Things can get pretty hectic and disorganized if you don’t have a proper space to work on your car in. We’ve always dreamed about the perfect workshop for our cars, so we took the time to research some ways to transform our ordinary garage to one that will be the envy of every gearhead in town. Even with a limited budget, building up your stockpile of car tools and gadgets slowly will yield your dream garage in no time.
- Clean It Out
Garages are magnets for clutter. Whether it’s broken lawn care equipment or boxes of old knick knacks you haven’t touched in years, they’ve got to go. Trying to get work done in a messy space is not only difficult, it’s dangerous. The last thing you want is to climb out from underneath your car and trip over a weedwacker.
If you’re really tight on space, it’s not be a bad idea to rent a storage unit or even donate all of your unused stuff. This’ll get your garage ready for your next project and maybe even improve your mental health. Studies show that cutting down on clutter can actually help ease depression, and we’re sure being able to tinker on your car easily wouldn’t hurt either.
- Invest in a Good Workbench
What’re you going to do, work at the kitchen table? Whether you build it yourself or buy one, no garage is worth its salt without an organized workbench. Things like peg boards, tool cabinets, dry erase boards, and a comfortable chair or stool will give you the resources necessary for any project you’re tackling.
- Build Your Own Library
Unless you know everything about cars, chances are you’ll occasionally need to look things up. Which, let’s be honest, even master mechanics need to hit the books every once in a while. You might be thinking, “I’ll just go online,” but, remember, your hands will definitely be dirty and do you really want to risk breaking your fancy phone or laptop while working on your car?
Devoting a few shelves to some manuals and user guides will give you the freedom and information to fix or modify anything. Your library could be as simple as a few milk crates to a proper bookcase–whatever works for you.
- Stock Up on the Essentials
How many times have you worked on a project only to be interrupted by a trip to your auto parts store? Avoid this by devoting room in your garage to those things you’ll need sooner or later. Having extra oil, engine fluids, and air filters at your fingertips will save you time and the frustration of having to interrupt your next project with a trip to the store.
- Make It Your Own
Chances are, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your new and improved garage. Once you’ve filled it with all the right gear and resources, take some time to personalize it. This could be as simple as throwing up some posters to adding a mini fridge or stereo. Your garage is somewhere you should want to spend time (as if your car wasn’t reason enough). Here are some examples if you need inspiration.
Whatever steps you take, make sure your garage fits your style, needs, and budget. Having a workspace devoted to your car and your style might just help give you that extra push to get that long awaited project done.
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