How to get the most out of your garage

February 12, 2018
garage storage

Are you tired of wading through the mess and clutter in your garage? You could be letting one of the most valuable assets in your home go to waste.

Whether you want to create your own workshop, private hangout pad or family entertainment area, you have the freedom to convert your space into something more inviting and functional. Also, if you plan on selling in the near future, a garage conversion can add tremendous value to your property.

garageRegardless of your goals, here are some creative ideas to help your garage conversion project get off on the right foot.

Create a vision

Before you start frantically re-arranging everything, think about how you’d like to use your garage.

Are you parking your car in the garage? If you’re building a workshop, entertainment or storage space, consider how much space the car will take up along with everything else. After all, you don’t want the car to become an inconvenience… or you’ll never set foot in the garage!

Whether your priority is work, leisure or storage, create a plan that suits your budget and lifestyle needs.

Enhanced liveability

Due to a lack of ventilation and insulation, most garages aren’t designed to be used like a normal living space. This makes them prone to dust build-up, pest infestations and extreme temperature changes.

If you plan on converting your garage into something that will get near-daily use, think about adding windows, ceilings fans and vents to promote healthy airflow. Furthermore, protect yourself from the harsh elements by professionally installing insulation materials such as fibreglass, cellulose or foam panels.

Flexible storage solutions

garage storageYour garage is probably the largest open space in the house. Why not use it to your advantage? Invest in flexible and functional storage solutions to store your automotive, cleaning and gardening tools; sports equipment, treasured family possessions, and personal goods.

Multi-tier shelving units are a great way to free up space in the garage. Most units let you customise the shelves to match the height of each load. Plus, they can be linked together to form a row that only takes up a single wall. Other ways to make use of vertical storage space include pegboards, slat walls, bike racks and hooks.

If you cannot wait until the next hard rubbish collection to get clear out your garage, consider passing on your cherished items and help someone else find joy in your unwanted goods.

Pool room

A billiards table is a classic and sophisticated way to spice up the new living space.

Modern pool tables come in many different sizes, so you can find one that matches the size of your garage but preserves the authenticity of billiard sports. One word of caution, be sure to choose a pool table that gives you enough space to take a clean shot. You don’t want to hamper the experience by bumping into walls, objects and other people.

Best of all, you can personalise the entire space to create the perfect lounge. Place down an elegant rug, setup a few chairs and tables in the corner, and put in a mini bar to store your chilled beverages.

Built-in bar

After a busy week at work, going to the local pub can be an expensive and inconvenient hassle. But with a home bar, you can host regular hangouts in the comfort of your own private living space.

garage built-in barBuilding your own bar doesn’t have to cost you a lot of time and money. If you have old furniture like tables, bookshelves, cabinets and stools lying around, you can easily repurpose them into a bar setup that suits your needs. Of course, if you want a fully-decked out bar with an enclosed countertop, alcohol dispenser and fridge – you may need to design and source your own materials.

Building a bar might be an ambitious project. But the benefit of having your own private hangout pad is a huge payoff. No more catching public transport into the city or paying exorbitant alcohol prices – just you, your mates, and plenty of entertainment.

Personal gym

Finding a private and comfortable space to work out can be tough depending on the layout of your home. If you want to get the most out of your workout sessions, the open-design and privacy of a garage makes them ideal for creating your own gym.

garage personal gymWhether you want to run on the treadmill, pump some iron or have an authentic yoga experience – a custom gym can help you reach your specific fitness goals. You can also use smart storage solutions like hooks, shelving units and racks to store your fitness equipment and save on space.

If you need a comfortable standing space, place some mats down on the ground to keep your feet relaxed and protect the ground from damage.

Long gone are the days of simply parking your car in the garage. With enough time, patience and a bit of creativity, you can turn your garage into something that adds plenty of enjoyment and value to your life.

Article provided by Sheen Group

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