Garages are wasted space in many homes. They’re the go-to spot for unused sports gear, seasonal decorations, and tools.
Have you ever thought about what it would be like if your garage were a room you could actually use? Top-tier recreation rooms are one of the top must-haves for luxury homes.
If you’re creative, you can turn your garage into a mansion-style entertainment room. Movie nights, billiards tournaments, and video gaming sessions await.
Keep reading for inspiration on remodeling your garage.
1. Declutter & Organize Before The Fun Begins
Before we can have some fun, we need to start with the chores.
Our garages seem to become cluttered faster than any other room in the home. Since most of us don’t use them as a living space, they become storage units. While it might seem convenient to have space to throw everything you don’t know what to do with, that clutter minimizes the amount of functional space in your house.
You don’t want a smaller house, do you?
To get started, set some time aside on the weekend to go through everything in your garage. Make three piles: keep, donate/sell, and trash.
You’ll be surprised at how much stuff you don’t need or use anymore. Once those piles are sorted, it’s time to find a place for everything. Since your garage won’t be strictly stored after this project, your pile of stuff to give away or sell should be larger than what you’re keeping.
2. Make a Plan & Design Your Dream
Once your garage is clean and organized, you should be free to visualize infinite possibilities. The sheer volume of opportunities can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting.
Make a design plan for your garage entertainment room before you get started. That way, you don’t get distracted from your larger goal.
Begin by asking yourself a few questions about how you plan to use the space.
Your answers to these questions will help guide the design process. If you want to design a mixed-use space for entertainment, storage, and car parking, creating a balanced plan is critical for success.
3. Make It Feel Like Home
You need to make your garage entertainment room feel as comfortable as your home. To do this, waterproof and weatherproof the space.
This is a crucial step if you want your room to be comfortable year-round. In extreme heat or cold, your garage can become unbearable without the proper insulation.
Do you plan on having big-screen TVs and top-of-the-line speakers in your garage? If so, you need to have proper climate control. Adding heating and air-conditioning to your garage will protect your electronics. If your door isn’t functioning properly, consider replacing the springs for climate control at the push of a button.
Don’t forget about the floors, too! Few things are less inviting than unfinished, oil-stained concrete found in most garages.
Finally, consider enhancing the security systems around your garage. With increased valuables, you’ll want to know that your possessions are safe.
If you’re creative, you can turn your garage into a mansion-style entertainment room.
4. The Fun Part: Start Customizing
Now that you have a plan and your space is ready, it’s time to add the finishing touches.
Not sure where to start? A big-screen TV makes a great focal point for any entertainment room. If you were smart about planning ahead, you’ll be able to conceal the wires during the installation process.
Referring to your original plan is the best way to customize it. Were you dreaming about a place to watch your favorite sports team? Start stocking up on vintage memorabilia, team jerseys, and comfortable seating.
Love to play video games? Invest in a gaming chair and set up your consoles. Old-school arcade games like Pac-Man or air hockey create a unique experience rarely found in traditional media rooms.
Your garage entertainment room is a place for you to relax, so make sure it reflects your taste.
5. Make the Most of Your Space
Ideally, your garage entertainment room can still function as a storage space without interrupting your relaxation.
Custom-built cabinets or a rolling ladder that accesses high shelves are attractive and creative ways to add storage. If you plan on using the space for projects, leave room for a workbench or tool area.
You can also get creative with how you use the walls. Hang bikes from the ceiling or use pegboards to mount them on the wall.
When you take the time to properly organize, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
6. Make Room For Fun in Your Garage
Turning your garage into a favorite entertainment room is easier than you think. Just make sure to plan ahead and take your time in making it feel like home. Once the basics are down, start customizing to fit your needs and wants.
With a little effort, you can make the most of your space and enjoy spending time in your new hangout spot. So, what are you waiting for? Start turning that garage into the best part of your home!