Do you feel like your garage has turned into a storage unit? Cardboard boxes piled on top of cardboard boxes. Random sports equipment flung about. Oh, and the holiday decorations you can slightly see through those foggy plastic bins.
It’s time to turn things around and store your belongings smartly in custom cabinets, so that you can put your garage to good use. How about a TV room for your kids or a man cave with all the bells and whistles? Here’s how to regain control of your garage and transform it into the best hangout in your home.
Clear the clutter.
Did someone say garage sale? The first step in remodeling your garage is to get rid of all of the unwanted junk. Yes, that means you’re finally going to pull back the tape on those cardboard boxes and let go of the hand-me-down decorations you never use.
Set up a buffet table in your driveway, organize your items, and put up a sign. You probably won’t get rich, but you could make a few extra dollars to put towards your new TV room — and recycling is better than throwing away. Whatever you don’t sell, donate. Then grab the broom and mop because it’s time to clean.
Prep the space for its transformation.
Before you order the new couch and all wood cabinetry, get the room ready for its transformation. Temporarily relocate the items you’ve decided to keep and give the room a good scrub down. From there, you’ll lay new tile flooring and give the walls a fresh coat of paint.
If you’re not sure how to layout your TV room, utilize our free room design services. We’re pros at repurposing garages and can create a custom layout for your new room. Just let us know the room’s dimensions and your plan for the space, and we’ll take it from there. Plus, we’ll itemize every piece you’ll need, so you know exactly how much your custom cabinets will cost.
Invest in pieces that give the room more purpose.
You designed your dream entertainment center with all wood cabinetry from The RTA Store, now what’s next? It’s important to be mindful of the pieces you put in your new TV room. Don’t think of it as an “extra room” for living room spillover. Really think of the possibilities. How could this room enhance you and your family’s life?
If you’re planning this room as a place for your kids to hangout, invest in an L-shaped home office desk that can be placed side by side along a wall or set up in a corner. This desk can be your kids designated homework station and a great way to take their computers and school work out of the bedroom.
For those leaning towards the man cave conversion, consider adding a home bar to match your TV room cabinetry. This addition will be a great asset when you invite friends over for game day and will give the room a little added value.
No matter the room’s core function, you should also think long-term when planning this space. Would a pull out couch provide you with a much-needed guest room around the holidays? Little features like that will help you get more juice for your squeeze when turning your garage into a TV room. To heat and cool your new hangout, consult the experts and do your research. A ductless mini split could be the ideal solution for your individual space, or check out these tips on how to heat a garage from Family Handyman.
At The RTA Store, we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (ready to assemble) and pre-assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, home office, home bar, or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call, and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design service.