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Turn your garage into an indoor training space


Turn your garage into an indoor training space

The current weather is not conducive to a long run or bike ride so what can you do if you are in training for a triathlon, ironman or other big race?  The answer is to create your very own indoor training space so you can just pop next door to get that workout session in.   By far, the best space available in our homes is the garage as it can be turned into a dedicated space without upsetting other members of the house.

There will be up front costs to get your garage ready but there are so many benefits to transforming the space such as, saving money on a monthly gym membership and personalising the space to your requirements, that we think these definitely outweigh the initial spend.  No more driving to the gym, no more excuses not to go out for that ride or run, the time has come to focus on beating your personal bests and get the edge on race day.

So here are some ideas to help you transform your space:

 

Get your equipment sorted

There are plenty of articles out there about what you need depending on your training needs so we won’t go into this in detail.  It is safe to say that a bike trainer and treadmill are required along with perhaps weights, a mat for warm up and cool down and a television to take your mind off the pain!

Indoor Training Setup

Clear the clutter and free up your floor space

No-one can train properly if they are bumping their knees on the wall whilst they cycle so clearing the floor space for your equipment and having space around them is really important!  Decluttering can help, adding in storage options can also reduce how much is on the floor but to create the best space, try moving anything not associated with your training out of the garage.  Of course that may be difficult so perhaps creating a training zone in one area might be the answer.

 

The right floor

You might decide to settle for just a bike mat over your current floor but adding in a proper flooring can make a world of difference to the aesthetics of your garage and potentially your performance.  We recommend our PVC Floor Tiles over our Resin Floor as these are more suited to a training environment.  In fact we’ve installed lots of garages with these tiles whose owners want to use the space for a gym or training space.  Find out more about our tiles here.

Right flooring for a gym

Ventilation

Training is hot and sweaty work, make sure you have adequate ventilation in your garage or invest in some good fans to keep you cool.

 

Latest Technology

Adding in a TV or sound system may help take your mind off of the pain so ensure you install something to keep your mind distracted.  Depending on how serious you are about your sport, you might also want to hook up a laptop with specialist technology to monitor your performance.

 

 

Personalise your space

Personalise your garageBy this we don’t just mean colour and adding posters to the walls, make sure the space has everything you need whilst you are training.  Do you have a basket to keep your accessories in, can everything be accessed easily and do you have somewhere close by to keep your towel?  Installing useful hooks, racks, baskets and shelves can keep everything close to hand AND help keep it clutter free.

We also have bike storage racks to keep those not in use out of the way, take a look here…

 

We have a whole range of items to keep it all clean and tidy and would love to discuss how we can help you transform your space!

Perhaps you might now to look at our Garage Gym page for more inspiration, click here to visit.

 

Creating a clean, dry and dust-free garage


Having a garage with breeze block walls, cement floor and a timber beam ceiling will of course bring dust.  In addition, it won’t be very well insulated making the space feel cold and damp.  Add in a garage door that is not quite the right fit can bring draughts and debris too.

 

We know from talking to customers that having a dust free, clean and dry environment is a major driver for getting in touch with us, especially at this time of year when storms are battering us with rain and wind.  Creating a clean, dry and dust-free space is absolutely something Garageflex can help with and below we’ll show you how you can create this in your own space.

 

Clean, dry dust free garage

 

Seal the gaps

 

This is a no-brainer.  Sealing up the walls, ceiling and floor will bring in less dust to your garage but what are the options?  And what can you do to stop all that debris and gusty winds coming in.  We’ll go into each of these a little more below.

 

Walls

 

Breeze block or brick walls naturally create dust and as a porous material, unless you coat or cover them, they are going to absorb dirt and moisture.  So what can you do?  One option is to paint your walls with masonry paint, another is to have them nicely plastered and then painted.

 

 

But, if you are keen to use them as a storage solution too, then look to our FlexiPanel option.  This covers your entire wall and eliminates any nooks and crannies that could hide creepy crawlies.  Plus the slats along the panel can be used for bike racks, shelves and hooks so you get lot of store options as well.  Click here to find out more.

 

And although not part of our typical garage installation, we can also put in insulation behind the FlexiPanel to reduce heat loss.

 

Dust free garage before and after
FlexiPanel dust-free wall solution

 

Ceilings

 

Whether your garage ceiling is high or low, it can still lose a lot of heat.  You might have nests in the ceiling space creating mess and dirt, dust from the ceiling can also fall down into the garage contributing to the dusty feel.  There are many ways to insulate the space and stop all this dust from coming in including drywall and plasterboarding the area.

Our solution is to panel your ceiling with our white ceiling panel thus it fits in with the walls, creates a brighter feel to the garage and also helps keep everything dust free.  If you have a higher than average height, you can even consider putting a loft hatch in so you can still access the space and create even more storage.

 

 

Ceiling before and after-1

 

With our ceiling option, you can also choose whether to add in hanging storage such as ceiling racks or hooksClick here to find out more about cladding your ceiling.

 

Floor
A dirty or dusty garage floor is probably the number one reason we get a phone call from a potential customer.  Cement or peeling paint can create even more mess in the garage and contribute to a garage appearing unloved.

 

Peeling paint garage floor

 

 

Here at Garageflex, we don’t recommend painting your floor as this only lasts a short time.  Instead, we think PVC Floor Tiles are a good option if you are on a budget as they are very hardwearing, come in a variety of colours and give a good non-slip surface.  Or, you could invest in one of our seamless Resin Floors.  These are beautifully seamless, come in a variety of colours and give a luxurious feel to your garage.

 

PVC Garage Floor Tiles

 

To find out more about our flooring options, click here.

 

 

Garage Doors

 

As well as sealing your floor and adding in our panel to your walls, you can also think about upgrading your garage doors.  This can eliminate draughts completely.  Garageflex do offer Garage Doors as an option and use quality suppliers based in Bristol. 

 

Garage Doors from Garageflex

 

Threshold Barriers

 

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to new doors, have you thought about installing a simple threshold barrier?  It acts as a stopper to draughts, water and debris from blowing in underneath the door and is quite cost effective.  Our barriers start from just £60.00 and are fairly simple to install yourself.  Or you can ask us to do it along with your floor.  Click here to find out more.

 

Garage Door Threshold Barrier

 

 

So in summary, there are lots of options to create a clean, dry and dust free garage.  And we would love to discuss how you can create this in your space, give us a call 01491 579975 or email us at info@garageflex.co.uk.

Bourne End Garage Transformation


We completed this lovely garage makeover back in 2019 and earlier this month, MD Alastair Broom visited the customer to see how the garage was shaping up for him.

As you will see from the video, the garage looks great.  It has room for his Ferrari on one side and the other is for his Home Gym area where he can exercise.  Dual purpose!  He also wanted to have the walls clean so not too many storage accessories are added but he can always choose to add more later if he wishes.

To see the full case study and what it looked like before we arrived, click here.

 

Stunning Surrey Garage Designer Makeover


This beautiful garage was designed and installed by Garageflex, and completed in February 2020.  Full case study to come but we couldn’t resist sharing this great video taken by Seve, one of our fitters.

We love how the Gentian Blue metal cabinets really stand out against the white walls and seamless grey resin floor. This now has so much storage space, a place for bikes and a workbench too.

We would love to help you create your ideal garage space so get in touch on 01491 579975 or info@garageflex.co.uk

 

Meet the Team: Veronique Di Ludovico


The next installment in our Meet the Garageflex Team is to introduce you to our lovely Customer Services lady, Vero.

Born in South Africa, she is so friendly and really understands what customers need. Want to find out more? Watch this video!

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