If every room in your house is already in use, and telling your son or daughter to give up their room so you can create a home office is not an option, it may be time to start thinking outside the box a bit. One option that rarely gets consideration is converting your garage, or at least a section of it, into a small home office. With the right furniture, such as a computer desk and some garage cabinets, you can create an office that rivals any in-home work space.
Start With the Furniture
If you only use your garage for storage, then you pretty much have carte blanche to set up your garage office any way you like. However, if you’re going to be parking cars in there every night, make sure that you organize your home office so that the area needed for vehicles isn’t blocked. After all, you don't want to end up constantly moving furniture whenever someone needs to park. To keep your home office separate from everything else you're storing in the garage, use portable partitions to section off the area you plan to use. Once you have your area mapped out, add the office furniture first, since those tend to be the largest pieces. Get a computer desk that fits the space and has enough room for everything you need, and find a comfortable office chair that you can tuck right in. You're going to be spending a lot of time sitting in your new office, so the right chair is a worthwhile investment. Complete your workstation with enough garage cabinets to keep everything organized.
Let There Be Light
Garages aren't known for having the best lighting. If your garage is like many others and lacks windows, your home office isn't going to get much natural light. While you may be able to get adequate lighting just by positioning your computer desk underneath a light bulb, another option is to put table lamps wherever you feel you need some extra lighting. Your eyes will thank you later. Keep in mind that even though you're at home, you can still dress up your work space like you're at the office. Add a few framed pictures of loved ones to your desk, or put some motivational posters up on the garage cabinets. Livening up the area like this is a great way to give your home office a cheery atmosphere.
Maximize Your Comfort
You're not going to get much work done if you're sweating or freezing all day, but garages don't usually have the same heating and cooling setup as the rest of the house. A quick and easy solution if you live in an area where it gets cold outside is to get a space heater to keep your home office nice and warm. For hotter climates, especially during those sweltering summer months, have a fan nearby to help keep you cool. For style and comfort, spruce up that cold cement floor with a roll of carpeting, or a rug big enough for your office area. Your garage may also get more road noise than other parts of your house. If so, opt for a pair of ear plugs or headphones to keep it from becoming a distraction.
The garage may not be your first choice when you think of a home office, but with a little creativity and a few compact furniture pieces, you can turn this storage space into a fully functional office. Work with what you’ve got and simply add the essential furniture pieces or take it to the next level and do a complete remodel with new flooring and walls. Either way, you can plan it out so that you’re able to get work done and still have enough garage space left over for storage and parking.