The garage isn’t usually an area of the home that people would consider sprucing up, but when creativity starts to fly and new possibilities can bring it to life, you’ll jump at the idea. Garages are functional spaces that families can use for a variety of activities, not just for storing their cars.
Imagine having your little corner of the world to retreat to when needed. Just like an escape from the pressures of life for a while. Make the space cozier and more livable by using these simple and affordable ways to spruce up the garage:
1. Add more storage options
Garages can sometimes be messy and chaotic, with lots of stuff lying around. People scatter sports equipment, tools, gardening supplies and more all over the surfaces. You can rid the garage of any disorganized clutter by installing storage options to keep everything together.
Cabinets, hanging hooks and hanging storage work well for larger items like sports equipment, while a proper tool box with divisions would keep smaller things in place. Plastic drawers on casters are another great choice because you can easily maneuver them around the room.
Creating the perfect garage isn’t terribly difficult if you start by organizing and getting rid of all the unused items in your path. Put things you don’t want to give away or sell in plastic crates or find another way to keep them out of sight.
2. Repair window frames and doors
Dilapidated or weathered windows and doors will hardly entice you to stay in the space longer than necessary. Fix broken doors, windows, frames and hinges, and maybe apply a fresh coat of paint to complete the project.
Windows and doors in a garage can get dusty and dirty pretty quickly, so clean them regularly to keep them looking their best. Scrape off dirt or use a pressure washer to clean thoroughly if necessary. After cleaning, it should be easier to spot where repairs are needed, so go ahead and clean it up.
Add homemade curtains or blinds to keep out prying eyes and open them for a nice burst of sunshine during the day. It would also keep some of the heat or cold out when it gets uncomfortable inside.
3. Modernize access
Have you ever come home after a hard day’s work? It’s raining and you have to get out of the car to open the garage door? Instead of having such inconveniences, install a motorized door to open it with a remote control.
Instead of paying for a technician to install, find an easy-to-install kit online and do it yourself. You can install a modern access lock to the side garage door with a PIN code lock to go with the new main entrance opening mechanism.
4. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint
Garage walls can suffer damage from all the movement of equipment and tools over the years. Take some time, seal the holes in the wall, fix the damage and paint it a nice shade.
A fresh coat of paint could make the room look brand new with little effort. Look for inexpensive paint options that you can apply yourself to make it more affordable than it looks. The result will leave you feeling proud of the accomplishment.
To help keep the paint and the rest of the interior fresh and fresh, seal all openings and cracks. These can form next to doors, windows and near the roof. Keeping the elements outside would help preserve all of your stored belongings.
5. Create a functional workspace
Some homes may not have enough space for people to practice their hobbies, especially when it takes up a lot of space. Other interests like gardening or creating something involving tools may need the garage as housing space.
Set up an arts and crafts corner with enough drawers, storage boxes, hanging hooks, and whatever else you might need to keep making perfect gifts for your neighbors. You can also use the workbench to create a potting station for the avid home gardener.
The tool lover would thank you for making room for them in the garage. Instead of fumbling around looking for the tools they need, they would now have a tidy space dedicated to their craft.
6. Installation of lighting and electrical equipment
When you start to use the space more, chances are you need to upgrade the lighting in the garage. Entering a dimly lit room is worrying and could cause you to leave early.
For workstations, there should be lighting to illuminate the workbench. Shed light on the project you’re working on while saving you from working overtime. With ample lighting, you don’t have to worry about searching for missing items or tripping over something in the darkest areas.
Electrical outlets come in handy when tackling a project in the garage. Many tools and gadgets require a connection point to be used or charged. Installing them can be done quickly and they are not as expensive as you might think. Install a few that could accommodate various outlets and keep extension cords from meandering around the room.
7. Insulate walls and roof
Depending on where you are in the world, it may be necessary to add additional padding to the walls and roof. In areas where temperatures reach extreme highs and lows, insulation could help regulate the climate inside the garage.
Some types of insulation do not require experts to install them. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions and soon your garage will be as comfortable as a bug in a rug. The car is protected from extreme temperatures and you can pursue your leisure activities while remaining perfectly comfortable.
The garage is a domestic space with many possibilities to become much more than a dumping ground for tools and waste. Beautifying it is done quickly while being gentle on the pocket. The possibilities are limitless. All you need is a solid plan.
Do the work yourself and make your family and friends proud to have such a handy person in their lives. Give them space to have fun with you. Everyone would be comfortable enough to practice their hobbies with a smile.