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How To Make The Most From Your Garage

Garages are slowly transitioning from a room to store your car overnight, to a living space for fun activities, hobbies or simply another room in the house for you to use. For the majority of us, garages are often used to dump old items which we no longer use, or currently do not have a reason to use. 

If this is the case for you, be careful as dumping old items can lead to a build-up of unwanted items. Instead, maybe consider transforming your garage into a room with a better purpose. If you’re concerned about the safety of your garage, you may want to invest in a Roller Shutter Garage door. 

Our Roller Shutter Garage doors help to insulate sound and minimise heat loss whilst keeping a home safe with its patented locking system. You needn’t worry about any aftercare, as our doors are coated with anti-corrosive paint and some have a realistic textured wood-grain effect – this ensures a long-lasting, durable and appealing finish.

Here are a few ways you can get more from your garage:
Car Shrine: If you currently store a car in your garage or like to show off your car(s), this is an easy DIY revamp. Installing spotlights in your garage will create more of a sophisticated showroom effect and will focus the attention on your vehicle. The décor can also set a certain atmosphere; for example, dark colours and glossy cabinets can create a modern and sophisticated appearance.

A Bar: A very entertaining and relaxing option for your garage space is to convert it into a private bar area. It may seem pricey, but there are second-hand pumps, high stools and bar equipment that can save you extra money. A private bar will be the perfect entertainment room for your friends and family and can be a nice place to relax after long day of work. The choice of décor is completely up to you, and you can add in wooden counters to create a pub-like atmosphere or smooth black granite tops for a modern and classy look. Investing in a pool table, dartboard and other games will make the room more entertaining. Just don’t forget the portable fridges for your alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages!

Flooring: Flooring can make an overall change to the feel and appearance of your garage, as a tiled or laminated floor will take away from the industrial appearance. Changing the flooring will not only make you want to spend more time in your garage but will be softer and more comfy on the feet. Also, these types of flooring are much easier to maintain and look after. You can even choose to floor different areas of your garage to separate the workspace from your entertainment zone or parking area.

A Gym: Renovating your garage into a gym is a great idea, as you already have space, to begin with. The kind of home gym you create will depend on the type of equipment you will be buying. For intense cardio training, you will be looking at equipment such as treadmills, cross trainers and rowing machines. Or if you are looking to work on your strength and core, weight bench or a Pilates machine will do the trick. It will also be ideal to invest in some gym mats for proper comfort, and motivational quotes and posters to create a positive atmosphere in your gym.

Games Room: Another garage renovation option is changing your garage into a Games Room. By changing it into a Games Room, your friends and family will be able to relax and spend quality time whilst having a lot of fun. It all depends on your budget. With a higher budget, you can invest in pool tables, pinball machines or poker tables. Or you can even invest in a surround sound system and a Play Station 4 for a gaming and movie watching option. There are so many options to consider when it comes to a Games room. You can make the most of your Games room in the summer, by opening the garage door and enjoying a BBQ whilst watching a fantastic movie!

A Modern Workshop: Why not renovate your garage to a much more modern one? We sometimes use garages as a room for maintenance projects, such as working on a car or fixing furniture. If you’re wanting to keep your garage for the same purpose, you can always renovate the décor inside. Why not upgrade your workstation to a more modern one, or add more storage compartments to store your tools? Carefully research the type of workstation you wish to fit there as a wide range of styles and finishes are available on the market today.

A Utility Room: One idea which you can’t go wrong with, is turning your garage space into a Utility room. If you have a large freezer or a tumble dryer; you can keep these in the utility room - it will help free up space in your home and you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you’re making the most of your property. Storing this equipment in the corner of your garage or along a wall will also ensure there is plenty of space within your garage to do other things mentioned in this list, allowing you to truly make the ultimate multi-functional garage.

It’s important to remember why your garage is there. It’s not a dumping area, but rather a room where you should aim to get the most out of. Start to view your garage as an extension of your home and try to take advantage of the functionality; to ensure you and your family get great benefit from it.

While the designs of garages continue to change with some garages now being two stories, it is important to remember why we built or added a garage in the first place. Your garage is not a dumping area but somewhere you should be aiming to get as much as possible out of.  Start to view your garage as an extension of your home and try to maximise the functionality of it to ensure you and your family get great benefit from it.