No matter who you are and what your home is like, a spare bedroom is never not useful. And if you’re the kind of person with a lot of out-of-town friends and family who love visiting you, it can be stressful to plan sleeping arrangements when you have a limited amount of space at home. So if you can spare it, why not use all that extra space in the garage and give it a new life as a guest bedroom?

stained concrete garage floors

While everyone’s garage is different and you may have some unique design features to consider, these are some general tips for anyone looking to convert their garage into a guest room.

1. Focus on flooring

The ease of transformation from a garage into a bedroom can depend heavily on the garage floors you currently have. Some may be harder to incorporate into the makeover, while others may be perfectly ideal.

men applying epoxy on the floor

Concrete and epoxy floors are durable and versatile floors that can withstand almost anything, which means you won’t have to rip them up to get good flooring for your guest room. But you may want to consider adding a decorative element like staining or an overlay to help it transition into bedroom flooring.

2 .Maximize lighting

Whether that be natural or artificial, lighting is incredibly important to the ambiance and decoration of any bedroom. If you’re lucky enough to have windows in your garage, clean them and paint the windowsills a bright color to emphasize the light in the room.

open space empty garage with good lighting

But if your garage has minimal natural lighting, don’t panic. Choosing the right lighting fixtures can help flood a room with light and make it look airy and comfortable. Choose a mixture of hanging, floor, and table-set light fixtures to give the room dimension.

3. Keep the furnishings simple

A helpful tip to keep in mind when designing a guest room is to imagine that everyone you know may end up using that room. Young, old, male, female. So it’s important that you keep its decor friendly but suitable for everyone.

garage converted into a guest room

Instead of stressing about its decor, choose simple pieces that could work for anyone. This can help create a minimal haven that works for everyone. It also helps keep the place from looking too cluttered.

4. Choose a controlled color palette

If you’ve ever envied the photos of carefully designed and modern rooms in home decor magazines, you may have missed a simple design aspect that all of them incorporate: a controlled color palette.

Choosing one main neutral color for the room like white or beige can create a space that looks cohesive and spacious. A controlled color palette doesn’t necessarily have to mean a room devoid of personality. Incorporate fun and your unique sense of style by injecting pops of color and art pieces that blend in with the rest of the room.