When you say the word ‘garage’, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a messy, dirty, catch-all room full of cars, tools you don’t know how to use, and junk.
Often used merely for storage space, most garages are overlooked as a valued part of your property and tend to gather dust over the years.
However, with the rise of companies offering earning potential by renting out your garage, such as Lock Up Garages, it might be time to start thinking differently about your unloved space and give it the makeover it so sorely needs.
Here, we’ve found three things you’ve probably never thought of using your garage for to give you that much-needed kick of inspiration.
One of the most fun ways to transform your garage is to turn it into an entertainment room, often known as a ‘man cave’.
You can fill it with arcade games, video games, pool tables, table football, darts, TVs, stereos and more, making it the one room to rule them all and the envy of all your neighbours.
You could also take it up another notch by installing your own personal bar, where you could serve craft beer, spirits and whisky cocktails before unwinding with a competitive game of football.
Just remember that you’ll need to consider installing electricity and plumbing for a decent man cave!
For more ideas on creating the perfect entertainment room, check out this post by Housely for more inspiration.
For the bibliophiles among us, you may have been dreaming of your very own Beauty and the Beast library since you learned to read (or at least got into Disney!).
However, a library of these grand proportions is extremely difficult to fit into a studio apartment or terraced house, especially when that corner of the room has been earmarked for a flat screen TV by your unconvinced partner.
In that case, your unloved garage could be the answer to your prayers. By installing some floor to ceiling shelves, adding a comfy armchair and a quaint lamp, you’ve got your very own reading room.
Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll have to make sure your walls are properly insulated and waterproof to prevent any damage to your beloved books!
If you’re looking more for somewhere to exercise your creativity and work with your hands than sit and relax, then turning your garage into a craft or hobby room is an excellent choice.
Installing some cheap flooring roll or vinyl, a large workbench and some wall shelves to store all of your materials is a good place to start, as well as adding in some stylish lighting and decorating.
This could even be the start of the craft business you’ve always wanted, or just earning some extra pennies by renting it out to a budding crafter!
For more hints and tips, check out this handy guide by Start A Craft Business which can help you to get started in setting up a craft workshop.