If you’re looking for garage conversion ideas, there is no single set way that you should use the space. Think about your existing home and what would make your life easier – do you need a bigger kitchen? Extra bedroom? The ability to work or work-out at home?

Garages tend to be long and narrow in shape so it is normally a good idea to knock down internals walls or add stud walls to make the space more usable in your everyday life. It is also worth considering a rejig of your ground floor to make the best use of the new space.

Here are some ideas for how you can use your additional square footage.

Relocate Your Living Space

A popular idea for a garage conversion is to relocate the living room. Open up the space by knocking down internal walls — you could not only improve the flow of your home, but also make a small, dark home feel a lot more spacious.

open plan living space in garage conversion

After securing planning permission, an old, detached garage was converted into this open plan, single-storey home (exterior seen in main image)

Combining the removal of internal walls with the addition of a roof lantern, bifold doors or some fixed glazing will flood the new layout with natural light.

Recreational Garage Conversion Ideas

If you want to make space to enjoy your hobbies from home, then creating a dedicated zone is a great idea for your converted garage.

This could include a:

  • home cinema
  • games room
  • man cave
  • library/reading room
  • craft/hobby workshop

Having a dedicated space for your hobbies means that you can kit out the room as required without impacting on your existing layout.

Knock Through to Create a Kitchen-Diner

kitchen-diner in a converted garage

Where garages adjoin the kitchen, knocking out the wall between the two in order to create one larger kitchen-diner is a great idea — and also overcomes the long, narrow issues.

Add a Utility Room

Another good use of garages that sit alongside a kitchen is as a utility room, as they also offer the potential for a back door.

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Consider Extending Above During a Conversion

Two storey garage conversion

Extending above garages leaves the footprint of the house the same, while adding valuable extra space (Image: Icon Partnership)

If you are keen to add considerable space to your home, then it is worth considering extending over your garage when you convert it, especially if you need to factor in an additional staircase. This can help to create balance between the ground and first floor space.

(MORE: Ultimate Guide to Taking on a Garage Conversion)

Work from Home in a Dedicated Home Office

Another great garage conversion idea is to use this space for a home office. This can make perfect sense as garages are usually located away from the main living areas and allow for a self-contained entrance for work-related visitors.

Stay Fit with a Home Gym

Home gym in a garage conversion

Popular garage conversion ideas include home offices and gyms (Image: Eclipse Property Solutions)

Fitness fans may enjoy installing workout equipment in their homes, but it can prove problematic if this equipment has to be located in existing living space. Housing a home gym in a garage conversion is a great way to avoid less-than-ideal dual purpose areas.

A Designated Retreat for Children and Teens

Using the space as a playroom and keeping it partially open to an adjacent kitchen makes it possible to supervise younger children while carrying out day-to-day jobs.

Garage conversions are also the ideal spot for a second living room for older children to relax in — keeping the inevitable noise away from your own relaxing spaces.

Add a Bedroom

The attached garage in this bungalow has been converted in a new master bedroom and en-suite to ensure the project made the best use of existing space before adding more

Depending on the existing layout of your property, you may wish to convert your garage into an additional bedroom. You could also break the long and narrow space up with a stud wall and include a WC/bathroom/shower room.

Create a Separate Annexe

In the case of detached garages you also have the option of converting them into a separate annexe. Be aware that this may be subject to planning permission.

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