Garages can be transformed into all sorts of creative spaces. Their dimensions and squared off architectural design, as well as the fact that they’re partially or completely detached from the home, make them suitable for a wide range of uses. First though, you have to clear out the clutter!
This involves discarding broken or damaged items, donating stuff you no longer need and sorting and packaging any goods you want to keep. A good solution is to store items you don’t want to part with but don’t need for the moment in an off-site self-storage unit, where they’ll be secure and you can access them easily. To that end, we of course offer the necessary storage solutions here at XtraSpace.
Garage conversion ideas
Once you’ve tossed away the junk, packed away and stored the remaining items and given the garage a major spring clean, you can re-invent the space at almost no cost.
Band practice studio
Garages can easily be converted into band practice spaces. They’re ideal for this purpose because they don’t typically have windows and are easy to soundproof. Just attaching used egg cartons to the walls is usually enough to contain the sound so that family and neighbours won’t be disturbed. Plug points can be extended by multiple plug adapters to accommodate all instruments and band equipment. Loose carpets or scatter rugs can provide an appropriately cosy ambience, and a couple of large couches will accommodate the groupies with ease!
If you’re self-employed or starting a business, you can easily convert a garage into a well-equipped home office. This is much cheaper than renting office space but still ensures that you won’t be distracted by the hustle and bustle of the main living area in your home. There’s more than enough room in a standard garage for a printer, PC, shelving and a desk, as well as creature comforts such as an air conditioner, heater, kettle and microwave – and the internet means you can easily stay in touch and do research.
A garage is the ideal location for a game or recreation room. There’s plenty of space for a pool table, pinball machine, dart board and all the electronic gaming equipment that’s now commonplace in homes with teens. A lick of paint, scatter cushions, a mini fridge and a flat-screen TV can transform the gloomiest garage into a trendy teen entertainment zone.
There is no time like the present to bring the cinema experience into your home – or garage as it were. For once the often lacking windows in garages can be of benefit as natural light won’t be required. After acquiring the prerequisite screen, projector and couches you can go all out with decorating and theming the space based on your favourite movies or movie genre.