For most motorists, a car is a simple means of getting from one place to another. For a minority, however, it’s about much more than that; it’s something to which you might devote huge amounts of attention. You might lift up the bonnet and see how it works, and conduct minor (or even major) restoration.
If you’re a member of this minority of enthusiasts, then it’s imperative that you have a dedicated space in which to work. Most of us, fortunately, already have a garage – but how can you get the best from it, and turn it into a workshop worthy of the name? Let’s take a look.
Plan out the space
Before you make any changes, or install any features or equipment, you’ll need to have a plan of action. Where are the major areas of foot traffic going to be? Which tools are you going to need to access more frequently, and how can you arrange them for the easiest possible access? Certain items, like axle stands, might take up a lot of space – but they might be essential to what you’re doing.
When you’re in the garage, you want to be able to see exactly what you’re doing at all times. That means installing efficient LED lights, particularly around spaces you’re going to be working in.
You might also look for a mobile light which you can position, as well as a headlamp that’ll illuminate the thing that you’re working on while keeping both hands free. Getting a lighting system that’ll respond to voice commands is especially useful when you’ve got your hands full (and slathered in engine oil, for that matter).
Every garage will need at least a small table or desk that’ll come in handy when you’re working on projects of a smaller nature. You don’t want to be huddled on the floor every time you need to strip down a given component and give the interior a deep clean.
Storage furniture is especially crucial; look for made-to-measure tool chests and shelving that’ll make the best possible use of the available wall space. That way you’ll have maximum space available for the work itself.
If you have a strong idea of what you’re going to be doing in your garage, then you may already have a shopping list of appropriate tools. Make sure that you tailor the workspace accordingly.
If you don’t yet have specific ideas, then go for a variety of essential tools, and leave room for expansion as you go.