How to Transform Your Garage into a Small Workshop

  • If you have a family member who isn’t a particularly good driver, then install a short barrier that will prevalent the car from damaging the tools and vice versa.
  • The usual way people store bikes in the garage by hanging them by wall pegs takes up too much space.
  • Transforming a suburban garage into a small workshop is foremost a process.

It is every crafty man’s desire to have their own personal workshop. However, a house is often too small for such aspirations but luckily the garage is a great alternative. There, you can set up a small workshop where you would spend your free time, sawing, mending, and welding all sorts of contraptions.

What about the car?

As its name suggests, a garage is intended for housing your car. In addition, a garage is a great storage space but you can’t really get rid of the car, as keeping it outside the house will ruin its body. Therefore, build your shop around the vehicle, i.e. make it possible to park with ease without damaging anything.

Build your shop around the vehicle, i.e. make it possible to park with ease without damaging anything.

If you have a family member who isn’t a particularly good driver, then install a short barrier that will prevalent the car from damaging the tools and vice versa.

And the bicycle?

Another cumbersome item often stored in the garage is the bicycle. If you tie it in front of the garage, you are basically sending an invitation for robbers. Rent or buy one of those portable bike houses that are small in size so they fit on the driveway and can house several bikes. The usual way people store bikes in the garage by hanging them by wall pegs takes up too much space.

Pegs are your best friend

Speaking of pegs, they are going to be the best storage method for all sorts of tools. Whether it’s the wall or the garage door, you can nail or stick pegs to nearly any surface in the garage. In fact, even the inside of the table is useful to nag tools from.

Although table saws are usually large and their out-feed protrudes from the table, you can still fit one inside the garage.

Make room for a table saw

Although table saws are usually large and their out-feed protrudes from the table, you can still fit one inside the garage. The key is to find or build a table that is just the right shape, matching the outline of the garage. Then, you need to figure out which way the saw should be placed and you are good to go.

Take care of safety

Now, with sharp tools hanging all around the garage, you need to be extra careful. Every wrong step could turn into a disaster, so the simplest thing you can do is placing safety mats to prevent slipping. This is especially important when handling lubricants and oil, as a single drop on the floor can send you flying in the air and the landing isn’t going to be pleasurable.

Expand the workshop into the backyard

You are going to work inside only when the weather outside is extremely cold. However, springtime is the period when you should leave your “crafty hibernation” and step outside. There is no reason for the garage door not to stay open when the weather is fine.

In fact, you can store some of the equipment and tools outside in the backyard. The same can be done with the front yard but your neighbors might complain about the noise and the smell of adhesive, for example, so better stick (pun intended) just to the back door of the garage.

A solid workbench

Just as the kitchen has its island, the garage workshop has its workbench. The room’s centerpiece contains the desktop, which is the single most important surface in the workshop. On it, you will draw plans, cut boards, fix vices, etc., so the workbench has to be durable, stable, and massive.

Wooden workbenches are the standard and there is no reason not to purchase a second-hand bench if it’s quality-made. Don’t buy cheap models that feature aluminum parts that bend straight away. If you have the right material, you can build a workbench at your friend’s place and then transport it to your garage.

Pegboards and cabinets are great storage ideas that save space.

Smart storage solutions

Storing tools is one of the hardest tasks in a provisional workshop. Essentially, start perceiving every nook and cranny as a possible storage location. There are going to be drawers inside the workbench, pegs on its side, and shelves high up on walls.

Speaking of walls, pegboards, and cabinets are great storage ideas that save space. The latter feature doors that prevent dust from accumulating on power tools, prolonging their lifespan. Once you come up with a storage solution that suits all your needs, don’t alter it too often, as you’ll forget where you’ve put the spanner or an oil can.

Conclusion

Transforming a suburban garage into a small workshop is foremost a process. From the very start, you have to accept that you cannot make the switch during a single afternoon but after months of installing one feature after another. Once complete, you will spend many weekends cutting and sanding inside your new home workshop.

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Emma Williams

Emma Williams is an Australian writer with a master‘s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. 

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