Many people started working from home in the past two years because of the pandemic. This relatively new lifestyle created a need for a functional workspace in almost every household. Some were lucky enough to have a spare room they could turn into a home office.
However, most people used kitchen counters, dining tables, or even windowsill desks as their office. While this is very creative, it’s not always convenient, especially if you have a big family. So, if you’re running out of options for a functional workspace in your home and you have a garage, we have good news! You can convert your garage into a home office you so desperately need. And we’re here to tell you exactly how to do it!
Clear out the space
The truth is, garages are the messy hotspots of every home. We use them to store everything and anything we have ever owned. Therefore, if you decide to convert your garage into a home office, you’ll have to declutter it first. We know; this sounds dull and time-consuming. However, if you want to make a functional workspace out of your garage, you have to empty it.
We suggest making four big piles – keep, donate, recycle, and throw out. The next step is to sort out all your belongings. This can be a timely process, so don’t be surprised if it takes 2 or 3 days to finish. So, gather the whole family and power through this project together.
Consider different flooring options
The flooring in garages is mainly concrete. This is understandable since their purpose is parking space and storage. However, now that you’re turning your garage into a functional home office, you’ll need something homier. As you already know, there are many flooring options for every house and every room.
So, when it comes to home offices, carpet is an excellent choice. It provides much-needed comfort for your feet. You don’t want to stand on concrete for 8 hours every day, right? Additionally, carpet flooring is convenient if you move furniture a lot. For example, if you want to change the layout for better organization in your office, you could move around the pieces without damaging the floor.
On the other hand, a hardwood floor is a more elegant solution. It gives a room a more sophisticated and professional look. However, hardwood floors are hard to maintain, and you wouldn’t be able to move the furniture as much since they can easily be damaged.
At the end of the day, it’s all about your needs and wishes. So, the choice is all yours.
Install heating and insulation
When you decide to convert your garage into a home office, you’re practically building a room addition. Yes, you have walls, but that’s it! If you want to turn your garage into a functional living space, you’ll have to install heating and insulation. You don’t want to spend your working hours in a jacket during winter or work with your garage door wide open in the summer just to air out the space. You need something more than that. If your budget allows, you can install a proper air cooling and heating system. A more affordable solution is a wall-mounted mini-split. This is a practical and convenient solution many people are choosing these days.
The bottom line is you’ll be in this room every day for 8 hours, so you’ll want to make it as comfortable as possible.
Change the garage door
Having a garage door in your office might not feel as professional. It can create an outdoor vibe, and that’s not very motivating, right? So, if you want to take your new home office to another level, you should consider changing the garage door. You have a few options here.
The first one is to install a glass garage door with insulation. This kind of door will let in a lot of natural light into your new office. If you’re worried about feeling like you’re in a window shop – don’t be. You can get a frosted glass, and you’ll have the privacy you need. Additionally, this is a very elegant solution!
Furthermore, if your garage is made for two cars, you can convert half of it into an office and leave the other half for your vehicle. Therefore, you don’t have to keep the big two-car garage door. You can downsize to a smaller one for the one car that’ll be parked in the other half of the garage. This way, you’ll have more wall space in the office part of the garage.
Think about storage solutions
As we mentioned before, we usually use the garage as a home storage space. But when you decide to convert your garage into a home office, you’ll have to figure out what to do with all that stuff. We suggested you keep the belongings you really need, donate what you can, and recycle or throw away the rest. The question is what to do with the belongings you kept. You have two options here:
- Create storage space in your garage: you don’t have to use all the garage space for your home office – leave some room for storage as well.
- Rent a storage unit: if you decide to keep a lot of stuff and don’t have enough space for everything in your garage anymore, you’ll have to look for another solution for your belongings and think outside of the box. For example, contact a local moving company and ask them what kind of storage units they offer.
Brighten up your new office
Garages tend to be darker than the rest of the house. Therefore, if you want to turn yours into a home office, you’ll have to brighten it up a little bit. The first thing you should do is put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. We recommend you paint it white since the whole space is already dark and there isn’t a lot of natural light. Next, install lighting in warm tones to cozy up your new home office. You can choose the type of lighting you like – floor, wall, ceiling, etc. Simple as that!
Personalize the space
Once you complete all the previous steps, you can convert your garage into the home office of your dreams. Yes, it’s time for the fun part – decorating! Hang inspirational posters, frame the photos of your family, display awards, and put up a fun wallpaper. Additionally, get a comfy chair for yourself – you’re going to need it. Oh, and don’t forget to make your office space organized and productive. After all, it’s the place where you have to get a lot of work done!