Garages are more than just parking spaces. They serve as storage space for many items that homeowners wouldn’t want to place inside the house. They also serve as workspaces for various hobbies and DIY projects.
Most of the time, garages tend to be dirty and in disarray. Without proper storage spaces and containers, tools are easily misplaced, important automotive parts like sparkplugs are lost, and different items are mixed together, making searches difficult.
Here are a few DIY storage space ideas that will help turn your garage from dirty carport to attractive parking and workspace.
Use sliding doors for your cabinets and closets
Everyone knows how difficult it is to move inside a small or crowded garage. You squeeze yourself in just to get to where you need to go and squeeze even more when you need to get something from closets or cabinets.
Cabinets with doors that have hinged openings and drawers that slide out to open aren’t the best option for these kinds of spaces. If your garage is small or full of items, you’d need a better alternative: cabinets with sliding doors.
Sliding doors are a cost-effective alternative to traditional cabinet doors and drawers. Building a cabinet with sliding doors is cheaper than buying individual cabinets. What’s more, they add a modern look to your garage without compromising on space.
Every garage needs a workbench. These work surfaces allow homeowners to do a lot of things. Workbenches, however, tend to have a large footprint and need an area dedicated for them. Thankfully, there’s a space-saving option: fold-down tables.
Fold-down tabletops are work surfaces that are functional either open or closed. Attached to a cabinet or storage rack, they allow you to access whatever tool or item stored in your cabinet while working.
When open, they can be used as an alternative workbench, craft table, gardening bench, or even a standing table for your garage.
Unlike work benches, however, fold-down tables disappear into the cabinet or rack they are attached to. Simply fold them up to close them. What’s more, they hide messy and unfinished work while closed.
You can buy cabinets with fold-down tables, or build them by yourself. Simply attach some pegboard panels to a shelving unit and they’re good to go.
Your own upscale garage cabinet
An upscale garage cabinet doesn’t just enhance your garage’s storage capacity and organization; it also adds to your garages overall look and appeal. And when your garage looks good, it always feels good to work in it.
Buying an upscale garage cabinet in one go, however, is costly. Instead of setting up the whole storage system in one big purchase, you can buy individual cabinets one by one, building your whole upscale garage cabinet system over time.
Building your upscale garage cabinet this way gives you several benefits. One: you won’t need to shell out a huge amount of money for a single purchase. Your expenses will add up as you add new pieces to your garage cabinet.
Two: you’ll be able to customize your upscale cabinet better than when you purchase it completely. Over time you’ll discover needs that will help you choose which cabinet piece to add to the whole set.
Three: these cabinets, which can be purchased from retailers like Walmart and IKEA, are affordable and attractive. They can even be painted for greater customization.
A fresh coat of paint
If your garage already has good enough cabinets, maybe all that you need to do is to give them a fresh coat of paint to brighten them up.
Paint is an inexpensive way to make certain parts of your home look and feel better. The same principle applies to your garage: if your garage door, walls, and cabinetry look dirty and dull, paint will make it look better.
There are a lot of paint varieties to choose from, each of them having their own look and feel. Matte paint doesn’t have any shine and is easy on the eyes. Gloss paint, on the other hand, is shiny and is often used on woodwork.
For added functionality, consider using chalkboard paint. This effectively transforms any painted surface into a chalkboard where things can be drawn or written on using chalk. Paint your cabinet doors using this to allow them to be marked and labelled as needed.
Whatever the paint color you choose, make sure to match it with the color your walls, windows, and overhead doors have.
Have fun with your garage
Whatever you plan to do with your garage cabinets, make sure to do things that will help you and make working in the garage more enjoyable. Have fun with your garage!