Upcycling a storage container into a workshop
If you’re the crafty type and you’re into DIY projects, chances are your kitchen, your living room and maybe even your garage are not always adequate to carry out your projects. Sure you can always work in the yard, but if for any reason the weather is not in your favor or your project involves indoor steps, you might find yourself dealing with more than a few inconveniences.
Building a shed or workshop in your backyard is a great solution for these inconveniences. However, building a solid workshop from scratch can be not only challenging in terms of time and effort but also in terms of money; but perhaps, a storage container for sale could be the answer to all your problems.
Depending on your specific needs, you can choose the size of your container but for most people, a 20ft container is more than enough to set up a top notch workshop where you can spend your hours bringing your DIY projects to life. Before your container arrives, create a platform in your yard or patio where you will place the container.
Start by contacting the people who can provide you with storage containers for sale in your area to reduce transportation costs. Once you’ve bought and received your container it’s time roll up your sleeves and get to work.
You’re gonna need an entrance, possibly a load ramp and good ventilation. If you don’t live in a rainy or snowy area you might want to get rid of an entire side of your container to make for an open workshop. However, if this is not your case, you should aim to create wide windows that allow lots of light in one side of the container, keep the doors as an entrance and make sure to insulate the container before you move any further. Make sure the load ramp fits the entrance properly and it’s resistant enough to support the weight of any materials or furniture you will be bringing into your workshop.
After you’ve set up the basics, you can start painting. For the floors you should aim for epoxy or any other kind of easy-to-clean floor, which will help save time and effort every time you have to clean up. For the walls, you can go with an oil-based paint that’s easy to wipe clean, or if your messy work will be limited to a specific area within the workshop, you might want to consider a backsplash tile in that area.
Finally, it’s time to bring in the furniture. To keep the space wide and open,, you should consider shelves, racks and boxes instead of closets and cabinets. A firm and sturdy metal table is probably a good asset too, especially if you will be cutting and painting different materials on it; a metal surface is easier to clean and maintain than a wooden one but less expensive than a stone countertop. However, if you have money to splurge, you could get the latter instead.
Comfortable chairs and ottomans to get the work done without enduring back pain the next morning are a must and of course, good lighting is key to get work done. However, make sure you choose lights that are potent but that don’t produce excess heat to avoid inconveniences whilst you work in your projects. Last but not least, make sure your electric installations are safe and functional.
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