The garage is the ideal spot to store your tools and equipment, so why not transform yours into a workshop? Not only will it be good for storage, but it’s also a great space to carry out any DIY projects. So how do you do it?
Well first of all, you’ll want to clear the garage out completely. This means clearing it of any clutter including bikes, luggage etc. If you were to keep all of these things in here as well, you’d never actually be able to find any of your tools!
Establish that the garage is well insulated. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there, then you want to make sure that you’re not going to be freezing in there in the winter months.
Make sure there’s electricity in there. Some of your tools will need to be plugged in, so make sure that there’s electrical outputs. You’re not going to want to trail extension leads across the floor as this is a safety hazard, so you need to ensure that you have enough plug sockets in easy to reach places.
Ensure you have the right lighting. After all, you want to be able to see what you’re doing! A table lamp is a good idea for your workbench as well as ceiling lighting so that you can see the whole room clearly.
Think about your workbench. How big does it need to be? Are you going to create one yourself or are you going to buy one? Work benches need to be sturdy and durable, so make sure it’s made out of an appropriate material.
Consider what sort of storage you’ll need. The main idea of having a workshop is to have a space to store your tools, so pick out a tool box which is large enough for all of them. A tool chest is probably your best idea, and it also gives you room to grow your tool collection. For the tools that you use regularly, you might want some sort of wall storage so that they’re easily accessible- a pegboard works well for this. You’re also going to want shelves, cupboards and possibly drawers depending on what type of projects you’re going to be wanting to carry out.
Have you got your own workshop? We’d love to hear how you’ve used the space!