Garage Shapeups Guest Author: John Man
The garage workbench is a must for every homeowner who has a 'do-it-yourself' attitude. Consider your future projects, and assume the ideal working area in your garage. Then buy or build the perfect workbench for your needs.
Placement is Key
Choose the optimum spot for your garage workbench. If you park vehicles in the garage, place your workbench in a location that allows you maximum work space.
If your house and garage are attached, your choice in placement may be limited. Putting the garage workbench against a shared wall is a good idea for ease of electrical outlet installation. It will also be the area to give you the most warmth during cold months. Some insulation for sound should be considered so the folks in the house are not bothered by the noise. If your garage stands alone, you may find it easier to select an area. Ideally, place your garage workbench along a bare wall in order to have plenty of room for cabinets and shelves on one or both sides of the workbench. By positioning your workbench on the opposite wall of a window, you will be provided with the most natural light.
If space is an issue, a fold-up garage workbench takes up little room when not in use. They are often designed with cabinet space to hang tools and hardware, and the hinged bench folds into that space with its legs tucked under. When you need to work, simply unfold the top, prop up the legs and get to it. Select one with a leg system that is sturdy enough for your needs. Make sure to allow adequate space to work in when the bench is laid out.
Height is Important
A workbench should be higher than a desk, as you must be able to stand and work comfortably, with your arms bent at the right angle. Some experts suggest that the table top's height should be at the level of your navel or at the crease of your wrist. Others find it more comfortable and usable at a higher level. If you want extra work room and support, consider the height of your table saw and place both together as a unit. You can set up a prototype bench by placing a sheet of plywood on some blocks in order to determine which height works best for you.
Store Every Tool within Reach
Do you have more tools than your local building store? A work bench should have a large enough tabletop to hold various saws, sanders, and other power tools for easy access. Installing wall cabinets and shelves either above or beside the workbench will greatly alleviate your organization task. Check out the myriad of options available, from open wooden shelving to stainless steel cabinets especially designed for garage wear and tear. They should give you ample space to store tools, manage all the hardware that comes with home improvement, and tuck away any work in progress. Some garage workbench designs actually incorporate a built-in cabinet system which is very practical when attached to the garage wall. If you find the surface area of your workbench insufficient, consider setting up a supplementary table top elsewhere in the garage.
Do Not Forget the Pegboard!
Every work area needs a pegboard that will accommodate a variety of things, from tools and cords to tapes and work aprons. Be sure to install your garage workbench against a wall that leaves you enough room for a good-sized pegboard. If necessary, supplement with additional boards elsewhere in the garage. Some workbenches are available with a built-in pegboard, often located along the back of the bench.
A Worthwhile Project - Workbench Kit or Build your Own?
Various workbench kits are available on the market. Choose the one that best suits your needs. Consider a heavy duty stainless steel garage workbench if you expect to use it often and want extra durability. Be sure to have all of the right tools on hand to assemble it, and if necessary shop for some new ones! You will most likely want more handy tools for your new work space. Note that some essential hardware may not be included in your kit.
If you would prefer to build it yourself, look for plans and designs online or browse through carpentry books and magazines. You should be able to find workbench plans that are not only simple to execute, but also require readily available materials.
Whatever garage workbench you choose for the organization of your new work space, it will motivate you to initiate many exciting projects.
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: William Garvin
Quick Tips for garage organization and storage.
1. Move out
Completely clean out the garage and move it into the driveway or yard. Go through each item and decide when was the last time you used it. It's a good idea to organize your items into 3 groups at this time. Frequently used items should be quickly accessible in the garage on low storage, items that you use occasionally should be stored higher and more out of the way and items you haven't used it in over a year, get rid of them.
2. MAKE A PLAN
Your garage is an expensive room but most people don't treat it that way. If you treat it like any other room in the house it's worth the time to draw up a plan. Just as you would for your kitchen or bonus room take measurements and put your plan down on paper.
Decide what items that you store in the garage but use in the house. Keep those items nearest the door into the house. The big items like a lawn mower, pressure washer or snowblow should be stored under a shelf so they don't take up as much room. Storing them in the corner is a waste of space and also makes keeping the floor clean much more difficult. Get your string trimmers, weed eater, shovels and rakes off the floor and onto a storage system. There are many systems available to help store these items.
4. GARAGE CABINETS, SHELVES AND CONTAINERS
Ideally everything should be stored off the floor. Keeping things in a cabinet, on a garage shelf or in a container not only lets you get them off the floor but keeps them clean. Not only does it keep your items clean but it makes keep the floor clean a breeze as well. Shelving is ideal for items that you need to grab quickly or when you will have your hands full.
Your garage most likely contains hazardous materials like fertilizers, pesticides, and paint. Keep those up high and out of reach or keep them locked in a garage cabinet. It also a good idea to keep your sharp gardening tools and your chainsaw in locked cabinet or up high on a garage shelf. The one item that you should never be without is a fire extinguisher. Your garage most likely has many flammable items so make sure you are covered if a fire starts.
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By Garage Shapeup's Guest Author: Gus Gougas
Are you tired of tripping over the mess in your garage because things are all over the floor? Slatwall is a great product that can help you by getting your items off the floor and on the wall, leveraging the wall space you already have.
Slatwall is actually paneling that you attach to your garage walls, which then allows you to hang everything and anything on the walls. the paneling attaches to either your exposed beams in your walls or applied over your existing drywall. The beauty of this product is that it turns your garage walls into a flexible, modular organizational system and the best part is that slatwall accessories are not permanent. Simply slide standard slatwall accessories (hooks, racks, shelves, cabinets) into the paneling grooves on the wall. If you need to make a change, slide the accessory off the wall and move it elsewhere. You will never have to put another hole in a garage wall again.
Specifically designed for the rugged, moist environment of the garage, slatwall paneling for the garage is different from the particleboard paneling used in many retail stores. Particleboard is OK for applications like retail stores because the environment is controlled. Always 75 degrees and you never have to deal with moisture. However that is not your garage. Garages are normally not heated and air conditioned and on the rare occasion they are, all your hard work in controlling the temperature is lost the minute you open the garage door. Slatwall for the garage is made from cellular PVC, that is fire retardant, waterproof, bug proof and can hold approximately 50 pounds per hook. Particle-board paneling can't say any of this. Is is available in multiple colors including a wood-grain option. And when you want to clean it, you just squirt it down with a hose. It's just that simple.
So the next time you trip over something in the garage, don't get mad, get slatwall, it's the 21st century pegboard.
About Gus Gougas:
Gus Gougas is presently an partner and president of OrganizIT!, a Chatsworth based business that provides products and services within the garage remodeling/organization industry.
After 20+ years in Corporate America in outside enterprise sale/marketing/management for companies like; Symantec, Unisys, Logica, Lanier, Gus started OrganizIT! Inc. Gus has appeared on TV programs about garage organization on NBC, HGTV and KCAL9. Gus published numberous articles on garage organization and has recently been featured in new book, "Big Book of Garages", by Tina Skinner. You can contact Gus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-232-7683 or for a free design consultation, go to; http://www.organizitco.com/
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By Garage Shapeup's Guest Author: Lee Andersons
There is a wide array of benefits and advantages to installing garage overhead storage products. You will be able to make much better use of your space, while clearing up unnecessary clutter. Additionally there are no trade offs you need to make in return, and you can accomplish everything you'd like for a low cost. Be sure to make your choice based on your needs and you'll end up with garage overhead storage products that are perfect for what you're looking for.
One of the great benefits to these storage systems is that they are very versatile and functional. You can really store many different items, which will help you clear up the floor in your garage once and for all. It will also enable you to move items from other areas of your home into the garage where they belong, therefore improving your living space.
Many people use overhead storage units for bicycle storage. It's easy to hang them from many different styles of shelving or hanging units. Some overhead products are made specifically to hang bicycles, while others can be used just the same to hang them up.
Another great benefit to these products is that many of them come with an automatic lift system. This makes it easy to store heavy and large objects overhead where they are out of the way, while still enabling you to easily access them when you need to. Of course, many systems don't move or lift, and instead are stable overhead racks or shelves. Therefore you really need to think ahead of time for what you will be storing, how easily you'll be able to move everything and how accessible you need it to be.
In addition to these benefits and many more, there are some other important things that you'll have to think about. For example, you need to consider the budget that you're working with. Spending a few hundred dollars will enable you to get most garage overhead storage products. However, if you're looking for more complex or heavy duty gear, or if you need multiple units, you'll need to be willing to spend more.
Installation shouldn't be difficult but considering the location of the solutions that you'll be using, you may want to consider getting some help to complete the job. You need to make sure everything is secured properly so that you don't have a costly and dangerous accident down the line. Finding the exact location that makes sense for the product may also be a bit tricky, so remember to plan accordingly and to get help if you need to.
There are many different benefits to garage overhead storage products, including that you get to clear up a lot of clutter without losing anything in return, and there are different products to store many different items. It's one of the easiest ways to utilize your garage space more appropriately and fully, and many homeowners now pursue it.
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