Once the garage was just a spot to park a car, but today garages are being repurposed into recreation rooms or “man caves.” Here in Houston where homes rarely have basements, the garage is the only space in many homes available to make the transformation. Before a garage can be turned into a spot for playing video games on a big screen TV, the clutter currently in the garage needs to be organized. Consider these five tips to make room for the ultimate hangout.
1. Tool Hangers
Moving the clutter currently in the garage to a specific place will be the first step toward converting a garage into a liveable space. A variety of storage solutions creates an accessible and out-of-the-way place to store tools and other items. Wall hooks allow tools to be on display, making an item easy to find.
1822 Westheimer Dr
Houston, TX 77098
Hours: Mon to Sat – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m.
A good set of tool hangers and organizers can be found at Southland Hardware. This hardware store is one of Houston’s best hidden hardware treasures. A wide selection of items are offered, ranging from electrical and plumbing supplies to lumber and garden items.
2. Cabinets and Cubbies
Simply hanging a few tools on the wall may not be an option for the serious greasemonkey or wood hobbyist. Wood cabinets turn a garage into a desirable place to spend time instead of just another utilitarian storage space.
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5829 NW Sam Houston Parkway, #1201
Houston, TX 77041
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Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – closed
Add More Garage Space.com (yes, they have a .com in their official name) has a showroom location on the West Belt where finely-crafted wooden cabinets and organizers specially made for the garage can be seen. It offers competitive prices and installation.
When transforming a garage into a home theater, furniture becomes especially important. Home theater seating is a solution to the problem of fitting several people into a small space without sacrificing comfort. Like the plush seats at upscale movie theaters, home theater seating combines the comfort of a recliner with the space-saving arrangement of attached seats.
6006 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77076
Hours: Sun to Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Even without purchasing anything, a trip to the main Gallery Furniture store on I-45 is a vacation in itself, combining furniture shopping with monkeys, macaws and a multistoried play area for the kids.
Most garages have a hard, cold concrete floor. If the garage is to be changed into a comfortable room, a new floor needs to be laid. While thick, plush carpet may not be desirable in the garage, other flooring options can make the space more comfortable to be in without breaking the budget. Vinyl or laminated flooring are two popular, lower cost options when compared to high-end carpet, wood, or ceramic tile. Both are durable and have the look of ceramic tile or wood, but tend to be softer underfoot.
Dick n’ Sons
6240 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77081
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun – closed
Dick n’ Sons has been offering an array of flooring and countertop options since the late 1960s. The flooring options can be seen at their showroom and ordered with a complete delivery and installation package.
5. Power to the People
Whether using the newly remodeled garage for woodworking, video gaming or for a getaway spot with a refrigerator full of snacks and drinks, the one thing that all garage users need is electricity. Usually, garages only have a single overhead fluorescent light and one electric outlet. This arrangement is not suitable for power tools, television arrangements or refrigerators. Depending on the amount of power needed in the garage, a new branch circuit from the circuit breaker may need to be installed.
13417 Ralph Culver Rd
Houston, TX 77086
Hours: Available 24/7 for emergency repairs
Electrical work is not a job for an amateur. Dempsey Electric carries Tom Tynan’s recommendation and is a member of the BBB.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. She is currently covering Home & Life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.