Converting your garage into a bar

UK Home Improvement

Converting your Garage into a Bar

garage bar

If you have a garage on your property and you are struggling to work out how best to make use of it, then we might have the solution for you. Leisure time is extremely important, and having an extra space dedicated to relaxation and socialising is no bad thing. Whether you would use a local builder or you’re someone with time on their hands and a penchant for DIY, your empty garage can be turned into a fully functioning bar.

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It’s important that you start from scratch – trying to incorporate a bar into your existing garage layout can prove to be incredibly tricky. Clear out your garage completely, storing all the items you want to keep safely elsewhere. From here, you can plan what parts of your new bar and going to go where; most importantly the bar itself!

painting and decorating

Painting and decorating

The colour and decoration of your new space will have a significant impact on the overall atmosphere that you and your guests experience in the bar. It is important that you find the right balance between your personal tastes and inviting colours for your ‘patrons’. Think about what you want to use the bar for: a relaxing drink and a chat may benefit from interesting and eye catching colours and adornments. However, if you are planning to have a TV screen to watch sports or films on, then a cluttered wall can prove to be distracting and claustrophobic.



Like any room in your home, keeping it warm is important if you’re going to be comfortable in it. Insulation is required for every wall, the ceiling and the floor. The initial expense of insulation can be quite off-putting, but over the years it will save you a lot of money on heating bills, offsetting the amount you have spent on having it installed in the first place.



As much an aesthetic factor as well as simply functioning to illuminate your room, the choice of lighting is very important for the overall look and feel of your new garage bar. There is a wide range of different lighting options available, from mood lighting to more traditional solutions. Whatever style you opt for, shop around for energy efficient bulbs and save a little extra on your energy bills each month.



The insulation, the painting, the lighting: these are all very important features of your garage bar, but they are not the most ‘fun’ tasks to undertake. The furniture, however, is where your new bar will really start to take shape. Things like seating, tables (either standard functional tables or games tables – that’s up to you), any stands/shelves/brackets for your incoming giant TV screen… choosing your furniture is one of the most exciting parts of this conversion.



Nobody likes to be in a stuffy, sweaty bar. Conversely, nobody likes to be in a freezing cold bar, either. Air conditioning and climate control is very important for the room; it helps to keep a comfortable temperature which everyone can enjoy. Choosing the right air conditioning unit is a tough job, and it is important that you seek the advice of professionals before choosing a unit.

Cool and Portable have a host of information on air conditioning systems from the world’s leading brands, and our expert team can install your unit perfectly and efficiently, helping you get your new bar up and running as quickly as possible.


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