Published at Wednesday, September 04th 2019. by Daisi Proulx in Garage.
One of my hobbies is tinkering on old cars in my garage. To me there’s nothing more relaxing than getting under the hood of what someone else considers a ”piece of junk” and doing my thing to make it run again. I’m not quite at the point where I can say that I restore classic cars, but that’s definitely my goal someday. It takes money to get into that game, though, so for now I just practice on old beaters that I find for a couple hundred bucks each. Once I get the vehicles running again, I can usually find a buyer and recoup my costs.
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.
If you want a cheap and easy way to solve a variety of garage storage needs, then pegboard organizers are the answer. What they are is a large tempered wood, metal or plastic board, with multiple holes that accept a variety of different hook peg products. They come in many different sizes, from 4’x4’ items, to panels that can spread across the entire length of a wall, or your whole garage wall space. Some are even free standing, meaning they have legs, and you can utilize both sides.
Hooks: Rubber coated hook hangers are great ways to store heavy-duty items in your garage. These typically have a thread on the end of the hook that allows you to embed them deeply into the garage wall. This provides great strength and leverage when storing objects in your garage. A great example of these hooks at work is with bike storage. Bicycles are typically very heavy and take up quite a bit of space. If you can get these things up off the ground and hanging from a hook you can make a ton of room yourself in the garage.
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.
Automatic Garage Door Closer: If you have an automatic garage door opener, then why not an automatic garage door closer to go with it? I’ve had mine for several years now, and it continues to work flawlessly. The peace of mind alone is worth every single penny I spent. It’s no secret that a garage door left open overnight, or while you’re away during the day, is an open invitation to thieves of all sorts. With an automatic closer, you’ll rest assured knowing your garage is secure. They’re very easy to install with an existing opener, and typically, they can be programmed to close anywhere from two minutes to an hour after the door was opened. Additionally, they have a separate override button in case you want your garage door open for an extended period of time. Adding an automatic closer is one of the best things you can do for your garage.
When it comes to organizing your garage some of the biggest hurdles involve handling all the big stuff. Organizing anything from your lawn mower to your weed whacker, these things take up tons of space and can really impair your ability to store things around them. Luckily we have some great ideas for you to help make the most of all your space in your garage. Whether it’s a 1-car garage or a 3-car garage.
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