Workshop Space Organization

Hey, friends! For the past few months we've been working on renovating and decorating the workshop space behind our studio house. What started out as a leaky, not-up-to-code building is now one of our favorite spaces! We'll be sharing a full tour soon, but today we wanted to start out by sharing the details of this organization wall in the garage's entryway that we worked on in collaboration with Martha Stewart Living (hi, Martha! We LOVE you!) and the . This project completely changed our perspective on garages, and we're pumped to share what we learned with you today. 

For this wall, we raided the Martha Stewart Living . We LOVE this ! We also used these , deep , , and this hose/cord . These all made it possible to eliminate clutter without taking up too much space, even leaving room for some cute finishing touches. 😉

Tip 1: Function first. 

Priorities, people! First things first, we wanted a space that would hold all our stuff. We use this space to make projects (mostly woodworking-type stuff), so we needed a space that was bright, ventilated, and easy to clean, because it gets real dusty. 

We started off by assessing our needs and making an inventory list of all the items we needed to store. There is a lot of closed storage in another part of the space, so we chose to use this wall to store project supplies and cleaning supplies—the type of stuff we use every single day (notice all the wipes— haha!). 

Before you begin planning your wall, take some time to make a list of what you need to store, and sketch out possible arrangements for your wall. Do you need to store bikes? A million cans of paint? Ten giant Tupperware containers of holiday decor? Make your space work for you

The awesome thing about this storage system is that it's super easy to customize and adapt as your needs change. Changeable is good; this we know for sure! 

Tip 2: Be colorful. 

Maybe it seems a little silly to paint your garage a fun color, but here's my question: "Why not?" Our splash of yellow brightens the space and somehow makes it feel even more organized, fresh, and pulled together. 

Don't be afraid to make a bold choice. I mean, if there's ever a place in your home to take a big risk with no regrets, I would think it's the garage. It doesn't have to match your other rooms. It can be anything! I love that. So go a little crazy. We dare you. 

Tip 3: Infuse your personality. 

After you have your bold color, go a little crazy with decor too. Pick out some fun posters or prints! 

If your garage is a space where you go every day (like we do), you might even go for some plants. Air purifiers for all that sawdust, right? (I kid.) Pick a few fun pieces for your space that express your personality. It will make your workshop feel instantly more intentional, more cared for, and special. 

Does this post have you itching to work on your garage? I'm so glad we took on this project. I didn't expect for it to be this fun or this fulfilling, but it's been so much fun. Now that we've done this, I doubt we'll ever leave our garages plain-ole-boring again. I mean, when you can have a prettier AND more functional space, why not? xo. Helen 

Credits // Author and photography: Helen Larson, Project Assistants: Josh Rhodes and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella from . 

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  • I’m so glad you made a post about this! I saw the wall in the post about the (totally awesome, you’re my heroes) floor and couldn’t stop marveling at how organized it was…thanks for the great tips!!

    <3
    Morgan

  • Wow, great idea! I don’t have a garage yet (living in an apartment), but I will definitely remember this when I do! So refreshing to see compared to the many cluttered garages I’ve seen in my lifetime…

    xo Julianne
    reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com

  • Love these tips. And the tile = magnificent!

    Hope you have a beautiful day.

    xoxo,

    the bbb blogger

  • your living spaces are so refreshing, even a shop and laundry room! no room will be left drab 😛 i so envy your special touch! i live vicariously through your ideas. slowly it is transfusing! hahaha

  • Oh man! I love this. The garage is hubbies domain, but I think I will definitely use this inspiration for my garden shed. Garden sheds should totally be as cute as they are functional. 🙂

  • I love the bright yellow! I wouldn’t have thought of putting it there, but it looks really good! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • This garage space has everything…love the clear storage and the pop of color…

    xo

  • I love the look of this MS wall slat system…but $89 for a 4×4′ section? We would need perhaps 6-10 of these. And then the accessories! I just installed the Rubber Maid Fast Track System for a lot less $$$ and it’s very easy to install and is working just beautifully for us!
    Maybe not as sleek looking as the white slats…but it works!

  • Ahh I’m in love with the flooring! And this space really does look amazing, can’t wait to see the full tour!

  • It looks amazing and really functional!
    I love the idea of seeing the garage as any other room in your house, why not make it agreeable and pretty too ?!

  • I don’t have a garage, but I do have a brick shed, so this has given me some great ideas for getting it organised (after I get the leaking roof fixed and chase away the spiders!)

  • Love what you did to your work station! Great tip on being colourful, why not 🙂 x

  • Love Love Love! I love the color combination of yellow and black. The space is very functional yet so stylish at the same time!

  • This is so awesome! Organized and still really pretty! I feel my place is so cluttered though 🙁

  • So… Is the plan to scrub the hose and garden implements before putting them back? Otherwise the dirt ruins everything.

  • We’re honestly not worried about that. Like I said in the post, this room gets REALLY dusty constantly, so it’s already being cleaned up consistently. It’s not perfect, but this space will work for our needs. It won’t always look perfectly staged for a photo (nothing does), but it will still look a lot cuter than if we had put in no effort.
    🙂 Have a great weekend! Helen

  • This is brilliant! What a space saver!
    Xx from the Girl in the Houndstooth Coat

  • The panel wall is amazing. I would love to put that in our basement. So functional.

  • Wow!! It looks great! Now can you come over and do my place? 😉

    575live.blogspot.ca

  • Your workshop space looks so inviting! I love your tip of planning what you need to store. I would totally just start stuffing things in bins and then it wouldn’t really be organized. Nice work, ladies!

  • Love that you went with such a fun color in there. It looks great against the black and white flooring!

  • I found some more really beautiful things to decorate ur house

  • Gorgeous! I’m thinking of redoing our garden shed…I love the look and the functionality of the hanging baskets and hooks, but am worried about the health and environmental effects of that PVC organizer. Do you think the same thing could be accomplished by attaching long pieces of lumber to the wall?

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