Luke Lloyd has some tips for organizing your home workshop after being converted from a standard garage. For bikes, classic cars or
motorbikes we can help build your ideal home mechanic’s workshop.
Make a plan for your garage’s layout.
Most garage-organizing system makers include free space planning, so take use of it as you figure out where to put everything. Before
you purchase anything, measure the size and placement of your garage’s windows, doors, switches, and receptacles, as well as how
much room your vehicle takes up. Then, when you give items a home, follow the guidelines below.
Gardening equipment and lawn chemicals, for example, should be kept in close proximity to one another.
Place large items, such as lawnmowers, in corners to avoid being bumped or pushed over by your vehicle.
Closely store commonly used goods, such as bicycles, near the garage entrance.
Seasonal or seldom used goods should be kept in the most difficult-to-reach places.
Keep all of your belongings off the garage floor.
When at all possible, keep things off the floor. You’ll have a lot more space for your vehicle and won’t have to deal with messy,
impossible-to-sort heaps. If you buy prefabricated shelves or cabinets, make sure they’re on legs so you can simply clean the floor
Garage Storage Products You Must Have
Bins made of transparent plastic that may be stacked and have lids.
Sorting hardware and small things in clear jars of various sizes. Simply preserve food jars and carefully clean them before usage.
A lockable cabinet for keeping lawn chemicals and other items that you don’t want your children to access.
You don’t have to interpret poor handwriting using a portable label maker.
Why are open shelves preferable to closed cabinets?
Shelves are less costly, simpler to reach (you don’t need extra clearance to open the doors), and allow you to quickly assess what you’ve
Cabinets with doors provide a reason to be disorderly by allowing you to conceal evidence, thus they may rapidly get cluttered. Use them
just when the items you’re keeping need to be protected from dust and grime in the air.
Vertical Organizing Systems should be installed.
Pros: It’s widely accessible and simple to install; it can be trimmed to fit and even painted to personalise the appearance; and a range of
suitable hooks, shelves, and organisers are available from many manufacturers.
Cons: While a pegboard can hold small hand tools and other items, it isn’t strong enough to hold large things such as bicycles.
Systems based on tracks:
Pros: Shelf standards are suspended from a single track attached to wall studs, allowing them to support larger items; standards, hooks,
shelves, and organisers can all be simply moved.
Cons: You must ensure that the track is level for the standards to hang straight; they work best with completed and plumb garage walls.
Systems with Panels:
Pros: The whole wall is completed with slotted plastic panels that accommodate lock-in hooks, shelves, and cabinets, allowing you to
make the most of every square inch of wall space.
Cons: Some systems need expert installation, which adds to the expense; you’re restricted to system-compatible organising items.
Make the Most of Your Ceiling Space
Long, flat items that aren’t used every day, such as ladders and seasonal sports equipment, may be hung from the garage ceiling. Make
sure that any shelves you hang from the ceiling don’t interfere with the functioning of your garage door and that there is adequate space
to prevent scratching your car’s roof.
Construct a Workbench
A wall-mount fold-down variant provides a solid surface that tucks out of the way when not in use, making it ideal for the occasional
Benches with built-in tool storage may be very expensive. Instead, build shelves on each side of a basic worktable and hang a pegboard
above it to keep your supplies organised.
A set of casters transforms any table into a mobile workstation. However, make sure they don’t make the table too tall.
Finish it off with a cushioned stool that can be stored beneath the table.
Invest in locks for your doors and windows.
When the garage door is left open and the home door is unlocked, break-ins are common. Always use a deadbolt on the front entrance
and lock the garage windows.
Install a garage-door lock that secures the door to the sidewalls and use it if you’re gone for a long time. Always shut the garage door,
even if you’re out back mowing the grass.
Epoxy Floor Coating is a good option.
After you’ve cleaned up, that dirty concrete surface will seem even more dreary. Antiskid floor coatings repel oil stains and wipe clean as
easily as a kitchen tabletop, and the colour chips and paint hide any flaws.
The Threshold Must Be Sealed
If the bottom of your garage door does not rest flat with the floor, rain, windblown leaves, bugs, and mice will make their way inside.
Attach a rubberized strip to the floor where the door rests to provide a tight fit and save time cleaning up.
Electrical and lighting systems should be upgraded.
A single light in each vehicle space will not be enough. Choose 4-foot fluorescent lights with electronic ballasts for ambient lighting, which
provide flicker-free light and perform well in cold temperatures. Use as many as you need to see clearly at night, spacing them 4 feet
apart. Replace receptacles with ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), which shut off the power if the system experiences a short.
The Best Approach to Entering the Garage
Here’s how to ensure sure your vehicles are always compatible:
Simply hang a tennis ball on a rope from the ceiling so that it touches the windshield when you’re in the correct place, instead of using
motion sensors that tell you precisely how far to bring the vehicle in. You should be able to walk between the garage’s rear wall and your
vehicle in the ideal situation.
Attach leftover carpeting to the walls in areas where the doors or bumper may strike them to protect the finish of your vehicle.
Allow as much space as possible between two cars’ middle aisles so that you may push garbage bins to the curb or move heavy items
around without being obstructed.
Back your minivan into the garage with the sliding doors facing the centre, then place your sedan next to it with the doors facing front for
easy access to both cars.
Keep It Clean for the Long Run
In the spring and summer, use a pesticide made from natural components to keep insects at bay.
For absorbing oil and grease spills, have a bag of cat litter on hand. To clean up after working on projects, have a broom and dustpan or a
portable vacuum at your workbench.
The floor should be hosed off on a regular basis.
Convert your Glasgow garage into a workshop for bikes, motorbikes or your classic car with the garage conversion builders at Luke Lloyd Builders by clicking here