We’re all going a little stir crazy at the moment, and our pent up energy is inching ever closer to overflowing. Unfortunately, present circumstances mean that things probably won’t be all that different any time soon, so it’s important to find an outlet that will help relieve stress. Just because we can’t go out and mingle, doesn’t mean that we can’t express our creativity and connect in other ways. These epic garage projects are the perfect way to do just that.

Boost It

Turbochargers are loved for the extra oomph they give our cars. They’re a favorite of custom car lovers and diesel engine owners alike, and the best part is, upgrading certain parts of your turbo can be a great garage project.

Obviously, you’ll need to leave some bits to the professionals, but it’s quite easy to buy blow off valves online, and upgrading this seemingly simple component can greatly improve the longevity and efficiency of your engine.

The specific method will vary based on your vehicle or turbo unit, but instructions should be easy enough to find online and you’ll feel quite accomplished when you’re done.

Service It

Getting your car serviced regularly can be quite costly, but if you want your car to perform properly and minimize your chances of a breakdown, it’s a necessary expense. Now that you’ve got some extra time on your hands, why not look into performing your own basic services?

Trickier tasks will still require the assistance of a mechanic, and you should never mess with your car’s computer unless you’re qualified, but changing your oil and air filters and dropping in a fresh batch of oil is a simple enough DIY.

Build It

Once you’re done playing with your car, why not pull it out into the driveway and offer the kids some extra pocket money if they give it a wash. This will give you the room you need to get some other creative ventures, like furniture building, started. You’ll be surprised at how simple the process actually is for crafting your own custom wooden furniture, and the natural material will look great on your deck or in the yard.

Now we’re not saying that this project will be easy, and you will obviously require the right tools, but anyone with a well-stocked toolbox, some lengths of wood and the right amount of time on their hands, has the ability to create some pretty awesome furniture.

Green It

While you’re at it, why not create a vertical vegetable garden? This is a great DIY project in and of itself, but it also offers a whole host of long-term benefits. Not only will you have fresher, healthier produce, you’ll also be able to slash your grocery bill, teach the kids a valuable life skill (and learn one yourself if you’ve never gardened before), and have an abundant supply of in-season veg that you could sell at the market if you choose to.

 

The garage is often seen as simply being your car’s home, but with a little creativity, it can become a workshop for a whole host of fun and useful projects that will help you get through this quarantine with your sanity intact. We’ve provided a balance here between car and home-focused activities, but if you’re confident in your mechanical abilities, the sky’s the limit with what you can tinker with on your vehicle. Likewise, those who are confident in their crafting abilities can create pretty much anything they want for their home. By the way, if we’ve missed your favorite DIY project, feel free to drop it in the comments.