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Transform your Garage into a Home Gym

transform your garage into a home gym

The beginning of Autumn is the perfect time to join the gym except that it gets dark early and its getting colder each week. Gym’s can also be expensive, intimidating and overcrowded. An alternative is to transform your garage into a home gym.

Creating a home gym doesn’t need to be an expensive exercise and you can expand on it and the equipment as you build up your enthusiasm for exercise. Best of all its extremely convenient and it gives you an opportunity to finally clean up your garage space and make better use of that expensive realestate.

Transform your Garage into a Home Gym

Below I have outlines a few key steps in getting started with creating your home gym.

Determine what type of exercise you enjoy

We all know the benefits of exercise but let’s face it, it can be hard work. Finding a range of exercise that you enjoy is the key to getting started. This can be running, biking, weights, aerobics style exercise and even yoga. Its important to define what you enjoy and what you want to have in your home gym.

From here you need to begin your basic plan of what equipment you might need (or start with) and how you will likely lay it out and how much space it will take up.

Clean Up and Clean Out Your Garage

The next step is to clear out your garage and clean it up. The key principles with cleaning and reorganising your garage is to categories all of the items lying on the ground. This can include gardening tools, general tools, car related equipment, supplies etc.
Once everything that is on the floor is placed into piles you can then begin to work out where to store it all. Remember that you will need to allocate space for the actual gym itself.

Its not a matter of just shoving everything out of the way to make the necessary room, this is an opportunity to clean and reorganise your garage. You will be staring at it each time you use the gym, so don’t make the experience any more painful than it needs to be.

How much space do you need?

This all depends on the equipment you will likely utilise. In my case my garage gym is about 1.5m wide and 3m deep. I have a bench and free weights. I also have stool to hold by ez-curl barbel. I also have a small wall that holds my spare weights.
If you are going to invest in a running machine, you will probably need a little more room. Its not only the machinery that you need to think about, its also the air around it. Most garages are dirty, dusty, and sometimes mouldy. Therefore its important to clean the space regularly.

If you are keen on sit-ups and stretches, its important to have enough room for you mat as well.using slatwalls for home gym

Storing your equipment

When you transform your garage into a home gym you will end up with more items in your garage. Storing your gym equipment the right way will keep it easy to access as well as clean and protected. The last thing you want is additional hazards with dumbells all over the ground.

Storewall’s waterproof and highly durable slatwall panels make it super easy to store your gym equipment. Our broad range of hooks are locked into the slatwall with CamLok ensuring that weights are secure and don’t fall off the wall.

Combining our 2.4 slatwall panels with our brackets also means that larger barbels can be stored. You can also add our bins and brackets to store equipment such as medicine balls, skipping ropes and other smaller sporting equipment.

Storewall Gym Package

These are the items that we would recommend you consider from Storewall to when you decide to transform your garage into a home gym:

  • 1 case – 2.4m Standard Duty wall panels (4 panels/case)
  • 16 – InstallStrips (you can also screw the wall panels directly into your wall)
  • 5 – Cradle Hooks
  • 5 – Heavy Duty Cradle Hooks
  • 7 – Universal Hooks
  • 3 – 63mm Single Hooks
  • 3 – 127mm Single Hooks
  • 1 – 190mm Single Hook
  • 3 – Heavy Duty Utility Hooks
  • 2 – Small Angle Baskets
  • 2 – U Hooks
  • 1 – Six Prong Hook
  • 3 – Heavy Duty Universal Hooks
  • 2 – Angle Hooks

In conclusion, home gyms can be a great investment for your health but also your family’s health. Having exercise equipment around the home and having people actually use them means that even the younger generation can get motivated to exercise and try equipment even if it is just for fun.

The best advise I can provide in terms of exercise programs is to find the exercise you enjoy the most and begin with those. As you start to build strength and stamina you gradually begin varying the exercises so that you don’t get bored.

And finally remember a home gym in your garage does not need to cost you a lot. Its more about the exercise than what the room eventually looks like.

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Slatwall Panels

storewall heavy duty wall panels

Slatwall Panels are a popular way to dress up your garage and store most of the things you have lying around taking up floor space and causing a hazard. Storewall Australia brings superior wall mounted storage solutions to Australia to through a great range of hard wearing and secure wall panels that you can use in your garage, home, workshop and retail store.

Storewall Slatwall Panels

Storewall’s slatwall panels are much more than your ordinary slatwall. The range of colours includes the popular Weathered Grey, Rustic Cedar, Global Pine, Dover White, Brite White, and Graphite Steely. However it isn’t just the colour selection that makes them so unique. Our wall panels are significantly stronger and more substantial than conventional wall panels. They are also waterproof, recyclable and easily cleaned.

Storewall’s panels have a patented profile, designed to accept the exclusive InstallStrip for easy installation and a beautiful screw free appearance. HeavyDuty panels are molded, solid core, so the colour and finish goes throughout the panel. Panels carry a 10 year Warranty.

Installing Slatwall Panels

Most slatwall panels are installed using screws which fasten the panel directly to your plaster or concrete wall. In order to conceal the screws and offer a clean finish, colour screws are used. The challenge with going directly into the wall however is that the strength of the wall panel and what can hang off it eg hooks and shelves can be limited.

Storewall’s Slatwall Panels can be installed simply and easily with our Installstrip solution. Installstrips are metallic strips which sit behind the wall panels and are installed with screws directly on your wall. The wall panels are them clipped directly to the install strips. There are no unsightly visible screws or fasteners and the strips attach to any surface; wood, plasterboard, concrete or concrete block. You can add or change panels at any time. Installation couldn’t be easier or look better.

Range of Sizes

To make installation easy, Storewall panel’s come in two sizes, the 1.2m panels and the 2.4m panels. The dimension of each panel options are:

Standard Duty

  • 2.4m range – 2438.4mm x 304.8mm x 16.7mm (covers 0.74m squared)
  • 1.2m range – 1219mm x 304.8mm x 16.7mm (covers 0.37m squared)

Heavy Duty

  • 2.4m range – 2438.4mm x 381mm x 17.7mm (covers 0.92m squared)
  • 1.2m range – 1219mm x 381mm x 17.7mm (covers 0.46m squared)


Beyond the Slatwall Panel however, Storewall gives you the ability to add heavy duty accessories such a Hooks (over 12 sizes), baskets, brackets and shelves. Each of these accessories is not only hooked onto the wall panels but it is also locked in using CamLok, the unique locking mechanism that only Storewall offers.

There are plenty of slatwall system available in the marketplace but Storewall is not your ordinary slatwall panel.


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Heavy Duty Garage Hooks

storewall heavy duty cradle hook

Over the years I have inherited several large ladders that I use for jobs around the house. These jobs include cutting trees branches, repairs on the roof and general painting and other maintenance. These ladders are stored in my garage, in fact on the garage floor against the wall. They take up room and can be a nuisance. So I invested a little time looking at heavy duty garage hooks that would allow be to remove them from the floor and have then handing on the wall, out of the way.

There are lots of garage hooks on the market and they aren’t all the same. Looking for a heavy duty garage hook, I was keen on it being large enough to hold a large ladder and durable enough that I could remove and return the ladder easily without the worry that upon re-entry I would damage the hook. Finally, the garage hook needed to be able to hold enough weight for an even heavier ladder if possible.

StoreWALL Garage Hooks

Garage hooks are not just for ladders and following my research at my local Bunnings store, I found a large gap in the variety of hooks and how they can be added to a wall. StoreWALL’s range of hooks is big and its range of heavy duty hooks is impressive. They not only provide hooks for ladders but also for poles, rakes, bikes and even wheel barrows and larger items.

When StoreWALL labels a garage hook as Heavy Duty it means its fitted with the exclusive all-metal CamLok™. This amazing device helps keep accessories locked in place… until you decide to move them. An easy turn of the CamLok and your hook stays in position and it stays in position when you lift your gear or tool off that hook. In addition to CamLok they also feature Soft Touch Covers, durable powder coating and the use of heavy gauge industrial grade steel.


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Doing More With Garage Shelving

Best use of shelves

Whether it’s elaborate, sleek, wood, plastic, deep or shallow, when you’re organizing your spaces, nothing is quite as simple and functional as well-placed garage shelving. Shelves are an easy way to make use of your wall space getting them off your floors, tables and counters. And unlike cabinets tthey don’t require you to open doors.

Here are a few tips and tricks for more effective shelf use:

Being shallow can be a good thing.

Using shelves that are way too big for the items you need to store is a giant waste of space, and an effective organization killer. Keep shelves the proper size – use garage shelves that are as deep as the items you want to put on them.

If you need to reach behind an item to get to something else, you risk knocking or pulling things off the shelf you didn’t want to. If items fall off your cluttered shelf they can break, or even worse, they can cause injury.

StoreWALL Shelve Depths

StoreWALL offers a great range of shelf depths:

  • 127mm shelf – Used for small items such as spices, picture frames or bottles of household cleaners. They come in different lengths to fit all your spaces and mount easily into storeWALL wall panels. StoreWALL panels make adjusting and moving shelves really easy
  • 254mm shelf – Perfect for bigger items such as boxes and books of all sizes
  • 381mm shelf – Ideal for large items such as kitchen appliances, softdrink cases or laundry baskets.

Don’t let them buckle under pressure.

The internet is a great tool for spreading new, creative ideas. While many of these ideas look great, you have to sometimes wonder how much the shelves can actually hold before they rip out of your wall and dump everything sitting on them onto the ground.

Make sure any shelf you hang is rated to safely hold the amount of weight you want to set on it. StoreWALL shelves are made from lightweight thermoplastic that’s also incredibly strong. Using InstallStrips with your wall panels ensures they can safely hold the recommended weight.


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Garage Shelving Solutions

garage shelving

If you are building your new home or have just finished renovating and a clean, organised garage is on your list of things to do then look to StoreWALL for your garage shelving solutions.

StoreWALL has been providing premium garage storage solutions in the US for over a decade and is now also available in Australia. The StoreWALL range of garage shelving is supported by a long list of accessories covering hooks, baskets, bins and brackets. These are then secured to the StoreWALL panels with the exclusive CamLok secure locking system.

Storewall garage sherlving solutions

Having recently updated my garage and reviewed a range of shelving and garage storage solutions, I found that a garage needs both shelves and wall panels. I found I needed shelves to store the large items like suitcases, rugs, tables and chairs but also hooks, brackets and baskets to keep the things I need to access regularly. The biggest challenge I found with the shelving I purchased was that whilst it stored everything really well, getting things out of it to use was not so easy.

Garage Shelving Solutions

heavy duty shelving
Garage Shelving Solutions

StoreWALL can compliment and heavy duty garage shelving solution you choose to use with its Standard and Heavy Duty Wall Panels. These are fitted to any bare wall you have with our exclusive InstallStrips which adds support to anything you then want to hang of your wall. Once your Wall Panels are on, you can then choose from 30 plus accessories which can hang or hold all of the things you want out of the way but not out of reach.

Think about you beach equipment like boogie boards which are regularly needed over the summer months. If soccer, basketball or football is played by the kids during the winter you will want these items off the garage floor but easy accessed by the kids.

storewall garage shelving solutions

The best way to get started with reorganising your garage is to strip it as bare as possible and to then group your items. Start with two groups covering things that you might need once or maybe twice a year and the other items that you will need more regularly. You can then further split this regular group into gardening, sports, summer and others.

Garage Shelving can then be used for the long term storage items and a combination of StoreWALL accessories can be used for the regular access items. Jump into our website and browse through each of the product categories to see what our range offers and how it can help you.

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April is Organisation Month

slatwall messy garage

April is organisation month and we are focusing on organising your garage so that it can be everything it can be. A real slatwall messy garageopportunity to take the project on, and to see it through and reclaim your garage.

One month from today, you could have a garage that is actually a pleasure to spend time in. A place where you can easily find what you need. A place where you can accomplish things: fixing something old, building something new, finding your inner peace, etc. Times change, seasons change and ideas change, so what we store and how we store it should change accordingly. Having a flexible organisation system is very important.

StoreWALL can be the foundation of every wall storage and organisation project in your garage, workshop, gym or laundry. Tough enough to perform in any environment, our panels are waterproof, mould and mildew resistant and performance guaranteed. Plus, storeWALL panels are resistant to nicks, scratches and chipping! Storage and organisation at your finger tips! Further more, StoreWALL is easy to install with installSTRIPS, which attach easily to any surface.

And accessories, let’s not fail to mention the storeWALL accessories! Accessories that are built rugged and look great; the storeWALL hooks, baskets and shelves are the perfect storage solution for all of your garage storage and home organisation needs. The exclusive camlok keeps the accessory, and your stuff, in place yet allows for easy repositioning.

Get Organised

This includes dusting, wiping, sweeping, mopping, etc. And speaking of “organised” – take the time to organise your items. Group items together according to tools, lawn and garden equipment, sports and recreational equipment, automotive, seasonal decor, etc. Trash, donate or recycle items that are broken or haven’t been used in quite a awhile. Doing this step now will make the last step much easier.


Measure your space! It’s important to know the exact measurements and the layout of the space that you’re going to utilise. Now is also the time to choose the desired colour of your wall panels and some accessories to at least get you started.


Whether you’re a DIYer or you’re going to have a local installer/contractor install the panels for you, they need to be secured to the wall. We recommend InstallSTRIPS.


Now for the real fun! Arrange your hooks, baskets and shelves on the wall panels and then organise your stuff on the accessories. storeWALL accessories are so simple to use that you can move them, change them or reposition them in seconds, yet they lock in place with the twist of the camlok.

So, there you have it, getting organised in organisation month can be pretty easy. storeWALL can easily and quickly bring your garage to order based on your needs and personal style. So go ahead and tackle this project, storeWALL will certainly exceed your expectations.

Oh, here’s one last important tip for after the project is complete in order to keep your garage organized and de-cluttered. Remember to put things where they belong after you’re done using them! A place for everything and everything in its place!

storeWALL…Walls That Work!