Makes a strong case for creating a garage that will not only keep your expensive set of wheels happy but look swanky as well

    To some people, cars are more than just a form of transportation; they are a way of life and sometimes, even therapy. A garage then becomes not just a place to park the car but a happy place to hang out with a swanky car or even keep all car-related stuff in one well-organised place. Garages tend to become store rooms for just about anything. As they are big empty spaces, they are easy targets for things that won’t fit in wardrobes and anything else that doesn’t have a set place in homes. We bring you a few ideas that promise to make a happy residence for your favourite set of wheels.
    Getting everything up and off the floor should be your first priority. So, get rid of as much junk as possible. Make it a point to sweep the garage and wipe things every week. Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and dive head first into the clutter. Ensure that you have enough room for your car so that you can avoid running into anything.
    Even though it is a garage, it does not necessarily have to look like one. A few coats of paint, metal shelving and some techno decals for the wall, can transform the space without burning a hole in your pocket. A simple and sharp design stays clean with customised cabinets and industrial overhead lighting.
    If your garage has unfinished interior walls, then it can be treated with insulation material. It’s not that expensive and your finished walls, painted in outdoor white or a bright acrylic paint, will look stunning. Such colours help in highlighting posters and industrial sign collections, and throw more light onto your car and machinery.
    There are plenty of flooring options available for your garage, depending on your budget. Skid-proof concrete flooring adds a subtle touch of warmth and gives a high-tech and mechanical vibe. Commercial grade blackand-white checkered flooring looks equally amazing in garages. As an alternative, an inter-locking floor is a cool option and is available in tiles with an enormous variety of colour schemes.
    The location and intensity of the lighting in your garage needs to be carefully planned so that you can undertake repairs and maintenance with ease. Get as much light on the nose of the car as possible with ceiling and front-wall fixtures, and have a strong portable work light with a beam you can aim for close-up work under the hood or car.
    Label absolutely everything. If your drawers and bins are full of nails, screws and bolts, take the time to sort each piece by type and label your storage containers and shelves accordingly. It is a tedious task but in the end, it will be worth it. Decide which area of the garage is going to be used for what purpose. You can divide it into dedicated zones for utility items like water cans, hand tools, air compressors, vacuum cleaners, etc. Clearing out clutter is incredibly satisfying. So, decide what to keep, what to donate and what to throw away. When you find yourself questioning a particular item, determine your needs and then take a decision.
    Acquiring cool tools can be a lifetime pursuit. Most starter tool-sets will come in a hefty plastic carrying case but sooner or later, you will need to invest in a multidrawer steel tool chest to keep all related tools in a single drawer and keep everything lined up and organised by size.
    These tips will convert your garage into a practical, well-equipped one that will keep your car as happy as you are in your home!
    (The writer is a Mumbaibased industrial designer)

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