Instead of a place to park your car and store items, the garage often becomes the breeding ground for all of a home's junk.Take a weekend to work on your cool garage layout. Then create mini-spaces around your garage to reclaim the space and have it serve as an organizational haven.
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Clear out all of the clutter from your garage to free up as much floor space as possible. Move items to the corners of the room so you have a space to park your car if desired. Install sturdy flooring, such as rubber, painted concrete, tile or laminate.
Clear any clutter that blocks the exits. Paint all exit doors a bright colour so they are clearly defined. Place a flashy exit sign on top of the door. Consider installing a French door garage door to let in extra light and add character to the room.
Attach bike mounts to the garage walls to get the bikes off the floor. Have a handy basket or ball organiser to place all of the sports balls. Add framed sports posters around the equipment area to define the space.
Install pegboard against one wall. Spray paint the pegboard to add a pop of colour. Add hooks and hang small hand tools. Hang small buckets or pencil holders from hooks for screws, nails and screwdrivers. Attach cabinets on the top of a wall to house other tools. Keep the rest of your supplies in a rolling tool box for easy access. Place a long shelf on your tool wall with L brackets. Screw hooks to the bottom of the shelf. Place containers on the hooks to collect miscellaneous supplies.
Place large cabinets against another wall. Use built-ins, kitchen cabinets, modular storage or a large shoe organiser. Store less-used items in closed cabinetry. Place often-used items in sturdy containers and bins and then place the bins in open cubbyholes. Label the bins with chipboard or metal letters to make items easier to locate and to add visual interest. Use an overhead storage bin to use additional space. Place seasonal items in this area.
Add a few comforts from the inside of your house to make the garage a more liveable space. Add a refrigerator to keep cool drinks and snacks while you are working on a project. A small microwave is also useful. Add additional cabinets to house emergency rations or pantry overflow. Place the kitchenette area near the sporting goods section. Add a bar for an adults-only space.
Cut out a corner of your layout to make space for a craft area. Add a small table and a remnant countertop to complete your work. An armoire or extra buffet can house craft supplies. Add circle wall decals to inspire creativity. Frame scrapbook pages or finished stitch work.
Add a small lounge area next to the craft and kitchenette spaces. A loveseat, chair and TV provide an area to take a break from your work. Add exercise equipment if you want to be motivated to work out, or a video game system to keep the loud noise of games out of the main house. If the garage will be more of a kids' space, add musical instruments to this area as well.
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