As long as the garage is the place where you store your car, it makes sense for it to be the place where you work on your car as well. Whether you’re an ace mechanic or you just like to save money by doing simple car maintenance tasks, you need a clean, well-equipped, and spacious work area. But not every garage is set up to accommodate mechanical work. Take a look at a few tips that you can use to turn your garage into a perfect car care center.
The first thing that you need to do if you want to use your garage for mechanical work is get organized. Sure, you probably already store your tools in the garage, but are they neatly organized? Do you have space to move around between your car and your tools and supplies?
Some sturdy shelves can go a long way toward giving you the space and organization that you need to make your garage into a functional car care space. A durable cabinet with strong, deep shelves can help you get large items and tools off the floor and store them safely so that you don’t have to worry about whether they’ll be in good shape when you need them. Hand tools can be conveniently hung from pegboard or slatwall on the garage walls.
Have a Solid Foundation
Take a look at your garage floor. What do you see? If it’s plain concrete, you should probably consider upgrading your floor before you turn your garage into a vehicle workshop. Oil and other fluids can be hard on a garage floor, and they’re likely to stain even if you wipe them up quickly.
Coating your garage floor in epoxy is an affordable way to bring it up to the standard you need for garage work. Epoxy strengthens your floor, which will increase its lifespan. Epoxy also resists stains and can stand up to exposure to chemicals. It’s easy to clean, and it has a reflective surface that will help increase the light in your garage.
Improve Your Lighting
Speaking of the light in your garage, that may need an upgrade as well. One bare bulb in the middle of the ceiling may be enough if you’re just going to store your car, but if you’re going to do mechanical work, your garage needs to be bright enough to allow you to see well.
Long fluorescent bulbs are a good choice for improving your garage lighting. They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and can quickly shed a lot more light on your mechanical work. However, you may also want to consider using lamps or LED lights for spot lighting – this can give you a brighter spotlight for delicate work at your workbench, or illuminate a place that’s still in shadows even with your new overhead lighting.
If you’re ready to upgrade your garage and turn it into a convenient home car care center, you may need some help from garage experts. Contact us for your free design consultation and estimate.