6 Ways to Make Your Garage More Comfortable

By: Alex | Date Posted: July 6, 2023

The garage may be your domain, but is it a pleasant place to spend hours and hours? Could do some changes to make the garage more comfortable, inviting, and organized. Here are our best tips to switch things up and improve your garage so that you will want to spend time there. 

  1. Change Your Lighting

Many homeowners live with poor, inadequate lighting and don’t bother to change it. We don’t want you to settle for anything less than comfortable lighting in your garage. If you are not getting enough light in your workspace, the first thing you can do is to change out the light bulb for something stronger. Try using a white light rather than a soft or yellow light. 

If you still need to chase away the shadows, you can add a new light source or move your current lighting source to a more central location. Try adding an extra light or two first by using your existing outlets, and if that isn’t enough, then you can go to the more involved step of moving your light fixtures so that they give you enough light everywhere in the garage. 

  1. Control the Temperature

Does your garage feel too hot or too cold at times? There may be some fixes you can do to control the temperature better. First off, look for anywhere in your garage where air might be escaping. Most heat loss in the garage happens around the main door. You can replace the bottom door seal to keep air trapped inside, and that will help to regulate the temperature better. Also, seal up any cracks and holes that may let air out as well. Adding insulation to the garage will trap warm air inside during the winter and keep your heating bill down at the same time. 

From there, you can add in a fan or heater, or you can go the more expensive route and connect the garage to the central heating and cooling system. 

  1. Eliminate Dust

A dirty, dusty garage may trigger allergy symptoms or cause sinus problems for you. If your garage isn’t very clean, then it won’t be pleasant to hang out in for long. We understand that your garage is probably used as a workspace or storage area, and that means it will collect plenty of dust. However, you can take measures to keep the dust under control and keep your sinuses from feeling so irritated all the time. 

Start with rigorous cleaning and then keep that up on a weekly basis, or however often that is necessary. You may even want to call in a cleaning service to get rid of the dust, dirt, and debris for you on a regular basis.

Then, eliminate rugs and mats as much as possible, and clean these out frequently. Make sure the garage has proper airflow, and you can also cover the floor with a sealant to keep dust from kicking up into the air. 

  1. Upgrade the Ventilation

A poorly ventilated garage will feel stuffy, hot,  and dusty. By improving your garage’s ventilation system, you will make it much healthier for your lungs, and you will feel less tired while working in the garage. With the right ventilation, you will let the fumes and gases out of the garage rather than keeping them trapped there.

How do you upgrade the ventilation? Start by cleaning out the air filter, if your garage has a ventilation system. Also consider installing an exhaust fan to let out the stale air, and then open the garage door for fresh air when possible. Taking your garage’s ventilation system and improving on it can be labor-intensive and costly, depending on what is already in place and what work needs to be done. Talk to a construction contractor to get some ideas about ventilating the garage, and you can compare the cost of your different options to choose the right fit for you.  

  1. Add Comfortable Seating

What kind of seating arrangement do you have in the garage? Is it a hard stool or other uncomfortable chair that doesn’t feel inviting for long sitting sessions? If you want to upgrade your garage’s seating but don’t want to spend a lot of money, we suggest checking yard sale listings and the classifieds for used chairs and couches. Choose something that will be tough enough to handle the rigors of hanging out in the garage but comfortable enough for you to want to sit in it when you need a break. 

The garage can be a very comfortable social space where you chill with your buddies or family members while you work on projects together. To make that happen, though, you will need decent seating. Our advice is to get leather-covered seats with plenty of padding. This will be easy to clean and maintain. 

  1. Make Some Space

Spacious and organized garage with items neatly stored and labeled storage containers and items mounted on the wall

If the garage is a tight space with little maneuvering room, no one is going to enjoy being in there for very long. To clear up some space, we recommend removing anything you have stored in the garage that doesn’t get used there very often. Also, look at items that are just in the way that could be placed in boxes or storage containers within the garage. Then, label those containers so you can easily find what you are looking for later on. 

Look for opportunities to move items off the floor and maybe attach them to the wall or create storage space up high. Make sure there is plenty of room to move through the garage as well as space to move around freely. Regular organizing and cleaning in the garage will help keep things tidy and uncluttered. 

Your garage can be a great place to spend hours at a time if you make some smart changes to make it more to your liking. We hope these tips help you transform your garage into a space you absolutely love. 

Thank you for reading!

Alex
 

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