If you are lucky enough to have a garage on your property, you have a brilliant bonus piece of real estate to make use of. However, chances are that if you are not using it to store a vehicle, it may have become a bit of a dumping ground for things that need storing that you don’t want in the house. Often this can turn into a disorganised mess over time, and leave you feeling like you are not making the best use of the space available.
So what should you do to tackle that issue? We have a few ideas for ways that you can transform your garage space and utilise it that little bit better.
Maximise the storage
If you do need your garage for storage, simply organizing everything properly can make a huge difference to the space. The best way to do this is by implementing some clever storage systems to maximise all of the available space and ensure that everything can be accessed when needed, rather than stashed behind things and forgotten about.
Pegboards are brilliant for making the most of wall space (check out this video on how to use one to store tools), and things like cube storage cabinets are a great way of keeping everything separate that needs to be put away. Clearly labelling drawers and cupboards will help you to find things easily as well as establishing homes for things so that everything stays organised.
You can also get hanging solutions for things like bikes that allow you to stack them vertically so that they take up less space.
Turn it into a spare bedroom
If you really aren’t using it for anything much, why not add a bedroom to your property. A spare bedroom is perfect for having guests over to stay, and if you don’t do this often you could consider renting it out on Airbnb to make some extra cash.
Set up a home gym
If you’re into working out, setting up a home gym in your garage could make your life a whole lot easier and even cheaper. Whether you’re forever making excuses to avoid going out of your way to the actual gym, spending a fortune on a membership, or just want to be able to workout at times that suit you better, having one right on your doorstep could be the perfect solution.
You don’t even need to completely kit out the space right away, you could just start out with the equipment you use the most and then gradually build upon that as you start to feel the savings.
Use it for studio space
If you’re creative, why not turn the garage into a studio space? Having a dedicated room where you can paint, draw, craft or make a mess will allow you a great deal of creative freedom and no doubt help you to be far more productive.
Rent it out
Another option if you really don’t have any use for your garage yourself is to rent it out to other people who may be looking for storage in your area. There are sites such as Lock Up Garages that rent out garages, and there is actually a large market for it. You may even be able to sort something out privately by advertising locally.