Ultimate Garage Hangouts

Converting a garage instantly adds extra square footage to your home's livable space and most importantly, gives you a place to escape.

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May 16, 2019
By: Chelsey Bowen
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Hello Blue

This navy-blue freestanding garage is now a cool hangout. Gallery walls with an eclectic mix of art surround the entire living space, which combines a modular mid-century modern sofa with Euro-style cabinetry. And of course, the foosball table for a little competition. A jute area rug grounds the whole space.

Mod Lounge

This garage is transformed into a modern living space with gray-and-white horizontal stripes that visually stretch out the room. A cozy seating area complete with low, modern furniture is centered on the contemporary fireplace, while flanking industrial-style bookshelves are attached to the wall so that they float above the concrete floor. Bar stools paired with a built-in countertop near the window add extra seating and a casual dining spot.

Ready for Guests

You might have trouble getting your friends to come to the main house when the guests' quarters are this chic. Complete with a little kitchenette, dining area, living space and a ladder leading up to the loft bed, this converted 1920s garage is a home away from home. When people aren't visiting, it acts as a workspace for the homeowner.

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Modern With Retro Twist

Multi-functional and oh-so-stylish, the double car garage from the HGTV Urban Oasis 2018 is an escape-worthy lounge, dining area and garden workstation. Statement-making artwork adds bold color to the space and the contemporary mix of furnishings pull their hues from the abstract piece. Pairs of modern sofas, tufted leather armchairs and octagon coffee tables combine for an intimate gathering and conversation spot.

Crafting a Space

When your hobby needs a designated space (and you don't want it to overtake your living room), turn to the garage. A pegboard, complete with shelves and bins for storage, is hung above the desk to keep the table surface uncluttered so that you can craft with ease. Comfy beanbags give kiddos a spot to relax, read and chat while you put your hot glue gun to work.

Inviting Retreat

A bright blue door is a welcoming entry to this garage-turned-living space. An iron daybed painted slate blue mixes with soft, beautiful textiles to create super-cozy seating. Also, tucked inside is a game table where friends and family can gather for a game of Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan.

Farmhouse Appeal

This former garage is now a contemporary-meets-farmhouse bedroom. A large paned window pours natural light into the space. Glass-top nightstands and exposed bulb pendant lights flank the wooden bed, which sits against the black shiplap focal wall. Terracotta planters full of lovely green plants bring life to the room.

Get Cooking

Tucked in the brightly lit corner of this garage studio is a convenient kitchenette. Everything is on the petite size, from the wall-mounted sink to the refrigerator, but it still gives guests the essentials they need for quick meals. An open shelf keeps glasses, plates and bowls handy.

Just for the Kiddos

Embracing a full-filled, vibrant color scheme, this kid-friendly garage was designed for a grandmother to enjoy projects, crafting and games with her grandchildren. Built-in yellow cabinets provide ample storage to keep everything organized, while open shelves keep a few favorite activities right on hand. On the apple green wall, simple wire and clips give the kids a chance to display the artwork they create.

Dual Functionality

Designed with flexibility in mind, this garage can house a car or a party-ready gathering spot. Beanbag chairs are a cozy conversation area, but can be easily moved out of the way for a vehicle. A large tool chest ensures there's plenty of storage and also acts as a buffet for the dining table and chairs when you're entertaining. Even with all the hangout fundamentals, there's still plenty of room for the families' recreational equipment, including space to house bikes and wall hooks for storing kayaks out of the way.

Space to Be an Original

The garage is a perfect spot to turn into an artist's studio, since it can give you a quiet place to retreat while still being connected to the home. This one from the HGTV Dream Home 2018 is especially fitting with its window-paned doors that allow in tons of natural light. Dual workstations mean more than one member of the family can get creative at the same time. Inspirational artwork fills the wall above the desks.

A New Note

A major upgrade for this garage band, the former car parking is transformed into a stylish music studio. Warm woods pair with industrial shelving and leather chairs to evoke a masculine style. Canvas prints of music sheets nod to the new room's purpose, and wall hooks display the guitars as art, as well as bring functionality to the space.

Complete Living

The space above this garage is transformed into a studio apartment. Soft grays surround the room, which is divided into a full kitchen, living room and bedroom. A barn door on a rolling track can be pulled in front of the bed to provide privacy, and a small bathroom off the kitchen is painted lime green for a fun burst of color.

Tactile Neutrals

Once a garage and tool shed, this space is now a welcoming family room. The space is bursting with patterns and textures in warm neutrals to create a cozy gathering place. An oversized gray sectional and cane-back settee offer plenty of seating for the whole group, and dark hardwood ceilings add warmth overhead.

An Artist's Escape

The black-and-white ikat pattern is hand-painted and makes for a bold, graphic display in this tiny one-car garage that's found new life as an art studio. Instead of the typical garage bracketed shelves, a farmhouse buffet is a much more stylish storage option and houses garage necessities, like car-washing supplies, as well as the homeowner's art essentials.

Days of Yore

Once upon a time, this former carriage house held horse-drawn carriages. Now, it's a cozy mountain cabin that makes the most of small living. Embracing its historic rustic wood, the kitchen is updated with classic red Shaker cabinets and marble countertops. Throughout the rest of the home, rooms are filled with antique and vintage pieces to create a timeless effect.

Loads of Light

Bright and airy, this living room mixes comfort and style with mid-century modern furniture grounded by a shag area rug. Pops of color come from the globes, world map and collection of books. For an extra dose of natural light, the typical garage door is traded out for one that creates an entire wall of windows.

Time to Play

No bonus room? No problem. Make your garage the playroom. A soft take on an Americana color scheme, the slate blue walls contrast with bright red accessories and elements of white. Above the desk area, a white wall allows the kids' artwork to be the star of the room. A contemporary sofa and acrylic coffee table give parents a place to hangout while the kiddos are playing.

A Groovy Kind of Space

This contemporary space feels like a blast from the past that's chicly updated. The brown-and-orange retro color scheme is warm and grounded, and fun elements fill the room, from the magazine-holder coffee table to the hanging globe chair.

Teens Only

When you need to add extra square footage to your home, the garage is an easy place to turn. Here, the garage is converted into a teen hangout. Ample seating for the boys and their friends includes a pair of slouchy chairs, a leather ottoman and a twin bed set on a frame is used as a super low-key sofa. In the corner is workout equipment for them to break a sweat, and trail maps that the family have explored decorate the walls to add a personal touch.