5 Tips for Turning a Garage into a Workshop

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A home workshop is one of the most desired additions to a family home. It’s a great place to start a hobby or to deal with home maintenance using your own tools. The easiest way to create such a space is to transform the garage into one. This transformation doesn’t have to be costly or take up a lot of your time. The most important consideration to have in mind is safety. Once you take care of that, you can add tools and features in phases until you have a workshop you’ve always dreamed of.

The cleanup
A good workshop should be spacious enough to keep all of your tools and allow you to move and work comfortably around it. A garage doesn’t always seem like it’s that kind of space, but that’s mostly because it’s used as storage in most homes.

One of the ways to find the full potential of your garage is to clean it up thoroughly and to start building the workshop from scratch. This is also an opportunity to throw away everything in your workshop that you don’t really need or even to sell those items and use the money to purchase things needed for the workshop.

Workshop layout
The layout usually isn’t something people put that much thought into and that can make day-to-day tasks needlessly difficult. It’s best to make a simple drawing that outlays the layout of your workshop beforehand and to install the tools accordingly. Large tools such as table saws require a few feet of space around them to be used safely. It’s also a good idea to dedicate a part of the room to waste disposal which can accumulate quite quickly in a busy workshop.

Floors
Garage floors aren’t as important for safety as workshop floors, which means that’s where you need to make a few adjustments. Start by using epoxy flooring paint in order to protect the concrete floor from corrosion and heat. That will allow you to work on most workshop projects without worrying about the damage you might do to the floors. It might also be useful to add a rubber coating to the floor around the areas where you plan to work the most. That will keep you safe even if you trip on a cable that’s left unprotected.

The lights
Choosing the lights is one of the most important decisions you’re going to have to make. The right choice should help you cut down on your electricity bills while allowing you to work comfortably and safely. LED lights will do the trick because they provide a nice working atmosphere while wasting much less energy than traditional lights. They do cost a bit more to install but it pays off in the long run. The main focus should be on installing tasks lights in the areas where most of the work is being done. That way, you can work at any time and use only the lights you need.

Air quality
Air quality can often be a problem if you’re working in a confined space and especially if you work with wood. Sawdust can cause a lot of respiratory problems and make work difficult or even damage your health. That’s something you need to prepare for before setting up the workshop. Sometimes a large window will do, but if your garage doesn’t have one, you’re going to have to invest in an air purifier of some kind. The use of protective masks should also be mandatory.

A garage can be easily turned into a workshop. All you need to do is think about the ways the workshop will be used and make the adjustments accordingly.