Best New Storage Solutions
Make the most of your underused garage and closet space with the organization innovations on display at the International Builders' Show
You'd be surprised how much gear you can jam into just a few feet of space. The editors of TOH certainly were, and as we scoured the International Builders' Show we found a few great storage solutions for our admittedly disheveled closets and garages. Cut through the clutter (or just make the most of your space) with a few of the following items.Gladiator's Air Box is basically a compressor in a cabinet—sounds simple, but it cleverly eliminates two of the major problems homeowners have with small compressors: storage and noise. The conceptual product's vented steel housing dampens noise, reels in air hoses, and converts a clunky shape into a functional work surface. Not yet on the market; Gladiator.
Gladiator's garage-ready Laundry Suite was definitely the toughest looking washer-dryer combo at IBS, and if the product makes it out of the conceptual stages, it could prove to be one of the most practical as well. Integral channels on each side allow users to add hooks, baskets, hangers, and other space-saving storage solutions. Not yet on the market; Gladiator.
Like a Murphy bed for tools, the Folding Work Surface unfolds to a horizontal position when in use and tucks into the wall when you're finished. Shelves on the rear store equipment for easy access when the work begins. Approx. $250; Gladiator.
With a bank of colorful miniature doors lined up like paint samples, the Clopay booth's menagerie of overhead doors added a little glamour to the garage. Semi-custom wood choices include several historically accurate carriage-house designs, and the contemporary Avante collection combines frosted glass with sleek aluminum panels. See Colpay for pricing.
This in-home storm shelter made of Kevlar and steel provides a safe haven in Category 5 hurricanes and F5 tornados. When the weather's calm, the foundation-anchored structure can double as a closet or powder room. It's ventilated, receives cell phone signals, and installation in an existing home takes less than a day. Approx. $6500 for a 4x6-foot room; Approx. $9000 for 7x10, installed. Dupont.
Don't have room for a walk-in? Add a Luxe wardrobe conveyer to your closet and cycle through your wardrobe via a motorized oval rack. The dry cleaner-style rig delivers your favorite shirt with the push of a button, taking full advantage of your 6-by-4-foot-3-inch space. Check Luxe for pricing.
Mingo's Jewelry Closet Cabinet holds over 36 necklaces, 72 pairs of earrings, and 40 rings, all behind a full-length mirror in which you can admire your bedazzled self. Available as a surface-mounted or recessed cabinet, jewelry not included. See Mingo for pricing.
The custom wood shelves designed and installed by The Neat Freaks almost look too good to hide behind a closet door. Ventilated slats in ash come in a choice of six finishes, and the company also specializes in wine racks, pantry systems, or slatted closet inserts. The Neat Freaks
Emancipate your closet with a ride on the Schulte Storage's Freedom Rail. Mix and match hooks, baskets, and cubbies that all function as part of an integrated system. The custom models, specialized for walk-ins, reach-ins, garages, offices, or kids' rooms, combine ventilated wire shelving with a choice of three types of wood. See Schulte Storage for pricing.