Is clutter keeping you from parking your car in the garage? Or do your cars take up so much space that there’s no place left to store your tools and outdoor items? It might be time to tackle some garage makeover ideas.
An adequately organized garage should be able to serve multiple functions. It can be a warehouse, a workshop and even a sanctuary. By learning how to store items like rakes, toolboxes and sporting equipment, you’ll free up some much-needed floor space.
The first step is to declutter and figure out how you want the space to function. These DIY garage makeover ideas highlight items you should toss and more practical solutions to put in its place.
1. Store tools on magnetic storage panels.
For a cheap garage makeover, all you need is some basic supplies and a ton of creativity. To work safely and efficiently, keep your tools in an accessible, organized space. While toolboxes offer secure storage, it’s better to be able to grab (and find) what you need conveniently.
Magnetic storage panels let you openly display your tools on the wall and are incredibly space saving. The tools are neatly presented, out of the way, and easy to retrieve (not to mention, extremely affordable).
Commonly used for kitchen knife storage, these magnetic steel panels can be found at your nearest hardware store. If you’re looking for something stronger, Home Depot offers a 12-inch magnetic tool panel. Just hang the panel with a mounting bracket and store your essentials.
Read Also: How to Organize Tools with a Garage Pegboard
2. Use a fold-down workbench to save space.
Rather than taking up space in your garage with an oversized, permanent work table, opt for a space-saving fold-away workbench.
Wall-mounted folding workbenches are great because they:
- Provide a place to work
- Include wall storage to store tools
- Can collapse when not in use
Foldaway workbenches are available for purchase at hardware stores and can also be easily completed as a DIY project.
Tool storage pro tip: If you’re looking for space-saving solutions for tools, check out multi-purpose storage like the Lasko Power Toolbox. Disguised as a simple step stool, it offers stacked, removable tool trays inside. It even serves as double duty — it comes with a reel that’s equipped with a 20-foot extension cord and four grounded electrical outlets. Plug the extension cord into an outlet and run your power tools right from the toolbox.
3. Add ceiling hooks for bike storage.
Finding space for bikes can be a constant struggle, but you don’t have to settle for leaning them up against your garage wall.
Put unused ceiling space to use! Bike racks can cost anywhere from $200-$600, while simple ceiling hooks are extremely affordable and easy to implement. This savings is huge when you have a lot of creative garage makeover ideas running through your mind but need to stick to a budget.
Here’s what you need:
- Purchase heavy-duty, rubber-coated hooks from your local hardware store — they run for about $2 each.
- Use a power drill to make holes from the garage ceiling for each hook to twist into.
- Hang each bike by one of its wheels, so it hangs vertically.
4. Craft a DIY garden tool holder.
Does your garage double as a gardening shed? If you’re stocked up on shovels, rakes, brooms and more, chances are at some point, they’ve found a tangled home in the corner of your garage. Utilize wall space to easily organize these essential tools with one simple product: a hose.
Have an extra hose? Cut small pieces — around 7 inches or so — and slit each one down the front with scissors. Nail these vertically on the wall, with the opening facing forward. These make the perfect size holders for lawn and gardening tools and will save your garage floor from clutter.
5. Hang overhead storage shelves.
Whether you have storage boxes, totes, or crates sprawled on the garage floor, free up space by taking advantage of the ceiling.
Overhead shelves are ideal for infrequently used belongings like large crates, decorations and clothing. Sturdy ceiling-mounted storage units can even hold up to 600 pounds. These range anywhere from $20 to $500, depending how much storage and strength you’ll need.
Overhead storage pro tip: If you need to be able to access these tools frequently, consider an overhead hoist pulley system which gives you easy access to boxes, kayaks, equipment and tools with the pull of a rope.
6. Keep sporting equipment and like items together.
If you have kids involved with sports, you know what it’s like trying to keep your sporting equipment in order. Instead of storing sporting goods in large bins (or scattered throughout the floor), create a bungee storage system on the wall to save tons of floor space.
You’ll need bungee cords, nails and spare wood. Then:
- Install three pieces of wood (making a “U” shape) to the top and bottom areas of wall that are the distance of your desired storage height.
- Hook four or five bungee cords from the wooden ledges, creating a barrier that keeps the balls in place.
Since the cords are flexible, you’ll be able to easily access footballs, basketballs, soccer balls — the whole nine yards. You can also buy a metal version online for about $20.
7. Upgrade your garage floor to finish the space.
As you check off all of your garage makeover ideas, you might as well go all in: finish it off with a shiny epoxy floor coating. Epoxy resists chips, oil and grease stains, beads water and wipes clean like a kitchen counter.
Epoxy paints consist of a two-part application system follows by a sealing topcoat.
To upgrade your garage floor, follow these steps:
- Patch old potholes and cracks on your current garage floor.
- Sweep and mop the surface with all-purpose cleaner, and rinse with clean water until dry.
- Stir the epoxy paint until all ingredients are mixed. Pour the smaller can of hardener into the epoxy paint and stir together.
- Fill a paint tray with epoxy paint. Brush the coating around the perimeter of the floor and spread evenly until the paint is smooth.
- Let dry for 24 hours and apply a second coat.
- Mix your topcoat with the hardener and stir until thoroughly blended. Wait 30 minutes and apply the top coat. Wait at least 72 hours to utilize your garage floor.
You can find epoxy paint at your nearest hardware store for around $30 per gallon, depending on the brand.
With these simple yet effective DIY garage makeover ideas, you’ll turn your chaotic garage space into an open, organized and functional area.
This post originally appeared on the Life Storage blog on 3/29/16 and was revised on 12/15/18 to provide new information.