My husband and I recently purchased a fixer-upper that we are hoping to move into by the end of the year. We got a lot of remodeling to do before family can take up occupancy. Unfortunately, home prices in Southern California are at a premium, which means that we have to use every square inch of space that we’ve got.
As a family of four, trying to fit into a 1400 square-foot house can be a challenge. One way that we have solved this space dilemma has been by using our garage is playroom. We are not big “car people” . . . we are usually driving humble cars that are more than 10 years old, so we aren’t exactly looking for ways to protect our vehicles as much as were looking for space for our family. Converting our garage into a playroom is a nice solution for us. In our new home, the garage is located just off the kitchen, which means that I can watch the kids play as I’m cooking. I think it will be a great space for them.
In the new house, the garage is completely unfinished . . . at this point it is really just plywood and framing. My husband is in the process of drywalling and insulating it, so that the walls will look like a typical interior room. Once he’s done, we will address the flooring. Currently, the garage is just a poured concrete floor. It’s got some oil stains, and it’s in pretty rough condition. Also, concrete is not exactly the surface I really want my kids playing on. This week, I went to Home Depot in search of a solution.
In our current home, we used an indoor/outdoor carpet from Home Depot in our converted garage. It’s been a really nice solution, because it is low pile, durable, and it can easily be swept up if the kids make a mess. I was open to using this again, but I also wanted to see if there were some other options I might be missing.
When I went to Home Depot, one of the more intriguing options was a vinyl flooring that looked like hardwood. It’s different from the typical laminate flooring in that it is much more durable and resistant to scratching. It’s slightly softer than wood, and it’s almost a hybrid between the laminate flooring and the vinyl flooring that graced the kitchens of most homes when I was a child. It’s a nice looking option, and it’s relatively cost-effective for flooring. But because this is a garage and it may not be permanent, I really wanted to find something that costs even less.
I ended up searching Home Depot’s flooring options online, which had a few more options than what I found in the store. I stumbled upon some industrial carpet tiles. They had great reviews online, and it looks like a perfect solution for us. The carpet tiles are similar to the carpeting that we have in our current garage: they are durable, they are low pile, and they will be resistant to water or any kind of staining. Here’s what they look like in a room:
There were a few standout features of these carpet tiles that sealed the deal for me. For one, because they are easy to lay down with some simple adhesive, we can install them ourselves without paying for any extra installation. In addition, I like the fact that you can keep an extra box of tiles around in case a really big spill occurs. You can just pop up the tile affected, and replace it with a new tile. And honestly? I really just like the look. I think it looks a bit more modern than a typical indoor/outdoor carpeting.
Now my only task is to choose which style and color. Here are my top choices. What do you think?
Have you ever considered converting a garage into usable space? What kind of flooring would you use?