5 tips for fitting out your garage

5 tips for fitting out your garage

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In a house, the garage often tends to find itself quickly cluttered with objects of all kinds: bikes, boxes, tools ... How to optimize and arrange the space to find your way around? How to make it a functional, pleasant place, even a living room? The editorial team tells you everything!

Our 5 tips

- Sorting out - Tidying up your garage - Creating several spaces - Converting your garage into a living room - Making your garage pleasant to live in

1. Sort

And yes, if you want a clean and tidy garage, you will have to go through the sorting box. Because we tend to store everything and anything in this room, and forget what is there! As with clothing, the easiest way is to group the material by theme, and look at what can still be used. Separate yourself from broken items, which you know you will never fix. Sell ​​what is no longer needed and as for the rest, a key word: Optimize your garage!

© J-F. Mahé

2. Tidy up your garage

Instead of collecting cardboard boxes or storing everything in clutter on the ground, it is better to make the most of the walls and floors on the storage side. So we put on: * shelves: Convenient for storing tinned food and storage bins! * cabinets for cleaning products * storage boxes: We arrange the objects by family to find them afterwards * bottle holders for water and fruit juices in stock * steel hooks for cleaning accessories, linen or for hanging bikes on the wall! * a workbench for storing your DIY equipment.

3. Create multiple spaces

A garage, by definition, is used to store the car! If you don't have one, all the better, you can use all the storage space. But if not, try to separate the space into well-defined zones: car, motorbike, bicycle… on one side, and on the other the storage spaces: tools, business… To separate them: a curtain, a removable partition, panels openwork wood or a large storage unit. Creating differentiated zones (one for the laundry room, one for storing food, etc.) makes it easier to find your belongings if necessary.

© Verandaline

4. Convert your garage into a living room

© Ikea If your garage does not house any engine, why not rehabilitate it to make it a living room? Laundry room, extra bedroom, playroom, DIY workshop… It's up to you! Be aware, however, that there are regulations to follow to transform a garage into a habitable room: Ask the town hall for your COS (Coefficient d'Occupation des sols) or if the PLU (Local Urban Plan) do not require you to have a garage, in which case the city could oppose your redevelopment! Also think that a house with parking or garage sells better.

5. Make your garage pleasant to live in

Some advice to make it a pleasant space: * The breeze block style is nice in an industrial loft, but if not, consider repainting to avoid the cold and austere side. * To gain thermal comfort, insulate the garage walls from the inside (insulating panels, plasterboard facing, etc.) and if you make a bedroom, install a radiator. * Cover the floor: an easily washable lino, PVC tiles, non-slip floor, waxed concrete ... * Finally, invest in pleasant lighting. If you can enlarge existing windows to bring in natural light, it's even better!


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