A garage is a perfect place for your workshop. It is spacious, easy-to-clean and most importantly separated from the rest of your house. If you are lucky enough to have one, then half of your work is done, you will just need to add a couple of things because garages usually don’t fulfill all of the requirements for the workshop.
Things like workbenches, outlets, and other workshop features will need to be added and that is exactly why we’re here. For all DIY enthusiasts, we have come up with a list of absolutely necessary features every garage workshop should have, just so you don’t end up forgetting some of them.
First of all, you will need a proper workbench. No workshop can exist without sturdy and nicely designed worktable. It needs to be durable, so it can withstand all the banging, hitting and pressing you will be doing on it. Don’t worry about aesthetics, if you need extra durability put in the metal support. As for the surface of the bench, we recommend using thick hardwood. It can take a lot of abuse without any marks.
Also, make sure it is leveled and firmly pinned down in one place. The last thing you want is for it to slip from beneath you in the middle of the working session. You can damage your project and even injure yourself in the process.
Next up on our list is lighting. Unless you specifically designed lighting in your garage, chances are that it is poorly lit. This can be extremely dangerous because poor visibility can lead to injuries and accidents. To make sure every corner of your garage workshop is properly lit you will need to install track lighting. You can mount them on the wall, ceiling, beams, etc. Just make sure the floor is perfectly visible, so you don’t trip on something.
Additionally, you should install a lamp on your workbench. Most of the time you will be bent over and casting a shadow on it, making it hard to do some precision work. This is an easy fix, just place a lamp on your workbench and you will have no such problems.
Storage for tools and materials
Tools and materials are an integral part of the workshop, but so is storing them. Having every tool in one place and within hand’s reach should be your goal. Luckily, there are storage solutions that will help you achieve this. Shelves, bins and drawers are just some of the many ways you can store your tools and materials. Separate everything into categories so you don’t waste time going through drawers looking for that one screwdriver.
On top of that pegboards are ideal for storing commonly used tools. Hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, etc. can all be hung on them, making accessing them quick and easy. The ideal place for a pegboard is above your workbench because you will be spending most of your time there.
Lastly, let’s talk about outlets. Most garages have one or two electrical sockets and sure you can get extension cords, but that will only create a mess on your floor. Installing extra outlets is the way to go. Make sure you count in sockets for AC, radio and other appliances besides your corded tools. It is better to have a surplus of outlets than to be one outlet short.
With that, our list ends. As you can see, there are a couple of things you should pay attention to. Workbench and tools are absolutely necessary, but so are lighting and extra outlets. If you don’t have enough money to transform your garage all at once, start with what is most important to you and add the rest of the features later.
February 20, 2017