Have you ever walked into a friend’s garage and stared in awe and envy of it? Then, have you gone home, looked at yours, and cringed? It happens to a lot of us.
You know those seemingly rare garages that are perfectly organized with ample storage space, fitted cabinet systems, fully insulated, with lots of features that make you want to move in? Well, you can have that too!
It doesn’t have to be an unrealistic dream. Just follow these quick garage makeover tips and soon enough you can stare in envy of your own perfectly organized garage.
The biggest point of contention between garage-lovers and their significant others is tools and other equipment being left on the floor willy-nilly (don’t feel too badly, most of us do it). Why not get everything off the ground and allow for more open space to walk around safely? A wall organizer can help you transform your wall into a vertical shelf to store all your tools and accessories easily. With all the latest in pegboards, track systems, and wall panels you can store even the biggest of items with ease. This can remove trip hazards and make your garage a less cluttered place to navigate, both on foot and on wheels.
Installing overhead garage storage racks can help you to save on space and help you keep your tools and sports equipment within easy reach. You can also buy smaller storage containers that you can label and organize and then stack up on top of each other to add more convenience and room. A fun thing to do is organize your equipment, tools and other miscellaneous items according to what they do and how often they’re used – you’ll find reaching for and finding things a lot faster this way!
Why not install a fitted cabinet system? There are all sorts of tools, components, bits and bobs in most garages that are never useful until you need them… urgently! Keep everything stored away safely so it can’t get lost – you never know when you’ll need it, so consider fitted cabinets and shelving as “handyman’s insurance” of sorts. All in all, metal storage cabinets and shelves can be the ideal solution for storing away seasonal items or all the smaller items you need to be organized and out of your way.
Interested in new flooring in your garage? Know that there are plenty of options; you don’t always have to use cement, you know! There are all sorts of sophisticated floor materials that you can install in your garage such as vinyl, rubber, and even polyvinyl tile. Your car will look like it’s on display with such nice flooring, perhaps tempting you to spruce even it up and transform the garage space into something to be proud of! You never know unless you give it a shot, and don’t forget to reach out to the experts in floor installation to ensure a smooth and hassle-free transformation.
If you don’t have the room to put on a second garage, you can always install a car lift instead. A car lift allows you to park two cars in your garage at the same time. This can be a major benefit when you have limited room.
Add New Lighting
Lighting plays a big role in improving the comfort and look of just about any room, including the garage. Many homeowners often don’t give much thought to the lighting in the garage because not much time is typically spent in this section of the home. Old, dimmed lights that are caked in dirt don’t exactly make you feel good about spending any more time in that area than you have to. On the other hand, having bright, warm lighting will. It instantly elevates a room to look and feel welcoming, comfortable and cozy. So give your garage lighting some attention. If it’s lacklustre and old, consider how you can improve it so you will actually want to spend more time in the garage.
Automatic Garage Door
If you’re keen on making your garage more comfortable while you putter away during the winter, then an automatic garage door can help keep you nice and warm. Plus, new models come with a smartphone app that allows you to have long distance control to open and close it as you need. The apps can also allow you to secure the door if you forget to, creating an extra layer of security for your garage and home.
Keeping cool and warm when appropriate in your garage can mean either enjoying the space or staying as far away from it as possible. We all know an uncle or parent who hates going into the garage to get the pressure washer or start the car, and usually, it’s due to frigid temperatures in the winter and broiling conditions in the warmer months. Why not avoid the issue entirely by ensuring you have adequate insulation? You can transform your garage into a year-round space that you can work, park, and play in while actually enjoying it. Aside from the automatic door as mentioned earlier, adding some insulation into the garage (especially around windows and doors) can give you full access to your space any time of the year without wanting to run right back out.
Working from home can be challenging when you’re trying to work in a chaotic environment surrounded by the kids and the everyday commotion that comes with being a parent. The garage can give you peace and quiet so you can focus on your work and get your tasks done more efficiently, minus all the distractions. Though it might be difficult to envision the garage functioning as a makeshift home office at first, it is entirely possible to carve out space that’s not only practical but enjoyable to work from as well.
A Hobby Area
With so much time spent at home these days, you might be reassessing your garage and considering some new ways to make use of that extra space. Despite its common use for storing vehicles, the garage can be used to suit many other purposes. When you need some personal space to relax, unwind and dive into a new project or hobby, think of your garage! Whether it’s woodworking and making furniture, restoring old cars, or tinkering with new projects in and around the home, you can transform that underused area into a space where you can get creative and have some time to yourself.
The garage can also be an ideal studio area used for photography or painting. All you need is proper lighting, insulation and a few extra cosmetic enhancements to make it cozy and comfortable when you’re in there. It really doesn’t take much to reshuffle, organize and remodel the garage into something that can be used whenever you need it. A garage can be more than just one thing. In addition to storing your vehicle, it can be part crafts room, part storage and part tool shed.
When it’s time to tackle your garage and finally transform it into a functional space that you can feel proud to show off, contact us at To Do-Done. We can help you make organization a synch and create the garage you’ve been dreaming of with expert renovations.