Alternative ways to use your garage
Converting your garage into a home gym is perhaps one of the easiest and most logical alternative ways you can use the space.
Garages make a great place to exercise as they're generally solid but Spartan structures – if you scuff the floor or knock the wall while working out it’s hardly the end of the world. The fact that you’ve also got a car-sized garage door for ventilation is the cherry on top.
Creating a gym within your garage can be as simple as clearing a space and adding some dumbbells and a yoga mat.
If you’re more committed to the cause, you can turn your garage into workout space worthy of greatest athletes. Lay down some rubber floor tiles, install floor-to-ceiling mirrors, buy an exercise machine or two and maybe even put in a wall-mounted television. A speaker or sound system is probably the easiest and most important piece of equipment for any budding athletes in need of inspiration, just be mindful for the neighbours as garage walls can be thin.
Studio or workshop
Have you always wanted to pursue your creative passions but just not had enough space to do so? Just a few quick and easy updates and you could turn your garage into your very own home studio or workshop.
The artistic process can be messy, which makes your garage a great option where you won’t have to worry about splashing paint or flying woodchips. Just make sure your garage is well ventilated. Depending on the chemicals some hobby painters or carpenters, for example, use can be dangerous. While having the garage door open is a good start, it may not create much of a draft, so consider an extractor fan if need be.
It’s great to experience the great outdoors, so long as you don’t bring the great outdoors inside when you’re done. Mud rooms are particularly common in the United States as a space to remove one’s dirty, dusty, damp or muddy clothes and shoes before entering your home, as to reduce mess.
Turning your garage into a mud room is particularly handy if the space has an internal connection to the rest of your house, as it allows you to immediately enter your home once all your muddy accoutrements have been dealt with.
Adapting your garage into a mud room is easily achieved by installing a sink or wet space (to hose off shoes), a bench to remove clothes on, shelving for storage, drying racks and plenty of clothes hooks.
If you’re in need of temporary escapism with a PlayStation, have kids with too much energy to burn quietly, or want to enjoy civilised game of chess with your partner, a games room might be just the thing.
Whether you’re looking for something high-tech with computers, screens, and consoles, or something kid-friendly, a garage is the ultimate blank canvas to create the room you want. The benefit of converting a garage is that it’s removed from the house – a retreat from what should be peace in the home.