Great DIY Garage Improvements
If you spend a lot of time in the garage, it makes sense to turn it into a space that is not only functional, but comfortable. TV shows often focus on crazy, big-budget improvements, but the most useful (and budget-friendly) changes are pretty simple, even if they’re a little less flashy. If you’re looking to transform your garage, there’s a lot you can do on your own if you have the mind for it - and if you’re working with cars, you most likely do.
Protect the Floor
Two benefits exist when you improve the flooring. First, you protect the existing concrete from damage and stains. Epoxy paint and sealers are best for this. These protect against corrosive chemicals such as salt and keep the floor from damage related to moisture. A second option is to consider floor coverings. Flexible rubber and plastic, or composite wood, are options for the floor. Though less durable, they can add a bit of comfort and noise reduction to the space.
Lighting is everything, but again, several options are necessary. Strong, bright overhead lighting is a good place to start. Choose lighting for specific areas, too. A spotlight over the workbench is a nice feature. Install a few rope lights as well. These handheld lights give you plenty of light in tight places such as under the engine or within the vehicle’s interior.
Ensure Heating and Cooling Is Comfortable
For those who spend a lot of time in the garage, proper heating and cooling it is essential. Connect the home’s heating and cooling system to the garage. Consider the addition of insulation as well - this is often seen as a project for professionals, but it’s more than doable for anyone handy that can follow instructions and is willing to break a sweat. Another option is to add a room air conditioner and a larger, portable heater to keep the location at the proper temperature.
Install Adjustable Shelving
Adjustable shelving gives you a place to store parts and fixtures. Choose a system appropriately sized for your space. Then, choose levels for the shelving units to give you customized space for the types of items you own. Change up the shelving whenever you need to do so. Wall mounted shelving is another option. It is a floor space-saving solution. Also, consider tapping into ceiling space with high shelving units or racks to hold larger items out of the way.
Build Tool Displays
Tools are a big part of any enthusiast’s life, and there are multiple options for organizing them. Invest in several large tool organizing systems, designed to hold the specific type and amount of tools you have. Next, consider the addition of pegboards along the wall. These allow you to hang larger tools you need often in an organized fashion. Tool bins allow for a way to keep items protected from the elements and still organized. Choose covered bins for items with numerous parts.
Go to the Extreme
Getting organized for the average do-it-yourselfer does not have to be complex. For those who are die-hard car lovers, on the other hand, it pays to ramp up the garage to include more unique and high-powered solutions that meet specific needs.
There are numerous ways to elevate this space. For example, some of the most desirable of garages for the auto enthusiast include hydraulic lifts. These do not necessarily just have to be for a mechanic’s garage. Even smaller systems can raise the vehicle just enough to make working under them easy to do. Another option is to consider soundproofing the space. This helps to keep the mechanic working long hours into the night on a loved hobby without disturbing the neighbors. Add a sound system. Add a few extra electrical outlets that give you a place to plug in your fixtures. There’s no reason you cannot have a TV in this space as well. Add fixtures to make your space customized to your unique needs.
With a few helpful tips about overall garage organization and management, it becomes easier to make this space one that is a better fit for the auto lover. Invest a bit of time into making the garage a place to enjoy a passion for vehicles.