There are lots of reasons why you might be considering moving your game room. If it was previously in your basement, maybe that has changed, and your teenagers have a bedroom and a bathroom down there. When you’re looking for just the right space for your putting green or pool table, there are a few options. However, taking some time to invest in and rearrange your garage will help you create a space where you can have some fun with whoever is over at your house.
In this article, we’ll share some ideas on how to create a fantastic game room in your garage. We’ll also provide some inspiration that can get you through the hard work it will take.
Versatility is something garages have going for them
Maybe you don't think a lot about your garage, but other people are. It's become an extension of many homes to meet the needs of various families. It is primarily used to park cars but can also be used to store dry foods, create DIY projects, and who have the washer and dryer in the garage or keep an extra fridge in the space.
When you’ve decided that your current game area needs to be used for something else, you must move everything there. If you do some planning, this doesn’t have to be challenging.
Start mapping out a game room garage plan
Once you know you want to move the game room to the garage, you need a plan to get started:
- Bring vehicles outdoors
Assuming it’s possible in your area, you can add a car shelter outside, so your vehicles are protected from bad weather. In winter months, you’ll no longer need to worry about removing snow from the car before you go to work or on errands. For those with two vehicles, some shelters will accommodate that.
- Measure all the essential spaces
Some items can go out to the shed or yard, while others might need to stay in the garage. Take out some graph paper and build a plan as much to scale as possible. Add in locations of windows and fixed items like heating and water ducts. Making the drawing three dimensional is best, so add in height. If you have, for instance, a set of stairs going to the basement from the garage, consider how to use the space over the stairs for storage. You’ll also want to think about the area over your garage door, particularly if you have high ceilings.
- Add games and other items to the drawing
For those with a putting green, you want to measure it out and then consider where it will go. Do this with all the items you are going to add to the garage. Consider storage space and bring in other family members who might have ideas that wouldn’t have occurred to you.
- Start with a list for renovation needs
Things like repainting the walls or floors might top the list, but for long‑term use, epoxy paint is a great idea that will last. Some versions have decorative flakes to make the space look more finished. For the wall colors, pale is best for smaller garages, while ceilings in dark colors feel closer to the ground and more like traditional spaces. This list should also include electrical work that needs to be done, like adding electrical outlets or lighting. Adding in plumbing items like sinks could also make on this list.
Begin the quest to remove all the clutter
Now you have a plan and an idea of how you want to handle things. Next, you want to go through the items in the garage to decide what stays, what goes, and what is donated. Getting rid of items that have sentimental value can be hard, so prioritize what matters the most to you. This will make it much easier to keep the items that matter to you the most while getting rid of things you aren’t quite as attached to.
The items you keep should be placed in cabinets or plastic bins since cardboard boxes tend to absorb moisture and create an unsavory scent as time goes on.
Make sure that comfort stays at the forefront
It’s up to you whether you want to handle this project quickly and immediately or in a more gradual way. It can be a lot of work either way, but if you go with the incremental approach, you want to be sure the space is still inviting and pleasant to step into throughout all phases of work. Some simple things you can do to ensure this include adding lighting and colored walls. If you're adding a couch and TV, rugs can also make an area seem more finished.
Choice of games for your new garage game room
While a putting green is one option for your new garage game room, there are plenty of others that might fit your needs and those of your family:
- Video games
- Pinball machine
- Air hockey table
- Blackjack or poker table
Take some time to think over things, and you’ll come up with what works best for you. In the end, it’s your own decision on how you should customize the garage to create a game room that meets your needs and sticks to your budget.
Don’t forget to think about your garage door
The garage door is another aspect to consider that we haven’t talked about yet, but it makes up one of the walls of the space. If you want the highest level of comfort, your garage door should be insulated and weathertight, which can protect you from cold, heat, and humidity all at once.
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We offer a vast knowledge of garage doors to beat out anyone else you will find. We can provide advisement on choosing the garage door system that best meets your needs and budget. We’ll also happily send you an email quotation upon request.
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