Is your garage looking a little worse for wear? Perhaps its stacked full of storage boxes, or full of junk which you don’t know where to put.
Up and down the UK, our garages have become wasted spaces, unloved and unappreciated. Most standard garages are an ideal size to create an extra room for your home. From a home office, through to a music room, or even a home gym, there are countless way you can transform your garage to create a welcoming and functional space – and you don’t even need to call in professionals!
Converting you garage into a new space doesn’t need to be difficult. You can make the transformation at a fraction of the cost by shopping around and carrying out most of the work yourself. All you’ll need is the right tools, materials and bit of elbow grease.
At Garage Floors Direct we’ve guided hundreds of customers on their DIY garage transformation, helping them to select the right flooring which will complete their conversion.
In this blog post we’ll be sharing some of our top tips on how you can convert your garage like a pro, without having to call in the professionals! So if you’re eager to get started, roll up your sleeves and get ready to enjoy your new garage space.
1. Have a clear out
If your garage is like the majority of people’s in the UK, its probably full of clutter, boxes and other junk. Therefore, the first thing to consider before you start on your garage conversion is whether you need to have a clear out. You’ve probably got tonnes of things in your garage which you haven’t thought about in years, so question yourself as to why you’re holding onto it.
You’ll be amazed at how much space you can create in your garage by clearing out a few boxes.
Once you’ve had a clear out, have a think about where to store any final items you want to keep. You may want to set up some storage shelves or units in the garage where you can squirrel these items away out of sight, so that they don’t get in the way once your garage transformation is complete.
2. Keeping warm
If you garage is separate from the house, you’ll probably find it gets quite cold during the winter months as its unlikely that it has any heating built in.
When the temperature drops, you’ll want to make sure that you can stay warm and cosy in the garage conversion, without spending a fortune on electric heaters.
Think about whether you should add some insulation to the walls of your garage, and consider what flooring you should install to help retain the heat.
PVC garage floors actually offer some insulation properties and they could also help keep damp at bay, making it a good choice for any garage conversion.
Speaking of flooring, most garages have a cold concrete floor which often looks unappealing and can sometimes be uneven, creating a slip or trip risk.
By adding some new garage flooring, you can quickly and efficiently transform the look of your space, whilst providing a much more comfortable surface to walk on.
There are a range of different types of garage floors you can choose from, from epoxy resin and rubber flooring through to PVC. If you’re transforming your garage by yourself, we recommend selecting garage floor tiles. These are super easy to install, with the added benefit of being easy to maintain and look after. And if a tile ever gets damaged, you can simply lift it up and replace it.
4. Add a lick of paint
Adding a touch of colour to the walls of your garage can be a quick and easy fix to creating a more welcoming area in which you want to spend time.
Whether you’re looking to create a calm and serene space for working from home, or you want a vibrant splash of colour to help inspire your workouts, painting the walls can make the garage seem like a completely different room altogether!
A cost effective, quick and simple solution to transform the space.
5. Embrace your style
Whether you’re creating a home gym or you’re add a games room for the kids, the way that the garage conversion is decorated can really set the ambiance.
Select posters, pictures, indoor plants and lighting which reflect your style and create an interior which you want to spend time in.