We used to have a three car garage that had a custom built workshop and a home gym. You see we lived in a super low cost of living area so we we’re able to afford a large home. Now that we’ve moved to the city we couldn’t even afford a house with a garage! We’re back to dreaming about garage workshops again.
Are you in the market for a garage workshop too? When it comes to your garage workshop, organization is key. If you can’t find it, you can’t use it. That’s why you have to figure out the best way to store your tools and access them as quickly as possible. It doesn’t hurt to have something that looks nice too! In this post, we share our best DIY garage workshop ideas.
Garage Workshop Ideas
Before you even start buying stuff, think about what you want to use the garage for and how often you will use it. We determined that we were more likely to use the garage to workout and also to work on small DIY projects for the house. Because of that we decided to actually insulate the walls so we could use the garage in the winter.
You may have different use cases for your garage workshop but that’s definitely something you want to figure out in advance because it will affect how you plan out the space and also your budget.
For our budget, we had $1,000 for wood that we got at Home Depot, the dry wall, and insulation. We opened up a 0% interest credit card but we actually regret that since we went a bit wild on credit cards during that time of our lives. We have since paid off our credit card debt and student loans.
DIY Tips for Organizing Your Garage
Whether it’s building a hanging shelf, a cabinet to hold tools, or adding bins in different locations around your garage, there are tons of different ways that you can organize and optimize your garage so that you can find the right tools and appliances easily next time you need them.
With that in mind, here are a few tips for getting things sorted out.
- Utilize wall space. Just remember, you can hang things on the walls as well as put them on the floor. There’s plenty of storage options that don’t eat up any floor space at all.
- Don’t forget the ceiling. Hanging items from the ceiling or adding storage shelving in the rafters can be a huge help in a small garage.
- Get rid of clutter. There’s the stuff that you need and the stuff that you haven’t used in five years. Sell some of your unused or unwanted items and you can help pay for the supplies you need for your garage remodel.
Do-It-Yourself Garage Organization
Slat Wall Organizer
This one from A Beautiful Mess is great because you can change it to suit your needs. Hang a shovel or hang a hose, you can mix and match until it’s just the way you like it. Plus, when you get something new, you can switch things around again without having to rebuild.
Best of all, you can hang a variety of things on this wall. Whether it’s garden tools, winter appliances, or smaller hand-held tools, you can mix and match and put whatever you want on the wall.
More Garage Workshop Ideas
Pallet Lawn Tool Organizer
Turn trash into treasure with this pallet wall organizer. Fabulessly Frugal shows you how to take an old pallet (cost $0 when you prowl Craigslist) and use it to hold all of your big lawn tools.
Pallets are all over the place too, which makes it easy to find them. More than likely you could just head to your local hardware store and ask them if you can take a couple old pallets off their hands that they’re no longer using.
This is such an easy way to organize and clean up your garage that you’d be crazy not to give it a try!
Jumbo Tape Dispenser
You can paw through all your boxes in your garage, or you can just use this jumbo tape dispenser the next time you need duct tape. Popular Woodworking‘s project holds as many as six types of tape and even has a cutting tool so you don’t have to look for scissors every time.
Fold Down Workbench
An Imgur user offered an awesome tutorial on creating this fold-down workbench. It’s the perfect addition to a garage that doesn’t have enough space.
When you need it, you can simply flip it up and out and put it to use. Once you’re done using it, you can then fold it away so that it’s not taking up any unnecessary space.
Drill Charging Station
Her Tool Belt has a really cool project to help you store your drills and charge them at the same time. On the top is a power strip where you can plug in your chargers. Underneath, there’s a drawer to store your accessories and below that, small cubbies to slide in all of your tools in.
For those who like using their hands or are into woodworking, this makes a fun project to build too. You’ll love the way the final product looks and the process of creating it is also fun. That’s a win-win!
Popular Woodworking added a new twist to the pegboard wall of tools, by putting it on rollers! The rollers are usually designed for closet doors, but this project allows you to slide the wall of tools to the side to reveal a set of shelves.
Rolling Storage Case
Many times space is at a premium in your workshop, which is why a rolling storage case is so great. Roll it out when you need it, then roll it back in the corner when you’re done.
Garage Storage / Shelf / Workbench Solution Wrapped Into One
If you’re looking to use one specific part of your garage as a massive workbench / storage area where you can have a workbench, shelves, and storage bins, check out the video below that shows how to create one.
This could be the perfect solution to organizing your garage if you’re up for the challenge of building it!