Organize Your Garage to Make Usable Space

Your garage doesn't have to be a mess. With a little prioritizing and planning, you can improve your garage's space and aesthetic.

By Craig Horvath

 

It’s a good idea to start taking advantage of your garage space instead of using it to store clutter. Take back your garage and make better use of that space. There are a number of options available for using your garage in efficient ways. Let’s look at how you can rearrange your garage into usable condition.

 

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Think of Ways to use Your Garage

The first thing to consider is the plan you have for your garage. Your plans will generally depend on the amount of space you have. Perhaps you want to construct a workout room. Maybe you can use the space for creative purposes like wood-working or a studio. It also has the potential to become your main, or second, family room. Other options are a game room, office, or guest room.

 

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No matter which design you want to bring into your home, decluttering your garage will be the first step.

 

Remove the Clutter

The first thing to consider is the plan you have for your garage. Your plans will generally depend on the amount of space you have. Perhaps you want to construct a workout room. Maybe you can use the space for creative purposes like wood-working or a studio. It also has the potential to become your main, or second, family room. Other options are a game room, an office, or a guest room.

 

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Flooring

If you have a concrete garage floor, you might want to change a few elements for your new garage space. There are many things you can do in addition to the concrete flooring.  You can choose to add vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, or even carpeting. The flooring you choose will depend on how you plan to use the garage.

 

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If you choose to keep the concrete as is, make sure you clean the floor thoroughly before bringing in any furnishings. You should also make any needed repairs and then seal it properly to keep it in good shape.

 

Dealing with the Walls

You want your new space to be energy efficient and comfortable. Insulate the walls if they aren’t already insulated. If you need to add walls to your garage, it is the perfect time to add more wiring and outlets. Unless you're experienced, I recommend that you hire a professional for any electrical and plumbing needs that you need to add to the garage.

 

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Consider Different Ceiling Types

If you add a drop ceiling to your garage, it will look more like a regular room in your home opposed to a garage. This step isn't necessary for all garages, but if you are building a guest room, it may be a good option to consider. Dry-walling your ceiling may take some extra effort, but it will give your garage an even more homey, crisp look.

 

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Using the Garage to Park

Use the garage for its intended purpose: your car. Maintain a clean space for your vehicle. Add cabinets or overhead storage to keep clutter away. This will allow you to keep many of your items that you can't afford to throw out and keep them out of sight from your home.

 

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