Garages Are Not Just for Parking
Garages are often underutilized areas. With one large empty area, it can be overwhelming to decide what to do with the space, especially if you do not need it to park your car. With a few tips, you can turn your garage into the perfect workspace, man cave, or storage area for you and your family. It may take some time and elbow grease, but you will be grateful for the additional square footage of actual living-space you gain from the project. Use one, or two, or tweak a few of these ideas to match your needs and quit wasting the space and get your garage in order today.
Whether you are the neighborhood shade-tree mechanic, or you like to tinker with woodworking, your garage can become the perfect workspace with a few adjustments. Cover at least one wall in pegboard to hang all the tools of your trade and customize a bench that fits your needs. Add storage drawers underneath, or place a toolbox to organize additional items. Stack small plastic drawers to separate and store small things, such as drill bits, or screws and nails. Do not forget about task lighting above your bench to ensure you can see when inspiration strikes you in the middle of the night.
Store items in labeled clear containers so you can easily find the materials you need to finish a certain project. This is especially helpful if you have many projects going at once. Refinish the cement flooring with garage paint specifically formulated to be easy to clean up paint, oil, or other accidental spills. It comes in many attractive colors to match any design requirements. Hang open shelving to proudly display your finished projects.
Easily turn your unused garage space into an entertaining area by throwing down an indoor/outdoor area rug over your painted floor and placing a few comfy chairs or a couch around a coffee table. Hang a large screen TV and add a bar in one corner to create the perfect man cave or neighborhood hangout. If you have the space, put in a pool table and/or dartboard to entice others to visit your custom lounge. Insulate, drywall, and paint the walls, as well as invest in a good garage heater to use the space year-round, no matter what the temperature is outside. Your neighbors will thank you for the fun hangout space, especially if you live in an area that is known for harsh winters.
If you just need to get your garage into order for storage space, there are many options available on the market to fit your specific needs. Hang a bike rack on the wall or from the ceiling and add hooks to keep other accessories, such as helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads in one place. Use exposed rafters as additional storage areas to place lighter boxes or seasonal items, such as sleds or surfboards. Invest in good shelving units and plastic bins to keep holiday décor, such as fragile heirloom Christmas ornaments safe and protected from breakage.
Use just one of these ideas or incorporate all of them into one space using clever spatial planning. For example, put a curved sectional sofa facing a TV in one corner of the garage with a nice indoor/outdoor rug that defines the entertaining area, and place your workspace in the opposite corner with a bench that is out from the wall so you can place your stool behind it and still see the TV while you work if you wish. Buy storage containers that complement your design scheme to store everything out of sight and keep a clean overall look to your space