How to Use Your Garage Creatively

There aren’t many of us who use our garages for the correct purpose – storing cars. Unfortunately, the majority of the time a garage turns into a dump site. It’s full of things we no longer need in the house, sentimental items that are too precious to throw out but take up room in the home, and just pure junk. If you think about it, your garage is probably quite a significant space. There are so many things you could use that space for. Here are some ideas.

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Man Cave
Sometimes, men just need to get away for an hour. They aren’t as good at handling chaos as women are. If you’re willing to give your man a space that he can call his own, you may find that he’s more hands on when it comes to family. A man cave is the perfect idea for a garage space. You won’t need to do much to convert it. Get some garage shelving and storage ideas to stash away the important items, then throw away the rest. Just throw in a sofa, entertainment system and mini fridge and your man is good to go. It’s also perfect for when you have the girls over for a glass of wine and he needs to get out of your hair.

Game Room
Are your teenagers driving you nuts? If you’re the parent that constantly has your teen and all of their friends in the house, you’ll know that sometimes it can be a bit too much. Converting your garage into a game room will mean they always have a place to go. Firstly, it keeps them off the streets and you know they are safe. Secondly, if they become noisy, they’re already outside of the house, so you and your neighbours don’t have to deal with it. Clear the rubbish from the garage and install a pool table and darts board. If you want to be really generous, why not set up a TV screen and console so they can play video games?

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Gym
Does it bother you when you go to the gym and you feel like you’re being judged? Can you really justify spending your money on a gym membership when you could have your own at home? Converting your garage into a gym could mean you save a ton of money and you’re more likely to use it on a regular basis. It can be costly to purchase all the equipment that you want, but you can add to it as and when you have the money.

Family Theatre
This idea is an expensive one, but it’s so worth it. If your family love to get together to watch movies, this is perfect for you and a great excuse to bond. Get yourself a wall mounted projector screen and an excellent surround sound system. Invest in some movie chairs (maybe even recliners) with drinks holders and if you want to go all out, put a popcorn machine in there too. If you’re spending a few hours sat down in the garage you may find that you need to insulate the walls too. However, when it’s all done, you’ve got a space that all the family will love to use.

Guest Room
This can be really beneficial if you have family that travel to see you from miles away. For instance, you’ll be able to make your parents more comfortable if they come to stay during the Christmas holidays. You may need to check with your local council to find out if you need permission to convert the garage into a guest room. Once you’ve done that you can insulate the space and turn it into a bedroom. You could even add a bathroom if you have enough room.

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Home Office
Mixing business with family doesn’t often turn out well. Family can be one almighty distraction when you’re trying to get work done. If you work from home, you’ll need to be able to shut the door on distractions to be productive. Turning your garage space into a home office could just be the solution you’ve been looking for. You’ll need to make sure you have an electric supply and access to the internet. Once you’ve sorted that out, you can decorate to your hearts content. It’s also a good idea if you have clients come to your home. A dedicated work space looks much more professional than your dining room table.

When you really think about it, your garage is an opportunity to add value to your home.