Garage Workshops That Work as Hard as You Do

Pick up the clutter and add a touch of personality. It's time to make your garage workspace work for you.

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March 26, 2020

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Picture-Perfect Garden Bench

Two freestanding storage cabinets flank a garden workbench offering organization and space for an assortment of home and garden projects. Hooks on the wall for outdoor hats and tools help keep the top of the workbench free from clutter and maximize functional space.

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Systematic Showstopper

At first glance, the two-tone walls in this fully-insulated garage steal the show. However, the real showstopper is the immaculately organized workbench tucked into the recessed wall. With plastic bins full of DIY supplies and a perfectly organized shelf system above, this garage is any hobbyist's dream.

Make It Pretty

Everyone has different needs. Some people can work in any space while others need a pretty, well-lit space to keep them going. This garage caters to the latter with an abundance of natural light bouncing off the white walls and an ornate chandelier that adds a touch of elegance and character to the minimalist workspace.

Mind Your Sanity

Cabinets are game-changers when positioned around a garage workbench. Having tools and supplies within reach maximizes efficiency and keeps you sane while dealing with weekend projects. Beautiful black cabinetry like this isn't a necessity in a garage, but it can make a world of difference in less finished spaces.

Easy, Rustic Charm

Sometimes a small workbench is all you need to make a charming gardening center. Using vertical wood paneling behind your work station anchors the area and boosts the overall character of the space. Simple metal hooks on the wall create an easy catch-all spot for work gloves, an apron and hats.

Year-Round Workspace

A garage can double as the perfect indoor/outdoor office. This adorable desk area sits perfectly nestled within the wall and makes for a tranquil workspace when the weather is nice and the door is up. When the cold and rain come, simply shut the door and get back to work.

Make Work Fun

Doing double duty as both a work station and comprehensive storage solution, this garage’s laminated composite wood storage system makes it easy to work on projects and keep garden supplies, sports equipment and more stored away and out of sight. However, the real treat in the space is the addition of a flat-screen TV and soundbar mounted above the countertop.

Look to the Ceiling

More often than not, the key to creating a functional garage is figuring out how to properly store the items that inevitably end up all over the place. When possible, look to the ceiling and walls for storage and leave the space below free for a chic work area like this one.

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Storage for Miles

When you have this much storage in your garage and a workbench this long, there really is no limit to the possibilities. Fifteen stacked drawers, an entire wall of cabinets plus a floor-to-ceiling cabinet at the end is enough storage space for every tool you could possibly need with tons of room to spare.

No Shortage of Color

Your workspace should be as big as your personality. If you like bold colors, don’t settle for something drab. This space combines bold blue cabinets, a yellow worktop and a brightly colored checkerboard floor to make a race-inspired garage space that gets our wheels spinning.

Working for the Weekend

Surfboards, snowboards and a motorcycle — complete with its toy counterpart — suggest this garage space is centered around keeping the good times rolling. The workbench strategically situated beneath a natural light source packs a powerful storage punch with ample cabinet space and stacked drawers.

Add a Pop of Color

The garage in the HGTV Dream Home 2017 is all business. The sleek gray cabinetry and hook system on the wall make storage easy and functional while keeping the space looking clean and organized. To keep the environment from feeling too sterile, a pop of color is added on the walls using a bold, blue paint.

See More Photos: Garage Pictures From HGTV Dream Home 2017

Eclectic Functionality

If your workspace is short on charm, just ask this simple question: “What would grandpa do?" Your grandpa didn’t need fancy slat walls or even pegboards. He just mounted an old medicine cabinet above his workbench and attached pipes to the wall with s-hooks to hang tools from.

Secluded Workshop Goals

If you have a large garage, there really is no need to keep your workbench with all your tools out in the open. Instead, how about a separate room dedicated to your workbench. This will keep all your tools in one place and your garage free of clutter. The real genius here is the windows that keep the small workspace from feeling closed in.

Modular Thinking

To maximize the functionality of a size-challenged garage, opt for modular cabinets and wall storage. With these, you can create the perfect workspace complete with a nook for every tool without wasting an inch of space or encroaching on your garage’s floorspace.

Dreamy Slatwall Storage

Do you know what really helps keep your workbench free of clutter? A massive slatwall that can store anything from tools and supplies to bicycles and snowboards. Ten years later, the garage workspace in the HGTV Dream Home 2010 is still what dreams are made of.

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Rockin' Retro Design

If this garage’s workbench and tool storage weren’t already impressive enough, the black-and-white checkered floor ought to do it for you. If you still aren’t impressed, maybe you’re overlooking the high-top diner-style table and stools opposite the flame-covered door.

Wallet-Friendly Workbench

A highly functional garage workspace can easily be achieved even on a tight budget. The owner of this space utilized old dressers and tabletops to create a large workbench that is both full of functionality and easy on the eyes.

Storage On All Sides

Anything you can do to keep your garage tidy and your workspace clear is worth the investment. This garage uses multiple different storage devices including a slat wall full of a variety of storage accessories, dual storage cabinets and storage space within the workbench itself.

Design in Mind

Though this garage workspace hasn’t been completely overhauled, its intentional design elements give it a new look and feel at a much lower cost. The bold red cabinet and red-and-black checkered rubber floors cover the drab concrete, while the white walls add comfort and warmth to the space.

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