How to make your garage multifunctional

An investment in great storage, fold-away items and a complete paint refresh have turned a drab garage into a slick studio – which can still fit a car!

Garage goals

If ever a project proved that the garage can be more than just a place to park the car, this is it. A clear-out and a thorough paint job has provided a neat base for clever storage solutions that free up room for a fold-down desk, so the space can now double as an artist’s studio. The best bit? Everything can be folded up or rolled away when the garage is needed for a car!

Garage goals
Dingy and disorganised, the garage was crying out for a makeover

Disposing of unwanted items is the first step to a revamp. To tackle clutter, divide your belongings into four piles: 

  • things you want to keep

  • things to sell

  • things to give away or donate

  • things only fit for the bin

Remember to recycle where possible – all sorts of things from half-empty paint tins to electronics can be saved from landfill. Contact the household waste service at your local council for advice. 

Garage goals

Study your “keep” pile and consider both the amount of storage you’ll need, and what type. Sturdy shelving, like Pinnacle’s, paired with a variety of containers, is ideal for a garage, but you may also need a lockable unit for items you’d like to keep secure.

A wheeled one like the Dewalt 27” 6 drawer tool trolley can be moved around easily. If you have a lot of hand tools, a pegboard will keep them both organised and accessible – as a bonus, storing them where air can circulate freely will also defend against rust.

Garage goals

Invest in a variety of containers like these from Flexi Storage and Ezy Storage to corral your belongings, grouping like with like.

To make frequently used items easy to see and find, choose clear storage and use lidded containers, clearly labelled, for things you don’t need or want to display.

Colour theme your storage picks for a neat look, perhaps adding some wooden crates for visual interest.

Garage goals

In any area with restricted space, height is your friend. Specialist fixings, such as Delta’s wall hung or gravity storage rack for bikes, hooks for things like ladders and items than can fold away, like a laundry rack, are space-savvy choices.

Go as tall as you can with shelving, but always secure units to your wall with fixings appropriate to your wall type to avoid any danger of toppling.

Don’t forget to check the load rating of your shelves, aiming to store heavy items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Bonus points if your lightweight items are also the ones you need to access the least!

Cycling fan?

Check out this great D.I.Y. project to create a storage rack for your bikes.

Photo credit: James Moffatt

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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