Whether you’re buying, selling, or just trying to live your life in your home, the garage probably isn’t a top priority for updates. It’s likely at the bottom of the list–even less attractive than the unfinished basement. But your garage doesn’t have to be. It can be so much more than a place to park your car. Maybe you don’t even have enough room to park a single car in that “two car garage.” Would you like to change that?
If you’ve spent so much time and energy transforming the inside and the outside of your home, why stop at the garage? Make a few upgrades and you’ll feel so much better about the space. Looking to sell? Why not create another highlight to further entice buyers? Someone might just be looking for their dream garage, after all!
Here are our favorite (and simple!) garage upgrades:
Our home organization tips and tricks can work just as well in this part of the home (with some obvious modifications). If you’ve never been able to park a car in your garage or can’t walk through without tripping over hockey sticks and soccer balls, it’s time to get organized. Not only will organizing your things lower the hazard of entering this space, it will also make it so much more useful. If everything has a place, you know what you have and what’s missing. Is your neighbor still borrowing your saw even though it’s been a year? Nope! There it is in the spot it should be. A clean garage helps foster neighborly relations, you know.
When it comes to storing and organizing, there are countless options for every taste, space, need, and budget. For a very “traditional” garage look, you can go with a wall storage system and hang up your important tools, ladders, snow shovels, rakes, garden hose, and anything else you need handy. You can buy shelves, build your own tool rack, or for a more modern “clean” look, install some slatwall. This is a great option that can add value to your home. For some more of the wall storage options, consider overhead storage. Not everything has to be out in the open, either. Adding cabinet systems is a great option for storing smaller or bulk items. Fitted cabinets have extra stability and free-standing cabinets are moveable (for late night furniture rearranging).
If your garage is FREEZING during the winter, it’s no wonder why you don’t want to spend any time in there. But that could change with the addition of some insulation. By insulating your garage, you’re making yet another space in your home that can be enjoyed year-round. Insulation upgrades can affect garage temperate up to a thirty-degree difference year-round.
Temperature control is especially important if you have any kind of appliances in there. If you have a second refrigerator or large freezer, for example, these appliances are designed with the intent of being used in the home. Extreme temperatures and temperature changes affect performance. If you’ve ever noticed that your fridge and freezer seem to switch places during the winter, you’re not wrong. It all has to do with environmental temperature.
If temperature comfort and frozen food aren’t convincing enough, this upgrade can also help reduce your energy bills (and who doesn’t love saving money by not throwing it out of the garage?).
For most homes, the garage is the first thing you notice when you pull into the driveway. The garage has just as important impact on curb appeal as, say, shutters or the front door, so you shouldn’t neglect to update this feature. Let every component of your home give a great impression–especially if you’re going to spend all that time organizing. Garage doors are available in multiple materials and design options for longevity and complementing your home’s architectural style. Whether you go with fiberglass, aluminum, steel, or wood, an attractive garage door will make you want to use that garage.
Let every component of your home give a great impression–especially if you’re going to spend all that time organizing. Garage doors are available in multiple materials and design options for longevity and complementing your home’s architectural style. Whether you go with fiberglass, aluminum, steel, or wood, an attractive garage door will make you want to use that garage.
Since you’re going to do all these updates, consider updating the interior door as well (if your garage is attached). If the door is old and splintery, consider replacing it. If it’s in good condition, consider repainting and updating the hardware for a brand new look and feel.
Your garage door takes a lot of abuse, especially if it’s frequently in use. Between oil and chemical spills, moisture, and road salt, your concrete floor has probably seen better days (like the day the concrete was poured). Invest in a garage floor coating to both improve the way it looks and protect it against stains and deterioration. When you apply a fresh coating, it’s easier to clean and hide cracks and other surface problems. Again, if you’re already cleaning up your garage, a dirty, cracked floor prevents the space from actually looking clean.
As with most refinishing projects, a number of factors influence what product(s) or material(s) you should use. You can go with either coating or coverings. If your garage floor is in good condition, either could work for you. For coatings, your options include floor paints, epoxy paint, stains, and sealers. Garage floor coverings include interlocking tiles and roll-out mats. For a more in-depth look at garage floor options, check out this article on familyhandyman.com.
If you’re looking to make your garage more usable for the entire family, you can create a mudroom area inside the garage. This way, the dirt (and mud) stays in an area where it’s ok to get dirty. For this small mudroom conversion, the ideal position is near the entrance to the house. Install some hooks for coats and backpacks and keep storage containers within easy access for hats, gloves scarfs, or any other storable objects. This is also a good central location to keep sports equipment. For a really fancy garage mudroom, add a bench for easily taking off shoes.
If your garage is a completely useless space to you as a typical garage, there’s no reason not to give it a full conversion into a living space. If you need another bedroom, office, living area, or home gym but don’t want to leave your otherwise perfect house, it’s possible to work some architectural magic and make more needed space. The ability to do this will depend on your garage and what you want to do with it.
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.