Your garage is much more than just a place to park cars. It's a warehouse, a toyshop, a workshop and quite possibly, your favorite place to hang out. This collection of great garage tips will help your garage work smarter so you can do everything you want there—including park your car!
If your garage isn't big enough for your car and
a workbench, you could get a smaller car or you
could build a fold-down workbench. This one
sets up in seconds and eats up zero floor space
when not in use. The only things you'll need are
a 2x4, a pair of beefy hinges, a couple of threaded
pipes and flanges, and a handful of screws
(about $30 altogether).
work surface, we used a
30-in. solid-core door ($50),
but you can use other
materials such as two
layers of 3/4-in. plywood
To set up the workbench,
just screw the
pipes into the flanges.
Don't waste floor space on
your wheelbarrow—hang it
on the wall.
is available at some home
centers, but you can easily build
it yourself. Substitute a scrap of 1x4, a
pair of mending plates and
screw hooks that act as latches.
Then you can easily lock the wheelbarrow
against the wall
Most electrical codes require just one outlet in the garage. And
that's just what most builders give you—one measly outlet for
all your tools and toys. If you have open studs, you can easily
run wire and add outlets as long as you follow a few basic rules
(find articles about garage wiring here).
If your walls are covered, you don't have to cut into them to run
wires. Instead, you can mount metal or plastic wiring channels
and outlet boxes right on the wall.
Hang ladders from the ceiling so they don't hog
prime storage space. The rollers on this simple
carriage let you easily slide in one end of the ladder,
then the other. The materials you'll need
cost about $20 at home centers.
Fasten the corner
braces to ceiling joists with 2-in. lag screws.
Secure the ladder with an elastic cord so it can't
roll out and fall.
Whether you need more storage space or
more work space, the ultimate solution
for a too-small garage is an addition. In
many cases, you can knock out a section
of garage wall. Install a header to support
the weight of the roof, and build a large
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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