A lot of Houstonians look at their empty garage when they pull their vehicle out and think “this looks like a waste of space”. That is because your garage is basically another room for your home. And just because you park your vehicle in your garage does not mean that it has to be the only thing your garage can be used for. We are going to give you 5 ways you can use your garage besides a extra storage room. Our criteria for these ideas are based that they each use the equipment, easily stored or moved so you can still pull your vehicle in the garage, keeping your vehicle safe.

Home Gym.

Your garage can be a perfect place to turn into a small home gym. This does not take a bunch of fancy, bulky equipment. You can easily start with a bench, dumbbells and a mat. A garage is a good place to do a wok out because you can open your garage door when there is a nice breeze, or it is cool outside to get a natural ventilation. All the for mentioned equipment is easy to store or move to a corner of the garage, making your garage still usable for your vehicle.

Game/Party room.

There has been plenty or cool Autumn and Spring evenings where we have seen people with the garage door open, T.V. at the back of the garage with a game on and a group of friends over. You can also add games like dartboards on the wall or foldable tables for cards. All these ideas for having friends over and entertaining guests can easily be stored or in cases like a TV or darts,  be on the wall so your garage is till usable for your vehicle.

Computer Repair.

Now, we wanted to steer clear of the stereotypical thought of tools and workshop in the garage. That is a fairly well know idea. That being said, when one thinks of that idea, usually what comes to mind is fixing a car or repairing a door. Yet, if you have a tech geek in your home that loves to fix computers, setting a small workbench on the side or at the back your garage could be a perfect idea. You can use totes and pegboard to keep everything organized and out of the way, still making room for your vehicle.


Sewing machines do not take up vast amounts of space. If you’re a person that likes to sew and wants to be a bit removed away from the rest of the family while doing it the garage is a great place to set up your machine. Sealable boxes can be used to keep dust away from the fabric.

Start-up Business.

Google, Dell, Microsoft, Yankee Candle all started from a garage. If you have a dream you want to turn into a business, you can put together a small corner office or workstation in your garage where you can start your dream business, yet still have room to park your vehicle.


Some Considerations.

When deciding what to use your garage for instead of just a storage closet, there are a few considerations you need to think about.

  • Noise – Garages usually have a concrete floor that can bounce noise a bit. Also, the build and insulation of your garage door will have an effect on how much outside noise you hear.
  • Dust – Because you open your garage door, there is more of a chance your garage will have dust and dirt. If you decide to use your garage for something that you do not want to get dirt or dust on, use containers like plastic tote boxes.
  • Size of your vehicle and garage – A two-car garage is obviously going to have more room, but be mindful if you have two bigger vehicles. You want to have enough room to comfortable to move about with the vehicles in the garage if you still plan to park them there.


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