Garage Dust Control: 5 Effective Tips Everyone Should Know

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Is your garage a space that attracts dust like a magnet, despite your best cleaning efforts?

Household dust comes from many sources. Pet dander, clothing fibers, dead skin cells, dirt, pollen, dead insects, and particles from paint, wood, and home building materials are just some of the things that create dust.

It’s impossible to eliminate dust in a garage. There are plenty of garage dust control methods you can use to keep this area of your house cleaner, however.

Garage dust control is important. Here’s why.

Exposure to too much dust is unhealthy. Breathing in excessive levels of dust can cause respiratory issues. Many dust particles also have high levels of chemicals, which can lead to even more serious health issues.

Reducing the amount of dust in your garage is even more important if you spend a significant amount of spare time in the room using it as a home gym, workshop, or for some other type of hobby.

And let’s be honest, too much dust in any room just looks unattractive. Even a space that is immaculately organized looks and feels messy if it’s covered in a layer of ugly grey dust.

Why is my garage so dusty?

Keeping the amount of dust in your garage at a minimum can feel like a losing battle. There’s a good reason why. Garages are a space in which dust accumulates quickly for many reasons:

  • unsealed concrete garage floors slowly wear down and leave a fine, powdery residue
  • the average garage door opens and closes 3-5 times each day, providing a large opening for dust and debris from outside to blow indoors
  • some garage doors don’t have tight seals, which allows dust and dirt to blow inside
  • cleaning too infrequently or using poor cleaning practices
  • dried winter road salt gets ground down into a fine powder
  • garages tend to accumulate junk and clutter, giving dust more surfaces to settle on
  • the moisture in garages makes it easier for dust to “stick” to surfaces
  • vehicles coming and going and frequent foot traffic stir up settled dust
  • grass clippings and garden dirt from yard tools dry and break down into dust particles

While those are a number of obstacles to overcome, there are lots of ways to deal with garage dust issues.

The following garage dust control solutions will produce instantly noticeable improvements in the amount of dust found in your garage.

Unfinished cracked garage floor with road salt damage

Unsealed concrete slowly wears down over time and leaves fine dust on a garage floor.

1. Garage dust control solutions for your floor

Concrete dusting occurs when the top layer of a concrete slab slowly disintegrates over time, producing a chalky powder on the floor surface.

Vehicle and foot traffic can speed up this process. Old age may also be why a deteriorating concrete surface is causing persistent dust issues in a garage.

Concrete can break down prematurely because of various reasons related to how the concrete or a coating was applied. Here are a few examples:

  • the concrete was poured at a less-than-optimal temperature
  • floor coating or concrete products were improperly mixed
  • the concrete slab was not allowed to cure properly

Listed below are three options that will prevent or slow down the deterioration of a concrete slab.

Garage floor coating system

A floor coating system is one of the best garage dust control solutions you can invest in.

Floor coatings seal concrete surfaces and prevent them from wearing down and creating the fine dust that gets spread all over a garage. They also provide flooring protection from water damage, stains, and abrasions. Some garage makeover companies can even seal and coat the wall foundations in a garage, which can also deteriorate over time.

Floor coating systems are better than a plain floor sealer because they include decorative flakes that add visual appeal to a garage and help to obscure dust and dirt on the floor.

Although DIY epoxy floor coatings cost less, it’s worth the investment to have an expert like Garage Living handle your flooring project. Our Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings are superior to epoxy coatings. We follow a 5-step application process using state-of-the-art equipment, to ensure our floors look incredible and last for many years.

Another reason to let a pro take care of your garage floor is you’ll be ensured of being left with a perfect, smooth surface that’s easy to maintain.

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A garage floor coating system seals concrete surfaces to protect them from wearing down prematurely.

Garage floor tiles

Perhaps a garage floor coating system is beyond your budget. Another option worth considering are interlocking garage floor tiles that can be installed quickly.

High-quality floor tiles made from PVC or other durable materials provide a resilient foundation for garage floors. While floor tiles obviously don’t seal concrete, they do fully cover a floor surface. This will prevent the dust from concrete slabs from becoming airborne. Floor tiles are also cost-effective for anyone looking to cover up a floor with significant damage that they’re not eager to spend a lot of money on to repair.

The design of most floor tiles includes grooves and gaps on the top surface that traps water and allows for airflow. Those gaps will trap dust and dirt, so they’ll need to be vacuumed out occasionally.

Like floor coatings, floor tiles have decorative benefits. Most floor tile manufacturers offer a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, which can be mixed and matched to create a one-of-a-kind floor design.

Garage floor sealer

Roll-on garage floor sealers will help slow down the deterioration of concrete. It’s worth noting that commercially available floor sealing products found in big-box stores don’t penetrate a concrete surface as well as industrial-grade sealers. The bond to the concrete won’t be as strong, resulting in less floor protection and durability.

If you want to seal your floor and have it look nicer, floor sealers aren’t ideal. Surface flaws and evidence of repair work on cracks and sections of the floor will still be visible after a sealer application.

A commonly Googled question is “how to paint a dusty garage floor”. Don’t waste your time with roll-on garage floor paint products. They provide little to no sealing benefits for a floor. Floor paint is notorious for chipping and flaking away quickly after being applied and it only gives you a short-term cosmetic fix.

2. Keep the garage more organized

An organized garage that is only filled with items you use and actually need means there’s less clutter for dust to collect on. Less clutter means the airflow in the garage will be better, too.

Better storage systems that make it easier to keep the garage tidy are an effective way to control dust in the room. Slatwall panels and overhead racks that maximize your garage’s wall and ceiling storage space are very effective at keeping garages organized.

Storage cabinets are also perfect for garages that have dust issues. Cabinet systems give garages an upscale, professional look and provide covered storage space to keep more of your belongings dust-free.

With less floor clutter, you’ll find it easier to clean your garage more regularly. No one likes cleaning. It’s even harder to motivate yourself to give the garage a sweep when the floor is littered with stacks of junk you have to move or sweep around. An open, clutter-free floor can be thoroughly swept, squeegeed, or dry mopped in just a few minutes, without any fuss!

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Garage cabinets keep your belongings protected from dust.

3. Fully seal all garage entrances

A study found that about 60% of indoor dust comes from outside. Garage doors that don’t have proper seals are a major entry point for dust and debris and also lower the energy-efficiency of your home.

Inspect your garage doors for gaps or broken seals that could be letting in dust and other debris. The bottom seal of a garage door must be in good shape and properly fitted since this a primary entry point for dust and dirt.

Making sure your garage doors are properly sealed will help keep out pests, too.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the seals around garage access doors that open to the outdoors. Perimeter weatherstripping around door frames and bottom door seals should last anywhere from 5-10 years before needing replacement.

Keep in mind that heavier usage of a door will cause the weatherstripping around it to wear down faster.

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Garage doors that are properly sealed will keep dust and debris out of garages.

4. Tips for cleaning a dusty garage

One comment we read in an online forum in reply to a question about dealing with dust in the garage actually said, “Your best option is to leave it. Dust will stay put if you don’t disturb it.”

We hate to imagine what kind of state that person’s living space is in, but clearly that’s no way to deal with a dust problem.

By merely cleaning more regularly and the right way, your garage will have fewer issues with excess dust. If possible, try to stick to a regular schedule for cleaning the garage. Every 3-4 weeks should be sufficient.

When we say “clean the right way”, we mean cleaning efficiently and thoroughly (including getting into those neglected garage corners).

Effective garage dust control doesn’t involve spreading the dust around when you’re cleaning instead of capturing most of it. Always work from the top down so any stirred-up dust falls to the lower areas you’ll be cleaning next. Avoid using anything to dust that’s dry. Damp cloths and microfiber or electrostatic dusting cloths will work most effectively.

For floors, a good push broom or dust mop and dustpan or shovel should capture most of the dust and debris on the ground. On unsealed concrete surfaces, sweeping compound does a good job of capturing all of the debris on floors and prevents dust from becoming airborne while sweeping.

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Image by Paweł Englender from Pixabay

You should avoid using a pressure washer with a high-pressure nozzle on a garage floor, whether it’s sealed or bare concrete. The pressure can damage the topcoat of a floor coating and will accelerate the deterioration of the concrete.

After sweeping your garage floor it can be hosed down and squeegeed and cleaned with a light cleaning solution. Follow our garage floor cleaning and maintenance guide to keep your floor coating looking like new.

Another benefit of cleaning a garage floor regularly is you’ll pick up the fine granules of sand, dirt, and dried road salt that can cause damage with pitting and spalling (when concrete crumbles or flakes away).

To conclude our garage dust control tips for your floor, take the time to clean your driveway. An occasional sweep will get rid of the dirt, sand, and other debris that gets tracked inside to your garage floor.

5. Install a garage ventilation or air filtration system

turbine roof ventThe above garage dust control solutions will have you well on your way to enjoying a cleaner garage. To improve the room’s air quality even more, you can install a garage ventilation or air filtration system.

A powered ventilation system can be installed on your garage’s roof or walls. Passive wind-powered turbine roof vents (pictured to the right) will also improve the airflow in a garage.

An air filtration system is another way to keep the air in a garage cleaner. They’re especially practical for garage workshops where a lot of wood is being cut, as will a garage dust collection system (which saves a shop vac filter from being overworked by dust collection).

If you currently have an HVAC system or some other type of air quality-related system that uses filters, ensure the filters are cleaned or replaced as recommended.

Do you have garage dust control problems? We have solutions!

Like any other room in your house, dust will always be present to some degree. By using these garage dust control tips, however, you can improve the air quality and cleanliness of your garage.

Spend less time cleaning your garage and dealing with excess dust and more time enjoying it.

Get organized with better storage systems that eliminate dust-collecting clutter and discover what a difference having the best garage floor coating on the market can make.

Talk to us about our effective garage dust control solutions and other creative ideas to make your garage nicer. Schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living today.

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Garage Storage Cabinets: Smart Organization Meets Modern Style

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Two things that most garages lack is a satisfying level of organization and visual appeal.

A few hooks on the walls and some DIY shelving don’t exactly maximize a garage’s storage capability. They also don’t provide one of the undervalued functions of any worthwhile storage system – looks that add to a room’s aesthetics.

Garage storage cabinets can upgrade the functionality and visual presentation of this hardworking home space.

Here are several ways your garage can benefit from what a cabinet system offers, as well as what to look for when buying garage cabinets.

Types of garage storage cabinets

Not all garage cabinet brands and types are created equal. That’s why it’s worth doing a little homework so you make a buying decision you’re happy with long after your cabinets are installed.

Garage cabinet systems come in modular, custom-fit, and semi-custom types. Here’s what those terms mean:

  • Modular cabinets (the type sold in big-box stores) are mass-produced and have a pre-determined design. The individual cabinet sections are mixed and matched to create a system that assembles relatively easily.
  • Custom-fit cabinets are built to order and are a more personalized cabinet solution. Things like cabinet colors and sizes are customizable and more add-on features are available. Professional installation is typically required.
  • Semi-custom cabinets are a hybrid of modular and custom cabinets. Consumers have more design flexibility than what modular cabinets offer, while having more limitations than what is available with a fully custom-fit design.

3 essentials for your garage storage cabinets

You can go big or go small with the design of a garage cabinet system, depending on your budget, available space, and how the cabinets will be used.

Pay close attention to a few key details about the garage storage cabinets you purchase:

  • Construction materials: look for cabinets with high-quality raw materials that are made in North America. Many types of cheap steel manufactured overseas are heavily recycled and rust quickly.
  • Metal thickness: steel or aluminum cabinets with flimsy shells aren’t built to last in most garage environments. Remember that the lower the number of a steel gauge, the thicker the sheet metal is.
  • Build quality/craftsmanship: prioritize buying cabinets with a high quality of craftsmanship. Cabinets with issues like doors and drawers that don’t open and close smoothly or that are poorly welded are cheap for a reason!

With the basics of cabinets explained, now it’s time to look closer at how they can improve a garage.

Get your garage organized and keep it tidy

Smart garage organization systems like slatwall and overhead racks work wonders to maximize a garage’s storage space. They accomplish this by utilizing the commonly underused wall and ceiling spaces in garages.

Cabinets function as a complementary storage system to these effective garage organization solutions. When has having more storage space and storage versatility ever been a bad thing? “Never” is the correct answer!

Getting a garage organized by creating a home for each item with a variety of storage systems makes the room more valuable to you in a few different ways.

Most importantly, having a tidy garage allows it to be much more functional for your family. Leaving your vehicles parked in the driveway because there’s no room for them in the cluttered garage becomes a thing of the past.

Having additional room in the garage also means more opportunities for things like using the garage as a gym or workshop.

The average garage can hold a lot and many of those items, like hand tools, are small and easy to lose. Don’t underestimate the value of using effective storage systems that makes things easier to find and put back.

Set up your storage systems properly and you’ll drastically cut down on the amount of time that is wasted searching for misplaced items.

Garage storage cabinets add visual appeal

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Matte red GL Custom Steel cabinets with black frames work perfectly in this Ferrari-themed garage (featuring the Performance theme from Garage Living’s Designer Series).

Having a higher level of organization in the garage with the help of a storage system like cabinets is a win for any homeowner.

If your cabinets can improve the garage with a professional, upscale look that makes your home stand out in your neighborhood, that’s a definite win-win.

Garage Living knows that cabinets play a major role in determining how a garage will look. We work with our clients to ensure the styles and color choices of their garage storage cabinets bring out the best in the rest of the room’s décor.

Our Designer Series collection of exclusive design themes was created to guarantee that all visual aspects of a garage remodel complement each other effectively. With the Performance theme, for example, the red and black colors of the cabinets blend beautifully with the red, black, grey, and white colors in the decorative Carbonite Floortex™ floor coating.

Garage storage cabinet systems can include additional decorative touches that provide visual upgrades:

  • Aluminum backsplashes in a variety of styles
  • Sleek countertops made from stainless or galvanized steel or butcher block
  • Attractive door and drawer hardware

Cabinets also give you ample space to keep stored items hidden. That eliminates visual clutter and helps to preserve the organized appearance of a garage.

Why custom and premium garage storage cabinets are worth it

A small, budget-friendly modular cabinet system with a no-frills look that can be installed yourself will be enough for some homeowners.

Others want a higher quality product and someone with expertise to handle their cabinet system design and installation. Garage Living specializes in creating customized garage cabinet solutions with our lines of modular, semi-custom, and custom-fit cabinet products.

High-quality garage storage cabinets don’t just look and function better than cheaper models – they’re built to last, too. Inexpensive cabinets found online and in big-box stores cut corners wherever they can to keep costs down. Those compromises result in an inferior product with a short life…and a long trail of customers with buyer’s remorse.

No two garages have the exact same layout and are used the exact same way by their owners. That’s why a “one size fits all” approach to choosing garage cabinets doesn’t always work well. Everybody has different design tastes as well, so the more cabinet and frame colors you can choose from, the better.

Made-to-order cabinets like the GL Custom Steel model can be customized to fit your garage to perfection, both physically and aesthetically. Because they’re constructed with superior materials and the finest craftsmanship, they’ll last for many years in your garage. Powder-coated finishes that protect against corrosion and scratches do their share of the hard work to extend the life of your cabinets as well.

Enjoy a safer, more secure garage

Things that can be stored in cabinets are things that are not left on your garage floor. That means fewer tripping and parking hazards and a safer garage.

Some items commonly kept in the garage, such as sharp objects and hazardous cleaning and lawn care products, are better off being stored out of reach or behind locked cabinet doors for your kids’ safety.

From a home security perspective, expensive tools that are stored out of sight inside cabinets are less vulnerable to theft. Your valuables can be even further protected from burglars by adding locks to some of your cabinet doors and drawers.

Cabinets are low maintenance and keep your things cleaner

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Garage cabinets are very low-maintenance and keep your belongings hidden and dust-free.

Cleaning metal garage storage cabinets involves very little work. To remove dust, simply wipe them down with a clean, dry soft cloth or a light duster.

If a deeper cleaning is needed to remove grease, grime, and dirt build-up on the cabinets, the powder-coated finish is resilient enough to handle using some water or a neutral cleaner product.

Stainless steel doors can also have a stainless steel cleaner applied to remove fingerprints and dirt so the cabinets are restored to a “just like new” state.

Another way that cabinets cut down on your cleaning work is they keep everything being stored inside them virtually dust-free. With no items sitting out in the open for dust to collect on, the air quality in your garage will be a little better.

Get the best garage storage cabinets available

Don’t settle for anything less than the best garage storage cabinets to improve the functionality and appearance of your home’s most useful storage space.

Garage Living’s five lines of North American-made cabinets look stunning and can be tailored specifically for your everyday needs and design taste.

Schedule a free design consultation with us. Our design consultants will work with you to create a unique cabinet system that exceeds your wildest expectations.

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Spring Cleaning Tips For An Unfinished Garage

April showers bring May flowers.

April showers may also make things a little messy before you can enjoy the blooms of spring. You may find layers of dirt covering your driveway, walkways, and your unfinished garage floor, however, we have some solutions to help you manage spring cleaning with ease.

Respect for the garage

When buying a new house, often the builder’s idea of finishing the garage is to install drywall, tape, and mud it. They seldom paint the drywall and having them pour a concrete floor might be considered an upgrade. If you’re watching your budget and considering other enhancements to your new property, the garage might not receive the attention that it deserves.

There was a time, not that long ago, when the whole family left home to go off-site for education, exercise, shopping, and work returning home later in the day or early evening. We did not spend that much time in our homes, and for the most part we accepted the condition of our homes.

Now, we cannot avoid looking at our dwellings from many different perspectives. When space is at a premium for families who are bursting at the seams; basements, guest rooms, laundry rooms, and garages are prime candidates for expanding, waiting to be repurposed to accommodate home offices, online schooling, and work out spaces.

Clean up time

Bring out the hose, the rakes, and the shovels – that is if you can find them if the garage has become a dumping ground.

With the change of seasons, tennis racquets and other athletic equipment may not have not found their way back to their designated areas, if they ever really had one.

Storing sports equipment and holiday décor can become a revolving mess, and many homeowners dread the seasonal re-organization of this rarely-thought-of space – also known as the garage. Here are recommendations to make the task easier.

Garage spring cleaning checklist

You are only as good as your tools. For this job you are going to need the following:

  • Work gloves
  • A sturdy step stool for hard-to-reach places
  • 4-gallon bucket
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Push broom and a regular broom
  • Squeegee
  • A clean spray bottle
  • Black, permanent marker
  • 5 empty boxes or bins

Label 5 boxes for their eventual destination:

  1. Donate
  2. Elsewhere
  3. Recycle
  4. Trash
  5. Dispose (for hazardous waste dispose at your local waste disposal center).

You will also need various products, in addition to hot water, to help get out stubborn stains.

  • Baking soda
  • Environmentally friendly soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cornstarch or clay cat litter
  • White vinegar
  • Crystal Simple Green

End up with a clean slate

First things first – empty the garage. This is a great time to sort and donate. The key to efficient cleaning is to work from top to bottom, left to right. Sweep the ceiling, corners, and walls, and then close the garage doors and clean it as well. Hose it down and let it thoroughly dry and air out.

Now you can see stains on the cement. In a bucket of hot water, add ½ cup of baking soda and a generous amount of ecologically friendly detergent. With a good push broom, scrub the grimy areas. Rinse and let dry.

For hard-to-remove stains, re-wet the surface and drizzle with hydrogen peroxide or Crystal Simple Green. Neither of these will not harm your lawn or bordering plants when you rinse. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse the garage floor and the broom. Let dry.

Elbow grease may be necessary

Oil drips from cars, lawnmowers, and other equipment stain concrete, because it is porous, but it can also leave slick, slippery areas on the garage floor. To soak up lubricants, apply a thick layer of clay cat litter, or food grade diatomaceous earth. Let it sit for at least 24 hours, then sweep it up and safely discard it with your household trash. Keep watch during the process to ensure that it is lifting the oil as you will see grease seeping through.

Next, add environmentally friendly soap to a bucket of hot water. Scrub the area with a brush or broom, rinse and let dry.

Mold, moss, mildew, and moisture

When it comes to mold and other unwanted organic materials, sweeping alone will not solve the problem. The plant spores must be killed.

In a spray bottle mix equal parts of hot water and white vinegar. After spraying the area, scrub with a brush or a push broom. For stubborn mold and mildew, mix a ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a gallon of hot water, cover the area and let it sit for about half an hour. Rinse the surface and let it dry.

In colder climates, check to ensure that downspouts were not damaged during the winter, and that rainwater is being diverted away from the home and the garage. Make sure to clean up leaves and other debris, and check rain gutters. Autumn leaves can clog eavestroughs, and trap moisture around your dwelling, which can also cause mold and mildew stains on patios, decks, and walkways.

Once you have cleaned your garage and removed stains, consider applying a professional sealant to your garage floor which last years longer than DIY brands needing to be re-applied every two to three years.

Take your garage to the next level

A professionally applied floor coating looks great and is easy to clean. Rust resistant garage cabinetry helps to hide clutter and keeps everything organized. Tire racks maximize wall storage space and keep the floor clear.

Better yet, request a free design consultation with Garage Living to learn about our durable, garage floor coating system known as Floortex™. We specialize in a 5-step process to prepare and seal concrete floors. If you want a garage floor that is durable, easy to clean, and long-lasting, then a Floortex™ floor coating is your best solution.

If you already have Floortex™ floor coating in your garage then we recommend using Crystal Simple Green to remove oil, grease, tar, mud, dirt, salt residue, and tire marks. Check out our handy garage floor cleaning and maintenance guide for Floortex™ floors.

Storage solutions to reduce garage clutter forever

Our design consultants assess your needs and create an organized plan with a proper home for everything you put everything you store in your garage. Operating since 2005, they have seen thousands of cluttered garages and can provide a custom solution to solve your storage and organization challenges.

Garage cabinets are great for hiding clutter and keeping smaller items organized. Garage wall storage and overhead storage racks are often overlooked. They can increase the amount of usable storage space in your garage. Not only that, you may realize that this valuable space could also be readapted to a workshop, a craft room, a workout area, or a home office.

Re-think inside the box and let us help you with a new garage perspective.

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Garage Home Gyms: 13 Reasons to Invest in One Today


In this challenging time, the health and safety of our families are of great importance.

With health clubs and fitness centers closed or operating at a limited capacity, you may not need another reason to invest in a garage home gym. But here’s 13 more reasons you should have a dedicated workout space in your home.

1. Convenience

Having a home gym is much more convenient. If you commute to work and back, why spend more time in the car driving to and from the gym? Those minutes of travel time or looking for a parking spot add up over the course of a month.

Maybe you live in a rural area and just don’t have a fitness club nearby.

At home, there’s no commute time or parking issues. Spend more time exercising and less time sitting!

2. Virtual workouts

In a previous article, we shared how Lisa Pineda (Garage Living client) created a home gym workout space in her garage. She created a series of garage gym workouts. See an example below.

There are more resources for working out at home than ever before:

  • instructional exercise videos on YouTube
  • virtual workout classes via Zoom
  • websites with workout tips, exercise routines, and nutritional advice from fitness pros
  • fitness and activity tracking apps for your phone and watch, to keep you motivated

3. Home gyms are healthier

The local gym or community center can be a liability to your health. A recent headline from the Washington Post caught our attention – Your gym is teeming with invisible members: Germs.

The article says that “studies have found that the surfaces of treadmills, weight machines, and other typical equipment are teeming with bacteria and other infectious germs.”

Numerous studies have shown that most public gyms have poor hygiene standards. Exercise equipment, water fountains, pools, showers, and locker rooms are just a few of the things in your local gym that are loaded with germs.

During a pandemic, it’s probably not a good idea to stand near anyone who is on a treadmill. Most gyms do a good job to maintain their air quality but nothing is safer than your own bubble.

4. Improve your mental and physical health

Maybe you’re already adjusting to being home full-time, taking on extra responsibilities with home-schooling and child care. That’s a lot of added stress. Just dealing with day-to-day life has been trying for everyone.

Having a home gym is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, lose weight, build muscle, and boost your immune system.

5. Exclusive membership

There are no expensive gym memberships with a garage gym. Say goodbye to expensive memberships and renewal fees. Use that money to invest in the exercise equipment that is right for you.

Fitness clubs do have their place. Some people join for the social aspect but if you prefer the privacy of your own home, then a garage gym is right for you.

6. Your whole family can workout together

From the social benefits to the physical health benefits, sharing a workout makes the hard work more enjoyable.

7. No line ups

It’s leg day. You’re at the gym and all of the leg press machines are being used. You consider asking someone if you can ‘work in’ a set but nobody is lifting the same weight as you. So you wait until a machine becomes free.

In your home gym there are:

  • no line ups for machines
  • no sign-up sheets
  • no schedules to work around

You’ll experience fewer hassles and get through your workouts in less time.

8. Your garage is a great place for a home gym

Now that every spare room in your home has become an office or schoolroom, the garage is a brilliant place to create a home gym.

You won’t be using that guest room for company any time soon, so make the best use of what you have. A dedicated workout space is practical and requires no set up such as moving furniture out of the way. If you have a large enough garage, you may be able to work out and still park your vehicles comfortably.

9. You may actually go to the gym, now

A survey of 5,313 American gym members by Statistic Brain Research Institute found that:

  • 63% of memberships go completely unused
  • 82% of gym members go to the gym less than 1 time per week
  • 22% completely stop going 6 months into their membership

There are pretty good odds you will use your own gym more often.

10. No gym rats

If you’ve ever gone to the gym regularly you’re familiar with the gym rats. Some like to grunt loudly while others scream out so you know they are lifting an insane amount of weight.

You might find it amusing at first but this routine grows old quickly. Another favorite gym user is the sweaty monster that never wipes down the equipment after using it.

With your own gym, you make the rules.

If you are that person – the beloved gym rat – everyone will be happy you chose to build a home garage gym instead!

11. Your garage is versatile

Your garage can be so much more than just an indoor parking space. It can be used to store sporting equipment, garbage, recycling, yard tools, bikes, spare tires, etc. Surprisingly, many people use the garage to store empty boxes and useless clutter.

With expert planning and great design, your garage can become a multi-purpose space – a workshop, fitness room, or even a home classroom.

12. Customization

Whether you want to use the space for lifting free weights, cardio machines, kettlebells, or yoga, you can customize the space for your fitness regimen. Setting up a garage gym is easier than you might think.

The problem with many garage gyms is that they look terrible. The drywall and floors are usually unfinished. The storage space is inadequate or nonexistent.

Refinishing the entire garage properly, with a new floor, slatwall storage, and cabinetry can take a garage from mediocre to amazing!

Long after the pandemic is over, a garage gym can be a valuable extension of your home’s living space and enjoyed for years to come.

13. You’re the boss

You can set your own hours of operation. It’s your home gym so you can use it 24/7, whenever you want. You’ll love the convenience.

Contact us to learn more

Your garage is capable of being one of the most versatile spaces in the home. The key to unlocking its full potential is to have it designed with your lifestyle in mind.

Garage Living can help you transform your garage into a home gym space that is designed for your needs. Request a free in-home or virtual design consultation today. There’s a whole lot more living in your garage to discover.

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How To Transform Your Unfinished Garage Into More Usable Space

woman in garage working out on exercise bike

Your home garage provides room for parking vehicles and organized storage. Some people use it as a hobby space or a home gym.

A home garage should be able to do all of these things. Does yours?

Unfortunately, excess clutter in many unfinished garages makes this impossible. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve your home in some way, start with transforming your garage.

According to a Wall Street Journal survey, only 11% of homeowners don’t want to improve their garage in some way. Owning a home with an organized garage is something most homeowners want. They just never get around to making it happen.

Begin the new year by getting organized, starting with your garage. Here are several ways to transform your garage into a usable space that you can be proud of.

Get rid of the junk

If your garage is filled with junk, you might be among the 24% of homeowners who are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open, according to an Impulse Research survey.

A cluttered and unfinished garage is a common sight in many homes.

Why do we let the valuable space in our garage fill up with worthless junk? Most of us would prefer to park our vehicles in the garage instead of the driveway.

Clutter multiplies quickly. Before long, it is out of control. Try following the “one year rule” when you tidy up your garage. If something hasn’t been used in the last year, do you really need it?

Get rid of the junk in your garage. It will free up floor space and make it easier to keep things tidy.

Upgrade your garage floor

If you still have a dusty, unfinished garage floor, it’s time for an upgrade. An attractive, finished garage floor has a huge impact on transforming your garage.

A garage floor coating will protect your floor and make it much easier to clean. It will also increase the value of your garage. Without getting too technical, your main choices are epoxy or polyaspartic.

A polyaspartic floor coating, like Garage Living’s Floortex™ floor coating system, provides the best protection. It can be applied in less than a day, even during the cold winter months.

New garage floor with white Range Rover driving into garage on snowy day.

Garage Living’s Floortex™ floor coating system can be applied during cold winter months.

Without adequate protection, your garage floor will begin to crack, crumble, and wear away over time. Pitting is one example of how the surface degrades, as many small indentations start to show on the floor. Spalling (where the surface crumbles or flakes away) is another example.

Floortex™ floor coatings are engineered to keep your floor looking like new, for years to come.

Garage cabinetry helps prevents clutter

Not everything has to hang from the walls in your garage. Adding cabinets is a great way to store:

  • tools
  • smaller items
  • trash and recycling bins
  • a shop vac or compressor
  • valuables or dangerous chemicals you want locked up

Custom cabinet systems are worth the extra cost. Compared to off-the-shelf cabinets from big-box stores, they provide a more precise fit in your garage and look nicer. The higher-quality materials and craftsmanship they’re made with also provide smoother functionality and longer life.

Another overlooked reason to use cabinetry in the garage is your stored items are kept hidden. Eliminating visual clutter preserves the orderly appearance of a garage.

Use the garage walls for storage

Garage walls are commonly used for hanging storage, but not to their full potential.

Maximize the storage space in your garage by using slatwall panels. They are precisely cut to fit your garage’s dimensions (including cutouts for wall switches, outlets, central vac tubing, etc).

The horizontal groove design and the slatwall accessories make it a breeze to organize your things. As your storage needs change, you can move your hooks and shelves around with ease.

garage slatwall panel wall storage in garage

Customize your wall storage with over 40 slatwall accessories.

Slatwall panels aren’t just for better functionality, either. They give an unfinished garage a clean and polished look. Choose from eight colors to match your cabinetry or flooring.

And with the more than 40 types of hanging accessories Garage Living carries, you won’t have any issues finding the perfect specialized accessory to satisfy most of your wall hanging requirements.

Overhead storage for seasonal items

Not only are most garage walls underutilized, so are their ceiling spaces. You only have to look up in most garages to discover more storage space.

plastic storage bins in garage overhead storage racks

Storage bins in heavy-duty overhead storage racks are a great way to hide clutter.

Overhead storage racks help to keep your garage floor clutter-free. Their durable construction lets you store heavy items. They are also adjustable and come in different lengths.

Here are a few items that are perfect for garage overhead storage:

  • patio furniture
  • sporting equipment
  • storage bins (great for hiding clutter)
  • holiday decorations
  • winter tires

Double your parking space with a car lift

If space is at a premium in your garage, it may be difficult to park more than one vehicle. Off-site vehicle storage might seem like your only option, but that can be expensive in the long run.

Consider investing in a 4 post car lift that enables you to double your parking space.

double car lift with parked cars

Car collectors will love the convenience of having vehicles nearby and ready to drive.

Car lifts are also useful for storing cars that are only driven during certain times of the year. With an attachment, your lift can also store:

  • boats and jet skis
  • snowmobiles
  • all-terrain vehicles
  • other bulky seasonal items

And if you like to work on your vehicle, a car lift is the best way to get underneath it easily.

Hire an experienced garage remodel company

Creating a nicer garage interior with more usable space is worth the time and expense. To achieve this goal, who you choose to do your garage makeover will be the single biggest decision you’ll make with the project.

There are a number of important things to look for in a garage remodel company. Successfully and efficiently executing a plan for a garage makeover requires years of expertise.

Garage Living installer applying slatwall panels to a garage wall.

A Garage Living installer applying slatwall panels to a garage wall.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Garage Living has completed thousands of makeover projects across the U.S. and Canada. The professional, high-end look of the transformed garages pictured here and on our website are the result of all of that experience and because of the high-quality products we use.

Bring us your design ideas. We’ll work together and within your budget to make your garage a destination that gives you enjoyment every time you drive into it.

Love your garage space!

Don’t be embarrassed about your garage. Be proud of having an organized garage with more usable space that also looks great.

Don’t forget that an open garage impacts your curb appeal. Neighbors and passersby notice a garage interior that’s messy, unfinished, and has décor that’s outdated. This is a big reason 52% of homeowners want to own a garage their neighbors envy, according to a Thompson’s Company study.

Schedule a free design consultation with us this new year to start planning a strategy to create a nicer garage interior you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

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