A garage space can provide room for storage, as well as cars. A good layout should include shelving, cabinets and a workbench area. Many options are available for building storage systems and installing vinyl and other materials on the floor. Any garage can become a work of art in terms of its design, since many garage storage systems have a designer look for their component parts. Methods for creating a layout for placing cars, boats, hiking equipment and other items can involve creative input from the whole family.
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Things you need
- Tape measure or ruler
- Sketch pad
- Graph paper
Measure the interior of the space. Use a tape measure or ruler to define the exact square footage. Allow at least 3 feet of margin for opening a car door, whether spacing one or more cars. Leave room on the garage's back wall and side walls for shelving or cabinets. Allow at least 18 inches of space between a closed garage door and the back bumper of a parked car.
Utilise part of the wall shelving area for a workbench. Designate 5 or 6 feet of linear space to hold a workbench for repairing small items or doing woodworking. Consider fitting a workbench into an L-shaped corner space of the garage as well. Add cabinets over the counter area to store tools, paint or building materials.
Plan to use the ceiling area in unique ways. Take advantage of ceiling height that is 9 feet or taller. Use special accessories to create racks for storing lumber or a canoe, for example. Don't overlook running plumbing pipes through an attic area, if a bathroom will be part of the layout.
Buy cabinet systems for floor-to-ceiling storage. Plan to give the garage a polished look by buying cabinets in a special colour scheme or material. Buy these designer cabinet systems as kits that are assembled on site. Incorporate pre-made cabinets from a home improvement store or recycled cabinets, if the budget is limited. Give recycled cabinets a uniform look by painting them all one colour, such as white or grey.
Add special accessories to the garage layout, if the garage leads directly into a house. Secure a metal hanging rack for coats, for example, near a kitchen entrance door. Install pegs for holding school backpacks or a rack for shoes and boots to create a mudroom as part of the garage.
Tips and warnings
- Install a walkout door for any garage, however small, in case of fire. Include a garage-door opener for any door, since this is a nice convenience during bad weather.
- Use overhead garage attic space for storage versus crowding the garage itself too much. Install a pull-down staircase to allow for placing boxes in the rafters area. Nail down 1/2-inch plywood flooring in the attic area. Store items that are used often on the first floor of the garage.
- Avoid storing fuels in a garage in case of fire. Instead, place gasoline cans or other fuels in an outdoor storage building located a good distance from the house.
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