Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas

Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas

From the July 2013 Issue of Car and Driver The Rules In your garage, as in the projects it is sure to spawn, planning is crucial. Remember that the goal is to make tasks easier and more efficient. Here are a few pointers to get you into the right mind-set. No. 1 Know thyself. A garage is a place where hobbies happen—enable them. Whether you’re into cars, woodworking, kayaking, bikes, motorcycles, model planes, or ATVs, make sure to set aside space for the particulars of the hobby. And plan the storage so you don’t trip over your hobby every day. No. 2 It all begins at ground level with the concrete slab. If renovating, start with a good inspection. A few small cracks or rough spots are okay, but if the surface is deeply pitted, visibly uneven, or has cracks more than a quarter-inch wide, patching or resurfacing is your first task. No. 3 Decide how many cars you plan to park. This will have a big impact on how you design the layout. A basic one-car is 12 feet by 24 feet, and most garages add spaces in 12-foot increments. Figure on a minimum 9-by-18-foot reserve per car so you can open doors. No. 4 You can’t have too many power outlets. Electrical ordinances vary widely—so check the codes before designing circuits—but an outlet box every six feet is a good rule of thumb. Make sure the garage is on a dedicated circuit, free of interference from hair dryers and appliances. You’ll want to set up 30-amp service and include a ground fault circuit interrupter on each breaker. Use four-plug (as opposed to two-plug) outlet boxes to cut down on power strips. A 220-volt circuit is a must for welding and certain heavy shop tools or an EV charging station. No. 5 Let there be light. In terms of bang for the buck, fluorescent light fixtures are still hard to beat. Three well-placed eight-foot fixtures can provide all the light a one-car garage needs. Pay special attention to workbenches and project areas. Remember, too, that the garage door opens and consider how that will impact the available lumens. No. 6 Remember what your mom said and get that stuff off the floor. Hooks, shelves, racks, and bins are your friends. Prioritize what goes where based on how often you’ll use an item, and label or outline everything to help maintain storage discipline. Ready-made modular storage systems can be great, but make sure they suit your purposes, otherwise they’ll just eat up floor space. No. 7 Think in three dimensions, not just two. Cars go on the floor, storage and work space go near the walls, but there’s also the empty space higher up. Storage volume above the cars, workbenches, entries, and the garage door is usually wasted. Unfinished garages also have space between the studs that you can use. How To Lay Out Your Garage Every garage is different, but the bigger the space, the greater the possibilities. Here’s a modular approach to laying out and outfitting one-, two-, and three-car bays. Mix and match as you see fit. 1 2 3 4 Next Page
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Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas

1 Of 10 Everything on WheelsAl Wagner mounted his custom-built barstools on wheels, so they can easily be moved to make room for cars in his shop. Cabinets, drill presses, arbor presses, and more bench-mounted tools are also easier to store if they’re on caster wheels. 2 Of 10 Wall-Mounted Tool BoxesBernie Nevoral bolted his metal toolboxes to the wall of his garage, and uses metal tool cabinets mounted high on his garage’s walls to keep parts off the ground and free up floor space. You’ve probably also noticed his wall-mounted urinal, which saves a trip back to the house while he’s working.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 10 Overhead RackIf your garage has high ceilings, then put that space to use. Store excess lumber, a kayak, ladders, and other large, long items in an overhead rack. You can buy these racks with pulleys that make it easy to lower them so you can access frequently used items. 4 Of 10 Wooden Card Catalog Holds Small Parts and FastenersOnline listings have replaced most libraries’ wooden card catalog systems, sending a surplus of these well-built pieces of wooden furniture into antique shops. Here, Gary Wales uses one for storing small parts in his garage.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 10 Stainless Steel SinkThe sink in Elliott Andrews’ metal shop, which he purchased from a restaurant supply company, is not only easy to clean and durable, it’s also able to be grounded electrically when Andrews uses its counter surface to plate metals chemically. Note the copper pipe grounding rods on the wall behind. The setup creates lots of under-sink storage, too. 6 Of 10 Mount Parts Bins on WallsTo keep your small parts not only organized but also out of the way, try mounting a system of shelves. Del Proudfit actually used parts bins and shelves from an auto parts store that was remodeling and selling off its old ones.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 10 Epoxy Paint FloorGarage owner Tom Hawkins says his immaculate epoxy floor paint is the easiest surface from which to clean oil and grease, though other garage owners explain that it can get slippery when wet or covered with snow in the winter. 8 Of 10 Ceramic Tile FloorAnother flooring option is ceramic tile, which Ed Nichols uses in his garage. It’s expensive to install, but it’s easy to clean and it makes the garage look like another room in the house.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 10 Reused Kitchen CabinetsRacer Tom Armstrong built under-counter cabinets along one wall of his home garage shop, which lets him keep tools and parts inside drawers and cupboards. 10 Of 10 Pegboard Cabinet DoorsLarry Fechter built his wall cabinet doors out of pegboard because the material allows air to circulate into the cabinets and prevents fumes from accumulating. In addition, Fechter can hang pegboard hooks on the outside or inside of the cabinet doors to hold tools or small parts. Next Gallery 10 Insane Rides by Boutique Carmakers These aren’t just upgraded versions of the original By Ben Stewart GIF Of 10 Advertisement – Continue Reading Below PM_Logo Created with Sketch. Presented by Created by Created by Popular Mechanics for From Popular Mechanics for
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Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas

1 Of 10 Everything on WheelsAl Wagner mounted his custom-built barstools on wheels, so they can easily be moved to make room for cars in his shop. Cabinets, drill presses, arbor presses, and more bench-mounted tools are also easier to store if they’re on caster wheels. 2 Of 10 Wall-Mounted Tool BoxesBernie Nevoral bolted his metal toolboxes to the wall of his garage, and uses metal tool cabinets mounted high on his garage’s walls to keep parts off the ground and free up floor space. You’ve probably also noticed his wall-mounted urinal, which saves a trip back to the house while he’s working.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 10 Overhead RackIf your garage has high ceilings, then put that space to use. Store excess lumber, a kayak, ladders, and other large, long items in an overhead rack. You can buy these racks with pulleys that make it easy to lower them so you can access frequently used items. 4 Of 10 Wooden Card Catalog Holds Small Parts and FastenersOnline listings have replaced most libraries’ wooden card catalog systems, sending a surplus of these well-built pieces of wooden furniture into antique shops. Here, Gary Wales uses one for storing small parts in his garage.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 10 Stainless Steel SinkThe sink in Elliott Andrews’ metal shop, which he purchased from a restaurant supply company, is not only easy to clean and durable, it’s also able to be grounded electrically when Andrews uses its counter surface to plate metals chemically. Note the copper pipe grounding rods on the wall behind. The setup creates lots of under-sink storage, too. 6 Of 10 Mount Parts Bins on WallsTo keep your small parts not only organized but also out of the way, try mounting a system of shelves. Del Proudfit actually used parts bins and shelves from an auto parts store that was remodeling and selling off its old ones.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 10 Epoxy Paint FloorGarage owner Tom Hawkins says his immaculate epoxy floor paint is the easiest surface from which to clean oil and grease, though other garage owners explain that it can get slippery when wet or covered with snow in the winter. 8 Of 10 Ceramic Tile FloorAnother flooring option is ceramic tile, which Ed Nichols uses in his garage. It’s expensive to install, but it’s easy to clean and it makes the garage look like another room in the house.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 10 Reused Kitchen CabinetsRacer Tom Armstrong built under-counter cabinets along one wall of his home garage shop, which lets him keep tools and parts inside drawers and cupboards. 10 Of 10 Pegboard Cabinet DoorsLarry Fechter built his wall cabinet doors out of pegboard because the material allows air to circulate into the cabinets and prevents fumes from accumulating. In addition, Fechter can hang pegboard hooks on the outside or inside of the cabinet doors to hold tools or small parts. Next Gallery 10 Insane Rides by Boutique Carmakers These aren’t just upgraded versions of the original By Ben Stewart

Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas

Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas
Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas
Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas
Motorcycle Garage Layout Ideas

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