Most homes in the country feature a garage. It is one of those features everyone dreams of when conceptualizing a dream home. If you have just bought your first home and it has a garage, it is time to learn how you can maximize this space by storing more than your car. Your garage has many other functions in addition to the safe storage of your car.

From the addition of entertainment to upgrades like a sectional garage door, this article explores some of these alternative uses of a garage. Keep reading.

1. Man Cave

Everyone craves some alone time, but it is not always easy to find this inside your house. Roommates or family want your attention, and this is where the idea of a “man cave” started. A man cave is a place where you have the freedom to be yourself, and you can convert a section of your garage using a chair, a sofa and entertainment system, video games, pool games, a poker table, fridge, or mini bar. This is the easiest conversions of your garage, and you will enjoy every moment in this space.

2. Family Game Room

If you don’t have enough room in the main house for a game room, a garage will come in handy. It is possible to remodel your garage into a family-friendly game room where everyone can relax and have fun. Unlike a man cave, this conversion welcomes everyone to have some fun.

3. Fitness Room/Gym

More families are taking up exercise, but it is not easy to buy a gym subscription for everyone. Worse still, tight schedule makes gym membership impossible and this is where the idea of a home gym comes in handy. Your garage is the perfect room to convert into a gym, and it calls for remodeling of the floor and walls to support fitness equipment.

4. Workshop

As a homeowner, you will always need space to build repair stuff. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or not, it is important to have a safe working area where you can also store all your tools. You won’t have to worry about creating a mess anytime you want to build or repair an item because you have the best space for such work in your garage.

5. Theatre

This is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of garage conversions, but it is a great idea. For families that are into movies, a theatre is a great idea as you can catch the same movies together and have fun.

You will need plush seats, soundproofing or insulation for the walls, large, wall-mounted TV or projector, and a great sound system. This is a major project, but ultimately, the result will be one of the family’s favorite rooms.

6. Home Office

More people now work from home or carry work from the office. Research shows 3.9 million Americans now work from home and if you are among these, a garage can come in handy. While your study can work well, you will have many distractions including kids popping in and noise from the house. Converting your garage into a home office is a great idea as you will enjoy more private space away from everyone else. You can do more in this excluded space.

You can also convert your garage into a kids’ playroom, guest room, yoga studio, tool storage space, small business room, greenhouse or potting studio among other uses.