Garage Workshop Inspo - can you squeeze one in?

Garage Workshop Inspo - can you squeeze one in?

With a workshop in your garage, you can do repairs and DIY projects in your own space and perhaps even make a success of a side hustle. But before you can do any of that, you need to get set up.

We’ve come up with a list of 6 essential considerations for your garage workshop. Let’s get started.

1 WORKBENCH

Number one has to be a workspace suited to your needs. Your primary work surface should be a rock-solid bench with a hard and heavy top. 

You may be able to get by with a small workbench purchased from any good hardware supplier.

You could build a workbench yourself using readily available plans. A simple, sturdy workbench takes less than a day to build and materials costing about the same as a cheaply purchased bench, but yours will probably be better quality.

You could also build your own bench using some cabinets, some DIY-made legs, or by repurposing an old table. The end result is the goal: A clean, strong, flat surface that you can use to get things done.

For garages with little to no room to spare, a foldaway workbench could be the solution. A workbench that folds up, leaves space on the floor below for storage of smaller items and can accommodate tool storage behind it. Here’s a cool tutorial: https://youtu.be/BvZbmYlaCk4

Customising your bench for your own needs is the fun part. Install a metal vice, a wood vice or bench-mounted tools like drill presses and bench grinders to have within arm’s reach at all times.

A sturdy workbench with tools close at hand is the home handyperson's dream. See the tutorial above for that foldaway workbench top right.

2 STORAGE

The other very important feature of a garage workshop is the tools. Adequate storage gives you more space to work and creates a safer environment. For garages with less space, a large tool organiser on wheels will be invaluable. It can be moved to wherever you are working and then neatly put away after use.

Tool storage like pegboards and cabinets can be ideal to keep your area tidy and workflow moving. Pegboards make awesome use of space and having your tools within sight will help you to remember exactly which tools you have when a job gets difficult and you need to think outside of the box.

Not all tools should be left out, however. Some precision tools need to stay clean and protected, in which case you may need to install cabinets. Consider locking cabinets and add a lock to your toolbox for peace of mind that your tools won’t grow legs and walk away.

Tip: Look for drawers with ball-bearing slides, as heavily-laden drawers can be difficult to open. 

With the right storage, a workshop space can be garnered from a surprisingly small section of the garage.

3 FLOORING 

Make sure your garage floor can handle your workshop. A garage workshop can - and usually does - get pretty grimy. Mess is part of the beauty of a workshop, right? If you’re working on cars, oil can cause hard-to-shift stains and woodworking sawdust can create a slip hazard, so you want a surface that is simple to clean and maintain.

Mats may suffice in the case of catching oil drips and leaks but sealing the surface or adding a floor covering is a more efficient solution to garage flooring protection. Check out our article with tips on carpet, tiles and epoxy floor coverings.

Many floor covering options can be applied safely yourself.

4 INSULATION

When building a garage workshop, many homeowners don’t think about their garage door, but surprisingly it can make a huge difference to the functionality of your workshop. How does a garage door affect your workshop? Well, exposure to the elements is the last thing your tools - especially the electronic ones - need as moisture can do irreparable damage. 

YOU don’t need exposure to the elements either! Fully insulating the garage is your best bet for retaining warmth and an insulated garage door makes a great start. Garador’s Insulated Series uses a modern graphite-infused EPS for superior insulating performance over standard EPS.

5 LIGHTING

Working in a dark or dimly-lit workshop is frustrating and absolutely not safe. You need bright lights that illuminate the entire garage and help you to see what you’re doing. It’s also handy to have extra lighting on your workbench for more precise projects.

High-intensity lights (halogen, LEDs, and others) are great for over-bench task lighting. An LED task light with a flexible goose-neck puts light where you need it.

If your garage has a finished ceiling, recessed fixtures are good for task and ambient lighting. Ceiling-mounted fluorescent light fixtures are the classic, low-cost solution for workshop lighting.

Don’t overlook the value of natural lighting. Natural light helps to improve mood and productivity. You’ll also save money on your energy costs by not using the lights as much. Could you install some windows in the garage? Operable windows are great for circulating air and allowing you to enjoy a cool breeze. A garage door with windows is a handy solution so that you don’t always need to switch a light on. 

A well-lit workspace is essential for safety and efficiency.

6 ELECTRICALS

Along with sufficient lighting, be sure your garage workshop has adequate electrical service - outlets and capacity - to accommodate your arsenal of power tools. Install outlets nearby; don’t depend on extension cords stretched across your garage, they can be a tripping hazard and worse.

Good electricians work quickly, so installing a couple of outlets and some lighting might take only a couple of hours if access to electrical service is readily available. 

At Garador we love encouraging people to spend more time in their garage and to save money with a bit of healthy DIY. When you need a new garage door to go with your workshop, find your local dealer from one of over 30 nationwide and they'll get you sorted. Or, book a Free Measure & Quote today!

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