How to Turn Your Garage Into a Room Quickly

Whether you need another office, or another room to add to your home, your garage can easily be turned into that room. Within less than a week, you will be able to have your new room painted, carpeted and furnished as you desire. Patience, concentration and some physical presence will be necessary, but it will be well worth it. Afterward, all you will have left to do is decorate the new area and then enjoy your new addition to the house.

Things You'll Need

  • Flexible tape measure
  • Old bedsheets or plastic cloths
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Plastic paint tray
  • Wooden paint stirring stick
  • Roller brushes or a paint brush
  • Paint primer
  • Paint (in desired colors)
  • Carpet trimmer (see references)
  • Carpet material (sized to room)
  • Double-sided tape (for lesser quality carpet)
  • Indoor-outdoor adhesive (for better quality carpet)
  • Notched spreader (for adhesive distribution choice)
  • Carpet adhesive compound
  • Carpet roller
  • Utility knife
  • Seam adhesive
  • Metal carpet binder or aluminum threshold

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Preparation and Painting

Remove all items from your garage until it's empty. Use a broom to sweep out any dust and clutter, then dispose into a trash can (or use a vacuum). Use the flexible tape measure to get the dimensions needed for the carpet you want when you go to purchase it.

Lay out the old bed sheets to cover the floor to prevent paint stains.

Open the primer and mix with a flat wooden paint stick. Pour into the plastic paint tray and roll the paint brush into the primer. Apply onto the walls with an even coating and let it dry overnight. Re-seal the can of primer paint once you are done painting. Clean brushes with soap and water.

Use the blue painter's tape to mark off or line any borders or edges in places you don't want the paint to cover. Open your selected paint and mix with the flat wooden paint stick. Pour paint into a plastic paint tray.

Take a paint brush or roller brush and dip into the tray. Apply onto the walls with two coats of paint to even out the color surface. Wait another 24 hours for the paint to completely dry and before removing the old bed sheets protecting the floor.

Installing Temporary Carpeting

Place all old bed sheets and materials from the painting process aside. Use a broom or vacuum to clean up any excess materials that may have been left behind. Make sure the floor surface is dried and cleaned entirely.

Roll out the carpet onto the floor and let it open up and flatten for an hour. Lay out two, 6" pieces of double-sided carpet tape in the shape of an "X" every 2 feet around the edges of the room. Fold half of the carpet back to access the tape.

Center the carpet on the floor. Use a utility knife to bisect any carpet corners that overlap the corners, cutting toward the center of the room to a point where the end of your cut is at the actual corner of the floor.

Repeat the process for all four corners until you are done. Use the utility knife to cut strips off any excess carpet. Discard the pieces into a trash bin. Carefully peel off the top side of the tape and apply the carpet firmly onto the tape with a carpet roller.

Put tools away and move your desired furniture into the room.

Installing Permanent Carpeting

Apply carpet adhesive to the floor with the notched spreader. Carefully spread out the rolled carpet onto the adhesive and smooth any creases or bumps that appear using the carpet roller.

Using the utility knife, trim off any excess carpet that curls up from the floor where the carpet meets the walls.

Apply a seam adhesive to the entire periphery of the carpet to prevent loose seams from unraveling. Use the utility knife to cut off any frayed pieces.

Place a metal binder or aluminum threshold where the carpet meets the bottom of the entry door, if the floor of the house and the garage are flush with each other.

Put tools away and move your desired furniture into the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a conventional carpet trimmer doesn't fit your budget after buying all those other materials, a carpet cutter (see the References section) will do the same job well.
  • Wear goggles, hardware gloves and a mouth mask to prevent injury during the carpet trimming process or inhaling any paint fumes.


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