When we want to upgrade our homes, we tend to think of the areas we spend the most time in – living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, etc. So why is it that so many of us don’t think about how our garages can be upgraded in the same ways?
The garage is so much more than storage space, it’s an awesome opportunity, and we should definitely treat it as a space with much underused potential. Here are 5 things you can do to your garage to make it an infinitely better space in your home.
Upgrade to Epoxy Flooring
The first place to start is at the bottom when trying to improve your garage. Most of us cringe at the current state of our garage floors. More than likely, you’ve had the same concrete floor since you moved in, and it’s only managed to collect a suspicious looking pool of oil stains. Sure, you might power wash it once in a while, but there’s really nothing special about it.
Assuming that your garage doesn’t have too much in the way of cracks and malformations, now’s the perfect time to seal it with an epoxy. In the world of car collectors and vintage car restoration, epoxy flooring is pretty standard.
One of the benefits of having an epoxy floor is that messes are easier to clean up, while also adding a certain flair in terms of how it looks.
Install Ceiling Storage
If your garage exemplifies your struggle to organize the wealth of stuff you’ve seemed to accumulate over the years, looking into alternative storage options will help you retain your sanity. The typical way to organize clutter in a garage is through a wall organization system. But beyond this, once it’s been maximized, where do you go from there?
When your walls have been consumed with as much as you can organize, the natural solution is to look up – literally. For just $75 to $100 and a weekend of work, this DIY project will create an overhead storage system for miscellaneous things that you can put into a series of plastic bins.
Be cautious when starting this project as you’ll need to allow enough room for the garage door to open safely and completely. You’ll probably not want the bins to weigh more than a few pounds each, so also be sure that all bins are suspended adequately.
Upgrade the Garage Door
The garage door is often one of the first things people see when arriving at your home, so be sure it makes a great first impression. Garage Living offers a wide variety of garage doors to fit any architecture, ensuring you’ll find the right door for your home.
Use Your Smartphone to Open Your Garage Door
Since the invention of the automatic garage door opener, the technology behind this one-button-remote device has remained relatively simple.
The MyQ from LiftMaster® is the answer to connecting your garage door opener to a smart device so it can be controlled from anywhere on Earth.
Does your neighbor need to borrow a pair of pliers from your toolbox? Now this can be achieved with just a tap. And for those of us who have left home more than once, fearing they forgot to close the garage door, the MyQ home control app will alert you and let you remedy the situation.
If you think you need a fancy new type of garage door opener in order to be compatible with MyQ, you can get a special sensor to pair with your current opener and use it right away. As an added bonus: along with the additional convenience of opening your garage from your phone, the MyQ from LiftMaster can also control lights in the home.
Heavy Duty Storage Cabinets
Storage is an ongoing struggle when trying to organize our garage. For this reason, a little investment will go a long way in appropriately organizing your garage. So while you may already have cabinets that work as intended, consider adding some heavy duty cabinets.
They’re built extremely well, and most are now designed to include heavy duty caster wheels so they can be moved with ease. Functionality is key and getting these rolling cabinets equipped with a nice tabletop can serve as an additional workspace. When considering surfaces, diamond plating can add a nice touch.
The home of your dreams deserves the garage of your dreams, and creating that space is easier than you think. To learn more ways to upgrade your garage and create the space you’ve always wanted browse our Pinterest page here.
Additional Resources on Garage Tips and Tricks:
- Garage Upgrade Ideas to Add Value
- Garage Door Trends
- Garage Door Safety Tips
- When To Replace a Garage Door
- Parts of a Garage Door System