Could You Turn Your Garage Into A Playroom?

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When families want to create a playroom for their children, options tend to be limited if there is not a spare room already available. In such a scenario, the only choice tends to be to convert the attic or the basement – but such conversions are not suitable for every type of property, which can mean that a dedicated playroom seems like an impossible dream.

There is, however, one potential area that tends to be overlooked: the garage.

If you’re comfortable with parking your car on the driveway and storing garage-dwelling belongings in a shed, then a garage conversion can be surprisingly effective – and simpler to achieve than you might initially think. Here are the essential elements that you will need to consider if you want to give the idea a try.

Secure the garage door

Garage doors can potentially be dangerous, so ensuring that your kids cannot open or close the door without supervision is your first priority. If your garage door can only be opened manually, invest in a strong lock and store the key elsewhere. If the door is electrically operated, then make sure that the internal controls are deactivated, and if you have a remote control, ensure this is stored safely in another area of your home.

Ensure the space is warm

Garages can be notoriously cold, so you’ll need to think about how you can ensure that the space is warm enough to be used in winter. Insulation is an important part of achieving this goal; if your garage is not currently insulated, then it’s definitely worth asking a professional for further advice in this regard. In addition, a good, weather-proofed garage door is definitely a must; and you can also consider adding one of these heaters if you feel a little extra warmth may be required.

Install proper flooring

Flooring will always be essential in any playroom, but all the more so if you are converting your garage – the hard, cold concrete simply has to be covered if your children are going to be able to play comfortably. Options such as a rubber playground surface can be customised to suit your chosen color scheme and ensure a fantastic, child-friendly surface that is straightforward to install and maintain.

Painting the walls 

One of the most significant challenges you will face is painting the room to reflect its new purpose, as in most cases, garage walls are bare concrete rather than fresh plaster. One solution is to use plasterboard to cover the walls and then paint the plasterboard – which can make it easier to create murals and other types of cheerful “playroom” decor. Alternatively, you could paint the walls directly with a specialist concrete paint. Both of these choices will work well and help to transform the space, so it largely depends on which you would prefer from an esthetic point of view.

In conclusion

If you are short on space, then transforming your garage into a playroom can work extremely well. Do you think you would be tempted to give this idea a try?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Share the load

It can be a lot of work to take on your family, house and work by yourself. Having someone there to share the load can help free up some of your time, and make sure that not everything rests on your shoulders. Many new moms face mental health issues, but having someone to share the load could ease some of the pressure, as well as giving you time to help you catch your breath and focus on yourself.

Learn something new

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Don’t be afraid to hire a nanny

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Adjust your routine

Being a mom will completely alter your life, and that includes your schedule too. For a while, things will be out of control while you try to adjust to these changes. However, once things settle down, you should think about making some newer changes to your routine. Getting up earlier in the mornings could help you find time for exercise, for reading, pampering and other activities that you used to enjoy doing. They might only be small things, but they’ll make a big difference to you and your mental health.

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Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Meet Spitzy the Club Petz Llama!! 

Only available at Target, meet Spitzy the Club Petz Llama!! Spitzy is an adorable plush llama that loves to make your little ones laugh and smile. Spizty comes with batteries and is ready to play with right out of the box! Spizty makes the funniest chewing and burping sounds, along with spitting water! My kids think Spitzy is hilarious!

 

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