Looking for more space in your home? An extra room may be right under your nose – your garage! This area doesn't necessarily have to be used to store cars and other vehicles. Instead, you can convert the garage into a stylish and functional bedroom. Doing so can add value to your home if you ever plan on moving, and it's a way to add more space to your dwelling without adding on. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when converting your garage into a bedroom:
Install additional windows
Garages typically don't come with a whole lot of windows, so you may want to think about installing a few more to really bring light into the space and help open up the room. These windows can also help you to cut back on electrical costs by naturally heating the space.
Set up a heating and cooling system
Because the garage is separate from the rest of the house, you'll have to figure out a way to heat and cool your garage. You can add an independent system or opt for a ductless mini-split system, which is great for small spaces and often cost about 30 percent less than central heating and cooling.
Warm up floors
If you're sticking with concrete floors or even hardwood flooring in the bedroom, you'll need a way to add a little warmth. Area rugs are great for creating a cozy, stylish room, and you don't have to worry about completely replacing the flooring with carpeting.
Replace the garage door
You don't have to leave the garage door as is when converting the space to a bedroom. Instead of having a typical garage door, use large picture windows to fill the space. This will bring in plenty of light and provide stunning views of the outdoors. Use heavy curtains to keep the light out when you're sleeping or need privacy.
Use garage shelves
You may not have to remove garage shelves when designing your new bedroom. These could be used to put decor on display, or might serve as extra storage space. You may want to give the shelving a new coat of paint to make your room feel more cozy and stylish.
Meet with a professional
When it comes to working with electricity and plumbing, you'll want to contact a professional to help you out with all the details. They'll be able to tell you what will and won't work to create a garage space that is as functional as you need it to be.