How to Create Your Dream Home Workshop
Are you on the lookout for a new project? Do you want to create your own workspace to work on DIY tasks and other messy jobs? Look no further than your garage.
Setting Up Your Workshop
A garage is a lot like a loft, over the years it slowly gets filled up with clutter and secondary items which you might use in the future but, in reality, you forget about them. Sound about right?
If you don’t need the garage to store your car, then it’s the perfect space to create your dream workshop. Looking at it now, it may not seem so, however we’ve come up with some steps on how to maximise the floor space and build the ideal work area for you.
Prepare and Clean the Space
To start with, anything you don’t think will help you make and create stuff in your workshop, remove it and try to find an alternative storage space.
You need to try and separate “household” from “workshop” and, consequently, this could actually help you rediscover old gems or finally recycle these items. Make sure everything is off of the floor and give everything left, including all surfaces, a good clean.
Plan and Design Your Working Area
Next, you need to think about the layout of your garage workshop. Obviously, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to how you should lay out your workshop as it depends on the size of your garage.
But, fundamentally, you should plan and map out the potential design so you can work out where you want everything. Consider where all your tools will be positioned, make sure you have enough room to manoeuvre and always ensure you keep additional space free for any new additions or repositioning.
Organise Your Tool Storage
Your tools are probably one of the most important considerations to make when it comes to creating your dream workshop. They are, after all, what you will be using to build your projects. So, it is vital that you make space and storage for your tools to keep your workspace tidy and organised.
You don’t want your workshop to regress back into the state of your garage, so utilise your walls and hang tools from there to save space. Drawers underneath your work surfaces are also good ideas to save space. Finally, cabinets and tool chests are also great investments to keep your prized possessions locked away and looked after.
Temperature & Ventilation
Think about how your space will be affected by the outdoor temperature and weather conditions. During the warm weather, if opening the garage door isn’t enough, it may be a smart move to invest in a fan or a window mounted swamp cooler.
In the cooler months, you may need to opt for a portable heater in addition to multiple layers of clothes to keep warm. Make sure you have the correct facilities for storing sensitive items in these varying temperatures! Ensure you have proper ventilation too if you plan on working with chemicals.
Accessible Power Outlets
These fans and heaters we are referring to above will need power outlets as well as your power tools to conduct your DIY jobs. You need to make sure that these are easily accessible, so your workshop works effectively no matter where you are positioned.
Remember that different power tools will also require different volt outlets too. Some tools can use a standard 110v household outlets, but larger pieces of equipment may need 220v outlets. So, it is recommended you install at least one 220-volt outlet in your workshop just in case you need it.
Proper workshop lighting is essential; you need it to focus on the projects in-hand and be able to clearly see what you’re doing to avoid any injuries. There are many different types of lights from many different sources that you can use, such as fluorescent tubes or LED lights.
Lighting from at least two sources is the best solution, plus an additional light that has the ability to be adjusted near your work bench. This gives you the flexibility and focus whilst also having the freedom to turn it off when you are not using it.
Easy Maintenance Flooring
You may think that just because your garage already has a sufficient floor, that you don’t need to worry about that. However, if your concrete garage floor hasn’t stained already, it definitely will if you use your workshop regularly.
You also need to remember that you need the floor to be comfortable enough to stand on for long periods of time. Projects are called projects for a reason, they aren’t finished within a couple of hours, so you need a softer surface to help your joints as well as to stay clean.
Why GFTC is Ideal for a Home Workshop
If your garage floor is already stained and you’ve tried to clean it using these tips, but it hasn’t worked, you have come to the right place. Our GFTC interlocking tiles are ideal for installing over oil contaminated surfaces and are easy to clean if you experience spillages later down the line. They are durable and comfortable and, essentially, they are the perfect flooring solution for your dream home workshop.
Take a look at our tiles on our online store today or contact us to find out more information.