Getting More Workspace from Your Garage
For many of us, the garage is more than just a glorified parking space—it is the untapped workshop of our imagination, that which will be the birthplace of many home projects and hobbies for years to come. If only there was just a bit more space.
Here are a few ideas for squeezing some extra room out of your garage.
Adding ceiling storage is a perfect way to keep things up and out of the way. If your garage has exposed rafters, then it’s as simple as laying down a few sheets of plywood—the thicker the better. Store items here that get only minimal use, such as Christmas decorations or seasonal sports equipment.
Rolling Work Benches
Stationary workbenches are not really ideal for a small, garage workshop. For a bit more versatility, rolling work benches allow you to have a moveable workspace which can be hidden when not in use. If you already have a stationary bench, simply apply some casters and roll it out of the way.
Install Some Peg Board
Those dusty old bins filled with tools are taking up way too much space (and probably housing a critter or two). The wall offers a much more accessible storage space for tools of all sorts. Peg board can be installed on any exposed wall, and if placed just above vehicle height it will allow plenty of space for parking.
Hang Larger Items
The largest items in your garage such as ladders, wheelbarrows and hoses are the biggest space killers. Using anchors and large bolts, large items such as these can be suspended high on the walls and out of the way while remaining well within reach. Ladders may also be made to lay flat in ceiling storage.
Installing some wall shelves is an excellent way to get things up off the floor and keep them organized. Remember that floor space is the key element in creating a productive work environment. Wall shelves can be used to hold individual plastic bins which will aid in the organization of smaller items like fasteners and fittings.
Because the garage serves a number of purposes simultaneously, it can be useful to divide it up into dedicated spaces, or zones. Not only does this help to maximize your available workspace; it makes things much easier to locate when needed. There is nothing more frustrating while taking on a new project than rummaging through every corner of the garage searching for the necessary tools or materials. One key piece of advice though—once you decide on a system, stick with it. That will ensure that you continue to get the most out of your layout.
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