If you are a homeowner that is fortunate enough to have a garage, you understand the difficulties of keeping it organized. A garage can serve many purposes from simple storage for your cars and seasonal items to man cave with billiards and beer on tap, a workout room, a laundry room, and a workshop. However, most people choose to combine these two and create a space that is something in between: a garage that has enough space to serve as a home workshop and provide you with enough storage space and comfort all year round. If you also want to have an organized and useful workshop in your garage, here are a few tips on you can get started.
Invest in good insulation
The garage is typically a very hot area in a home. If the goal is to use the garage as a workshop, it is wise to invest in good insulation. Insulate your walls, but also locate the weak spots in your garage such as doors and roof. This will require some initial investment, but it will certainly pay off in the long run and help the space become more desirable as a workshop. There are several different ways to add the insulation in the garage. Be sure to follow your local building codes.
Don’t forget your flooring
Most garages have a concrete floor, which is a very basic and budget friendly solution for your workshop. However, a plain concrete floor is boring. There are several flooring options for your garage. Epoxy floor finishes are much easier to keep clean, plus they will provide you with extra grip and prevent slips. You can also lay down rubber floor mats right around your workstation which will be much more comfortable during long standing sessions.
Install a workbench
There’s no workshop without a workbench, so install one for yourself in a strategically chosen location. Make sure your workbench is big enough to take all your tools and provide you with enough space for all of your projects. Also, use sturdy materials and reinforcements to make your bench is strong enough to withstand the weight of your tools and building materials.
Ensure good lighting
The lighting in the garage is an important element, if you want a functional workshop. Since you will be spending a lot of time in the garage workshop, good lighting is essential. This will also help with safety, since there is a chance you will be working with all types of tools, saws, drills or potentially dangerous chemicals in your workshop. For overall room illumination, you can use overhead T8 tubes and linear LED fixtures LED lights that are both bright enough and budget friendly. LED lighting fixtures are much better than the incandescent or fluorescent fixtures. If you have the space or the budget, adding recessed lights in the ceiling can also add impact and provide a more stylish look and feel. You can also install track lighting in the garage. Track lighting gives a more sophisticated industrial look. Track lighting provides directional and bright lighting for all of your projects.
Maximize your storage
If you want to keep your workshop clean, functional and safe, you’ll need plenty of storage for your tools, nails, paints and other items. The most efficient storage is to install cabinets and shelves in the garage. A well organized garage can make your life much easier, since everything has a proper space. Having rolling or stationary tool chests are great for tools. Wall mounted shelves and plastic containers. Once everything has a proper home and put in its place, you’ll have enough space to invest in better and bigger tools such as a practical automatic saw or a drill press.
Provide your workshop with enough electricity
The electric in your garage workshop is another important element. If you are investing in a garage workshop that will have lots of power tools, it is a wise idea to have an electric plan for the garage. The electric plan layout will identify what power is needed in the different areas and how much electric you will need in the space. A licensed electrician can help you with this and can add extra circuits in your electric panel if you need to bring more power to the garage. It is a given that you will need plenty of outlets in the garage, but the location and proper amps is something something that you have to strategically map out and add to specific areas in the garage. The last thing that you want is a nice looking garage without enough power.
Heating and cooling
The heating and cooling of a garage workshop is another important element for the space.No matter how good your insulation is, you’ll still need a small AC unit to keep your workshop comfortable during even the most extreme temperatures. If you will be working with power tools, there is a good chance that you will have dust in the space. Therefore, a dust extraction system will be a good addition to help maintain the air quality in the space. It is important for you to have good ventilation in your workshop because of dust, smoke and different fumes that can occur while you’re working on your projects.
No matter how busy you are with your work, a little music always comes in handy. Portable Bluetooth speakers can be connected to your phone and will provide you with your favorite songs and podcasts (just make sure to get speakers that are durable.) You can even mount a small TV or computer screen to your wall and stream games or YouTube tutorials that will help you with your projects.
As you can see, there are many essential things a functional workshop needs, but if you plan well, roll up your sleeves and get to work, you’ll have a workshop of your dreams in no time. Who knows what kind of beautiful things and projects will end up happening there.
Please click on the following links for more helpful information on how you can transform your garage into a great workshop:
How to transform your garage into the ultimate home workshop – Charles Hudson
17 Things for the Ultimate Workshop – Popular Mechanics
Garage Lighting Ideas for Men – Next Luxury
20 Clever Ideas for a Super organized garage – Apartment Therapy