A Start to Finish Guide on Creating a Perfect Home Office in Your Garage

Many people are in a situation right now where a home office is needed, but there doesn't seem to be enough space for it.

One solution to this problem is looking to your garage. Turning it into a home office will offer a solution that doesn't mean taking up space used for other things in the home.

Planning is the key to success.

As trusted experts, the people at SOO Overhead Doors know precisely how much can be done with a garage door. They also have the knowledge to choose the right door for you, no matter your needs.

While part of the process is the actual installation of a door, that's only the beginning. There are a few questions you should ask to ensure a successful project.

Eastman E-12, 14' x 7', Claystone door and Ice White overlays, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

You like this look? This an Eastman E-12 garage door (R-16 insulated) from the Townships Collection, 14' x 7', Claystone door and Ice White overlays, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

#1 – Ask Yourself if an Updated Garage Door is What You Need

Take a look at your current garage door. Is it starting to look a bit run down? If your garage door is quite a few years old, swapping to a new door could create a better aesthetic for the space that will soon be your office. It can also help with curb appeal!

Replacing your garage door is also a smart idea if the one you have isn't enough to keep out insects, noise, and stormy weather while you're working.

Still not sure? Walk into your garage but keep the door closed. Is it too hot, too cold, or about right? See if there are any cracks since those can let in air, as well as pest animals. If any of these issues are present, the best option is having a new garage door installed. It will take care of all the distractions around you so you can be productive while working.

Garage Door Model: Standard+ Vog, 10' x 7', Black, window layout: Left-side Harmony

You like this look? This is Standard+ Vog (R-16 insulated), 10' x 7', Black, window layout: Left-side Harmony

#2 – Consider the Way You Want to Utilize the Space

Consider exactly what you're looking for when making your garage into an office.

  • Are you happy with a small standing desk while you work or would you do better with a massive desk that lets you spread out and take advantage or more space?
  • How much storage do you need for items like books, files, and office supplies?
  • Do you need a separate area where you can talk to clients and chill out after the day is over?

Home office picture - Abondant light and clean desk help getting work done

Photo credit: Unsplash

All of the things that can result in limited office functionality should be considered from the start. Having answers will help you make better decisions as you advance.

Do you need a simple office or something multi-functional?

You might want to save part of the office as a gaming area or a gym so you can do other things. Based on this blog from Love Property, you can even add stairs to a garage conversion and include a loft space.

This is an essential thing to think about because it changes the kind of garage door you go with in the end. For instance, Decoist shows a great example of a garage home office converted with space to park a bicycle.

Maybe instead of room for projects, you want space to store sporting gear or power tools. In this case, the best option is a purposeful garage door. Enclosing the area after framing it out won't work for this need.

#3 – Think About How to Maximize Storage Space During Conversion

Are you having trouble imagining how you want to lay everything out in the garage? Consider hiring a freelance interior designer who can help you choose a functional design that works for your needs.

A designer knows how to take your functionality needs and add the right style to create a space that's perfect for you.

Many of us aren't design-minded and find this kind of thing a struggle. That's why having a professional in your corner will ensure you get the best home office possible.

Just remember that even when you have a designer, some decisions will be up to you as the process goes on.

As an example, some people would rather stick with concrete flooring, while others might want to place a few area rugs or cover the floor in vinyl. This is another situation where you want to consider what functions you need paired with the things that make the space more comfortable for you to spend hours in.

Flooring is one thing, but you also want to consider the extras that really make a space feel like home. The lighting and the color of the paint on the walls can do this. Those who choose a loft with stairs can also make use of the additional vertical space.

This is a great time to let your imagination go wild with the possibilities! Add in a few pendant lights that bring eyes toward the ceiling in addition to extended, tall bookshelves paired with a library-style ladder.

Home office in Black & White with 3 tables made with painting trestles

Photo credit: Pixabay

#4 – Decide What's Needed to Get the Space You Want

Now that you know what kind of vibe you're going for in the office space, consider other real-world matters.

You may be familiar with how humid a garage can be, but SOO Overhead Doors provides tons of great information on reducing the amount of humidity in this space. Insulation is one of the most common choices and is recommended to keep the garage at an agreeable temperature while working.

Besides insulation, you might need to purchase a heater to keep the temperature where you want it. During the warmer months, installing an air conditioner will keep you from baking in the sun.

Converting a garage into an office is essentially turning an area intended for storage into a space for general living.

There's nothing wrong with making a few extra changes to have a space you enjoy spending time in. It's still going to be more affordable and straightforward than building an addition. The time you invest will be worth it once you have an office space.

Is a New Garage Door Part of Your To-Do List?

All you need to do is contact one of the garage door dealers near you.

These experts have the knowledge necessary to help you choose a garage door that perfectly suits your needs. If you are interested, SOO Overhead Doors can also send you a quotation by email.

Pick up the phone and call 705-254-6009, where we can help you get started with your new project.

Are you a fan of smartphone apps?

Great! You can check out our Design Centre to find the door that will look best on your home. You can even upload a picture of your house and see how it would look!

Need a touch of inspiration?

Lots of gorgeous residential garage door waiting for you here, so make sure you take a moment to check them out.

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