How to Turn Your Garage into a Den

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Most families could use an extra den in their home, as a play area, work area or second living room, but simply do not have the space. Compared to the cost of adding an addition to your home, the price of converting your garage into a new den is minuscule, especially when completed by someone with experience in home building or construction. It takes only a few days, an unused garage and a few simple supplies from your local home-improvement store to create an entirely new room in your own home.

Things You'll Need

  • Flooring
  • Weatherstripping
  • Drywall
  • Lighting
  • Cover the concrete flooring of your garage with carpeting, wood flooring or heavy duty peel and stick vinyl tiles. Carpeting is usually the best option, as it provides insulation against the normally cold floor.

  • Close and seal the garage door with weatherstripping to help insulate your new den. This step is especially important in colder climates, where garages become too cold to inhabit during the winter months. Patch any holes near the bottom of your garage door with scrap wood or metal pieces.

  • Put up drywall to hide unattractive garage walls. This also helps seal off the garage door and make the room appear more homey. Putting up a fresh coat of paint over your drywall helps pull the den together.

  • Install new electrical outlets if necessary. Dens normally host stereos, computers, television sets and similar electronic devices; and many garages are not equipped with enough outlets to handle them all. Consider hiring a professional electrician for this step, as it may be dangerous for inexperienced individuals.

  • Place several floor lamps strategically around your new den. Because most garages offer no natural lighting, and few have windows, your den requires artificial illumination. Consider installing a large ceiling lamp for convenience.

  • Purchase a portable air conditioner and/or heater. The temperature in garages can be hard to regulate, even after converting into a den. These small appliances will ensure your new den is usable during extremely hot or cold weather.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to deactivate any automatic garage door openers before sealing it shut.

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References

  • "Home Improvement for Dummies"; Gene Hamilton and Katie Hamilton; 1998
  • "What Your Contractor Can't Tell You"; Amy Johnston; 2008
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