How to Choose Garage Walls(page 1 of 2)

Garage walls do more than just hold the roof up and keep the elements out. Put yours to work with the perfect material for your needs.

Original-Brian-Patrick-Flynn-orange-mudroom-vases-tulips_s3x4 Available in metal or wood, pegboard is a handy way to keep clutter off the garage floor.

Garage walls are a little like a blank canvas, with shelves, hooks and pegboards in place of paint. If you’ve run out of room to park your car because the space has been taken over by bikes, tools and sports equipment, or if you want to turn your seldom used garage into a workshop or entertainment room, transform the walls with one of these easy solutions.

* Drywall. If your garage is finished, you more than likely have drywall already in place. In many states it’s a requirement for fire code (check before tearing it down and replacing it with another material).

However, drywall can get pretty beat up after a few years of use, and many people prefer to replace it during a garage remodel. Removing it is a hassle, but take advantage of the opportunity to add insulation for a sound barrier between your garage and house, or to put in any extra electrical or plumbing work if you’d like to use the space as a workshop or a bar. “It’s a good idea to add some extra blocking and additional framing during a garage remodel, to provide plenty of places to hang shelves and hooks for heavy equipment,” says Eric Reinhardt of Reinhardt Construction and Maintenance in Elkin, N.C.

If your drywall is in good shape, there’s no need to replace it. Just fill in the holes and dents and sand it over. “You can use a stud finder to look for studs for hanging shelves and hooks,” Eric says.

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