So, you’re dreaming of the day when you can build that perfect workshop or toolshed. Maybe the garage has been commandeered to store actual automobiles. Maybe the garden shed is filled with bags of mulch and there’s no room for the important stuff (your tools and materials!) Either way, you need a workshop, and you need it now. But getting that structure built is only half the battle. You need to outfit the interior to create the ideal workspace. Here are some cool ideas for your backyard workshop accessories.
Organization Makes It Happen
We’ll skip the obvious solutions like shelves and wall organizers. You’ve probably already got your eye on one or two of those. Let’s talk about ways to think a little bit outside the box while making the best use of available space. For example, if you aren’t eight feet tall, there’s some space near the ceiling that’s probably going to waste. A ceiling mounted organizer might be just the ticket. Find an example in this post at ZacsGarden.
Now’s Your Chance to Own a Convertible
A convertible table, that is. If you’re a carpentry genius (or even a talented amateur) you can create an island in your workshop that conceals some of your heavy woodworking artillery. Check out the quick-convert table saw/router station featured in Woodworking Magazine. This same basic design can work for a number of different pieces of stationary equipment. The best part is that the table itself is mobile, so you can roll it out of the way when not in use.
If you’re an avid craftsman, you really don’t want to try to follow along with a YouTube tutorial on your tablet or laptop. It’s far too easy for these delicate devices to get knocked off the workbench and shatter on the floor. Plus, the screen is so small you might miss a critical detail in the instructions—and end up missing a finger as well. A wall mounted flat screen (even if it’s a modest 32”) makes viewing videos much easier. Throw in a mini-fridge and a couple of other comfort accessories, and you’ve just turned your workshop into a respectable man cave as well.
Are You an Easy Rider?
Whether you are a motorcycle aficionado or mountain biking is more your speed, your backyard workshop may need to double as a mini-garage for your bike. That means you need two things. First, you need a nice little metal ramp leading into your workshop/shed. Then, you need a wheel chock and perhaps a helmet bay for your motor cycle. If you’ve got a bicycle, it can be mounted on the wall, safely out of the way but within easy reach when the urge strikes you and it’s time for a spin.
Make Cleanup Simple
If washing off with the garden hose isn’t your style and your significant other REALLY doesn’t want you coming in the house with grimy hands, a utility sink is the ultimate workshop splurge item. A stainless steel sink itself isn’t that expensive, but the plumbing can be. That’s why it’s vitally important to save money on building your workshop so you have room in your budget for these workshop accessories.
How Do You Save Money on a Backyard Workshop?
You already know the answer to that question. A prefabricated steel building is the most cost-effective and durable choice, and getting it properly designed and installed will save you a lot of money while ensuring that your workshop is perfectly suited to your purposes. Take a gander at our gallery to see some of the great projects other guys are enjoying right now.