Failure to store a lawn mower properly can put it at a high risk of malfunctioning or breaking down, particularly for a push mower. Now you’re wondering how you can store a push mower in your garage correctly. We researched some solutions and here’s what we found.
Some of the ways you can store a lawn mower in a garage are:
- Optimize garage space
- Use a cover
- Build a shelf
It’s worth mentioning that each solution has particulars to follow to ensure the push mower won’t acquire damages from being in storage. Continue reading as we talk about these lawn mower storage solutions in greater detail.
How Do You Store A Push Mower In A Garage?
Different options are available to help you store a push mower in your garage properly. Some methods you can use are:
Optimize Garage Space
The typical lawn mower generally has a width range of 16 to 36 inches. Failure to account for its girth can lead to improper storage.
Keep in mind that the heavy components of the lawn mower should stay flat on the ground as much as possible. Space limitations due to improper optimization of the garage's space may result in lifting the push mower to an undesirable position.
If so, gravity could cause it to come crashing down, causing the unit to bring harm to itself and other objects nearby!
Make sure to take into account the size of your garage, car, and other objects in the area. For example, your garage may have the standard dimensions of 144x264 inches. Also, you might have a sedan that’s about 75x204 feet (width x length).
After taking those numbers into account, you should only have about 69x60 inches of space left for your lawn mower. So plan the placement of your car and other objects in your garage to ensure your push mower doesn’t reduce the convenience supplied by the space.
Use A Cover
Take note that an unprotected garage can bring harm to items inside it, including your lawn mower. For instance, failure to bring ideal heating and/or insulation to the space may bring temperatures down to approximately below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
Doing so may increase the risks of your lawn mower's components freezing, which might result in minor to serious problems.
Using a cover for your lawn mower can help reduce these risks. But you still need to think about certain factors to ensure that you buy the correct model. Some of the things you need to note while you’re shopping for a push mower cover are:
- Size: The cover should fit the lawn mower snuggly.
- Security: The material should be relatively easy to install and remove, but it should also protect the device from weather damage.
- Type of material: Waterproof and high UV resistance supplied by a quality cover can help reduce the dangers brought to the stored lawn mower in the garage.
Build A Shelf
You can save valuable floor space in your garage by building a shelf for your lawn mower and other items. If you want to pursue this project, the first step is to measure the available space in your garage.
Then, use a stud finder to locate and mark the studs in your garage’s wall.
After finishing those preparations, continue this task by following these steps:
What You’ll Need
- Power drill
- Hand or circular saw
- 2x4 wood (as many as needed)
- Plywood sheets (as many as needed)
- Screw a 2x4 piece of wood of appropriate length to the desired shelving height on your garage’s wall. Make sure to secure the wooden piece into the stud to prevent it from falling.
- Use a level to ensure the 2x4 is parallel to the ground. If not, make adjustments to it until it’s level.
- Attach additional 2x4s to the wall as necessary.
- Lay and screw in additional 2x4s to the initial set, which should act as extra layers.
- Cut 2x4 wooden pieces to the maximum height of the shelving using the hand or circular saw.
- Attach the 2x4 legs to the top horizontal layer of the shelving.
- Remove the legs and the horizontal layer assembly from the initial layer.
- Cut and attach wooden cleats to the first set of 2x4s.
- Attach and secure the wooden assembly you removed from step 7 to the wooden cleats.
- Lay and secure plywood sheets on top of the shelves.
After finishing the structure of the shelving, you have the option to paint and/or stain the DIY furniture. Doing so will help protect it from weather damage, which can still occur even when it’s inside the garage.
Also, adding a layer of protection to the shelving helps prevent it from structural failure that can otherwise cause your lawn mower to fall to the ground.
Don’t forget to watch the video below to see the steps mentioned above in action:
Can You Store A Push Mower Vertically?
It’s not ideal to store a push mower vertically. Doing so will put its fuel and oil reserves to seep into other areas, such as the unit’s engine. If so, it can be quite difficult to remove the unwanted liquid from the engine, which might also lead to serious complications.
Where Should I Store My Lawn Mower If I Don't Have A Garage?
You can drape a lawn mower with a high-quality cover to avoid the device from getting harmed by the elements. Also, the location of the lawn mower plays a vital role if you plan on storing it outside, particularly if you don’t have a garage.
Some of the ideal locations to store a lawn mower outdoors are:
Under The Deck Or Porch
Decks or porches with sidewalls are generally good spots to store lawn mowers outside. The security for push mowers stored in these areas would typically be greater than usual if there are sidewalls. These structures can help prevent heavy rain and strong wind from reaching the device.
Park It Under The Trees
If you plan on using the lawn mower soon, putting it underneath the trees should provide sufficient shade for the unit. Doing so may reduce harm to the machine that might otherwise come from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
However, leaving your lawn mower outside and unguarded might make it susceptible to theft. Ensure that you have security measures in place, such as a CCTV camera system, to help deter burglars and thieves.
Various methods are available to place a lawn mower in a garage for storage. Organizing the space inside the garage is one example. It can also be a good idea to drape the push mower in a cover while it’s in storage to reduce the risks of it contracting damages from different sources.
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