Though it might be the least glamorous feature of your home, your garage still deserves some love and attention.
A well designed and laid out garage is more than just a space for your car. It has no end of potential. There are certain things that you can add to your garage to make it functional, multi-purpose and low-maintenance. It can be a storage space, a workshop or even a gym.
You can add lighting systems, apply different floor coatings or finishes and or install a workbench. With so many possibilities, it’s best to begin with a few simple ideas. To help you get started, here are five things that you need in your garage.
- Durable flooring
Your garage floor is going to endure a lot of wear and tear. As a result, you need to have flooring that can withstand foot and vehicle traffic. Ideally you want a surface that is durable, won’t give off dust (like plain concrete can) and is easy to clean.
For this purpose, the most popular options are sealed concrete and polished concrete and epoxy flooring.
Sealed concrete is the more affordable option of the two. It has considerable impact resistance and can endure a significant amount of wear and tear. In addition to being cost-effective, the process of installing sealed concrete doesn’t take long. You can transform your garage floor in just a short period of time. The only downside is that it needs to be resealed every five years.
On the other hand, polished concrete doesn’t need constant maintenance. It can simply be cleaned using a damp mop. Depending on your preferences, polished concrete can be brought to a high-level of shine. This is an aesthetically pleasing look that suits both residential and commercial properties. As one would expect, polished concrete tends to cost more than sealed concrete.
If you’d like either of these for your garage, make sure to hire a reliable concrete polishing team.
For the home handyperson or mechanic, a garage isn’t complete without a workbench. With so much space available, your garage is the perfect place to work on projects. You’re not going to be bothering your family with too much noise, you’re not putting anyone inside the house in danger and you have better ventilation options as well.
Your workbench can include cabinets, drawers, a pegboard, hooks, various electrical tools, a vice or even a lathe.
You can customise your work bench however you like. The onlything to keep in mind are electrical outlets. You can add extension cords so that you can conveniently use your power tools. However, be careful about the amount of tools and extensions that you use. Too much of it can overload your system and cause your power to go out.
- Accessible storage
To keep your garage tidy and organised, invest in a tool cabinet or similar form of storage. If you’re really organised, you can categorise your tools by placing them into labelled chests or boxes. If you’re not, you can simply throw all them inside a storage box and it will still improve the look of your garage.
Do you have some DIY skills? Perhaps you’d like to add a few shelves to your garage wall. This will make it easier for you to access certain tools while simultaneously keeping them off of the floor.
Proper storage systems do two things. It helps your garage stay clean and it gives you easy access to all your tools and materials.
- Safety gear
If you’re going to use your garage space for woodworking and other projects, it’s a good idea to have the necessary safety equipment at hand. This includes earmuffs, protective glasses and gloves. Make sure all these things are in an accessible location. If you want, you can have a peg board where you can hang these items. This will make the equipment easier to access and store.
If possible try and install a slop sink in a corner of your garage. This will make it easier to clean up after a messy woodworking project or car maintenance job.
- Proper lighting systems
Of course, none of these things will be useful if you can’t see what you’re doing. Installing ceiling lights will allow you to do work in your garage at night or when the garage door is closed. Purpose-built work lights can also be installed in your workbench. These can be useful when you’re doing delicate work such as soldering or wood carving.
LED lights will work perfectly in your garage as they are more energy efficient than other forms of lighting. Additionally, LEDs do not emit too much heat. This can help you with temperature control. That was just a few basic things that you can add to your garage. Of course, you can go beyond this list and personalize your space even further. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to make safety a priority. You don’t want to do damage or your property and you certainly don’t want to injure yourself. That being said, have fun improving your garage space.