Published at Tuesday, July 30th 2019. by Paulette Provencher in Garage.
First of all, we are assuming that you are not able or not interested in adding a bump out on the garage which will actually increase the floor space that is physically available. This is not an option for most people, but there are some things that can be done which will help to get things off of the floor and improve your ability to use the garage effectively. One important thing that you should consider is the ceiling, as it is an unused area of the garage in most cases. There are many things that can be hung from the ceiling in a garage such as fishing poles, lawn tools and your bicycle. Putting those items up an out-of-the-way can make a difference in your floor space that is open and available.
It does take a lot of time and effort to organize a garage or workshop, but the results are worth it. It’s actually quite empowering to know exactly where to go for a specific screwdriver, torque wrench, or ratchet that I need for a particular job. I’m far more efficient now than I’ve ever been, and can concentrate on perfecting my craft rather than trying to remember where I left my pliers. Some people might not care about organization as much as I do, but at this point there’s no way I would want to deal with a messy garage ever again.If you’re thinking about creating your own workspace in your basement or garage, then I recommend getting organized right from the start. Investing some money in pegboards, toolboxes, and oil absorbent pads will put you well on your way to maintaining an efficient and clean workshop!
Having the right storage options along the walls can also make a difference in the look and usage of the garage. If you’re simply utilizing shelves, you really are not making enough use of the space. Having some storage cabinets where you can actually put things out of the way is one option that is open to you. A well-placed peg board can also assist you in getting some of the smaller items off of the floor and making them more readily available when you need them. There are a variety of pegboard hooks that are on the market which can help you to hang everything from a screwdriver to larger items that you may not have ever considered hanging on a pegboard.
If you decide to buy one for yourself, be sure to look for a working bench which will help you with your tasks or projects from simple, hard to intricate. In hardware and specialty stores, you can choose from wide range of pre-made working benches in different styles, sizes, materials and colors. You can find from simple, large and complicated designs containing storage enclosures underneath where you can store your tools and equipment. You can also find designs containing drawers, cabinets, peg-board and power strip. Remember that the more features it has, the more expensive it will be.
Oil absorbent pads are also a necessity for cleaning up spills and other accidents. Spills are unavoidable in this business, but the last thing I want is for my garage floor to be covered in unsightly stains. The only remedy is to clean up a mess with oil absorbent pads as soon as it happens so the stuff doesn’t have a chance to soak in. I also use an eco-friendly powder agent to take care of any residue that the oil absorbent pads might have left behind. The result is that my garage floor is as spotless today as the day I moved in!
Light Switch: Another way to modernize your garage is to upgrade the light switch with one that’s illuminated when the lights are off. This eliminates fumbling around looking for the switch while leaning over, and holding the entry door open for enough light to find the switch. Even better, it’s inexpensive and easy to do yourself. With basic knowledge of electricity, all you have to do is turn off the breaker that feeds the switch and wire up the new switch the same way. There are no additional wires to worry about. The end result is a mild orange glow that’s easy to find in the dark. Another option is to add motion sensors to your garage lights so they come on as soon as you open the door. You can even get motion bases that screw into standard sockets. Once installed, all you have to do is screw in the light bulb as usual. This is a clever way to have motion activated lighting without having to do any wiring.
If you only have limited working space in your garage, you can have your working bench specially made for your needs. If your funds permit, hire a carpenter to build one for you. By hiring a carpenter, you can have special features and designs made in your working bench. If you only have limited funds, you can always buy a do-it-yourself kit and build it yourself. Whatever way you want it done, just be sure to place your bench in an area which does not obstruct foot traffic. Whatever bench your buy or make, be sure it is durable and can last for longer period of time to avoid buying working benches several times.
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