review: "It’s absolutely beautiful! Nice strong material and looks so professional. I love it so so much! So worth the price! And it shipped so fast! I got it in three weeks!" —Sydnee Gantz

    Get it from 3dwoodworker on Etsy for $84.99+ (available in two sizes).

    How you'll enter your garage knowing you've filled it with products that are *actually* useful:

    The Walt Disney Company / Pixar

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