Americans are Using More Storage Space

August 2, 2019
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Home Innovation Research Labs found that Americans are installing more storage space in garages and closets than a year ago.

Each year, about 2.3 million U.S. households purchase closet storage systems, including those in bedrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchen pantries. The 2019 study found that about 108 million linear feet of closet and garage storage were installed in U.S. homes. And, while the storage system market is largely a do-it-yourself market currently, we expect professionally installed closet and garage systems to continue to grow in popularity.

We saw no growth in the number of households purchasing closet, pantry, and laundry room storage systems between the 2018 and 2019 studies; however, we found that each purchasing household purchased more—increasing from an average of 15 linear feet of closet system to 18 linear feet. Bedroom closets saw the smallest gain, and laundry room storage saw the biggest.

For Garage Storage Systems, the total number of purchasing households increased by 8% year over year, and linear feet of garage storage grew from 13 to 15 linear feet per household. Ceiling storage—perhaps the last frontier when all viable wall space is occupied—saw the biggest percentage increase.

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