FAMILYHANDYMAN.COM SEPTEMBER 2019 1
What Your Garage Says
“Eyes are the window to the soul.”
That saying has prevailed for centuries. But we all
know the real window to your soul is your garage.
A glimpse into your garage reveals a lot about you—obvious things
like whether you like to ski or weld or go fly fishing. But also deeper
things: Are you neat or disorganized? Practical or playful? A big
spender or a penny pincher? You’ll find clues to all this and more.
Much more than a place to park, the garage may be the most versatile
part of your home: a storage center, a workshop, a hobby space, a room
for your toys. Increasingly, it’s also a place for people to hang out, social-
ize and watch sports and movies. And that’s the focus of our September
issue: making your garage a better space for both work and play.
At Family Handyman, we’ve been watching garage trends for
decades, and here are a few recent statistics that I found striking:
WANT A BETTER GARAGE?
Seriously, who doesn’t? Drop me a line
and tell me about your greatest
garage need. Organization? Lighting?
Convenience and comfort? Thanks!
GARY WENTZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
IMPROVE YOUR GARAGE!
We’ve been dreaming up great
garage improvements since the
1950s. So whether you want to add
organization, comfort or conve-
nience, search for “garage” at
... NEVER PARK IN THE GARAGE.
Some use the space for DIY projects
rather than parking. But you can have
both. Check out Brad Holden’s
ingenious space-saving workbench
on p. 50.
... ARE EMBARRASSED BY THEIR
GARAGE. Lots of people keep their
garage door closed so neighbors can’t
see the chaos inside. If that’s your sit-
uation, part of the solution may be to
get items into the attic of the garage.
The ultimate aid for that is on p. 32.
... SPEND AT LEAST ONE HOUR PER
WEEK IN THE GARAGE. My guess is
that Family Handyman readers average
more than that and would love air
conditioning in the garage. For
DIYers, that’s easier than you think.
See p. 46.