Even in large houses, having your own space can be an issue. Everyone needs some personal space for working on hobbies or storing favorite items, but when everyone in the family is competing for space inside the house, things can get cramped fast. However, many families overlook an obvious extra source of living space: the garage. Take a look at some convenient ways for everyone in the family to carve out some space for themselves in your garage.
Create a Mudroom
A garage is a good place for your kids to store their books, jackets, rain gear, backpacks, and other day-to-day items. It’s easy to create a mudroom space near the entryway to the home. Hang some simple hooks for jackets and bags, install a wall shelf for hats, and repurpose old wooden crates into a boot rack.
Or you can invest in some school-style lockers. A few lockers in the garage will give each kid the space to store the stuff that they take in and out of the house with them every day, leaving more space in the house for other items, and keeping easily-tripped-over bags and boots out of the way.
Install Wall Shelving
A set of wall shelves can give you a lot of space to store or display items without using up valuable floor space. Did someone in the house take up canning? Garage shelves may be the perfect place to store cans of peaches and tomatoes. Is there an athlete in the house? A set of shelves in the garage can not only store sports equipment, they also make a great place to keep trophies, plaques, and other memorabilia.
Pick Out the Perfect Workbench
Every garage needs a good workbench. You may choose to use it for home repair or woodworking projects, but it doesn’t have to be used for those types of activities. A garage workbench could also make a great sewing station or a perfect spot for arts and crafts projects.
A good workbench should be sturdy and have plenty of drawers for storage. If your space is limited, consider choosing a rolling workbench that can be easily moved. That way, it can be moved to the middle of the garage when you need space for working and pushed back against the wall when you’re not working. If you need more space for tools that you’ll use at your workbench, consider lining a wall near where the bench is stored or installed with pegboard. Then you can hang hand tools, paintbrushes, or other small tools that you’ll use at your workbench for easy access.
Create a Pet Grooming Station
Even Fluffy or Fido could benefit from some garage space. Install a utility sink or large basin with a detachable water hose for easy washing. Hang your pet’s brushes and other grooming tools nearby. Add a small cabinet or set of shelves to store extra toys, food, collars and leashes, and other pet supplies.
Could your family benefit from a garage renovation? To find out how you can make more space in your garage for your family’s needs, schedule your free design consultation.