No-one expects your workshop area to be completely pristine, but there are smart ways to minimise clutter and make the overall space more efficient and user-friendly.
This garage had only a basic bench that was turned into a workstation with just a few DIY additions.
A lockable cabinet was built from plywood under the bench to conceal bulky items and safely store away dangerous items out of reach of kids.
A pine shelf was also added under the window, which provided another useful storage area to help to free up space on the bench.
The wall behind the workbench was then clad in pegboard so hand tools and other items could be displayed within easy reach on hooks.
Make the cabinet
Whatever the dimensions of your workbench, it’s quick and easy to turn it into a storage cabinet to conceal power tools and other equipment.
For this project, two sheets of 1200 x 897 x 12mm plywood were cut to fit for the doors and 12mm particleboard was used to make the base of the cabinet.
Metal brackets were used to secure the cabinet base to the workbench sides and pine moulding added for a door stopper.
As a finishing touch, the benchtop was given a coat of paint.
Secure the base
Measure the internal width and depth of the workbench, then cut a piece of 12mm particleboard to size.
Position it at the base of the workbench, then secure to the sides using metal brackets and timber screws.
Attach the door
Cut the doors to size from two 12mm plywood sheets, allowing for a 5mm gap all around.
To hang, support the doors in the opening using spacers, then secure hinges to each door and the frame of the workbench.