For those who have to drive or take public transportation to their job day after day, it’s easy to get jealous of people who get to work from home. The idea of rolling out of bed, pouring a cup of coffee, and sitting down to work while still in your pajamas sounds almost too good to be true.

And often, it is.

Those with the freedom to work from home often struggle to actually get anything done there. They simply can’t put themselves in a work mentality when they’re surrounded by their daily home life. Many end up traveling out to a coffee shop or getting an office space elsewhere, but this eliminates almost all of the advantages of the home-office life.

So what can you do? Well, you can always setup an office in your garage. After all, plenty of successful businesses have started off in garages.

By establishing a separate work area in your garage or shed, you can create the necessary separation from your home life while still enjoying the private convenience that working at home provides. But setting up a garage office isn’t as simple as propping up a table and putting a computer on it. You need to be intentional with your setup if you want to maximize your productivity.

Here are a few tips.

Creating Separation

When setting up a workspace, it’s all about creating a unique area that places your mind into “work mode”. If you’re working in a garage, you probably don’t want to feel like you’re just sitting in a garage by yourself. You need to transform the space.

Many people won’t end up using the entire space for their work area. In that case, try sectioning off the garage stall(s) with a curtain, drape, or panel wall. Make it so that when you’re setting at the desk, ready to work, you feel like you’re in a room that’s unique to your work.

Setting the Mood

To successfully create separation, you’ll probably need to improve the lighting situation. Your garage’s current lighting is probably either far too dark or far too bright. Try setting up some simple lamps to create a well-lit, yet inviting atmosphere.

Some plants can help too, though if your garage lacks a natural light source, you may need to opt for fake plants. If decorating and layout isn’t really your thing, try asking a friend or family member for guidance.

Chances are, you know someone who is gifted with creating an aesthetic.

Controlling the Atmosphere

Garages aren’t typically known for being climate controlled. While this is fine when you’re just parking a park in them, it doesn’t really work when you’re trying to work out of them. You could try and attach your garage to your home’s HVAC system, but most wouldn’t recommend it, as it can allow car fumes to get into your home.

Instead, a separate heater, fan, and/or air-conditioning unit is typically the best way to go.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure to check your garage for drafts, replace sealing and stripping, and consider adding insulated doors. Insulated entry and garage doors can do wonders for keeping your garage’s temperature in check.

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