How to Divide Your Garage to Make a Room


Dividing a garage to make a room for living space like a bedroom, den, or home office is an excellent way to get a little privacy in your home and turn a poorly used space into something more useful. However, setting up the right environment in your garage can take a bit of effort on your part, and some forethought about how to practically divide your space is necessary for the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bookcases or wire shelving
  • Curtains or decorative fabric and hardware
  • Rug or rugs
  • Sectional sofa or sofa and chairs
  • Moveable decorative screen
  • Use large bookcases or wire shelving to divide your garage into different sections. You can use one large bookcase or shelving unit or multiple ones, depending on your room. To give the bookcases or wire shelving a more decorative look, consider putting small items that you are storing in the garage in decorative boxes that match your room’s décor.

  • Hang curtains or decorative fabric to separate one side of the garage from the other. For a more elegant look, use pleated curtains. For a simpler look, or if you are only using the divider to separate work areas instead of for style purposes, use a heavy fabric without pleats.

  • Put down a rug or multiple rugs in one area of the garage to help break up the pattern of the flooring. As an added benefit, a rug or multiple rugs will help keep the space from feeling so cold and industrial if you are using it for a living or working area.

  • Add seating to help break up the room. A sectional sofa or sofa and chairs positioned properly within the room can help to make the area feel more like two areas by breaking up the visual space. For the best results, do this in conjunction with adding room dividers or curtains.

  • Use a decorative moveable screen to break up different areas of the garage and give the room a sense of style. If you are going for a more contemporary look, use decorative screens made of metal or steel. If you have a more traditional or transitional style home, use paper or wood screens instead.

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