Behind your garage door lies a space that, with a little work, can be transformed into the perfect home workshop. Before you can get started, you’ll need to make a few changes to get the space ready. Here are a few important steps you’ll need to take to make your garage the ideal workshop.
How to Remodel a Garage Into a Home Workshop
1. Clear the Space
To ensure your garage is safe for working in, clear any clutter, draping or hanging wires, or other obstructions. You’ll also need to remove items hung on the walls.
You’ll find it safer and easier to transform your garage without anything getting in the way, so make sure to give yourself a clean slate.
2. Choose Tool Storage
Before selecting your tool storage, consider the type of work you’ll be doing. For woodworking, set up wall-mounted pegboards for easy identification and quick access. For automotive work, sturdy steel toolboxes with wheels allow you to use your equipment anywhere in the space. Be sure to buy or build tool storage that will stand up to the combined weight of your tools, and that can be easily organized.
3. Provide Ample Lighting
In warmer weather, lighting is no problem: just open the garage door, and your workspace will be flooded with daylight. But in the winter, you’ll need to keep your garage closed to preserve warmth and keep out moisture. In addition to reliable electrical lights, consider installing a garage door with windows to increase the amount of natural light in the space.
4. Install Ventilation
Working with wood, metal, or electrical components produces fumes, dust, and other airborne particles, all of which need an escape route to ensure your safety.
Passive ventilation, like opening the garage door, is fine for minor tasks. But to guarantee cleanliness and reduce fire and breathing hazards, you should install a dust collection system, purpose-built ventilation, and a central vacuum. These will help air circulate while removing particulate matter and fumes to make for a safer workshop.
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