For years, people have been underestimating their garages. Something about them makes you just view it as an annex and unnecessary addition to an already complete house. If you’re here, it means you’re breaking the cycle; that you’ve started viewing your garage as a space to be treasured. Obviously, you deserve all the help you can get, so here are five things that we believe are essential to pimp up your garage.

 1. Ceiling Storage Systems

One of the issues that face most people with garages is that, after a while, it can turn into a storage space for abandoned objects and memorabilia instead of being the place where the car is kept. Of course, when you don’t have a proper place to store your stuff, it’s only a matter of time before your car stops fitting into the garage. That’s why, if you’re looking to make a change and take your garage to the next level, you should consider a ceiling storage system.

A ceiling storage unit is basically a shelf that dangles from the ceiling; that’s an oversimplification, but it describes how they function. Whether your garage is used as one, or a man-cave, or even an art studio, a ceiling unit would allow you to benefit from the full space. When picking them out, though, make sure that you choose a size that doesn’t hang far too low, or inconveniently close to the ceiling. Plus, it is essential to make sure that you don’t overload these shelves to minimize the risk of getting injured by falling objects.

 2. Wall Mounted Folding Work-Bench

Now, whether you’re a car buff or a person who likes to fix things themselves, you’ll love this next product. If it ever comes down to either having a work area or enough space to walk around, keep your car, or even chill and have a beer after finishing a project, what would you pick? A hard question, isn’t it? Well, with a folding workbench, you don’t have to compromise. You can unfold the bench during work time, then stow it away against the wall.

The best thing is that you don’t have to buy one. You can easily do it yourself with the proper tools. You could look for online tutorials on how to build something of the sort, but from what we’ve seen, you only need hinges, screws, wood, and the basic tools; a drill, screwdrivers, and such. Overall, a wall-mounted folding surface like that adds such great value in exchange for a few inches of your wall.

 3. Garage door Opener

If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your garage, wouldn’t it make sense to have it open automatically? Imagine driving back home, dead tired, and yearning to get inside the house. How would it feel if you had to get out of your car, open the garage door, get inside your car, park it, get out, close the garage door, and then go inside? Might as well run a marathon while you’re at it. Modern garage door openers have evolved beyond remote control ones, you see. Now, a simple internet search can leave you with a million recommendations, from chain-operated ones to belt-operated ones, to products equipped with a smart operating software, and others that connect to Wi-Fi.

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The point is, the variety is crazy. Before picking an opener, make sure you research the product and the company quite thoroughly. The last thing you want is a machine that will keep stalling and breaking down. Not to mention, it is important that you invest in an encrypted door opener; otherwise, your machine could be easily hacked by any resourceful burglar.

 4. Cabinets

While being an underrated, seemingly obvious solution, you’d be surprised at how many people don’t bother investing in proper cabinets. Instead of having carton boxes piled up over each other and occupying valuable space, why not dedicate an area for storage? Drawers and cupboards will not only keep your possessions safe, but they will also keep your garage looking classy, clean, and organized. Keep in mind that most people get too scared of even stepping into their all-too-cluttered garages.

We get that a garage is an area prone to a lot of changes; you wouldn’t like to install something too hard to get rid of later, right? That’s where free-standing cabinets come in; you can move them around anywhere you want to. Whenever you decide to do some feng shui, you won’t have to worry about those storage systems being immovable.

 5. A Proper Security System

If your house is an armor, a garage could be thought of as a chink in that armor. A garage door isn’t as fortified as a house’s front door. A burglar could easily break into a house through the garage door if it isn’t properly secured. What’s worse, most people forget about their garage when installing a home security system. So, if you’re upgrading your garage, it is only fair to upgrade the security measures, as well. You don’t have to set up a dozen cameras or build a large watchtower. All you need is one security camera in a strategic position, or maybe a motion-activated light system. It’s just a little something to keep the bad guys away and make sure that your car, house, and family are completely safe.

Having said all of that, we hope you’ve garnered some info on what to do in regards to upgrading your garage and taking advantage of everything the space has to offer. Remember that improving your garage is all about creativity and drive. Don’t hesitate to try out new ideas and storage solutions; especially if you’re going to be making them yourself. Finally, we beg you to never take that first step in an endless dark road by throwing a box into your garage. That’s how the dreaded gigantic pile of things starts.