The garage is a multipurpose room, which can be used for anything from parking cars to disassembling engines to storing the junk that just doesn’t fit in the rest of your house. If you’re a car fan, though, your garage should be a haven for working on your ride. How can you turn your garage into the perfect place to rebuild a classic or buff up a modern car?
Invest in a Lift
If you’re working on cars on a regular basis, lifting and lowering cars on a manual hydraulic jack gets old fast. Make it a point to invest in a lift that will fit in your garage space. Big lifts might raise your car too high for a garage with a low roof clearance, but a low-rise car lift can fit in just about any garage without worrying about putting the roof of your car through the ceiling.
Buff Your Doors
A garage is only as good as its door, and you don’t have to be restricted to traditional garage door designs anymore. Modern garage doors can be a great way to add a bit of sass to your garage without reworking the architecture of your home. Pick different colors, windows that let in natural light or even something totally different, like a barn-style garage door that opens outward instead of up.
Organize, Organize, Organize
No one likes hunting through a pile of tools for a half-inch socket or a 10 mm wrench. When you’re building your dream garage, organization is essential. Invest in tool boxes where you can organize your tools or pegboards where you can hang them on the walls, so they’re easy to find. Working on cars is hard work in and of itself, so don’t make it more difficult by throwing your tools in a pile.
Build a Library
If you work on cars, you’ve probably purchased quite a few Haynes manuals or other how-to books to help you with your jobs. Why not create your own personal manual library? Build some shelves, or buy some flat-pack bookshelves that you can keep in your garage. This will give you a place to keep your manuals neat and protected when they’re not in use.
Draw on Your Walls
A dry erase board can be a great place to gather your thoughts and figure out how to approach your latest project, but it also takes up valuable floor space in your garage. Instead, consider painting your garage walls with dry-erase paint. Similar to chalkboard paint, this option simulates the surface of a dry-erase board on any surface that you paint it on. You could put it on a wall or even the inside of your garage door.
If you like working on cars, your garage should be a safe space for you to enjoy spending time tearing down engines and rebuilding classic cars. It doesn’t take much to turn a garage into a dream space — all you need is a bit of ingenuity and the ability to think outside the box, and you’re good to go!