9 Inspiring Makeover and Update Ideas for Your Garage
Does your garage need an update? We’ve gathered some of the best garage makeover ideas to help you transform it into a unique space to best fit your needs.
1. Pay Attention to Your Space
How do you want to use your home’s garage space?
Garages are normally just a place to park the car and store your junk. That doesn’t have to be the case if you use your garage space wisely. If your garage happens to be big enough and you can park your car elsewhere, you can turn your garage into a versatile extra room.
Which of these ideas would best suit you? A woodworker’s shop? An artist’s studio? A home gym? A man cave? A mechanic’s paradise? A mother-in-law suite? A master bedroom or an extra bedroom for one of your kids?
Once you have figured out how you would like to use the space, focus on how to make the most of your new garage remodel.
2. Upgrade Your Storage Game
However you plan to use a garage area, storage is going to matter. Stacking boxes on top of other worn and lopsided boxes along the wall won’t cut it. We have several options and ideas to help you get the most out of your storage space.
You should never have to move something else to get to what you need to use. All items need to be organized and have a spot where you can remove and replace what you will be using. You should be able to find anything you are looking for quickly
There are a couple of options to make it easy to find what you are looking for. Use well-marked labels and use clear storage containers. You can hide these storage containers behind cabinets or put on quality shelving to help your garage look cleaner.
3. Upgrade Your Floor
Since the garage usually stands as an isolated room, it’s a fun place to try out any type of flooring you may like. Especially since it won’t affect the rest of the flow throughout your house.
Depending on how you want to use your garage space, there are different floor types that will work better than others. Here are a few ideas to choose from.
4. Install a New Garage Door
If your garage door is looking outdated or maybe it’s not working as it should, it might be time to replace it and get a new door. That’s actually something for you to celebrate!
New garage doors are much more exciting than the one already installed in your home. You can now install insulated garage doors to keep your space warmer or garage doors that come with windows to give you more natural light in your space.
Garage door openers are exciting too. You can get openers that connect to wifi so you can control them from your phone and from the comfort of your car.
Installing a new garage door is one of the top home improvement projects that can generate a high rate of return at resale. On top of creating a more welcoming garage, a new garage door will add curb appeal and boost the value of your home.
5. Add Extra Lighting and Electricity
Mood lighting is everything, it gives your space atmosphere. You made lighting a high priority throughout your home, so don’t neglect it when it comes to your garage. Make sure there’s adequate lighting for the space you intend.
Most garages only have a few outlets. You may have to expand the existing electrical system to add more outlets to better meet your new electricity needs. This will allow you to use any new appliances and expand your workshop capabilities.
6. Create a Mud Room
You use the door between your garage and your house more than you do the front door of your home. This door is as important or possibly more important than your front door. Make this door just as inviting to enter your home. Consider adding space to hang coats and take off shoes, or add a “catch-all” on either side of the door to make it easier to unload when you come home.
Creating a mini-mudroom will make it easier to leave the outside world behind and help you settle into your home. Some mudrooms add plumbing so you can add a washbasin so you can clean up before entering your house.
7. Heating and Cooling Your Garage
Garages are usually left out of the heating and cooling system, which is perfect in spring and fall. If you want to enjoy your garage all year round, you’ll need a way to cool and heat the room as well. You can expand your existing HVAC system, or come up with alternative ways to heat and cool your space.
8. Add Some Color to Your Space
Typically garages are gray or drab boring color. Adding pops of color throughout your garage will make it more welcoming and inviting for you and your guests.
Consider painting the walls or investing in accent pieces such as furniture or tool kits that brighten up your workspace. You can also hang artwork and posters to liven up your space.
9. Always Put Safety First
A garage can be a place where you work with your hands, creating and building things with power tools. This can sometimes be a dangerous combination where accidents can happen. Having immediate access to first aid should be a top priority.
Even if you’re not working in a dangerous environment, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit nearby. If kids fall off their bike in the driveway or suffer other minor injuries.
Always keep a stocked first aid kit easily accessible in your garage. Make sure to regularly check your supplies and keep them up-to-date. If you’re working with power tools or mechanics tools, it could be smart to install an eyewash station too.