DIY garage arrangement: discovering men’s secrets

Wood trim in the interior of the garage is always a good solution.

Wood trim in the interior of the garage is always a good solution.

A garage for a man, and even more so a garage arrangement, as a dressing room for a lady – a hobby, relaxation, a means of self-expression and mental rest. There is a special aroma of machine oil, sawdust and winter rubber. The garage is often multipurpose. This is a parking lot, a storage room, a workshop, and a hangout for a male company. Arranging a garage to your taste and color is a purely masculine job, but, as in any work, there are subtleties and tricks here. Let’s talk about them.

The main condition for a functional garage is order.

The main condition for a functional garage is order.

The garage serves not only as a place to hide the car in bad weather, but is often a

The garage serves not only as a place to hide the car in bad weather, but is often a “mini-workshop” of the owner

Photo wallpaper in the design of a modern garage

Photo wallpaper in the design of a modern garage

Wood in Art Nouveau style garage wall decoration

Wood in Art Nouveau style garage wall decoration

Wall decoration

When selecting finishing materials for a garage, it is necessary to take into account some of the target features of the premises. The material must be non-combustible (a garage is an accumulation of fuels and lubricants, for which a spark is enough to ignite), not absorbing dirt, moisture resistant and resistant to mechanical damage (suddenly it will catch on with a bumper). What can meet these requirements?

3D wallpaper with a rustic motif as a way to highlight the interior

3D wallpaper with a rustic motif as a way to highlight the interior

1. Plaster. Cement-sandy plaster mortar evens out the walls and smooths out irregularities.

Attention! All work must be carried out professionally, otherwise there is a risk of cracks.

Stylish and at the same time competent arrangement of the garage is not an easy task

Stylish and at the same time competent arrangement of the garage is not an easy task

Beautiful garage interior in retro style

Beautiful garage interior in retro style

After grouting all roughness, we apply a protective layer of facade paint (suitable for use in an aggressive environment). If your garage does not shine with a lot of volume and there is only enough space to tiptoe around the perimeter of the car, try using paint in warm, pastel colors, at least for visual expansion. However, be prepared for the surface to get dirty quickly..

Yellow color in the finish of the garage will add brightness to the interior

Yellow color in the finish of the garage will add brightness to the interior

2. PVC lining. If your garage is quite generous in square meters, you can afford economical installation of plastic PVC panels (“eats” up to 10 cm of space). Thanks to this margin, you can insulate the garage walls with fire-resistant mineral wool. Facade lining is fire-resistant, waterproof, environmentally friendly and outwardly quite presentable, but, unfortunately (and maybe fortunately, if you care about a car without scratches), it does not have high strength indicators. For a variety of colors, use printed clapboard or alternate panels of different colors. Such a strip will favorably emphasize the exclusivity of your autobox..

An interesting combination of lining and pure wood in the decoration of the walls of a small garage

An interesting combination of lining and pure wood in the decoration of the walls of a small garage

White color in the interior will help to make the room visually spacious.

White color in the interior will help to make the room visually spacious.

3. Tiles and facing bricks. Today the best options for arranging a garage. Easy to clean, strong and durable. Ceramic tiles have a higher specific gravity than light facing bricks; therefore, they should only be laid on strong walls with additional reinforcement mesh packing. Both of these materials have another drawback, and that is the price. The cost of finishing work can also cost a pretty penny. But imagine what envious whistles you will hear from your friends when they see the walls of your garage, decorated with red brick, and in the center is a panel with Formula 1, lined with small tiles. It’s worth it.

Brickwork in the interior looks very stylish

Brickwork in the interior looks very stylish

Tiling the walls of the garage looks very nice, but it will cost you a lot.

Tiling the walls of the garage looks very nice, but it will cost you a lot.

Decorative stone in the design of a spacious garage

Decorative stone in the design of a spacious garage

Floor finishing

A garage floor is a surface that is in constant use. He must withstand the loads from your car, yourself, and when the wrench falls out of his hands, he must not even show that he was in pain. Not a single crack or chip. Requirements for moisture and fire resistance are not even discussed. Typically, modern garage floors are multi-layered. Self-leveling concrete mass on a sandy base with a top layer of reinforced mesh and waterproofing – an excellent and most common option for garage floors.

Black and white checkerboard tiles are great for your garage floor

Black and white checkerboard tiles are great for your garage floor

Garage flooring should not only be beautiful, but also durable.

Garage flooring should not only be beautiful, but also durable.

Stronger, but slightly more expensive than concrete, are paving stones or paving slabs on a dense sand and gravel cushion. For additional moisture resistance of paving stones, impregnants are used (modern impregnations with a water-repellent effect, working on the principle of an umbrella). Alternative concrete mixes are flexible acrylic, polyurethane or epoxy resins. In the style of the already mentioned Formula 1 with white and black checkers, you can use impact-resistant floor tiles. The surface of the tiles must be roughened to avoid slipping. We do not recommend purchasing a tile with a pattern, since already at the tenth arrival in the garage it will not be aesthetically erased.

Chalet style in the design of a private house garage

Chalet style in the design of a private house garage

Garage arrangement: shelving

The garage should be not only beautiful, but also comfortable.

The garage should be not only beautiful, but also comfortable.

Even if you are not particularly pedantic, your masculine rationalization mind suggests that in chaos it is much more difficult to find something. Among the piles of mezzanines, suitcases and bicycles, sometimes there is even nowhere to put the car, not to mention just being alone and drinking soda. Therefore, the most important details in the ergonomics of a garage space are not only walls and floors, but also hinged shelves and racks for storing auto parts, tools and household items. A metal frame rack along the wall (a U-shaped version for three walls is also possible, if the dimensions allow), like a sieve, it will help you separate the necessary from the temporary.

To make working in the garage more enjoyable, you need to properly equip it.

To make working in the garage more enjoyable, you need to properly equip it

To prevent the white interior of the garage from looking boring, it needs to be diluted with bright colors.

To prevent the white interior of the garage from looking boring, it needs to be diluted with bright colors.

  • After the audit of the accumulated good, it is necessary to make the appropriate measurements of the length, width and depth of the future structure. Standard racks in a construction supermarket have a depth of up to 1 meter on average, and this is not always enough, so you should think about installing a rack to order. Determine the depth by the size of the largest item that needs to fit in the garage. It can be tires, a family suitcase, and so on..
  • To avoid the accumulation of dust, dirt or moisture, drill small holes in the shelves, let them breathe, and the tools do not get dusty or rust.

Wood in garage trim looks beautiful, but not safe

Wood in garage trim looks beautiful, but not safe

  • So that wet cleaning of the garage does not take you much time, leave a gap of 30 centimeters between the bottom shelf of the rack and the floor.
  • When assembling a frame rack, it is better to use a profiled pipe or a 30×30 mm metal corner on bolted joints (welding is also possible, but it is not always convenient and profitable). Aluminum profiles for drywall are unlikely to fit due to their low strength.

When assembling the racks, you must use durable materials

When assembling the racks, you must use durable materials

  • Use moisture resistant plywood for the shelves. Strong, durable and does not absorb moisture. For extra protection, can be varnished.
  • Do not make the shelving sections too long, otherwise the plywood shelf may buckle. If you need to store long items on the shelf, you need to additionally install a transverse stiffener.

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Shelves and racks can be bought ready-made, but they usually cost a lot

Small garage, but with a very conveniently organized interior

Small garage, but with a very conveniently organized interior

Setting up a garage plays the same important role in a man's life as a well-equipped kitchen for a woman.

Setting up a garage plays the same important role in a man’s life as a well-equipped kitchen for a woman.