Should you convert your garage into a workshop?

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A garage is an excellent addition to any home. It gives you a place to park your car, provides outside storage space, and adds some extra living area to your home—it is no wonder that garages boost the value of your home!

Sometimes, however, you might find yourself with more garage space than you actually need. Maybe you prefer parking in your driveway or maybe you have a two-car garage when you only have one car. 

Whatever the reason, if you find yourself staring at a large unused space in your garage, you might wonder what to do with it. 

You don’t want to let that space go to waste! 

If you’re into crafting, woodworking, or metalworking, one idea that you might have is to turn it into your personal workshop. It doesn’t matter if you’re a master craftsman or just want a space where you can take care of DIY projects, the extra space in your garage could be an excellent area where you can keep all your tools. 

If you’re considering converting your garage, here are some tips to keep in mind. 

Figure out how much space you need

Think about how you want your garage to function. If you want space for storage and your car in addition to your workspace, determine how much space you want to dedicate to your workshop. 

You may want to figure out a way to partition your workshop away from the rest of the garage. After all, you don’t want to risk sawdust scratching your car.  This partition can be as simple as a few sheets of plywood. 

Make sure you’ll have access to power

If your garage is attached to your house, there are likely outlets in your garage already. If it is a separate garage, however, you’ll want to double-check that you have access to power. 

If you do have access to power, keep in mind that your power outlets might be placed in unusual locations in your garage. You’ll want to construct your workshop shop around the outlets or you’ll want to figure out a way to safely run extension cords to the area. 

Determine where you’re going to keep tools

In addition to your workbench, you’re going to need a place for your tools. Pegboards attached to the walls are great for small tools, but you might also want to invest in some sort of tool chest. 

If you’re placing large power tools around your workspace, make sure that you have enough room for them. 

Take into consideration future purchases as well. For example, you may eventually want to upgrade from your cordless drill to a benchtop drill press, such as the one mentioned in this review

Be prepared for changes in weather

Garages tend to get very chilly in the winter and very hot in the summer. Unless your garage is already a part of your HVAC system, you’re going to want to find a way to keep it comfortable while you’re out there working. 

Space heaters are a safe way to quickly warm up a small space. For air circulation in the summer, you may want to install a ceiling fan or invest in box fans. 

Take lighting into consideration 

Most garages are poorly lit, which makes it bad for when you’re trying to work on a project. Consider installing a skylight above your workshop to help add more natural light. 

In addition to that, you’re going to want to install some overhead lights. Overhead lights can help prevent shadowy areas around your shop. Make sure to use LED bulbs instead of fluorescent lights. LED bulbs are brighter, last longer, and don’t get as hot. 

Don’t forget about ventilation 

You’re going to want good ventilation around your shop. Breathing in toxic fumes from paints or inhaling sawdust can result in respiratory problems. 

Sidewall ventilation vents paired with some sort of circulation system (a ceiling fan or box fan) works well. Depending on how often you’re in your workshop, you may also want to consider some sort of exhaust system. 

If installing vents or an exhaust system isn’t an option for you, you’ll at least want to get in the habit of opening the garage door while you’re working. 

Final thoughts

If you have the space and the desire to turn your garage into a workshop, then yes, you should absolutely do it! Garage workshops are an excellent addition for those that enjoy home improvements, working on DIY projects, or that simply need a place to keep all their tools.

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