Creating The Perfect Garage Workshop

Posted by Thomas Crimmins on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 11:55am.

Most men, and even handy women, dream of a perfectly organized work space where their tools are orderly and they can tackle that list of home DIY projects. However, renovations can get put on hold because there’s not a designated place to work. Tools are usually scattered throughout closets and the kitchen table serves as a workbench.

Create a space for all of your improvement projects by turning a section of your garage into a construction-friendly, wonderfully organized haven for your tools and home makeover endeavors. Below are four easy steps to building the perfect garage workshop.

Make Sure You Have Adequate Space

Ideally, you’d still like to be able to get your cars in their designated space, so look for a vacant area at the back of the garage or along one side. If you’re garage isn’t quite large enough, then you might want to consider adding on to it or building an outdoor shed.

Create A Work Surface

For your work surface, you could re-purpose old kitchen cabinets with a counter or build yourself a rough table using lumber from your local hardware store. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s sturdy. Cabinets will provide storage for all of the nuts, bolts, paint and little tools you’ll accumulate.

Clear A Wall

Weather this is above your workstation or alongside it, you’ll want an open area to hang up and organize your tools, so that they don’t clutter your surface. Put up a pegboard and create custom spaces with hooks. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes will seeing all your tools hanging with in reach — and a desire to fill it up.

Install Decent Lighting

You need to see what you’re doing when working with power tools. High-intensity lights, such as halogens or LED are perfect for brightening up your space. Utilizing them in track lighting or on bendable goose-neck fixtures can help you adjust the light to exactly where you need it.

Don’t let the thought of a home improvement project send you scurrying all over the house for tools. Take one weekend to follow these four steps and create a designated space for your garage workshop. Everything will be in one place and it won’t matter how long a project takes or how much of a mess you make!

Tom Crimmins is the broker/owner of Tom Crimmins Realty. This St. John’s University graduate and native Staten Islander’s past careers include Assistant Dean of Students at SJU, NYPD Sergeant, Director of the Carnesseca-Sarachek Basketball Camp, and investor, speculator, and buy-fix-flip real estate expert. His real estate experience, which spans 30 years, is second-to-none.

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