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Garage Door in Living Room (Design Types & Ideas)

Here we share garage door in living room designs and discuss different types including glass doors, up and over, sectional and canopy styles.Living room garage door with glass windowsAutomatic garage doors are an amazing thing. They’re heavy-duty, has a very large opening, and best of, they’re motor-operated so you wouldn’t have to exert so much effort into opening it. But have you ever thought or considered using the garage door technology, and use it as the door for your living room? The large opening makes it a great option to connect your living room to the outdoors, allowing you to easily connect the two spaces with less hassle compared to sliding doors and bi-fold doors.

If you’re thinking about how it looks, worry not! Aside from the normal metal garage door, there are are also metal-framed glass door options. They look like your normal modern panel windows from the outside, making it a very stylish option.

Living Room Garage Door Cost

Glass garage doors would typically range from $1500 to $5500 for standard sizes, while taller sizes, customs and wood options can go above $8000.

Before buying make sure to select a size that perfect for the application area, double checking the load capacity of your beams/ceiling, and the electrical requirements as well.

Garage door in living room with gas fireplace, entertainment center and televisionThe I-bean running through the ceiling is a handy support anchor of the framing of the glass garage door. The black-framed garage door complements the black details of the living area, while the beige and natural wood tones nicely complements the natural colors in the porch. Since the garage door has a very large opening, the cabinetry is strategically placed away from the opening. The TV is placed on a niche for extra protection.

Glass Garage Door in Living Room

There are many different garage door mechanisms that are applicable for glass garage doors such as:

  1. Sectional -this option has sectioned panels with hinges horizontally that allows it to slide into a track connect to the ceiling. These are usually motorized and one of the most space saving options.
  2. Up and Over – the door still stacks above head in a track in this option, but the door segments does not need hinges anymore, so the whole, solid door is lifted above head. These are also usually motorized and needs a clearance outside, as you need to swing it out a bit before opening.
  3. Canopy – this is very similar to up and over, the main difference is part of the door is left outside, forming a small “canopy”.
Living room with closed garage door

Bring in the breeze with a large opening that can only be achieved with glass window garage doors. This living room blends in teak wood furniture pieces, creating a cross-over of the indoor and outdoor. This living room connects to the front porch, but the tight seat and discrete design of the garage door makes it look like an ordinary glass window from the outside.

When closed, this white garage door tightly seals from the outside so you don’t have a problem with leaks insects. You can also lock if from the inside for extra safety.

Garage Door in Living Space Designs

Here are some garage door in living room designs for your reference:

Roll up garage door in living room
How about connecting your entertainment areas? Connect your outdoor dining area on the porch to the living room easily with a garage door. This living room has a very simple set-up of a sofa, an entertainment cabinet, a TV and a few accessories. The main feature would be the solid wood floor and ceiling panels. With the addition of the black-framed glass garage door, it gives a modern industrial look that matches the furniture pieces as well.
Frosted glass roll up garage door living room

Aside from plain clear glass, you can definitely use frosted glass for your garage door as well. The white, blue and white combination gives this living room a nautical vibe that gives it a refreshing feeling. The garage door idea used here has a chrome finish, giving it a really modern look that matches the living room look.

Slide Up Garage Door in Living Room

Living room with tall ceiling and roll up door
This is a unique slide up garage door mechanism that involves hydraulic mechanism for safe opening and closing. The garage door basically slides up vertically, instead of going to a horizontal track, allowing a clear overhead space. This is only applicable if you have a high ceiling that can accommodate this type of garage door. For this modern industrial style living room, the the galvanized steel finish of the door is the perfect complement to the interiors.
Roll up door in loft living room

Capture some sunlight with a bronzed glass garage door that opens up to a small balcony. You can let in some fresh breeze and warm sunlight into your room, improving air circulation indoors. The industrial finishes for the floors and brick walls matches the look of the black frame and bronze glass combination used on the garage door.

Sectional Garage Door in Living Room

Contemporary living room with roll up garage door

This small sectional garage door is just the perfect size of this small living area. The black framed door nicely complements the modern furniture pieces, and frames the white walls nicely.

Converted garage to living room

If you want a porch, but don’t want to get bothered covering your outdoor furniture every time it rains, or finds outdoor furniture maintenance a bit tasking, consider bringing it “indoors” through a sectional garage door. This example has a modern patio setup in a small covered portion indoors and is only separated from the backyard through the garage door. You can easily experience the outdoor breeze and view without having to worry about wet outdoor cushions and pillows.

For more related ideas take a look at our article about garage design software for planning and creating your own garage layouts.

Scott Erwin

Friday 30th of September 2022

Hi, I live in California and have pretty ridged energy requirements to meet code. Do the doors have an insulation factor? Energy calcs?


Sunday 21st of August 2022

Nice I am interested in a room to add onto my property. Not added on to house. That has two garage doors, large enough for a bar and living room space.


Thursday 20th of January 2022

I love This idea, but how would one keep the Insects Out?

DI Editorial Team & Writers

Thursday 20th of January 2022

That's a great question. There are garage sized screens available that can help keep the bugs out.