Spring is nearly here, and it won't be long before your college student is coming home for the summer, bringing along all of the things she/he needed to furnish a dorm room or apartment. There not only will be extra blankets and clothing -- there may be kitchen supplies and utensils that will be needed in the fall when the young student once again heads back to school. Or maybe a married son or daughter needs to move back in with a spouse. They will also have things that need to be stored. Of course as a homeowner, you may also need some extra storage space yourself.
Now comes the big question: Where are you going to store all of those items?
Advanced Door of Ogden has the answer.
"If you have enough room above the garage door you can use a ceiling rack," said Kyle Gomm, who along with Bryce Clark, owns and operates Advanced Door.
The company has been selling the HyLoft ceiling storage system for about a year now, and it does more than just create a place to put things.
If the storage system is installed at the front of the garage no one can see it when the door is open, said Gomm.
"It makes your garage cleaner, and thieves think there is nothing to steal," said Gomm.
The ceiling rack may also be installed at the back of the garage if there is no room above the garage door. And it is adjustable, so it can be used for different size items.
"It keeps things up and out of the way," Gomm said. "Sometimes a garage gets so full, you can't park a car in it."
The ceiling rack is convenient and makes it easy to get to your belongings, unlike renting a storage unit. The ceiling rack is yours and can be used for a variety of storage needs, from the Christmas tree to sports equipment to seasonal clothing.
"It depends on how much weight you want to carry up and down the ladder to store them," Gomm said.
The ceiling rack can also be installed in a basement or attic, and there is a smaller rack that can be put into closets or other rooms.
"This is something do-it-yourselfers can install," Gomm said. "They work well with Tupperware or Rubbermaid bins."
Other storage systems available include bike racks that can be suspended from the ceiling and tire racks to hold tires that are not in use. Sometimes vehicle owners use spiked tires for winter driving and change to summer or all-season tires when the ice and snow are gone.
Heavy duty, 4-foot-by-8-foot shelves are great for use on unfinished or finished walls and may be used in a fruit room or other type of storage room besides the garage.
"They are the super heavy duty kind not sold in the home improvement stores," Gomm said.