Whether you are an avid gardener, love to tinker around with a hobby or just need some extra storage space, your garage is your essential headquarters. This space is more than just a place to park your car and keep your garbage bins. It’s a place where you can maximise the room for storage and even transform into a comfortable space for working.
If you’re scratching your head wondering how you can possibly transform your garage into a functional hobby headquarters, we’ve got you covered. The first step in this process is to determine what exactly you want to get out of your garage, and then choose projects and updates that will help you get there.
Rethink the Layout and Rearrange
First, consider the layout of your garage. Of course, you may not be able to do much about how and where you park your car, unless you have a very large garage. But, you can assess the way you use the space surrounding the car and even the ceiling space.
Think about where you store garbage and recycling bins, pet accessories, tools, garden furniture and anything else in your garage, and consider whether or not you are doing it effectively. If you’re like most of us, your garage slowly becomes cluttered and unorganised over time, so even just a quick straightening can make it a more functional space.
Remove Unnecessary Items
First, remove anything that doesn’t need to be in your garage. This means getting rid of things you aren’t using anymore and storing some things in other areas. If something is taking up too much space, is hard to access in your garage or doesn’t fit in with your overall plan for your headquarters, move it. The easiest ways to do this include moving things to indoor storage closets or a shed in your garden.
Rearrange Remaining Items
Now that your garage is clear of clutter, rearrange what’s left according to your goals. Move seasonal items out of the way and change the configuration of the space as needed. Get creative with extra space to maximise it for storage.
This first step is essential, as it will help you lay the foundation for the rest of your plans and your new headquarters.
Build Custom-Designed Storage Solutions
Most garages aren’t ideally equipped for storage. Many times, when you buy a home your garage will just be a large, empty room with bare walls and absolutely no storage options. But, this is very easy to fix and when you take this project on yourself, you can easily create custom-designed solutions that are the perfect fit for your headquarters.
Create a Shelving System
One of the easiest ways to bring organisation and storage space to your garage is to build a shelving system. Take advantage of all that wasted space on your walls by installing as many shelves as you want. You can affix them directly to your garage walls with metal brackets and a cordless screwdriver. Or, you can build a freestanding system that you can move as needed.
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If you have the space, install some hooks on one section of a wall to use for hanging tools. This is perfect for hanging rope or twine or for storing things like hedge trimmers, trowels, rakes and push brooms. Hanging tools from hooks keeps them readily accessible, but is also an easy way to keep them organised and out of the way.
Install Ceiling Storage Bins
Don’t forget all that wasted space on your garage’s ceiling. You can easily turn this into storage space for seasonal decor and things you don’t use frequently. First, make sure you have adequate space on the ceiling where you can add storage without interfering with the movements of your garage door.
Then, install some boards in “U” shapes on your ceiling, with two boards attached perpendicular to the ceiling and one connecting board that is parallel to the ceiling. Attach two to three of these close together, and then install a piece of plywood on top of the lower boards to create a shelf. Now, you can slide plastic storage bins onto the shelves, which you can access with a ladder.
There are lots of ways to add storage to your garage, so think about what kinds of things you need to organise and then find the best solution for you.
Set up a Personalised Workspace
One of the most important elements of your new headquarters is a personalised workspace. The way you set this up will depend on what you want to use your garage for. For example, if you plan to work with tools or on a hobby, you may need a workbench and stool. If you have lots of equipment to store, you could consider installing cupboards and drawers.
One way to make your garage a more usable space is to make it more comfortable to work in. Assess the lighting you have and install new ceiling lights or even set up some lamps to make it easier to work there. You can also do things like lay down a rug under your work area and install a window on one wall for added light and ventilation.
Heating and cooling is also important if you plan to spend a lot of time in your garage. You can use outdoor heating and cooling units that can be plugged into a power source and moved anywhere you need them. For extreme weather conditions, you can hire additional heating or cooling units – like HSS Hire’s compact air conditioner.
To make your garage your headquarters, for anything from working on hobbies to storing seasonal items, you need to start by deciding what your goals are and what you want to get out of your garage. Then, install some custom shelves or storage units to keep everything organised and make more room for you to use the garage.
Once you have the basics set up, you can focus on making your garage more comfortable to use by adding lighting, accessories and heating and cooling units. Get more out of your garage this summer by starting the transformation now!
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