We often forget that the garage is a potentially valuable space that can be used for way more than storing the car, and can add real value to your home. It’s all too often delegated to the lows of a dumping ground for drill bits that you’ll never find, boxes of miscellany that you’ll never use, and car parts that should have been dumped. The garage is frequently unloved, uninspired, and a missed opportunity.
You could transform that most basic of boxes into a palatial chamber dedicated to leisure, fitness, and relaxation if you were just to look down and see the potential
We’ve scoured the internet for the best garage flooring ideas that transform an unloved concrete floor into something not short of spectacular. Get your sunglasses on, because the future of the garage is bright.
If you plan to permanently banish the banger and the bikes from the garage for good, making way for a home gym, then interlocking rubber matting is a quick and easy non-permanent option that helps to warm up a chilly space and provide protection for your equipment. If you can’t bear to exercise in public gyms, then having a room in your home dedicated to the body beautiful is the way ahead. Interlocking rubber matting is reasonably inexpensive, easy to lay, and almost effortless to cut into shape to accommodate pillars and awkward corners. Rubber gives the floor a natural bounce that can help take the pressure away from joints when working aerobically and helps prevent damage to weights if they’re dropped on the floor. This home gym has been transformed from a breeze-block hok into a stylish and inspiring room dedicated to physical exertion. The pine effect cladding lifts this cold space with a warming nod to nature, while the white paneling with lipped shelving provides a clean alternative to breeze blocks and a ledge in which to balance limbs when stretching. This is a home gym that anyone would be proud of. Inspiring.
This picture might not necessarily be of a garage, but this flooring has an exotic charm that could completely elevate an ugly concrete floor to the heights of stunning very simply. Burnt wood cladding is the material of choice for many high-end architectural projects these days, and it’s easy to see why this unusual method of preservation has become such a go-to for exterior dressing. This partially burnt plywood is smoldered to enhance the natural graining of the wood in a fascinating labyrinthine network of organic paths. Each plank has its unique motif of feline camouflage, as if a big cat has surrendered its coat for a patchwork of fractal allure. Charred timber is a Japanese art that helps to preserve the wood against the elements for exterior cladding, requiring no further chemical treatments to keep the lumber in good condition. However, the level of charring used here has simply brought out the natural beauty of the wood, varnished with a low-gloss finish to create a comfortable surface for walking on. Imagine your garage transformed with this cheap, simple method of Japanese preservation. Exotic and fantastic.
This garage has a stylish sheen that gives it a sense of permanence, purpose, and a projection of the proprietor’s pride. Vinyl flooring is an old favorite in public buildings – it’s extremely durable, has a consistent, perfectly flat surface, and can stand up to heavy traffic. It can also take a high gloss polish, as is the case here. So in a room that’s going to experience a lot of tire-action, a surface that isn’t going to be easily damaged is precisely what’s required. The chequerboard configuration is contained within in a red box of vinyl – a design element echoed with the red stripe separating the grey, dappled vinyl that stretches from the floor, midway up the wall. There’s an interesting tritone design in play, here, giving this space a little of the feel of the fire station. The chequerboarding is both aesthetic and practical, helping the driver direct their car into the middle of the garage with ease; a little like the demarcations on the floor of a carpark. Practical and neat
Polished concrete is super-sophisticated, and a nod to the urban in a space design for leisurely pursuits. This garage flooring displays the natural variations that concrete contains in its unfinished surface; but rather than shield it with vinyl or wood, is polished to highlight its natural variant beauty in a multi-hued rainbow of greys. This garage has been converted into an urban bar space, complete with polished concrete bar top and work surfaces, industrial shelving using thin scaffold poles and rustic planks against exposed brickwork, and battered corrugated steel sheeting. As a space for entertaining, this celebration of concrete couldn’t ooze more urban chic. The wire-cage lamp shades extend the industrial feel, while the semi-sheeny concrete flooring brings a little sophistication to the industrial aesthetic. Perhaps it lacks a little welcoming warmth, but if you’re aiming for trendy rather than homely, then this collection of cold, hard materials could be a good choice. Stylish.
Polished concrete requires a perfectly flat finish to look at its best. If you have cracked, stained concrete flooring, there’s only so much you can do to hide the fact that it’s broken, stained concrete; unless you embrace the stain and nature’s timely imperfections and go for this fabulous, highly polished surface that looks like the room has been flooded in precious oils. This blue moonstone finish lifts this aging chamber into something rather spectacular. The cracks in the concrete extend like veins through a sea of pure azure, reflecting the light in a prismatic refraction that makes every inch of this surface unique and fascinating. If you aren’t in the position to spend thousands, this simple ideal could lift your drab garage floor into something quite beautiful. Superb.
Epoxy is an extremely hard-wearing surface that can be highly polished to give it a glassy finish. This garage flooring looks like a swimming pool with a super-shiny covering and a metallic ripple effect tricking the eye into the impression that one could dive directly into the center of this pool of blue. One of the unique features of epoxy is the ability to immortalize forever whatever lays beneath the clear lacquer, such as the Volvo logo in this example. This metallic epoxy is more expensive to lay than the standard uniform polished surface, but it’s worth every penny to elevate a basic garage into a space that one would be proud to invite guests to admire. Spectacular.
This rubber matting is designed expressly for spaces intended for high traffic, so parking your car on this dotted surface makes perfect sense. There’s something satisfying and luxurious about the sound of rubber tires making contact with rubber flooring, as if you’re driving your car into a high-end showroom. This rubber matting also offers acoustic dampening, so if noise is a problem, then this dappled surface makes a great choice. This is being laid on a perfectly flat epoxy floor, but it could quickly bring some uniformity to a damaged, cracked surface. The rubber will eventually mold into cracks and imperfections, so you might not necessarily get a perfectly flat finish, but the benefits of uniform color will outway the surface imperfections that might occur. Practical and instantly stylish.
This metallic epoxy produces a stunning marbling effect that could lift a grotty, cheap concrete floor into one of the most luxurious surfaces that a reasonably low budget can introduce to a garage. Heightened further by the high-sheen, this superb metallic finish brings swooshes of precious stone variance, disguising a floor that was unloved and forgotten. There are at least 50 shades of grey embedded into this sexy flooring. Amazing
Who would have thought that a garage floor could look so spectacular? We love how ultra-modern finishes instantly enhance an ugly floor that dragged the entire space to the lows of the dumping ground. What are your thoughts? Share this article with your friends and make sure that garage flooring is never again neglected.