Have you dreamed of adding an old-fashioned game room or a modern man cave to your house, but believed that you didn’t have the space? You may have the room that you need right under your nose. A home garage can often be the perfect space to convert to a place to host neighborhood pool tournaments or play the newest video games. Take a look at what you need to know about how you can convert your garage into the place for your favorite gaming activities.
Take Stock of Your Space
Before you can start the process of converting your garage, you’ll need to determine whether or not your garage will provide the space you need. Most people don’t have an empty garage just waiting to be filled with gaming equipment. Do you have somewhere else to park your vehicles? Are you using the garage for storage? If so, what will it take to clear it out? Think creatively – you might be able to condense the amount of things you have to store by selling or donating the things you don’t use, and storing the rest in an attic, basement, outbuilding, or even somewhere in the house.
Take measurements of the space as well. How much space you’ll need depends largely on what types of games you want to be able to play in there. If you want to set up pool and foosball tables and leave room for games of darts, then a one-car garage may not be enough space. However, if you only want to bring in video gaming equipment and seats, you can work with a lot less space.
Make it Inviting
You want a game room, not a garage filled with gaming equipment. That means that you need to look for ways to give the garage an inviting, comfortable feel. You want it to look less like a place where you store things and more like a place where you can relax and enjoy your favorite hobbies.
Consider installing hardwood, carpeting, or tile to cover the cement floors, and painting the walls in a color that you like. Include some artwork to hang on the walls as well. If your garage is windowless, then you’ll need to add light fixtures so that you’ll be able to see what you’re doing. Also, you may need to add an air conditioner or fans. You’ll need the cooling system for your own comfort as well as for the good of any electronic equipment that you plan to have in the gaming room.
Bring it Together
Once you have all the elements of the room in place, you can bring in your gaming equipment. This is where your previous measurements will really come in handy. Knowing the dimensions of the room will help you figure out the best places for a couch or a table hockey set – whatever you want to bring in. Don’t forget to include speakers so that you can pipe in music.
Renovating the garage can be a big job, but it will go a lot faster with some expert help. Contact us for a free design consultation and estimate.