Hi, guys, today we’re back looking at the home, and it’s time to think about the garage. You know, that space in your home that you know exists but you never think about. It’s the ugly stepsister of the rooms in your house. You know it’s there, but you try as much as possible to ignore it. Sure, it has some uses. Mainly people use it to either store their car through the winter or as a place to keep rubbish. Usually, because they are too lazy to get rid of that rubbish completely. Starting to sound familiar? I bet it is, and that’s why I have good news. Your garage can be so much more than what it is right now. With a little work and a lot of effort, your garage can be the best room in the house. I know, that sounds like an exaggeration, but it isn’t really. You’ve got to start using your imagination, getting creative and you’ll start to see what I mean. Are you ready to begin? We’re going to do this in stages. First, we’ll think about how to clear your garage out. Then, we’ll decorate it. After that, we can start to consider some fantastic ways to use it.
Time For A Clear Out
Now, I know everyone who is reading this knows how to get rid of rubbish. So let’s go a little deeper and think about how to get rid of the most rubbish as quickly as possible. If you have some big cardboard boxes, you can use those to clear things out. I suggest that you make sure they are empty first. I can not tell you how many times I have thrown out instruction booklets for a device that I still have. Or spare wires for a piece of electrical equipment that I still need.
If you’re getting rid of heavy items, make sure that you double tape the bottom of the boxes. Otherwise, I guarantee it will tear open. You’ll be left with a swollen foot and another mess that you need to clean up. As well as this, you don’t want to pack these boxes to the brim. I know, it seems like less effort. Unfortunately, carrying one box filled with heavy objects is the easiest way to hurt your back.
This is why, if you have a lot of rubbish to clear out, you might want to rent a skip. With a skip, you can just put everything in that. Then, the company will remove it for you once you’re finished. Minimal effort and a fast solution, at a low cost, if you check for the cheapest companies online.
Once you’ve got rid of the rubbish, you might think that your job is done. However, if you’re going to be spending more time in the garage, and you are, you need it to be clean. If you’ve left your garage for long enough, I imagine it will now have other residents. If you’re lucky, these will be a few bugs and spiders. If you’re unlucky, you could have something like a wasps nest or one or two mice. It depends on how much of a mess you have let your garage become.
For the former problem, you just need to go to work with a vacuum. Hoover up the spider’s webs and make sure you get any eggs. Spider eggs look like small spheres of dust. If they lay, thousands of spiders will hatch. This is the real reason why you should never kill a spider.
For more serious bug and beastie problems in the garage, it is usually best to call an exterminator. They can be found online at orkin.com. and will fix the issue for you. Remember, an infestation can be a danger to your family and could spread to the rest of the home.
Style And Decoration
Once you’ve cleared out the space and cleaned up, you can think about decorating. Easily, my favorite part of the entire process and you can have a lot of fun with this activity. I suggest you start by being practical first. Your first job is to protect the garage. There are plenty of ways you can use your garage from a woodworking area to a mechanic workshop. They all have one thing in common. Substances and materials are going to get on the floor. You can to keep the floor clean and free from marks. That’s why you should purchase plastic flooring. This is easy to lay down and clear off. While not particularly attractive, it is practical. You can buy this type of flooring at duramat.co.uk.
Next, I suggest you look for shelving. You can set up shelving around the edge of the garage. This can be used to store tools, equipment or any items that you’re keeping in storage. When you have shelving it’s easy to keep things neat, tidy and organized. Before I arranged my garage, I constantly found myself searching for hours for an item. Now I can spot it as soon as I walk in the garage. You might also want to invest in some storage units too. Categorizing these units can make things a lot easier, particularly if you have children. They are always fussing on a summer’s day, trying to find their beloved summer item. You waste half the day looking for it, at which point they don’t even want it anymore.
Are you going to be using this garage or will it be your partner? Either way, you might want the garage to have more life. In that case, try adding some colors and stripes. We often think of the garage as a dark and dank place, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few touches of modern style, your garage can become your favorite room in the home. A couple more accessories like a rolling workbench and you will be able to switch it around as much as you like. If you’re like me, you’ll want this type of freedom with your style choices. Have a look at housebeautiful.com for other cool decorating ideas.
Using The New Space
Now we’ve got the place cleaned up and organized, what can you use it for? I imagine at this point; you’ll have a large open space. So the answer, unsurprisingly, is absolutely anything. Here are a few of my top ideas for your garage.
You can use it as a workshop area. A stunning and stylish workshop can be the perfect place to make new furniture or complete some DIY jobs. Wouldn’t it be great if next time the pipe burst, you could weld it back together yourself? With a proper workshop in your garage, you will be able to.
You just need to invest in the right equipment to kit out your garage. You can read reviews and get tips on buying equipment from a site such as thetoolboss.com. There you’ll find lots of handy hints. Remember, if you are using your garage as a place of work, hanging storage is essential. Everything is easy to find and, quite frankly, it looks awesome.
Alternatively, you can use your garage as a place for fun and recreation. How about a girl’s room, where you can watch your favorite shows in peace and privacy. If you are using the space like this, you can forget about those plastic floors. Now that you know you’re not going to be making a mess, you can set it up as a typical room. The only issue is that garages are not usually built to be suitable for living environments. As such, you will need to complete some renovation work. In particular, you’ll need to make sure the space is better insulated. Carpets on the floor will help here . However, you may also need to do some work on the walls.
Soundproofing might be another idea you will want to consider. Particularly, if you don’t want your neighbors to complain about thumping music or the laugh track of your favorite TV show.
Alternatively, if you have a double garage, you may want to use different sections for specific purposes. A large garage is perfect for this. You can use one side of the garage for car work and maintenance. It can also be a space for keeping it safe during those cold winter months. Around the edge, there can be areas for storage. Particularly, if you use that hanging storage solution that I mentioned.
Then, the other side of the garage can be a great space for the other ideas that we talked about. Don’t forget that if you want to kit out your garage, you can find cheap second-hand equipment online. There are some fantastic sellers that you may want to look at such as conformance.co.uk.
I hope you have fun with these ideas for improving your garage. I’m sure that once you start getting down to work, you’ll realize the potential that has room has. It can be used for anything that you require or want. The best part? It won’t cost you a lot of money to get things started. This is a budget home project that could dramatically improve the quality of your property.