Are you looking for a way to give your garage conversion the wow factor? Here’s a list of my top garage conversion interior ideas for some inspiration. I thought about whether I should share my ideas which are normally reserved for the conversions we undertake. However, I’ve had so much help from other blogs over the years that it feels right to help others and share my work. Let me know or send me a picture if any of these ideas make it into your project. And if you need general conversion options this post on garage conversion room ideas will help.
Half Height Wall
I was originally introduced to this design feature while working at PWS Architecture and it has quickly become my go to solution for dividing up space into separate zones while allowing natural light to flow through the room.
In the picture below I have used the half height wall to separate the desk and work area from the sitting and relaxing area. The wall itself is nothing more than some CLS timber finished with regular plasterboard, capped with a piece of soft wood painted to match the windowsills.
Having a wall for the sofa to be placed against just looks and feels right aesthetically. Additionally, it serves multiple functions, a back to the desk to stop items falling off and housing the multiple sockets required for the office area.
This space saving doors can enable garage conversion options that you thought impossible. Removing the door swing path can help the useability and aesthetics of your finished space. If you are nor familiar with sliding pocket doors allow me to explain. A factory manufactured frame fits within a regular stud wall. The frame allows you to install regular off the shelf-internal doors and create a “star trek type” retractable door which disappears into the wall space when open.
Double pocket doors can create that open plan feel for garage to kitchen conversions while maintaining the ability to close off the space for a cosy atmosphere.
Split the space up
Depending on the type of garage conversion you are undertaking you may not need all the space. Even a single garage conversion at 12-13m2 has too much space for the average home office.
The floor plan below shows how a stud wall and second knock through for access used the back of the garage to extend the utility room while creating a home office to the front. This split conversion design also solved the problem of the ugly gas boiler being in the office space. Now it is housed in the utility room, a more appropriate place with great access for maintenance.
Dimmable LED Lighting
Looking closely at the wall you will notice I have integrated a strip of LED lights which help illuminate the desk area and provide some ambiance to the space. LED’s are easy to incorporate using a plug and play LED strip kit which comes with a remote control. Alternatively, with a little pre planning you can replicate the set up I installed in the photo below. This incorporates a traditional dimmer switch on the wall with a concealed LED driver. Although this is a more complicated set up than the plug and play option, I prefer it, as there is no remote control to go missing.
Where to place LED strips for maximum effect.
- High level ceiling trough to illuminate a feature wall or entire perimeter of a dropped ceiling.
- Behind your desk, try to bounce the light off the desk surface as shown in the picture above. This stops the light shining directly into your eyes and is perfect for video calls ensuring you are visible to your audience.
- Inside Alcoves and Shelving, if your garage conversion includes a media wall, I recommend fitting some strips to the bottom of any alcoves. Strips can be cut to length and fed from a single driver so it's not costly to have multiple alcoves all illuminated at the same time.
Conceal Boilers and Fuse Boxes
Garages normally contain utility related hardware such as fuse boxes and boilers. These can ruin the interior design plans and require concealment of some sort. Here are my top 3 ways of dealing with them.
- Build out the wall with extra insulation depth and bury the offending pipe work or fuse box within the wall build up. Note this is not possible for boilers due to there depth. Use an access panel which can be painted to match the walls final finish to enable any future maintenance. (See interior picture above, behind the treadmill is a painted access panel hiding the consumer unit)
- A floating shelf in front of a consumer unit can house items which obscure the box behind. A bookcase can also work well if you are prepared to cut into the back to allow the fuse box to sit inside of the bookcase which should be flush to the wall.
- A cupboard, its not ideal but it’s the best solution for most garages that contain a boiler. The space under the boiler is also perfect for the hoover.
Floor to ceiling windows
Taller windows allow more light into the space which is always a good thing. They can also be a striking design feature both externally and internally. Tall windows are well suited to detached garage conversions. Below is a picture showing how I used 2 windows and a door in a gable wall to flood the room with light and create a visually appealing exterior.
I do not recommend tall windows on the front elevation of your home unless you are matching an original design feature, read this post for more rules and ideas on windows for garage conversions.
If you have got this far then hopefully you have taken an idea to incorporate into your own garage conversion. If you do, I would love to see a photo of how the project turned out. Read my other article to get an idea of the costs involved with garage conversions or why not discuss you project and get a bespoke quote here.