Surprising new ways
you could be using your garage
Your garage should be unique to you and the needs of your family, but instead it often becomes the graveyard where tools and miscellaneous items go to die. Storage is a huge part of this, and there are many storage solutions to consider for your garage space especially if your main goal is being able to park your vehicle in the garage. But sometimes, simple storage is not the only goal. Here are a few other new and improved ways to think of your garage outside of the proverbial and literal box.
Are you lacking closet space indoors? Do you have kiddos or four- legged family members that enjoy making a mess? Maybe you should consider converting your garage or a portion of it into a mudroom. This can remedy many storage options that you have inside your home by reducing the clutter before it even walks in the door. Use a different paint color and an indoor/ outdoor rug along with a wall storage or custom cabinet unit to designate a specific area of your garage to store your mudroom style items.
Having a place for your children and their toys to hang out may be a good option to free up interior space in your home as well. Hanging reinforced toddler swings or adding a picnic table can be simple ways to utilize the space, especially in those hot summer months when the backyard sun might not be an option. Ad a large fan to cool the space and you may have found the perfect solution to your toy storage problems.
Office or Studio
Telecommuting is the wave of the future and with more and more Americans working from home, there is a huge need for creating additional workspace in our homes. The garage is a logical place to turn to create more space and allow for a quiet working environment during the day. This type of makeover can be as simple as adding a garage floor coating and a fresh coat of paint to the walls or as detailed as adding insulation and drywall to fully enclose the space.
Many homeowners would love to work out at home to save time and money on gym membership fees, but they don’t (think they) have the space to install gym equipment in the home. Gym equipment is easy to find secondhand at a discount if you have space to store it and use it in your home. The garage may be just the solution that you are looking for. With a few simple adjustments- mainly removing clutter to create space- you can easily add a workbench and some free weights. Or, you may want to go bigger and add a rubber floor coating, some wall paint and convert your garage into a fell cross fit style gym.
Bedroom and Beyond
When you search for “garage bedroom conversions” you may stumble upon some impressive jaw dropping rooms. When you need additional space in your home, do not discount the option of converting your garage into true living space by making your garage into an extra bedroom. This can be as simple or as detailed as you would like, but keep in mind that if you choose to add insulation, HVAC, or extra lighting, you will want to stick to the help of the experts.
Do not allow yourself to get boxed in by thinking of your garage as a place to simply store your vehicle. When you need the space, consider utilizing your garage for other solutions to your home space and storage needs.