Convert Your Garage into the Ideal DIY Workshop with a Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Turn a garage into a functional and good-looking DIY workshop by first clearing the garage completely. Like a clean canvas, an empty garage lets you plan what you need rather than planning around the clutter. Lay out cabinets, counters, shelves, drawers, pegboards and bins for a workshop with a place for everything and then put everything in its place.

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removing an old workbench
Step 1

Remove Existing Tools and Materials from the Garage

Clear everything from the garage, sorting items to be discarded from those to keep. An empty garage lets you plan what you really need rather than adapting to the clutter. Have a yard sale with the discards and recycle properly.

examining the first layout for turning the garage into a workshop
Step 2

Sketch a Layout for the First Garage Workshop Wall

Plan one wall with base cabinets with doors and drawers, a heavy wooden countertop, space for a tool board and wall cabinets with doors. Storage in drawers and behind doors helps to hide objects that make a workshop appear disorganized.

aligning wall cabinet clips with a laser level
Step 3

Mount Wall Cabinets with Special Clips and a Laser Level

Use strong, lightweight wall cabinets designed for basements, garages and workshop storage. Sight a laser level at the correct elevation and attach special cabinet clips, securing them with screws driven through the cabinets and walls into the studs behind.

twisting the levelers up or down
Step 4

Position and Level Base Cabinets According to the Layout

Roll the base cabinets for the garage workshop into position along the first wall. Ensure their surfaces are level and even by adjusting the levelers on the bottom of each leg. The countertop requires a uniform surface across the cabinets.

positioning the hardwood countertop in the garage workshop
Step 5

Set a Heavy Hardwood Countertop over the Base Cabinets

Use 1 1/2-inch thick solid hardwood for the counter top. If it is heavy enough and does not overhang the cabinets, it may not need to be secured.

sketching the storage layout for the second wall
Step 6

Plan the Second Wall shelves, Bins, and Pegboards

Layout storage areas on the second wall with shelves and plastic bins for small parts and materials, pegboard and base cabinets. This system comes with a pre-finished counter that rests on top.

supporting the rail on a temporary nail in the garage workshop wall
Step 7

Level and Mount the Rail for the Hanging Shelves

Draw a level pencil line near the top of the wall. Drive a temporary finishing nail into the wall to support one end of the cumbersome rail while you use a power drive to secure the other end with a screw.

inserting shelf supports in the standards
Step 8

Attach Shelf Standards and Supports to the Mounted Rail

Use a shelving system that hangs from this rail, hooking the vertical standards over the bottom edge of the rail and inserting the shelf supports that lock into position. Add shelves that snap into the supports and secure with screws.

inserting the hanging cabinet grips into the shelf standards
Step 9

Position and Hang Cabinets on the Standards

Insert the grips on the back of the hanging cabinets into the standards in the same way as the shelf supports. These cabinets are suspended above the floor to avoid obstacles such as the concrete footing in this garage workshop.

pushing the screw head to lock the tool holders in place
Step 10

Mount One-by-two Strips for Pegboard

Add one-by-two strips and mount pegboard with drywall screws that blend invisibly on its titanium/carbon fiber-like finish. Insert plastic tool holders in a variety of convenient configurations and push the plastic screw heads to lock them in place.


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