You don’t need a huge budget to implement these garage conversion ideas. With simple designs and lots of decor tricks, you can transform your garage into a useable space that adds value to your home.
For practical advice on converting your garage, don’t forget to check out our how to convert a garage into a room guide.
Until then, let’s inspire you with these 8 garage conversion ideas on a budget.
A cheap garage conversion idea – turn it into a games room
Turn your garage into a games room with a few simple tricks.
These homeowners have opted to paint their entire garage a light grey with matching vinyl floors.
They’ve painted the skirting board and architraves black to separate the walls and flooring, and they’ve added fun accessories like a football table, basketball, wall-mounted TV and ‘ALL IN’ artwork to give the room a fun feel.
We love the industrial feel of this conversion, which is on-trend and stylish. It’s also big enough to store anything else you need.
Simplicity is key – a simple detached garage design
If you’re on a tight budget, simplicity is key.
To create a practical yet stylish space, consider installing shelving units that allow you to free up your floor space. Also, building upwards not outwards is perfect for smaller spaces that need the extra square footage. For example, this garage needs enough space to house a car.
As you can see at the back, these homeowners chose to install a radiator and workbench, which gives this garage a dual purpose.
Small garage conversion ideas – decorating can really make a difference
Although renovations sound pricey, they don’t have to set you back thousands if you make good design decisions from the start.
For example, these homeowners completely transformed their basement garage. However, in order to do so, they’ve only given the area a lick of paint, new floors and some inset ceiling lights. The furniture is either recycled or repurposed.
As minimalism is a trend set to continue in this modern world we call home, you can spend less while making a big impact.
Garage conversion kitchen design
This fantastic kitchen design is built in the garage adjacent to the homeowner’s semi-detached house.
Making a small space both stylish and functional is easy with a little know-how. Firstly, bright and light white goods contrast nicely with the black brick splashback, creating depth and height.
Secondly, the dark wood features warm the monochrome elements for a modern design that doesn’t overpower the small square footage.
Warm garage bedroom conversion ideas
Not everyone is blessed with spare rooms for guests, which is why turning your garage into a bedroom makes sense.
As featured, you don’t need to spend a fortune converting your garage into a sleep sanctuary.
These homeowners chose to keep things clean and simple with a cottage-chic aesthetic. Light decor with interesting features like a floral bedspread and naked wood floors is a nice way to add warmth without boxing in the room.
Check out our 7 guest bedroom ideas you’ll want to stay in for more design inspiration.
Converting it into a playroom is cheap
One way to make an impact is to turn your garage into a playroom.
You don’t have to fill it to the brim with accessories as featured; however, a few key elements will make all the difference.
Firstly, a safe floor that’s child friendly like laminate or rubber will help avoid accidents. Secondly, makeshift a bookshelf or repurpose an old one and fill it with fun and educational material. Floor mats, puzzles and toy trunks are all great additions that won’t cost you a fortune. And, as it’s a garage, you can opt for bright and colourful decor to provide extra enrichment for young imaginations.
Check out our Playroom ideas: All things bright and beautiful for more inspiration. To be extra safe, it’s worth hiring a professional to install a playroom in your garage, who will be able to advise on materials and safety regulations.
Storage a problem in your single car garage conversion idea?
It doesn’t need to be complicated
If you park your car in your garage, you’re not left with much room to work with.
That’s why it’s worth investing in a robust shelving unit that allows you to store your belonging higher up and away from the floor.
These homeowners opted for a sturdy wood shelf that left plenty of space underneath to hang bags, ladders, vacuums and other items. A simple tiled floor that’s both strong and stylish gives this garage a practical yet tidy finish.
Don’t forget to check out our garage painting cost guide and the cost of custom built in shelves for more information.
Industrial garage office conversion
With home working in fashion and office space a commodity, people converting their garages into home offices is on the rise.
Why not make the most of your garage’s industrial feel and add a workbench and shelving combo like this green example? Not only does it slot neatly against the back wall, but its metal and green finish also stands out against the grey walls and floors.
Don’t forget to check out our garden office ideas for more inspiration. And if you’re wondering how long a garage conversion takes then we have all the information you need.
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