5 Garage workshop upgrades that every DIYer should try
Does the idea of calling someone else to do a home repair make you cringe? Do you have trouble throwing away something that’s broken without trying to fix it first? Does the sound of a spinning saw blade bring you joy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you’re a bit of a DIY fanatic. For many handy people, a garage workshop is a place of solitude, where household chores that require cutting, sanding, and hammering are carried out. Just like any room in your home, there are always ways to improve your workspace. We have compiled a list of upgrades that every DIYer should consider when redoing their garage workshop.
1) Hang Up Your Tools
Nothing is more frustrating than digging through a toolbox when you are looking for a certain wrench size or screwdriver. Luckily there is an easier way to store your tools, by hanging them on your workshop walls. There are many different ways you can do this, such as setting up pegboards, buying tool-specific wall hangers, or magnetic strips. All options are great but it really just depends on the amount of wall space your workshop has available. DIYers have been tacking up their tools for generations and for good reason, it is very effective! Not only will hanging up your tools save you time, but doing this will also keep your garage workshop staying organized. Ditch the giant messy toolbox and tack up those tools!
2) Improve Your Workshop’s Lighting
Being that most home workshops are located in the garage, it’s no surprise that the lighting is not always top quality. When you are drilling or cutting being able to clearly see what you’re doing is crucial. Not only is a safety hazard to have insufficient lighting while operating machinery, but it also hinders your precision. Luckily, there are many different ways you can improve the lighting in your garage workshop. One of the easiest ways is to swap out the overhead garage light with a few high powered fluorescents or LED bulbs. However, there are many other options for improving your workspace lighting that doesn’t require any rewiring. For example, you can install LED strips underneath your workshop cabinets or place a shop lamp on your workbench. Stop working in the dark and let there be light.
3) Clearcoat Your Floor for Easy Cleanup
No matter what you may be crafting in your workshop, one thing is for certain, something is going to get spilled on the floor. Cleaning up spills such as oil, paint, and bleach can take longer than the project you used them for. The concrete floors tend to be very porous, which means they have a knack for making spills a nightmare to clean up. However, if you clear coat your workshop floors, cleaning up spills are a walk in the park. You can even add an extra bit of color to your garage floors by painting them before applying a sealant. Make your garage floor colorful and functional with a little clear coat.
4) Store Your Items Overhead
The fight for space in the garage can become intense at times. Not only does your garage serve as a workshop, but also as a parking space and sometimes even a storage facility. Needless to say, saving space in your garage is a must for every DIYer. One of the easiest ways to make more space in your garage is to hang up an overhead storage rack. Not only will you be able to store large items such as storage bins, lumber or bicycles, but you can also park your car underneath it. Get the space your garage workshop needs with an overhead storage rack.
5) Get a Shop Vacuum that Fits Your Needs
Working with wood, tile or even metal in your shop means one thing, your floors are about to be covered in shavings. Sure you can buy a traditional shop vac and lug out a giant hose every time you need to clean up. But why not get a vacuum that does not require a ton of space? The EyeVac Pro hands-free vacuum is perfect for any garage workshop because it’s compact but can handle whatever project you are working on. It’s as simple as grabbing a broom and sweeping the mess up to the EyeVac. Then watch as your workshop shavings are cleaned up instantly. Ditch the traditional clunky shop vac and get a vacuum that suits your workshop.
In short, with these simple tips, you can transform your humble workspace into an all-out workshop. Keeping your space well lit, mess-free and clean will boost productivity and save you time. Enjoy your home hobbies more by making your workspace work for you.
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