The old “car hold” can be easily neglected—it’s a room we use every day, but spend the least amount of time worrying about. It really is just a place to house your car, right? Actually, it can be so much more than that with a few easy DIY projects—that’s if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and spend a weekend working on enhancing your garage space. Think lots of convenient bench space, a shared area to work on all your projects, as well as plenty of easy storage—no more dodging falling paint cans or collapsing fishing rods! It’s simple and not overly time consuming to get the garage of your dreams, so what are you waiting for? Read on to discover how you can re-invent your garage space.
1. Organise your garage
This is the first step to a more functional and accessible garage. Be sure to keep similar items, such as kids’ toys and sporting goods, together so you know exactly where they are when you need them!
2. Sort through everything
Yes, it’s time-consuming and no one wants to do it, but going through all the stuff you’ve hoarded in the garage for years is a vital step to getting your garage clutter-free. Make an area for the things you want to keep, things you can donate and stuff to toss. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you can accumulate over the years!
3. Keep bikes off the floor
Whether you went through a health craze and haven’t touched your bike in years, or you use your bike every day, a great way to save space is to hang them up on the wall. By investing in some ceiling hooks or a floor-to-ceiling rack, you’ll see how much extra space you’ll have once those bikes are hung up.
4. Shelves are your best friends
Shelving is a quick, easy and cost-effective way to keep mess off the floor—not to mention make things a lot easier to find! This way, your items are less likely to be accidently run over if left on the floor.
5. Create a workplace
Whether you want to hire a cabinet maker for some custom cabinetry, or you’re going to invest in a pre-fab kit, installing a workplace with extra bench space is always a good idea. This will give you a great area to work on those hobbies, or even just a space to drop all those heavy grocery bags, making the trip inside that little bit easier.
6. Don’t forget the garage doors
If you’re looking to really get your project off to a great start, and make your garage as aesthetically pleasing as possible, start with your garage doors. You’ll want to hire an expert garage door specialist to give your home’s exterior a nice fresh look, as well as insulate your garage from noise and bad weather.
7. Convert it into another room
Sure, this will take much longer than one weekend, and a lot more effort, but converting your garage into a livable area can pay off. Homebuyers are looking for more square footage for their family, and less for their cars—making a garage conversion more appealing for those looking to sell. You’ll need to make sure your plans are approved by your local government, so it’s best to call in a professional for home renovations.