Garages are meant for more than just parking cars. Add in some equipment and your garage can be turned into a man-cave or game room. Open your garage door and you have extra space to be used as a workshop, or a space to exercise your creativity.
Whatever the purpose, your garage deserves to be equipped with the best tools and devices you can use for whatever you want. Here are some essential tools and devices that you can use for pretty much anything you’d want to do in your garage.
A reliable jack and jack stands
If you love tinkering with your car, you’re going to need a trusty jack. A good jack will help you lift your car, or pretty much anything heavy, to a height that will allow you to work on them, without fear of your vehicle falling.
Pair your jack with dependable jack stands that will keep your car or equipment at the height you wanted.
A sturdy work bench
Work benches are essential to any man’s garage, and no garage should ever be without them. Work benches serve as open spaces where you can work.
These must be sturdy enough to handle all sorts of heavy work including woodworking, cutting steel, and many others. Also, these should be heavy enough to stay in place while you work on them.
A good bench vise
A bench vise serves as an extra hand in your garage, allowing you to do more things than you could with only two hands. A bench vise will help you finish difficult tasks by holding the item you are working on so you don’t have to.
When choosing a bench vise, remember that bigger is better. A bigger bench vise opens wider than a smaller one, and is able to hold onto items tighter than smaller models. Just make sure to choose one that your work bench can carry.
A good set of hand tools
Basic hand tools allow you to do many things that you would otherwise be unable to do without. Changing tires, cutting small pieces of wood, making your wife a new desk — you’ll find that you won’t be able to do these things without these hand tools.
Invest in good quality tools that will last long and withstand heavy use. Make sure to choose quality hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, utility knives, handsaws, pliers, vise grips, levels and tape measures.
A set of power tools
Powers tools aren’t just for DIYers; they’re for every garage. Power tools allow you to do what traditional hand tools do, only faster and easier. These include power drills, impact drivers, reciprocating saws, angle grinders and rotating multi-tools.
If you can afford it, go for cordless varieties. Cordless power tools provide you several conveniences traditional corded power tools don’t have. They allow you to reach distances far away from a power outlet, and you won’t have to deal with stubborn cords.
When choosing power tools, go for what you need the most. If you love woodworking, go add jigsaws and electric planers to your list. If you love to customize your cars, a rotating multi-tool will do you wonders.
Make sure to choose top-quality tools. Don’t compromise, thinking you will save on a cheaper brand. Look for trusted models that do the job well for longer.
A good air compressor
Air compressors are very useful. Their use extends to areas outside of your garage doors. They are used to pump tires, blow dirt and debris out of your garage, and, if you really want to be creative, can be used to blow leaves away from your driveway.
When choosing an air compressor, go for bigger models that have more power. You’ll find these useful in powering your pneumatic tools. You will find them handy when using airbrushes, perfect for painting or staining your newly-made wooden masterpieces.
A storage chest
All your tools need to be kept in a safe place so that you won’t misplace them. They also need to be organized to make it easy for you to get what you need. They should also be within your reach whenever you’re doing something.
You can convert the lower part of your work bench into a storage space for your tools. Or, if you can afford it, go invest in a good storage chest. This way, your tools are kept safe while allowing you to do more with your work bench.
Invest in good quality lighting for your garage. Having enough lighting allows you to properly see what you are working on, helping you work effectively and keeping you safe from unwanted accidents.
Aside from fixed lighting, you can also purchase portable LED lighting. These will help you see beneath your car, see details on the underside of your furniture projects, and will also help you see fine details on that art project you’ve been pouring yourself on.