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How to Transform Your Garage into a New Space

Do you have an inspiration board full of cool garage ideas like a garage hangout or a beautiful garage craft room? Or maybe what you really want is a garage home gym for no excuse workouts. If so, there’s a good chance you also have a lot of questions about everything from wondering how much a garage conversion will cost to choosing which space idea you will enjoy the most. The great news is we can help!

Cool Garage Ideas for your Home

Having a place to relax and escape can be hard to find in a traditional floor plan. That’s why depending on the size of their garage, we often encourage homeowners to reimagine a portion of that space to meet their needs. Full of potential, the garage is the most overlooked area in the home for easy ways to expand your living space with cool garage ideas.

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According to a recent study by the NAHB, homeowners are increasing the number of rooms in their homes without changing the overall footprint, requiring a creative approach to the space they have. As well, they are increasingly aware of how to integrate outdoor spaces into their homes and your garage can be a great option to achieve that goal.


Before you decide which idea is best for you, there are a few questions that are important to answer.

When is Converting Your Space a Good Idea?

If you want more usable space but don’t want to undertake a major renovation or move to find it then converting your garage is a good idea. Here are a few things to consider that make this an easy choice.

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When Converting Your Garage is a Good Idea - Size

When you have a 3-car garage, you can convert the 3rd stall and leave plenty of space for traditional garage uses like parking your cars and other types of storage.

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When is Converting Your Space a Good Idea - Structure

When your garage has finished walls, flooring, a ceiling, and a garage door, you have the structure you need to create the space. Windows are a bonus, providing natural light when you want to keep the garage door down.

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When is Converting Your Space a Good Idea - Purpose

When you convert your garage to a space like a garage hangout or garage craft room, you won’t need to take extensive renovation measures that will impact the project complexity or cost.

When you work with Inspired Closets, we take the guesswork out of custom home improvement projects like this by helping you evaluate your space. During your complimentary FREE design consultation, we’ll listen to your wants and needs and help you discover what’s possible, creating a space you love with the space you have.

Does Converting Your Space Add Value to Your Home?

The short answer is yes. Why? Because when done well, this added living space is created at a fraction of the cost of a renovation while offering all the same perks in an unexpected but refreshing way. Here are a few examples of what we mean by done well.

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Does converting your garage add value to your home - Interior Design

1 Interior Design

When you create a garage converted to a game room space with interior design influences that reflect the rest of your home, it becomes a natural extension of your useable living space. This also shows consistency in how you care for and maintain your home.

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Does converting your garage add value to your home - Flexibility

2 Flexibility

When you design a garage craft area or garage home gym that uses cabinets on the walls and leaves the floor space open, you don’t permanently change the structure of the garage while adding a great spot to focus on gardening too. This flexibility goes a long way for future homeowners to make the space their own.

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Does converting your garage add value to your home - Flexibility

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Does converting your garage add value to your home - Organization

3 Organization

While most homes have a garage, only a fraction of homeowners use it to park their cars. Converting part of the garage into a useable area like a garage man cave, craft space, or garage home gym will improve your overall organization in the entire space.

As your local home improvement expert, your Inspired Closets designer can help you keep the big picture in mind by offering guidance for the kinds of custom home organization projects that can add the most value to your home.

How Much Does a Garage Conversion Cost?

Just like any home improvement project, choosing to design one of the cool hangout rooms or garage man cave ideas you love depends on two key factors.

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How much does a garage conversion cost - Size

The first factor in the cost of your new custom space is the size. The greater the area that you want to customize, the greater the cost in both product and décor.

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How much does a garage conversion cost - Product

The next factor that impacts cost is the materials and features. Inspired Closets garage cabinets come in a variety of colors with hardware choices that make it easy to carry the interior design influences from inside your home into this new garage space.

When you work with Inspired Closets, your dedicated designer takes the stress out of this process by working with you to design a space that is a natural extension of the rest of your home. Thanks to our proprietary software, you’ll be able to see your space come to life in 3D, making it easy to finalize your choices with confidence that you’ll know exactly what your converted garage will both cost and look like when it’s done.

3 Ways to Expand Garage Living Space

Once you’ve made the decision to convert your garage and expand your living space, it’s time to go back to that Pinterest board and decide exactly what kind of custom garage space you want to build. At Inspired Closets, we work with homeowners just like you every single day, and here are 3 of the most popular garage conversion ideas we see.

Garage Converted to a Game Room

How many times have you found yourself wishing you had a place in your home that is dedicated to fun? Somewhere casual and relaxing where family and friends can get together and watch your favorite shows, play games, and just have fun. A place that’s as much a garage hangout for teens as it is a garage man cave. That’s what happens when you convert your garage to a game room and here is what you need to make it happen.

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Transform Your Garage into a Teen Hanout

1 Storage Ideas

Keep floor space open and flexible by using 2 walls to direct your focus away from the rest of the garage and focus on the fun space you are creating. Consider using cabinets with sliding doors, making it easy to find what you need while offering counter space for serving snacks and more.

2 Slatwall Ideas

Thanks to its convenient garage location, your new garage man cave or garage hangout for teens can easily include games and activities for outdoor fun. Consider including slatwall right by the door that allows for easy access to skateboards, yard games, basketballs, and more.

3 Garage Furniture Ideas

Just like the rest of your home, the furniture you choose for your garage space is the finishing touch that brings in all together. Consider modular seating that can be easily moved in any configuration, making it easy to accommodate any size crowd. Add fun accessories like ottomans and throw blankets to make it as comfortable as any other room in your home.

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Garage Craft Room

Garage Craft Room

If you love to craft, then you know how important it is to have the right space to complete each project. A space that offers the right storage for your supplies and room to spread out while you work. And a space that inspires you to freely create while you enjoy every minute of your time spent doing what you love. With so many competing priorities for traditional floorplans, rarely is this space found in a traditional floorplan. That’s why your garage is the next best place to be! Here are a few of our favorite features to help you create a beautiful garage craft room.

1 Counter Space

Think about your creative process. Do you need space for projects to dry between each step? Do you like to work on more than one project at a time? Do you need a sink to wash items throughout the process? Each of these factors impacts the type of counter you’ll choose, both in size and materials.

2 Open Shelving

Store items you use often on well organized open shelves. It will make it easy to see that you have what you need, preventing you from buying duplicate supplies. It will also make it as convenient to use them as it is to put them away.

3 Closed Cabinets

For everything else, closed cabinets with adjustable shelves are a busy crafter’s best friend. A safe space to store projects that need a contained space, they are also great for storing craft supplies in clear plastic bins with easy-to-read labels.

Garage Home Gym

One of the easiest garage conversions to make is creating a space to build a home gym. Why? Because the garage is a great place for workout equipment. The key is creating an inviting space so that you are not surrounded by garage clutter.

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Garage Home Gym with Slatwall

1 Cabinets

Garage cabinets and shelves are built for heavy-duty use, making them a great choice to store a variety of gym equipment. They can also be used to place your speakers or mount a TV above for easy use during your workout.

2 Slatwall

Hands down our favorite solution for lightweight workout gear that you need to be able to grab and go. The perfect spot for things like jump ropes and resistance bands, you’ll love the adjustability of being able to place them at just the right height too.

Finding more space in the home to enjoy the things you love matters. That’s why converting the space in your current garage into a garage hangout room, garage craft room or even a home gym is such a good idea. From adding value to your home to being a more affordable option than a full renovation, you get all the benefits of a new space without the stress and upheaval construction can bring. And for spaces like a teen hangout space, craft area, or home gym you get the added benefit of spending time in a well-organized space that helps you relax and enjoy the activities and people you love.

If you’d like to learn more about transforming your garage, just complete this form and we’ll be happy to give you a call. Our designers will work together with you to reimagine your garage while helping you balance traditional storage needs with fresh ideas to expand your living space. And if you are looking for more ideas for how to customize the space you have for a home you love, check out our article Make Home A Better Place to Be.

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