Tips for Converting Your Garage into a Home Office
Whether you’re lucky enough to work in a position that allows you to regularly work from home, freelance, run your own business, or are a student, a garage conversion can be a great way to add a home office to your property without using up any of the space in your home. Garages are an enclosed space that tend to only be used to store a car or other items, making them an ideal space for creating the conversion. And, since you’re not actually adding an additional room to your home, you may not need to apply for planning permission. Here are some top tips to keep in mind when creating a home office from your garage.
#1. Make Some Room:
If, so far, your garage has been a communal family dumping ground for all those things you need to get rid of but don’t have the time to do (e.g. bikes, old clothes, tools, and everything else that people tend to keep in their garages), then the first thing that you’ll need to do is make some room. Emptying out your garage will give you a better idea of the space that you have to work with and you can start planning exactly how you’d like your new office to look. Plus, it’s the perfect time to have a good clear out of everything you’ve been keeping in your garage – selling unwanted items is a great way to get some additional funds towards your new project. And check out storage solution companies like Safestore Leeds for storing any items that you need to keep. Their storage units come in a range of sizes and can be used to store your possessions for any length of time.
#2. Make Sure You’re Comfortable:
Garages aren’t meant to be an all-year-round living space, so one of the biggest expenses that you’re going to have is turning it into somewhere that you can comfortably work in every day. You’ll need to ensure proper heating and cooling to keep the garage at an optimal temperature for every season, which could include installing radiators so that you can use your home’s central heating system, or having an electrician wire your garage or fit additional sockets so that you can use electric heaters and air conditioning systems when needed.
#3. Don’t Forget the Lighting:
Most garages don’t have windows, and even if yours does, it might not be the biggest or the brightest of openings. So, spend some time thinking about the lighting in your garage and how you’d want it to look when you are working in there. Natural light is best, so if you can afford to do so, it’s a great idea to have a larger window installed. If not, make sure that it’s well-lit inside – floodlights and plenty of lamps will keep it bright and help you avoid feeling like you’re working out of a cave.
#4. Make the Space Yours:
Your garage is a blank canvas, giving you the perfect chance todesign your space exactly how you like it, and really make it your own. And when you’re going to be working from there every day, it pays off to invest in making the space comfortable and personalised to you. Installing plasterboard over brick walls is an affordable way to make the space more customisable; paint it in colours of your choice and hang artwork you enjoy on the walls. You could even consider having an entertainment area complete with a TV, gaming console, sofa, and comfortable touches like cushions, throws and rugs for winding down when you’re taking a break.
Converting your garage can be a great way to get the perfect home office. Do you work from your converted garage? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.