Some people make their own furniture and decorative accessories in order to save money. Others do so because they feel the passion for building things with their own two hands. Finally, there are those who sell these DIY items online as a part-time or even full-time job. Still, no matter what your motivation may be, you need a proper working environment, which is why a lot of people decide to make a DIY workshop in their household.
Now, it’s true that some use their basement or attic for this purpose, but most people find their garage much more convenient. Apart from having more room, it also means you don’t have to drag your materials up or down the stairs, which is already a huge plus. With this in mind and without further ado, here are a few tips on how to make an optimal garage-workshop.
First things first, you need to think about your immediate workspace. Some of the more delicate tasks you will encounter in these DIY projects will require a workbench. You can even turn this into your first DIY assignment in that garage and make a workbench on your own. The most important three things about it are the stability, size and height of the work-surface. Bending over for hours can have a devastating effect on your posture, which is why this is something you should pay a lot of attention to.
After your workbench is already complete, you need to proceed to the stage of purchasing tools. Chances are your household will already have some basics like a claw-hammer or screwdriver set, which is great since it means you won’t have to start from scratch. When buying all the rest, you need to put quality above price. Sure, your budget may already be stretched thin as it is, but keep in mind that this is an investment you will make once in a lifetime.
In a workshop, you will probably have a lot of electric items, sharp tools and possibly even flammable materials. This is why safety must become paramount. There is no easier way to get electrocuted than by dragging extension cables across the room and accidentally cutting them with some of the aforementioned sharp tools. You don’t even have to sever them completely, as they can also become hazardous if their protective layer thins out. One of the ways to solve this is to install an adequate amount of electric sockets.
Second, your storage options need to be satisfactory. This means having a specifically assigned place for flammable, perishable and fragile materials in order to keep them all out of harm’s way. Seeing how the amount of these items may vary, you need to consider you shelving solutions carefully. Furthermore, every tool that you own must have its own designated place, not only so you can find it with ease, but also to make sure it doesn’t pose a danger while you are not using it.
As you can see, rearranging your garage and turning it into a DIY workshop is not a difficult thing. Still, it requires a considerable investment and no small amount of organization. On the other hand, seeing how this is not something you do every year, it might be worth your while to invest a bit more effort and make this workshop right the first time around. This alone is bound to make every future DIY project more fun.