Asked on Aug 27, 2019

How do I insulate/warm a small area in my garage for use as an office?

by LK

I am moving to a very small house. I work from home and can't put my desk and computer in the house; want to use the garage. I was supposed to move in by mid September (while it was still warm) but that is not happening so I need to come up with a temporary space in the garage where I can work and be warm. Garage walls are cinder block, floor is cement. In the spring I will insulate and put up proper walls but need something to get me through the winter. I have space heater but don't want to try to heat the entire garage. Can I hang tarps or hang blankets to keep the heat in a small area with an area carpet on floor?

garage area where I will eventually put up some insulation and walls

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  • Ok I know that you are asking for an office in the garage and I know you said you are moving into a small house, but have you thought about any area in your house you could use for a small office space? Even in a closet would work. You could make a wall mounted desk that would take up a small space. Here are =diy%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=wall%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=mounted%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=desk%7Ctyped]several ideas I found. It just seems being inside if more cozy that the garage. But if the garage is your your only option you could put an outdoor rug down to warm it up. I think a space heater is a good idea and keep it close to the desk. You could try hanging some moving blankets from the ceiling and corner off a space for yourself.

    • LK LK on Aug 27, 2019

      Oh, don't make me cry! Closet space.....barely any there. It is a "shore" style house and they weren't built for the needs of year-round residents. It is seriously lacking closet space but I have some clever ideas that I will post to this site on how I am going to manage that....once I get into the house. Thanks so much for replying!

  • 17335038 17335038 on Aug 27, 2019

    What about purchasing a small second hand travel trailer, and use that as an office inside the garage during the winter? In the spring when you finish the garage, you can always use it outside in the yard, or sell it on to someone else.

    It would be warm, dry, and have built in electricity hook ups.

    And, maybe even a little spot for napping, if the work got too tiring, ha, ha.

    The blue example is a Tab brand; the yellow one is a Boler.

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    • 17335038 17335038 on Aug 28, 2019

      You're most welcome.

      As far as finding a little trailer, you might consider putting a (free) ad in the Items Wanted category of Craigslist.

      Also, Could hiring someone else who does have a hitch on their vehicle tow it into your garage, be an option for you.......?

  • Galina Galina on Aug 27, 2019

    Cinder blocks and boards make solid, inexpensive shelving. Looks like you have lots of space so it wouldn't have to be smack-dab against the wall and it would be much easier to block a corner straight across with some plastic sheeting or a wool blanket. Can't see the door but maybe it's close to a corner where you could include it in the section. Good Luck;)

  • LK LK on Aug 27, 2019

    So is your idea to stack up some cinderblock "walls" and layer them with plastic and blankets to create a "false wall"?

  • William William on Aug 28, 2019

    Do what a lot of contractors do to work in cold areas. Drape 6ML plastic sheeting from ceiling to floor. Staple to the ceiling and duct tape to the floor. Just make sure you keep heater away from the sheeting. A rug on the floor. Or build framework from 1X2 firing strips and staple the sheeting to it and use them like a room divider. Make the panels about 1/4" lower than the ceiling height and wedge them in with shims. Cheaper than getting a trailer you may be stuck with.

  • LK LK on Aug 28, 2019

    Love it - the 6ml sheeting might be just the thing. Thank you very much

  • Ella Ella on Aug 28, 2019

    There is a post on " No mess sheet insulation for garage doors". I also work out of my garage after we downsized last year and used this idea, it does work, however I am in San Diego and the winter's are not that cold, a space heater works just fine for me. I wish you luck .

    • LK LK on Aug 29, 2019

      Oh, i’ll look that up now. Glad I’m not the only “garage “worker!

  • 17335038 17335038 on Aug 31, 2019

    Ella raised a good point about the winter temperatures being very different, depending on where you may live.

    Remember that although the wind chill factor may be less inside an unheated garage in the winter in climates where it dips below freezing, the temperatures can be just as c-c-c-c-oooooo-ld!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 10, 2023

    Section off an area to work in. Wear warm clothes and Boots. Lots of warm drinks and Soup. Good luck

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 03, 2024

    Hi LK: That should work but be sure to keep the heater off while you're not in the area and keep it at least 6 feet away from any combustible items. I wouldn't set it on the floor either, but maybe a pail turned upside down.