More and more people these days are using their garages in new and creative ways, so why don’t you? We’ve outlined a few possible ideas for you in this guide.
With this one, you can really do whatever you want. Just create the ultimate room for you. Whether you want a space to have guys over for the sports or want a place to paint and somewhere to just relax, it’s up to you.
For the men, add a sofa and some chairs, a TV and maybe a poker table and you have the perfect space to chill out. An idea could be to hang your favourite sports memorabilia up or put up a darts board to play with your mates to really make the place your own.
Now I imagine a lot of that might not appeal to you, so here are some ideas on how to make it fit what you like. You could fill the room with books or art, make it somewhere you can relax and get away from the day-to-day stress. You can have the sofa and the TV that a man would have, but compliment it with a glass of wine. You could even use it as a wardrobe extension, somewhere to store extra clothes or shoes.
If you work from home, it can be hard to separate your work life from your home life.
Why not try separating yourself by making your garage into a home office? This way you can still work from the comfort of your home without having it take away from your time.
If you’re like me, finding time to hit the gym is hard.
We all want to be more active and reap the rewards of going the gym, but are always too lazy or too busy to go.
You can build a gym custom to your needs and build the perfect workout experience. By having it in the garage, this also frees up any space around the house that you had planned to put the equipment. It is also a good idea to check the floor is strong enough to hold the equipment and there is good ventilation, it can get really hot really quick.
If you’re looking for effective quality home gym equipment, look no further than Powerhouse Fitness.
If music is more your thing, why not try building your own practise space?
Whether you’re in a dedicated band or just a casual player, your own space to perfect your craft would be ideal. You could even add in some recording equipment and turn it into your own studio, meaning you could record and release your own music without having to leave the comfort of your home.
Music can get pretty loud though, so when converting your garage into a rehearsal space, be sure to take into account the proper soundproofing techniques. I don’t imagine the neighbours would take too kindly to the pounding of drums without decent soundproofing.
For all your soundproofing needs, check out Noise Stop Systems.
We all love a good game, don’t we?
A games room can be a really fun way to bring people together. You could use it to bond with family and battle it out or have friends over to decide the ultimate champion.
You could fill the room with ping-pong, table football and a pool table, or you could go down the route of console gaming and a widescreen TV. Either way, a fridge full of cold drinks is essential.
Another idea for a games room is to convert it into a “teen-zone”, basically a place for your teenagers to hang out and have friends over. This way it keeps them off the streets, but means they won’t be taking up room in the house. For a hang out room, just add a TV, a sofa and some snacks and you’re good to go.
Thinking along the same lines as a games room, why not just make your garage into a fully-fledged home theatre?
All you’ll need is either a large TV and DVD/Blu-Ray player or hook your computer up to a projector and go full movie theatre.
You’ll need a killer sound systems to go in your home theatre, check out Superfi for the highest quality sound.
Craft Room/Tool Area
Now this one is pretty self-explanatory.
If you like creating or fixing things, this might be an idea to consider.
Turn your messy garage into a crafts/tools room. Build yourself a workstation to hold all your tools in a neat and orderly fashion. This way you can work on your project, whether it be something you’re building or even your car without worrying about the mess or misplacing your tools.
Make it into a room where you want to build or create, where you want to be inspired to work. Outfit your garage to accommodate the kind of things you want to create or fix.
ScrewFix offer some great deals on cabinets and shelves for your tools.
These are some alternatives to the basic garage. Make it your own, play around with some ideas and create something that appeals to your needs. Let us know what you think and any other good alternatives to the normal garage.