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Jon Christensen

Locale: Midwest
Gear Room on 11/28/2008 13:54:32 MST Print View

I did a quick search and did not find anything on peoples gear rooms and pictures of it. I will be moving into a house soon and I will have a whole room to store/display :) my gear. So I was wondering what you guys have done to store your gear. If you have any pictures of your room/closet/garage where your gear is stored I would love to see them to get some ideas. Specifically any good/cool system to hang your sleeping bags (the closet height will be to small to store them at full length). Look foward to see and hearing about all your set ups.

Craig Burton

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: Gear Room on 11/28/2008 14:08:12 MST Print View

Mine is nowhere near as fancy as you are expecting; but yes, I do have a spare room that stores all my gear :)Gear Room

Edited by MissingUtah on 11/28/2008 14:09:38 MST.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Gear Room on 11/28/2008 14:29:36 MST Print View

I like the use of the word "room".
Not closet, not box, but room...

This is BPL after all.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Gear Room on 11/28/2008 15:03:37 MST Print View

I've never heard of a closet that wasn't tall enough to hang a full sleeping bag, unless you are measuring only from the bar to the floor. Raise the bar!

I am blessed with a 36 inch deep closet in my office/bedroom which allowed me to use 12 and 16 inch deep ventilated wire shelving. After designing what I wanted, I went to The Container Store and bought the pieces I needed to build in a completel modular ELFA closet unit. I also bought a few extra pieces - notably hanging bars - that allow the closet to be reconfigured to standard mode when we sell the house. Total cost less than $400.

The design worked so well that I put similar systems into each of the remaining walk-in closets in the house. That gave my wife a custom-designed closet for our bedroom, another designed for her sewing room and all its materials and the like, and a third for the guest bedroom - where our grown son still has tons of boxes stored.

Note the 24 inch SB - shelf basket - which has a raised front and back so nothing can roll out. I store my tents here. The thick black boxes at the ends of some shelves are really just bookends that clip into the up-rights. This keeps things from rolling off the side of a shelf. They also protect the down bags from things on the shelves beside them.


Note the short 12 inch bar on the right. I can hang two 6'6" down sleeping bags without touching the floor, and have space above the bar if I wanted them further off the ground. Since all the shelves are infinitely adjustable, the configuration can change as needed.

I did not include the optional cart unit, but it could be added to the existing structure easily, replacing the existing 19 inch wide 2nd section. Only the 5 vertical up-rights are permanently fixed in place.

Edited by wandering_bob on 11/28/2008 15:24:22 MST.

victoria maki
(clt1953) - F

Locale: northern minnesota
re:gear room on 11/28/2008 15:05:09 MST Print View

jon. congrats on getting into a house. i have a very dry basement and a handy husband. he built me shelves and attached a bar across the cross bars to hang my sleeping bags and tents(yes, i have mutiples). i store my gear in rubbermaid bins which i labeled with contents. you could still hang up your sleeping bags and tents in the closet. just loop them over the hanger. have fun...

Jon Christensen

Locale: Midwest
RE: Gear Room on 11/28/2008 15:23:05 MST Print View

I can't raise the bar because there is a pre built shelf with a bar under it. I did consider just folding my bags but I have room to make something to have them hung full. So I would like to do that. Thanks for the insight so far! Bob I love the detail!

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
My Gear Closet on 11/28/2008 18:44:34 MST Print View

Here's mine, although, my arsenal has grown substantially since I made this video:

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: Re: Gear Room on 11/28/2008 18:47:28 MST Print View

Hey Craig,
I have the EXACT same vaccuum cleaner you do! Bissel rocks! ;)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Hah~ on 11/28/2008 19:05:33 MST Print View

Due to our remodeling projects, most of our gear sits next to my side of the bed. The piles are taller than the bed. Bins everywhere.
We have gear for all 3 of us, the daypacks stay downstairs in the living room for easy grabbing.
Then we have the other gear that is in the garage.
If all together it would eat up most of a bedroom. Ugh.

But it does all get used at some point.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Gear Closet on 11/28/2008 19:31:36 MST Print View

I do not yet have enough stuff for a Gear Room so I have to make do with just a Gear Closet.
Gear Closet - Lower
Gear Closet - Upper
Gear Closet

Edited by thomdarrah on 01/27/2009 09:11:24 MST.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Gear Room on 11/28/2008 19:49:25 MST Print View


Edited by FamilyGuy on 02/20/2015 09:02:59 MST.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Gear Closet on 11/28/2008 19:55:57 MST Print View

Actualy no, three bags and a quilt. When I decide which I prefer the Nunatak Ark or WM bag for summer use I will sell the other. Living in the PNW I get the pleasure of true four season trips which require a greater range of gear. The fifth storage bag holds my Patagonia down sweater and WM jacket.

Edited by thomdarrah on 11/28/2008 20:07:20 MST.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Gear Room on 11/28/2008 20:04:12 MST Print View

Isn't it amazing how the volume of gear expands to fit the available storage space? I theorize that my gear either

1. Breeds when the closet doors are closed and the house is dark at night, or....

2. Soaks up moisture from the air (it's quite damp here in Oregon) and swells, or.....

3. I spend entirely too much time checking and the Gear Swap forum, often falling prey to the diabolical marketing practices some of you folks employ.

Edited by wandering_bob on 11/28/2008 20:06:28 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Gear Garage on 11/28/2008 21:17:04 MST Print View

Oh I like this thread!!! My Gear Garage is the most favorite part of my house. You can never have enough gear! Never!!!!PB280484 I just love trying new stuff all the time. I just ordered a new MLD pack. Can't wait for X-Mass!!!

Phil Brown

Locale: Traverse City MI
Gear rooms... on 11/28/2008 22:07:27 MST Print View

Call me a purist, but isn't the idea of a "gear room" the antithesis of the UL concept? I can understand a dedicated closet space, since that is more reasonable for the amount of room that a kit would fit in, but an entire room just seems rather excessive.
I personally have a gear shelf. My gear is tightly but neatly packed into a closet that is shared with my clothes, cycling gear and the rest of my personal belongings.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Gear Room on 11/28/2008 22:21:53 MST Print View

Mr. Brown just let the gear take over your life. Give it time and you will need more space for your new purchases-TRUST ME!!!! A closet just won't cut it.

Jon Christensen

Locale: Midwest
Gear Room on 11/28/2008 22:27:58 MST Print View

I guess I could clarify a little. The room I will use for my gear will also have our computer, books and other office stuff. So I guess the whole room won't be gear but basically I will use more than just the closet.

I have yet to get rid of all my "heavy" gear cause I work with high school students so I have stuff for them to use. So a closet no longer can hold all the gear. Oh so much fun :)

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Gear Room on 11/29/2008 09:22:04 MST Print View

Jay how did I know we would see a picture!!

Looks like I have to post mine too!

Edited by kennyhel77 on 11/29/2008 09:22:59 MST.

Paul Tree
(Paul_Tree) - F

Locale: Wowwww
Re: My gear is tightly but neatly packed into a closet on 11/29/2008 10:31:14 MST Print View

Phil, don't store your insulating items tightly packed, if it can be avoided. Especially synthetics, if you have any.

Phil Brown

Locale: Traverse City MI
Re: Re: My gear is tightly but neatly packed into a closet on 11/29/2008 10:58:09 MST Print View

I keep my insulated items like my jacket and quilt lofted and hanging from cords in my living room.. I do have a lot of gear and my storage system is actually a real nightmare. I was just hating on people that are lucky enough to have proper space to store everything ;-) I'll put up a picture of my gear storage system when I get back from vacation. I've found one of the main benefits of having a UL kit is that it does take up a significantly smaller amount of storage space.

Edited by pbrown19 on 11/29/2008 10:58:41 MST.