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You have a home. You have a garage. You love working with your hands. You need a home garage workshop.
Whether you’re a carpenter, a welder or someone who likes to tinker with tools, having a garage workshop is a great asset. Not only do you have a dedicated space to work on projects, but you can also customize it to suit your specific needs. A workshop is also an extension of your home, so you want it to be comfortable as well as functional. When you take on the project of building your own garage workshop, you’ll be set when it comes to working on future projects. Consider the following when creating your garage workshop:
The right lighting will make a big difference in your workspace. It can help you see things with ease, allow you to be more productive, and prevent eye strain. When it comes to lighting in a workshop, there are a few different options:
Whatever kind of lighting you choose, make sure that it's easy to adjust. It should have many levels of brightness so that you can control the amount of light you need. If possible, choose lights with a dimmer switch so you can turn the lights down when they're not needed.
Of course, this is just a general guideline. You may need more or less light depending on the specific circumstances of your garage. Use this guideline for a good starting point when choosing the right light fixtures for your needs.
Ventilation is an important consideration in any garage workshop, especially if it is attached to your home. There are a few different ways to ventilate a workshop:
Proper ventilation will help to ensure the health and safety of anyone working in the space.
The best way to heat your garage workshop is with an electric garage heater. An electric garage heater is easy to install and maintain. The most common type of electric garage heater is a forced-air heater. Forced-air heaters work by circulating heated air through the garage using a fan. These heaters are the most efficient and can warm up large areas.
Another type of electric garage heater is the radiant heater. Radiant heaters work by emitting infrared waves that heat objects rather than the air. These heaters are more efficient when warming up smaller areas.
When it comes to cooling your garage, one of the most preferred methods is to install a ductless air conditioner. This is the easiest way to keep your garage cool during hot summer days. Another option is to install a garage attic fan. Both of these are efficient at keeping a cool garage when you’re trying to work for long hours in the heat.
Another way to keep your garage workshop comfortable year-round is to insulate it. This helps keep the temperature inside the workshop more consistent, while also reducing noise from outside. Don’t forget about the garage door - you may want to consider investing in an insulated garage door if you don’t already have one.
If you’re going to use your garage to power electrical devices like a saw and a portable air conditioner, you may need to upgrade your garage’s electrical service. Make sure there are enough power outlets or sockets around the workshop so you always have access to electricity anywhere you need it.
Before you install a workbench, tool cabinets, or shelving, ensure there are enough power outlets or sockets to get your tools running once the workshop is completed and ready for use.
Note: Work with a qualified electrician to get this work done. Don’t upgrade your own electrical service unless you happen to be a trained electrician.
Now that your garage is set with the perfect lighting, heat, air conditioning, and good ventilation, it's time to put your workshop together. No matter what kind of work you do in your garage workshop, there are certain must-have items that you need in order to be productive and efficient. Here is a list of the must-have items for a garage workshop:
A workbench is the most important item in a garage workshop. It provides a dedicated, flat surface for working on projects. Outfitted with drawers or shelving, it can also be used for storage.
If your space is limited, consider purchasing or building a folding workbench or one that allows rolling tool chests to fit underneath to maximize space and storage.
Storage is essential for an efficient, well-functioning workshop. This is especially important when it’s a garage space that is shared with vehicles and other items. You need spaces to store away and organize tools and equipment. Some storage ideas include:
A set of power tools can make many tasks easier and faster, and they can also help you to complete projects that would be difficult or impossible to do by hand. Some examples are a jigsaw, circular saw, and power drill.
A good set of hand tools are a must for everyone. They can be used for a variety of things, and they can also be used for tasks that power tools cannot.
Effective dust control is key to a clean, healthy, and productive garage workshop. If you are working with wood often, it is important to have a vacuum system set up.
Safety equipment is essential in a garage workshop. Safety equipment includes items such as gloves, safety glasses, and earplugs, as well as a fire extinguisher and first-aid kit.
You can take care of many home improvement projects with just a few basic tools. But if you plan on spending some time building and repairing things in your garage workshop or have more extensive home updates, these tools will get you started:
A good power drill is one of the best investments you can make for your garage workshop. It can drill holes and drive screws and bolts much faster than can be done with hand tools. If you won’t use a drill often, consider a corded drill. But a cordless drill is easy to use and makes projects even more efficient (as long as you remember to keep it charged). Look for a model that recharges quickly or comes with two batteries.
An electric circular saw is great for cutting lumber and plywood. Avoid buying the cheapest saw you find; it won’t last and won't be powerful enough for some cutting chores.
If you don’t see yourself needing an electric saw, at least equip yourself with a hand saw. You’ll be surprised what a hand saw can accomplish.
Pick a good-quality curved claw hammer with a steel or fiberglass handle. Make sure it’s not too light (nothing under 16 ounces).
There’s no need to have several random screwdrivers all over the place. The best choice is a four-in-one model that allows you to switch quickly between straight-slot or Phillips-head needs, in two standard sizes.
A 3/8-inch socket wrench with a couple of extenders and a set of sockets will make quick work of tightening and loosening nuts and bolts. For small, quick jobs, an 8- or 10-inch adjustable wrench is handy to have.
Slip-joint pliers are the most versatile type of pliers and belong in every toolbox.
One of the cheapest tools in your workshop, and one that will come in handy on a regular basis. Look for one with a retractable blade, and always remember to retract it before setting the knife down. A dull blade is more likely to cause injuries than a sharp one, so change it often.
The most useful level is a two- or four-foot carpenter's level. If you plan to do a lot of home remodeling, keep both on hand.
A 25-footer with a one-inch wide tape will handle nearly every measuring need you have.
Battery-operated Zircon stud finders are great to have for locating studs in drywall. On thicker plaster walls, using the metal-sensing setting on certain stud finders works well.
The ladder is definitely a must-have. You’ll use it to replace lights, paint the bedroom, clean windows, hang Christmas lights, and much more. A good, aluminum 6-foot model is sufficient, but you may also want to invest in an extension ladder if you have higher areas you need to reach.
Extension cords come in handy for many projects, both indoors and out. Make sure you have a collection of different lengths on hand for when you may need them.
If you're serious about your garage workshop, then having quality equipment is a must. Not only will it help you get the job done right, but it will also last longer and make your workshop more efficient. Here are a few reasons why investing in quality equipment for your garage workshop is so important:
Buying quality equipment for your garage workshop is an investment that will pay off in the long run. You'll end up with a garage workshop that you enjoy using for years.
A garage workshop is a great place to get creative and work on projects, but it can become cluttered and disorganized quickly. One way to keep your workspace organized and tidy is to make storage a priority. Here are a few reasons why storage should be a priority in your garage workshop:
Making storage a priority in your garage workshop is a smart move that will pay off in the long run. By keeping your workspace clean and organized, you'll be able to work more and actually enjoy spending time there.
A garage workshop is all about having a specific space to build, make and create. You can definitely make it comfortable with lighting, heat, and air conditioning, but if you use your workspace often, make sure it is a comfortable place for your feet. Standing for long periods of time on hard concrete can easily fatigue your legs and feet. Here are some ideas to make your garage floor as comfortable as the rest of the workshop:
Your garage can be so much more than a place to park your car and store your holiday decorations. Having easy access to a workshop right outside your home will allow you to create, build and fix things easier and more efficiently. When you are ready to build your own garage workshop, make sure it is well-lit, well-ventilated, and a comfortable place to work for extended periods. You will also need to outfit it with the proper storage, functional workspace, and handy tools to fit your needs. There are so many benefits to having a garage workshop – from simple home repairs to tackling DIY projects – so get working!
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