Step 1: Material Needed
1. A poly tarp from your local hardware store $14
If you have a small vehicle you could use an 8"x12"
2. 6- 1”x1”x8’ wood studs $1 a piece = $6
3. Heavy duty Stapler
4. T-50 5/16 staples $2.50
Total cost $22.50
Step 2: Getting Started
I used 2 studs for each side and 1 for the top. Lay them end-to-end
Step 3: Make It Foldable
Since my tarp was 10’ wide I added an extra piece of wood cut off from an extra stud.
Step 4: Attach the Tarp to the Frame
Grasp the edge of the tarp and roll the stud and the tarp up on the short edge of the stud. Now staple along that top edge.
Now continue to roll the stud and tarp inward until it lays flat with stapled edge now facing inside and the stud having a tarp covered face looking up.
Staple evenly every 6’ or so along this top face.
Step 5: Completed Frame
Step 6: Folding Over
After you have folded it in half, stand it up, crease side facing up and unfold it back onto the floor with the green side now facing up. You will have to straighten the sides out and even out the creases until it lies completely flat.
Step 7: Lets Try It Out
My truck fits nicely onto the mat with about 20” along the front and 12" along the sides to collect all the water and debris. I didn’t add a frame to the bottom of the mat so I didn’t have to continually drive over the bump it would have create and since most garages are sloped towards the drives I was not worried about it.
Step 8: Debris Trapped and the Tarp Was a Success
Hope you find it useful.