Sometimes, you just need that extra bit of space as your children grow up and start to accumulate things. There’s only so much a toy box can hold for so long. As children get older, they may want to spend time with their friends, and having a safe, dedicated space where they can do it will come in really handy. The garage is often the ideal room to convert into a children’s playroom, but how can you do it with ease?
Garage floors are often uneven and can protrude in places, which makes it dangerous for young children. The best thing you can do when converting your garage is to even out the flooring and change it to something much safer. It doesn’t have to be expensive; a polished concrete floor is ideal. How much does polished concrete cost? The price will vary depending on your floor, the size of the room and how much work is required. If you have young ones in the house and you’re worried about them falling, you can easily cover the concrete with large rugs and save yourself a fortune.
Insulation and Electrics
A garage is usually dark and cold, which is the opposite of what you want for a playroom. Before starting to design your room, it’s important to get it properly insulated. You’ll also need at least one window built into the room for light and to comply with building and fire and safety regulations. Children’s toys are becoming more technical by the minute, so it’s likely you’ll need a few additional power outlets placed around the room. You can do this the same time you do your insulation, so cables are hidden within the walls and pose no risk to your children.
Storage, Storage and Storage
One of the many benefits of having a playroom is that there’s a dedicated space for toys and electricals that may not fit in the house. Building a storage unit and shelving before anything else will always give you a place to store things away, so they don’t become tripping hazards if left on the floor. If you usually store more than just your car in your garage, you may need to section off some space to continue to store those things. Make sure children aren’t able to reach them if they’re things like power tools or car parts.
We’re so used to the garage being a space that’s rarely used. When you want to convert it into a playroom, you have to bring it to life. What better way to do that than with colour? Choose bright colours for your wall paint, add some bright coloured bean bag chairs and make the room interactive. For young children, the presence of animal pictures, numbers and letters is a great idea. For older children, a TV, games console and pool table will capture their imaginations.
When you need more space for a growing family, a garage conversion is the best, and often the cheapest solution.