If ever a project proved that the garage can be more than just a place to park the car, this is it. A clear-out and a thorough paint job has provided a neat base for clever storage solutions that free up room for a fold-down desk, so the space can now double as an artist’s studio.The best bit? Everything can be folded up or rolled away when the garage is needed for a car!
Disposing of unwanted items is the first step to a revamp. To tackle clutter, divide your belongings into four piles:
Remember to recycle where possible – all sorts of things from half-empty paint tins to electronics can be saved from landfill. Contact the household waste service at your local council for advice.
Study your “keep” pile and consider both the amount of storage you’ll need, and what type. Sturdy shelving, like Pinnacle’s, paired with a variety of containers, is ideal for a garage, but you may also need a lockable unit for items you’d like to keep secure.
A wheeled one like the Dewalt 27” 6 drawer tool trolley can be moved around easily. If you have a lot of hand tools, a pegboard will keep them both organised and accessible – as a bonus, storing them where air can circulate freely will also defend against rust.
To make frequently used items easy to see and find, choose clear storage and use lidded containers, clearly labelled, for things you don’t need or want to display.
Colour theme your storage picks for a neat look, perhaps adding some wooden crates for visual interest.
In any area with restricted space, height is your friend. Specialist fixings, such as Delta’s wall hung or gravity storage rack for bikes, hooks for things like ladders and items than can fold away, like a laundry rack, are space-savvy choices.
Don’t forget to check the load rating of your shelves, aiming to store heavy items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Bonus points if your lightweight items are also the ones you need to access the least!
Check out this great D.I.Y. project to create a storage rack for your bikes.
Photo credit: James Moffatt
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.