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6 ideas to update your garage on a budget

Garages may not seem like the most important part of a home, but homeowners can add a lot of value to their property by turning them into more functional spaces.

Here are DIY projects and ideas to inspire you:

1. Paint the floors and walls

It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to do this, but it will make your garage feel bigger and more professional. Slap a few pots of white paint on the walls and some durable grey floor paint on the ground - it’ll make late-night wrenching sessions much more bearable.

2. Add some insulation

Home to the biggest door on your house, your garage is likely a major source of heating loss. If you want to make your space warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer - and lower your electric bills - start by adding some insulation. Even if the space isn't fully finished, you can add some insulation between the studs and make the space more usable year-round.

3. Paint your garage door

Replacing your garage door might be expensive, but you can use paint to give your garage a fresh look. You can decide to change the look of the garage door by getting a new paint colour. Using planks over your garage can also work in cases where you are not interested in painting the garage door.

4. Store tools on magnetic storage panels

To work safely and efficiently, keep your tools in an accessible, organized space. While toolboxes offer secure storage, it’s better to be able to grab (and find) what you need conveniently.

Magnetic storage panels let you openly display your tools on the wall and are incredibly space saving. The tools are neatly presented, out of the way, and easy to retrieve (not to mention, extremely affordable).

5. Install decent lighting

Garage lighting is important to keep the space bright. If you want to keep your space bright without adding natural lighting, add ceiling light to your garage. Garage ceiling light with 60 watts is ideal for the garage because the garage needs a lot of light.

When buying ceiling light, it is advisable to buy LED so that you can save on energy. A ceiling lighting with adjustable panels is the best because you can illuminate different parts of the garage. Apart from a ceiling light, you can also add some wall lights to compliment the lighting.

6. Craft a DIY tool holder

Does your garage double as a gardening shed? If you’re stocked up on shovels, rakes, brooms and more, chances are at some point, they’ve found a tangled home in the corner of your garage. Utilise wall space to easily organise these essential tools with one simple product: a hose. Cut small pieces - around 7 inches or so - and slit each one down the front with scissors. Nail these vertically on the wall, with the opening facing forward. These make the perfect size holders for lawn and gardening tools and will save your garage floor from clutter.


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