If you’re like most homeowners, your garage does double duty. Sure, it’s a place to store your car to keep it safe from the elements, but it’s also storage space for all of those things that you want to keep nearby, but that don’t quite have a place in the main part of your house. Depending on your interests, your garage may also be your craft shop, workspace, art studio, or even band rehearsal space. When you only have a 1-car garage to work with, fitting all of that in can be a bit difficult, but if you’re creative with your space, it can be done. Take a look at what you need to know about making the most of a 1-car garage.
Install New Outlets
You would think that in a small garage, you would be easily able to reach a power outlet when you need one. But the truth is, there probably aren’t enough outlets even in your 1-car garage. Believe it or not, this is one reason why garages get messy and disorganized. You might start leaving frequently-used tools near the power outlet instead of putting them away, or you could end up with a criss-cross of wires and extension cords that you’re always tripping over.
Do yourself a favor and have a few new outlets installed, so that you have access to power where you need it and when it’s convenient.
Always Go Up
Take advantage of the high ceilings in your garage. You may not be able to extend your storage space out without running into space that you need for the car, but you can definitely build up. Choose stackable tool chests or a floor-to-ceiling shelving system. You can even leave more room for the car by using pegboard on the lower levels, where the car would go, and attaching shelves about the pegboard.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the ceiling space as well. You can hang a bike lift or mount specially designed ceiling storage totes on the ceiling. Use this space to get items that you don’t need access to often off the floor and out of the way. You’ll get annoyed with the ceiling storage if you need to climb a ladder every time you need a hammer or screwdriver, but ceiling storage totes are the perfect place to store the Christmas lights and decorations that you only need once a year.
Make It Mobile
Wheels can make whatever kind of work you’re doing in your garage a lot more convenient. Put wheels on your workbench, your tool chest, and any other bulky items. That way, it’s easy to roll these items out to the middle of the garage (or even outside the garage) when you want to use them, and it’s also easy to put them away, out of the way when it’s time to bring the car in.
If you’ve been wanting to use your garage as a workspace more often, but avoid it because of the inconvenience of dragging things out and putting them back, adding wheels to your heavy items so that they’re easy to move can give you the motivation you need to get to work.
Whatever the right solution is for your garage, Garage Envy can help you find it. Contact us for a free design consultation and estimate.