Overhauling your garage to make it more conducive for working on your car can be a great way to make the most of the space and save money long-term. The more you can prepare the space, the better off you’ll be.
That’s where this post can help. Here, we run through how to perform a DIY overhaul of the space where you keep your vehicle. Check it out below.
Most garage owners just aren’t aware of how much they can transform the space into something functional that meets their needs. Most of the time, you have more space than you realize. It’s just a matter of organizing it properly.
Therefore, start by gathering your inspiration. Go online to see what other people have done to improve the appearance and utility of their spaces. Take a look at DIY magazines and Pinterest boards to see if anyone has come up with an idea that’s similar to what you’d like to do.
Empty The Whole Space And Repair Issues
The next step is to empty the room, remove any clutter or junk, and repair issues that could come back to bite you in the future. Check the structure, particularly if it is concrete paneling, and look for leaks. Fix these items before moving on.
Lay The New Floor
Laying the new floor is one of the most critical elements in the process. Installing something durable and easy to clean is essential.
If you want an affordable yet robust option, garage floor mats could be what you want. These are non-slip and repel water and other chemicals, keeping you safe.
You could also try interlocking rubber tiles. These are helpful if you need to protect the ground below from anything that could drop on it.
Add Overhead Lighting
Next, you’ll want to add the overhead lighting – something that is often low-quality or completely missing from most garages. You want something that can illuminate the entire space without help from natural light.
Build Your Workstation
After that, you’ll want to build your workstation. Start by fixing MDF or plywood to the wall to create a frame, then add things like drawers and cabinets. Make sure you adjust the height of the main workbench so that it’s comfortable for you. If it’s too low, then you’ll be crouching all the time and will have to reposition it eventually anyway.
You also want a comfortable chair or stool to sit on while working. Something with proper back support is essential if you plan on being at the workstation for long periods working intensely on the same projects.
Include Plenty Of Storage
Adding lots of vertical space, cabinets, and storage can be an excellent way to make your garage more useful. Rolling carts for tools and wall-mounted storage prevents garage supplies from bleeding out into the rest of your home.
Finally, be sure to add plenty of power strips and electrical outlets. You want heavy-duty wiring that can accommodate high-powered machinery without risking blowing a fuse.