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Are you tired of stepping on random household items every time you go into your garage? Is your garage space taken over by junk? Do you envy your neighbor's spotless storage area? Fret not! You don't have to be a professional do-it-yourselfer to create a home workstation! Check out these four easy ways to convert your garage into a home workshop.
Floor Plan and Tool Storage
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The most important thing to do when creating a home workshop is to figure out your floor plan and storage area. Measure your garage space and divide it into different sections according to your needs. It would be ideal to place your workbench against a wall that has an electrical outlet. If you plan to do a lot of woodworking, you can hang your tools on a pegboard near the bench for easy access.
Some people prefer to have a rolling tool chest so that they can move it around as the work on their project. However, for a small garage, a stationary cabinet might work better, so decide wisely. If you need some inspiration, check out Home Depot for some cool tool storage ideas.
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Most garage spaces are not well-insulated, so you will need to put some extra work into insulation to have a comfortable workspace year-round. You could setup wall-mounted space heaters and AC units or opt for portable ones instead. Alternatively, consider installing a multi-split heat pump. The multi-split system creates heating and cooling zones throughout your house, allowing you to set different temperatures for the various zones.
Another important thing to keep in mind when transforming your garage into a home workshop is ventilation. Please install exhaust ventilation in your garage, especially if you will be dealing with toxic chemical fumes.
The existing light bulbs in your garage will probably not be able to provide sufficient lighting for a workshop. Track lighting and spotlights are ideal to illuminate the important areas in your workshop. Some woodworkers prefer installing battery-powered LED lights at the bottom of their storage cabinets, while others find it more effective to have table lamps on their workbench. Another great option would be to install a motion detector light switch. This way, you don't have to worry about turning on the lights when your hands are full.
The number of electrical outlets required for your home workshop will ultimately depend on the projects that you would like to work on. If you want to just work on small handicraft and painting projects, the existing outlets may be sufficient. However, if you want to embark on bigger woodworking and automobile projects, it would be good to install a special voltage outlet or even a dedicated circuit.
For safety purposes and to avoid overloading, always have a separate electrical circuit for your house and garage workshop. It's also a great idea to install Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) if you're worried about faulty tools and exposure to water.
Finally, feel free to personalize the workshop space to your liking. After all, your home workshop should inspire you to work on more DIY projects and help to calm your thoughts.