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Garage design ideas: Conversion and storage ideas

Many of us who live in a house built since the 1930s will have a garage. This was the point at which Britain’s suburban semi-detached homes began to be built with a home for the car. The design decision was as inspirational as it was practical, but by the 1960s our garages were being filled with the new brand of affordable models that were running off British production lines.

Garages kept our Minis or Ford Cortinas free of rust, tree sap and bird droppings, but as we gained more consumer goods we started to use them for storage and our cars moved onto the street or driveway. In cities, the garage was often converted into a granny flat or even an apartment that you managed to sell for more than you paid for your house.

Whether you want to convert your garage into an additional room in your home or reclaim the space for a new car, you’ll have to deal with all the mess inside first.

Garage decluttering tips

garage organization

Be prepared to remove almost everything that’s currently in your garage. Anything that doesn’t have either commercial, practical or sentimental value should go to the tip. You can even make three piles with those labels on, discarding anything that does not fit in.

If you’re doing this in the summer holidays then you have the double advantage that you can ask your children (or maybe the neighbours) to help you out. The promise of a share of any garage treasure may be enough to motivate them, but proceeds from any subsequent sale of garage items at a car boot sale may be more welcome.

Once you’ve visited the local tip and the car boot sale, you can think about your garage organisation or conversion.

Garage conversion ideas

Add extra room, functionality and personality to your home by converting your garage into a space that fits your family’s needs.

1. Mudroom/closet space

Mud room with benches, coat hooks and closets

Transform your garage into a functional entryway to your home by turning it into a mudroom. Coat hooks, storage benches and floor-to-ceiling closets will keep shoes, bags and coats tidy and ready for you to grab as you leave the house in the morning.

2. Fun room

Games room in garage

Make your garage the most entertaining space in your home, by adding in features that encourage your family’s favourite activities. Sporty families might like a table tennis, air hockey or pool table. Or, create a cosy cinema room with a massive TV and comfy seating.

3. Hobby space

Music studio in converted garage

Your garage can be easily transformed into a quiet space that’s dedicated to your hobby. Install soundproofing, bespoke lighting, a desk/bench or smart storage for true functionality.

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Garage organisation ideas

Start your garage organisation by making a home for every item in there or anything you plan to buy. Storage boxes on wheels and large toolboxes should be where you keep any loose items. Sports equipment in one, garden tools in another and car washing or maintenance items in yet another. If you do a lot of DIY or work on the car then you can organise your tools across the wall on a board, even drawing around each item if you wish, so you can tell if you have mislaid or not put any back. Remember to keep any highly flammable items or toxic chemicals safely locked away and out of the reach of children.

Tools hanging on wall in garage

Once the garage is organised and has been cleaned then you will be ready to put your car back in. Consider having security lights, locks and alarms fitted too. You may even find that your car or home insurance will go down as a result. All in all a very nice bonus for a little tidying up.

Wooden workbench in garage

If you need help creating custom storage solutions for your garage, post your job and up to three carpenters will get in touch to quote on your job. You’ll be able to view their individual profiles, complete with previous customer recommendations, to help you decide who to hire.

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Iain Aitch

Iain is a London-based writer who works as a journalist for a number of newspapers and magazines. He has also written two books, one of which is a hilarious lexicon about Britishness – Iain is a Brit through and through!

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    1. Hi,

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  1. Whether we plan to remove the the garage door ourselves or hire a basement construction contractor Queens to do so, we have to be sure. Your suggestions help us a lot. Thank you so much.

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