The best small garage conversion ideas

Our guide to the best small garage conversions to transform your living space.

Best small garage conversion ideas

by Arabella Horspool |
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Are you thinking of extending your home? Perhaps you would like an extra bedroom or more space for your children to play? You should try looking at small garage conversion ideas. They can help you to make the most of your space and open up the living area, which you might have previously overlooked.

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Best small garage conversion ideas:

Garages are where you store random bits and bobs; instead, make it more effective by clearing it out.

The possibilities are endless, so before you get carried away with colour schemes, curtains and décor, we have created a list of garage conversion ideas to help you to decide how you’re going to renovate and update your garage.

Home office

Now that more people are working from home, it might be a great idea to create a quiet place for you to get your work done, or for your child to complete their homework.

Best for home office

A folding desk like this gorgeous rustic one is perfect for tight spaces. You can put storage boxes under it or fold away whenever you need the extra room.

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If you’ve got little ones and are fed up with them leaving toys all over the house, turning your garage into a playroom is a great option. You could decorate it with a theme you’ll know they love or just use it as a place to store their toys.

Best for playroom

How about adding a sweet little tepee for them to play in? They look cute, and you can add some cushions or blankets to make the ultimate kidsu2019 hideout.

Home gym

Sometimes going to the gym can be a bit of a daunting experience, but you could make working out fun by creating a gym at home. Fill it with your favourite exercise equipment and play your favourite tunes at full volume.

Best for home gym

Pedal away until your heart is content with this exercise bike. There are 16 resistance bands to help you build up your fitness level, and they can be folded away neatly after working out.

Guest or spare bedroom

Perhaps you’re looking for small garage bedroom ideas? Convert this space into a guest room or a bedroom for your kids if they no longer want to share.

Best for guest or spare bedroom

A single bed frame, like this stylish metal one, can make the room more inhabitable as well as spacious. Top it with an ultra-soft memory foam mattress so that your guests will be comfortable.

Utility room

Having a room dedicated solely to cleaning appliances can make housework more efficient because everything is ready to use and in one place. Plus, you can always make the kids and the dog enter the house via the utility room if they’ve been playing outdoors and are all dirty.

Best for utility room
Vileda 3-Tier Indoor AirerAmazon
Price: $29.94

Popping an air dryer in your utility room is a brilliant way for keeping clothes out of sight whilst they dry.

Library or reading snug

If you’re a book lover like me, then having a library is probably on the top of your bucket list, so why not make that dream a reality? You could make it cosy by adding a lamp and a nice armchair to sit in whilst you read.

Best for library

A book trolley is a practical and stylish way to store extra books once you have filled up your shelves. The wheels make them easy to move around, which is great if you want to rearrange things in the future.

Kitchen extension:

The kitchen is known as the hub of the home for many households. If your kitchen is quite small, you might want to think about knocking down a wall or two and using the garage as part of the room. That way you can add a larger dining table or kitchen island if you wish to.


Converting the garage into a pantry is also an option, especially if you have a big family or love to cook. It can really free up space in your kitchen cupboards, so you will have more room to store pots, pans and other utensils or gadgets.

Best for kitchen or pantry
Chef's Path Airtight Food Storage Containers SetAmazon
Price: $35.99

This set is brilliant for organising your cupboards, especially in the kitchen. It comes with stickers, a white marker and measuring spoons.

Games room

A games room can be a fabulous way to get the whole family to spend quality time together, especially if you’ve got teenagers. Their friends would find it super cool, so it’ll surely win you some parenting points.

Best for games room
IFOYO Multi-function 4 in 1 Game TableAmazon
Price: $75.99

How about adding a games table? This one has four games in one: air hockey, pool, table tennis and football. Itu2019s an ideal size for smaller rooms, so you wonu2019t have to worry about it taking up the room.

Why should you convert your small garage?

If you feel that your house is quite compact and have a garage that you don’t utilise, it’s time to extend your living area. Converting a garage can take time, especially if you are adding plumbing, heating and insulation, but think of the benefits that having one can bring, whether it's having that big kitchen you always dreamed of or having your own little cosy hideout.

Should I knock down a wall to convert my garage?

Garages are often long and narrow, so sometimes it may be best to knock down a wall to maximise the space and make an existing room much bigger, like a kitchen for example. If your home is dark during the day, then getting rid of a wall and making it more open plan can help to add some extra light.

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Arabella Horspool is a Storytelling Executive for WhatsTheBest. She enjoys reading, creative writing, reviewing books and tv shows.

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