Five Great Ideas for That New Work Bench in the Garage

These five fresh concepts will help you take your garage to a whole new level with a work bench that meets the needs of your home improvement efforts. Read on to learn more.

Work bench with rod and vise clamp with hand wheel

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Is it time for a new garage work bench?

Garage work benches are a great choice for anyone who likes to have a place to get some work done. Hobbyists, DIYers, and professionals alike enjoy having a dedicated workspace and those power tools just aren’t designed to be used inside the house.

Work benches for the garage can be bought or built, custom-fitted, and even created to your exact design ideas, no matter what size or shape you have in mind.

Think about the type of tasks you want to use the work bench for. That will help you decide on what you want in terms of material, size, functionality, and more. Think about how solid your work bench needs to be, too.

These are the factors that you need to keep in mind to narrow down your choices.

Make It Mobile

A lot of garages lack the space to accommodate a full-size work bench when the cars are parked, and the garage is full.

A mobile work bench

Mobile Work Bench from Colin Dennis Board on Pinterest

Having an accessible work bench in the middle of the garage is going to be a lot more enjoyable (and effective) than sitting back in the corner with limited space. However, someone is going to want to park in the garage or use it for another purpose eventually.

Adding wheels to the work bench can guarantee that you’ll always have the room you need while still getting the workspace that you want. Make sure that you have a place to store your bench away when you’re done for the day.

Don’t forget to lock the wheels! While mobile work benches are a great choice, they need to have locking wheels. The last thing you want is to have it accidentally rolling into your car, or worse, causing an injury when you’re trying to do work with the wheels unlocked. Even with this, you’ll still love the flexibility of a mobile work bench.

Make It Multi-level

Are you really limiting yourself on shelves?

Sure, one shelf is nice, but imagine what you could do with three, four, or even more! Add upper housing shelves above the work bench for lighting, storage, and detail work.

A multi level work bench

Multi-Level Work Bench from Colin Dennis Board on Pinterest

Having shelves can allow you to create a workflow and keep everything separate, stay organized, and ensure that nuts, bolts, screws, and other details are protected from the flurry of activity on the bench.

Add shelves underneath, too, if you want to create even more versatile space that you can use for tools, equipment, and more.

After all, with the work that you’re putting in, you deserve to get the most of your vertical space, too!

Even your family will thank you because the shelves can be used for storage and get the clutter out of the garage for good. You’ll have safe, out of the way storage that keeps everything right where you need it near the bench.

Make It Enjoyable

Who wants to spend hours in a damp, dark garage space?

The California, Garaga's  fully transparent garage door is a strikingly dramatic choice to add loads of natural light to a classed-up garage.

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If you don’t have natural light, you might not even want to spend time in the garage. It's not inspiring to work in a space that’s poorly lit and uninviting. It should be a place where things happen and you make magic.

To resolve this, there are several changes to consider, including changing the garage door entirely, that will allow natural light to bring a little mood boost to your workspace.

Work bench with a window

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Adding garage door windows will not just boost the mood; it can even help improve your property value by increasing the curb appeal of your house. Guests, neighbors, and even passersby will notice how great your garage looks. More importantly, potential buyers will see these improvements on such a desirable asset and be much more inclined to make an offer.

You should have a garage door opener installed if you don’t already have one. This will ensure that you can get in and out of your garage easily, and even open up the door to make your work an indoor-outdoor activity.

These little changes might not seem like much, but they can go far in helping you create a functional space that’s still fun and allows you to get work done. The natural light and design features will help keep you energized as you work away.

Make It Comfortable

The work bench is going to be best in a spot where it won’t be bothered by winter weather, allowing you to work in a comfortable environment. If you want to keep your space temperate no matter the season, consider adding insulation to your garage walls and the garage door.

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Adding insulation increases the R-value of the garage door. R-Value refers to the level of insulation, or how thermally efficient it is. Typically, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation. Even when the weather outside is beyond frightful, the right insulated garage door will ensure that you can work all year long without having to put on layers and trying to do anything without being able to move.

When it’s warm outside, that insulation will keep the sun and radiating heat from turning the garage into an oven, allowing you to work year-round without worry. Whether it’s sweltering or freezing out, you’ll be able to work on projects and home improvements whenever you want.

Make It Fashionable

Of course, your work bench isn’t the only thing that can be stylish here. You can actually retrofit and redesign your entire garage to suit your style. Consider something like stone veneer, that only costs about $10-$20 per square foot, but adds a touch that looks much more expensive. This can also improve your curb appeal and home value, giving you a big improvement without a big investment.

Another great idea is to install window boxes between the garage doors, flowers, and greenery to draw attention to the space and add a touch of nature, and even ornamental light fixtures that will add a touch of elegance.

Accent lighting and natural elements will draw the eye into the features of the door that you want to be noticed. That will make your new workspace just as appealing to others as it is to you. They’re simple additions, but they can add a real sense of refinement and style to your otherwise utilitarian garage.

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Are you ready to invest more in your garage?

Then contact a GARAGA dealer in your area.

They are indeed experts in garage doors. They have extensive experience and they love helping you find the perfect garage door system at the right plus for you.

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