Are you in the process of considering moving your game room somewhere else? Many people have it placed in the basement but need to move it when the kids get older, and the space needs to be used for extra bedrooms and bathrooms. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your pool table or your video games just because the basement is filled. If you take a little time to rearrange and invest in your garage, you can build a space where everyone in your home can have some fun while they are over.
Today, we’re going to give you some tips and ideas to help you create a dream game room in the garage. We’ll make sure you have plenty of inspiration to carry you through the work you’re about to do.
Garages offer more options than other spaces in the home
Garages may not seem exciting, and you might not often think about them, but it's worth changing that. This space can extend your living space to fill needs that other areas simply cannot. While garages are known for storing cars, they are used for many different things like doing DIY projects, storing non-perishable foods, and storing sentimental items. Some people use the garage for an extra freezer or have a laundry room in the space.
If your game area isn’t working for you, it must be moved somewhere that does. But don’t worry, planning can prevent this from being overly challenging.
Begin your planning so you can move forward
Now that you know you want a game room in the garage, here are some thoughts on moving forward:
- Take the cars out of the garage
If it’s allowed in your neighborhood, cars can go outside under a shelter so you can avoid bad weather. This means there’s no need to remove snow from your car every winter day. There are even shelters available that will house two vehicles at once.
- Start taking a few measurements
You’ll need to consider what items can go to the shed or outdoors and which will stay in the garage. The first step is to map out the garage, to scale, using some graph paper. Add the windows and other items that you can’t move like water ducts. Remember to include the height since that is important. For example, if you have stairs, the area over them or above the garage door can be a great spot for storage.
- Begin adding in games and furniture
Whether you’re putting in a pool table, a TV with video games, or other games, measure them and decide where to place them. Also, consider the amount of storage you have. You might want to talk to other members of the family for ideas you won’t think of.
- Build up a list of renovation ideas
While it might be evident that you want to paint the floors and walls, the knowledge that epoxy is the best choice for long-term use might be new to you. You should also be aware that pale walls work well in small garages, while dark colors make ceilings look closer to the ground. Other things to consider are any electrical modifications you need to make, such as adding in lighting, as well as plumbing adaptations if you want sinks or other items.
Make sure to get rid of all the clutter in the garage
Right now, you should have a plan ready and an idea of how you want to take it on. The next step you can take is going through the garage to find items that you’ll keep, items that you will get rid of, and items that can be donated. The best way to do this is by prioritizing the things that matter to you the most and then removing the things that aren’t as important to you.
While you might be tempted to place the things that you keep into cardboard boxes, try to avoid this. These can become filled with moisture and create a musty scent over time, so instead, store items in plastic bins or cabinets.
Comfort might be the single most important thing
Some people will want to handle this project quickly, while others might want to space it out over several weekends. It’s up to you to decide which is right for you, but remember that with a slow approach, keeping the garage in good shape to be inviting throughout the process is essential. You can do this easily by adding a few things like better lighting and new wall colors. If you’re incorporating a couch and TV, adding a few rugs can pull things together better, too.
All the different games for your new game room garage
Not sure what kind of games will fit in well with a garage that is transformed into a game room? Here are a few ideas for you:
- Air Hockey Table
- Blackjack or Poker Table
- Pinball Machine
- Putting Green
- Video Games
You can think about what will fit best with your needs to decide what works for your family. You get to decide on how the garage should be customized for yourself, your family, and any friends that you plan to have over.
The missing piece of the puzzle: the garage door
We haven’t talked about it yet, but your garage door is the last piece of the puzzle that makes for a fantastic game room in the garage. Since you want this area to be comfortable, you want a garage door that is both insulated and weathertight so you can be protected from the heat of summer, cold of winter, and humidity of both.
If you are located in the Des Moines or Ames area, you can contact us at 515‑276‑3700 and 515‑233‑4210.
Our knowledge of garage door systems is second to none, so we are capable of helping you find the right garage door for your game room while sticking to your budget. We can also send out an email quotation if you would like one.
We also have a showroom where you can meet us and browse, or you can spend time at our Design Centre, where you can pick out the garage door styles that look best for your home. We also include an image gallery that lets you get an extra level of inspiration.