I’ve been over this with my friends time and again and they’ve always been in complete awe as to how I managed to transform my good old garage into a workshop. I didn’t put in too much effort, and this is one of the first things that I feel compelled to tell you. However, I did draft some idea and put pen to paper to organize my thoughts.
You need to understand that the place will have to accommodate both your car and your tools, in a very convenient fashion. Also, you need to make sure that all the debris that comes from you having to use your DIY equipment doesn’t get in contact with your automobile. I know some of my buddies whose wives were wary of their plans, and all I can say is that you need to show them the drafts and tell them exactly how everything’s going to be.
I started out by doing a bit of research and I have to point out how important this phase is. If you have little to no experience when it comes to organizing such a space, you really have to go online and look for the right information. A Lifehacker article has helped me through and through because it’s where I found out that one of the measures that I had to take is designing my workbench. Of course, measuring out everything is critical when you’re trying to make the most of a space that has two purposes, one of them being to protect and store your car and the other to be the home of your newly found DIY-ing skills.
Next up, you have two choices. You either set out with a budget in mind and try to adapt it as your plans start to wrap up, or you decide to splurge and buy everything instead of making any piece of equipment. The tools that you will use are probably most valuable, so you need to make sure you have a way of storing them properly. You can either go out and buy a tool chest or make one of your own.
Keep in mind that such a project might be a tad too complicated for the complete beginner, and that’s because you have to focus on a lot of things. You need to ensure that the material you’re making the chest out of is corrosion-resistant so that the rust doesn’t accidentally affect your tools, as well.
Don’t use extension cords, so try to adapt your outlets as best as possible. You can install them on the ceiling, on the walls of your garage, or just use extension cords but don’t leave them on the floor because you’re likely to stumble, hurt yourself, or just ruin some sort of expensive equipment.
Because lighting is extremely important when performing any DIY task, you can use track lighting or just get a good-quality work lamp. Fluorescent lights are also great.