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It’s Time to Organize the Garage

This is a guest post by Rubbermaid employee Chris Young who works in our plant in Ohio! Be sure to give him lots of comment love :)

My current organization method for the space consisted of 15 to 20 totes, 5 gallon buckets and an old vertical storage cabinet. It was not a very efficient storage method. The picture below gives you a good idea of what it looked liked.

Before
This wall has 20 feet of space and I decided the best organization solution for me was to use Rubbermaid FastTrack cabinets.  After sketching multiple cabinet options, we decided to go with 2 tall upright cabinets with 4 upper and 3 lower cabinets.

Top rail After clearing the space, the first step was to install the upper rail. This was honestly the hardest part of the install.  An extra set of hands would have been great to help with leveling the rail while holding it in place. 

Due to the weight of the cabinets (1,200 lbs) and their contents, we used 2 2.5” drywall screws in every wall stud. (Please see assembly instructions or call Rubbermaid Consumer Service for exact specifications on installation methods) 

After the rail was up the install of the upper cabinets began.  Assembly could not have been easier.  1 Cabinets without doors wall mount bracket and 4 cam screws per vertical panel are all that you need to manually attach the cabinets to the wall.  I used a screwdriver to attach these components to avoid stripping/misaligning them. 

Once the bracket and cam screws are attached hang the vertical panels from the rail.  Then take the fixed shelves and attach to vertical panels by tightening the cam locks.  Turn them 180 degrees and that’s it.  Adjustment screws on the wall mount bracket will level the unit.  Attach the angle brackets to secure to the wall and you are done.  To the right is what the upper rail components looked like after this step.   

Doors in box Next step was to install the lower rail in between the two tall cabinets.  Assembly was the same as the upper cabinets and went quickly.  In one of the lower cabinets we went with drawers instead of doors.  If you go this route I would encourage you to install the drawer slides prior to assembling the cabinet.  This will make the install go much quicker. 

Once the lower cabinets were assembled it was time for the doors.  This was the part of the project that I was not looking forward to.  I was surprised to find that it was quite simple to assemble and adjust the doors for a great fit.  The tall cabinets have locks on them and took a little bit of time to assemble.  All told the install took about 14-16 hours over several days to complete.  Below is a picture of the almost finished product.  Last thing I need to do is install a countertop!

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One Response to It’s Time to Organize the Garage

  1. Michelle July 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Thanks for this post it is really going to help me with a clients Garage next weekend and I know what products they will be buying

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