Published at Sunday, July 28th 2019. by Loring Francoeur in Garage.
Garages have become a catch-all for extra items. Boxes of holiday decorations and seasonal equipment you are not ready to part with may crowd the area. If you plan to use the area as a workshop for your hobbies, tools and supplies can quickly clutter the space. Custom garage cabinets can help you regain some order in your workspace.
Floor Covering: Garage floor coverings are not only practical, but they really make a difference in the overall appearance of your garage. When talking about coverings, there are many different types including garage floor paint, epoxy, tiles, and mats. Paint is certainly the least expensive method, but also the highest maintenance method. Paint will protect and make your garage look much better, but you will have to add a new coat probably once a year. Epoxy is similar to paint, but it’s thicker, and much more durable. It’ll give your garage floor that showroom look you find in many dealerships. Epoxy will cost you more than paint, and you’ll also have to do more preparation work, but the result will be worth the extra cost and effort. You can also opt for professional installation as most retailers offer the service. Garage floor tiles and mats are also options to consider. Tiles are typically 16 by 16 inches, and you can get them in a variety of colors. They interlock with each other to hold everything together, and they’ll make your floor look absolutely incredible. Mats come in many different shapes and sizes to fit your needs. They’re basically designed to contain automotive fluids, and all the muck your vehicle drags in with it.
For a car owner the garage is one of the most important corners in the house. Cars have always been special for the owners and to keep it safe is a major concern. Also many people find it convenient to utilise the garage as a space to work on various projects. All the tools and materials that are required for any project can be systematically stored in there. This enables maintaining the aesthetics of the house as various equipments aren’t lying around here and there. However things can turn topsy turfy when the garage itself turns into a disorganized mess. It not only causes inconvenience in terms of time wastage but also dismisses the whole purpose of having it in the first place.
Peg Boards: Pegboards are on the cheapest ways to organize your garage. They are incredibly easy to hang on your wall and they make it easy to organize tools and other small objects into a nice and neat little area. Pegboard hooks come in hundreds of varieties and they can essentially fit any tool that you want to hang. They even work great for hanging heavier tools because they leverage the pegboard to provide additional support. Pegboards provide a great way to organize hundreds of tools, everything from screwdrivers to socket sets. They make every tool very accessible without cluttering up a bunch of drawers. Because the pegboard lays flat against the wall you don’t have to worry about bumping next to it in your car. Pegboards are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to whip any garage into shape!
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.
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.
Shop. If city ordinances allow it, you could turn your garage into a shop. It could be a beauty parlor, a used clothing shop, gift shop, etc. Here you will also need shelves, pegboard to hang things on, and racks to display hanging clothing if you have a clothing store, counters, and more. One thing that you do not want to do is overcrowd your garage. You want to make sure that the people who visit have room to move around. Always make sure that your displays are attractive. You could have a regular garage door or one that has door for customers to enter so you do not have to leave the area exposed when open. Again, you can paint the walls white or choose vibrant colors. What color you use depends on what you are using the garage to sell. You will also have to advertise and put a sign in the yard advertising your shop or on the garage itself.
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