Most modern American homes use their garage for purposes other than parking the car. These days, the car is relegated to the driveway or the curb, especially in suburban communities, where there is little danger of auto theft. Garages are often used as work areas, where do-it-yourself aficionados keep power tools. Sometimes, the garage is used as a store room, for old equipment, toys, and furniture.
Oftentimes, you find yourself wondering how all that mess has gotten into the garage. You might be spring cleaning one day and decide you want to throw out all the junk that has accumulated in the garage and turn it into something more fun. A game room can be one example.
Here are a few ideas on how to turn your garage into a gameroom.
What you need:
- Television set
- Console game box
- Pool table
- Foosball table
- Table tennis table
- Dartboard and darts
- Stereo system or audio component system
Clean out your garage. Most garages hold a lot of junk, like old tires, greasy auto parts and belts, power tools, pet equipment, and the like. The first thing you should do is to clean out your garage. You can hold a garage sale, donate stuff to charity, or simply throw away unserviceable items. If you still have items you want to keep, then you can stow these away in storage. One good idea is to convert the garage's ceiling into a small attic, where you can keep tools and other materials.
Measure your garage. There are a lot of things you can do to convert your garage into a game room, and you are only limited by space. Most modern garages can hold at least two cars, side by side. This can already accommodate a lot of things, including a pool table, Foosball table, and a ping pong table. But before anything else, measure the garage and take note of its dimensions. When you go to the store to check out pool tables, ping pong tables, and other games you want to install, measure these, too, so you can plan how these will be laid out.
Improve lighting. Most garages have simple fluorescent lamps affixed on the ceiling. This is acceptable if the place were to be used for storing things, or for parking the car during rainy seasons. However, a game room needs to be a lively and exciting place. Install bright lamps on the ceiling. Install scones and other wall-lighting implements. If you want that retro touch, you can even buy an authentic lava lamp. And for good lighting during daytime, try adding or enlarging windows on both the side walls and the garage door.
Work on the walls and flooring. The garage usually has bare walls and concrete flooring. Your game room should have a more comfortable atmosphere. You can have the walls painted a welcoming color (depending on your preference). Install tiles on the floor. You can even have the floor carpeted so folks can be comfortable playing even with their shoes off.
Install the games and toys. When the garage is all cleaned out and spiffed up, you can now install the billiards table, ping pong table, dartboard, console game, and anything you want to add. You can even place a small refrigerator on the corner, which should hold refreshments.
Remodeling your garage into a game room can be a fun project for any family to start on. This should give you a nice place where family members can bond over a few cups of coffee, cans of beer, and a few rounds of billiards, darts, or Foosball.