How to Close in Your Garage Door to Make a Room

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Things You'll Need

  • 20 8-foot-by-2-inch-by-4-inch lumber

  • Two 16-foot -by-2-inch-by-4-inch lumber

  • Concrete anchors

  • Moisture barrier

  • Saw

  • Tape measure

  • Staple gun

  • R-13 insulation

  • Caulk gun and caulk

  • Drill with screw bits

  • Several 4-inch screws

If you are like most people, you can never have enough room. The garage is a space that can be made livable with a few simple modifications. If you're looking to add another bedroom but don't want to build on a true addition to the home, then this article will help you turn that garage into a livable space in no time with very few materials needed.


Step 1

Lock the garage door.

Step 2

Screw garage door closed with drill from interior. Screw through the lip on the side of the door into the studs that frame the door.

Step 3

Your stud wall should look like this.

Measure the dimensions of the door frame and build a stud wall on the ground to match these dimensions using the 2-by-4 lumber, screws and drill. When placing the studs, space them 16 inches apart from one another.


Step 4

Cover one side of the constructed stud wall with vapor barrier using the staple gun and lift the wall off of the floor into the recess of the door opening.

Step 5

Screw the base plate to the concrete below using the concrete anchors.

Step 6

Screw the stud wall frame to the door frame in the same manner that the door was closed with.

Step 7

Caulk between the stud wall and door frame as well as base plate and concrete to ensure a tight seal.


Step 8

Insulate the stud wall with R13 by cutting the insulation to fit in between the studs and stapling into place.

Step 9

The wall is now ready for finishing with sheet rock, plaster, paneling or whatever you desire.


The stud wall can be built in place, but it is much easier to build on the ground and lift into position.


Justin Otto

Justin K. Otto is a freelance writer & editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has been writing for 9 years and professionally for just over 2 for several publications such as The Pensacola News Journal, a Gannett Publication, the PJC Corsair and Kayak Angler Magazine. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in journalism.