Roombas might be expensive.
But that doesn’t mean making a garage for it should cost much.
In fact, even if you’re tight on budget…
And you’re not much of a handyman…
You can still build a nice home for your Roomba.
All you have to do is follow my guide.
Continue reading to find out:
- 5 brilliant ideas to cleverly hide your Roomba.
- 9 easy steps to build a garage for your Roomba.
- The materials that you’d need to make a Roomba garage.
- And a lot more…
How to build a Roomba garage – 9 easy steps
Before diving into the steps, allow me to set some proper expectations.
If you’ve seen one of those videos of a Roomba garage with an automatic door…
It actually required an expert to create that. And it wasn’t cheap, to say the least.
So let me tell you right now…
That’s not the type of garage we’ll be building.
Instead, it’ll be a simple one made out of affordable materials.
All you’ll need are the following:
Once you’ve secured all materials, you may start building your Roomba’s garage. Just follow the steps below.
#1: Dock your Roomba to its charging station
The garage you’ll be building will serve as a cover for both the Roomba and its home base.
And to help you determine how big it’s supposed to be…
The robot vacuum needs to go home first. And from there, you can start measuring the dimensions.
#2: Find out the height of the home base
Grab your tape measure and use it to figure out how tall the home base is. It’ll vary depending on the model that you have.
But the tallest Roomba home and clean base never exceed 19 inches. So the 24 x 24 boards that you have are more than enough.
#3: Cut 2 of the boards to equal the home base’s height plus 2 inches
2 of the 3 boards will serve as the side portions of the garage. So they should be slightly taller than the Roomba home base.
That’s why whatever the height of the home base is, add 2 inches (5.1 cm) to it.
To make my point clearer, let me give you an example.
Let’s say the home base measured 16 inches (40.6 cm).
What you should do then is to grab the handsaw. And cut down 2 of the boards length-wise from 24 inches (61 cm) to 18 inches (45.7 cm).
In other words, your aim’s to make them 18 x 24.
You may use a pencil to write a guide on the board before you saw.
Once you start sawing, do so carefully. Don’t rush it to prevent any accident.
But if you’re really not accustomed to using a hand saw, you may call someone else to do it.
Or, you may watch this video first on how to safely and efficiently use it:
#4: Measure the width of the Roomba
Once again, get your tape measure. And then, from left to right, measure the width of your robot vacuum.
#5: Saw the remaining board to equal the Roomba’s width plus 2 inches
You still have 1 24 x 24 board, right? This board will serve as the roof of the garage.
And it’s now time to cut it. Again, add 2 inches (5.1 cm) to whatever the width of the Roomba is.
Then saw the board length-wise to equal that.
So, for example, the Roomba measured 14 inches (35.6 cm) in width. Therefore, you should cut one side of the board down to 16 inches (40.7 cm).
By the end of it, the 24 x 24 should now be 16 x 24.
#6: Measure the length from the wall to the tip of the Roomba
Your home base is leaning against a wall. So you should start measuring from there to the far end of Roomba.
#7: Saw the 3 boards to equal the wall-to-Roomba length plus 2 inches
As of this point, you’ve only cut one side of the 3 boards.
Now, what I need you to do is trim the uncut side to equal the previous measurement. And again, add 2 inches.
So if the wall-to-Roomba measured 20 inches (51 cm)…
Cut one side of the 3 boards from 24 inches (61 cm) down to 22 inches (56 cm).
Going back to our examples, you should now have 1 16 x 22 board. And the other 2 should be 18 x 22.
#8: Attach the side boards to the roof
You’re now done sawing by this point. And it’s time to put the boards together.
So get the wood glue. And apply some to an edge of one of the side boards.
Then stick it to one end of the roof.
Now do the same for the other side board. And this time, stick it to the other end of the roof.
#9: Prop up the garage to cover your Roomba and its home base
You’re all but done at this point. You just need to wait a few minutes for the wood glue to dry out.
Afterward, you may now place the garage over the Roomba and its base. Just lean it against the wall where the dock’s located.
And that’s it.
Of course, as an option, you may begin designing it if you’d like.
You may use simple paint to color it. And you may also place items like plants on top of the garage roof for added design.
But even without decorations, the wood garage should still look fine on its own.
Other ideas to hide your Roomba
Roombas have actually improved in design over the years. And they can serve as interior decorations now.
However, it’s understandable that many would rather keep their robot vacuum out of sight.
It’s easy to trip or stumble from it, after all, because of its size.
Plus, if you have kids or fur babies, they might accidentally damage it. And as we know, Roombas are pretty expensive.
So if you’re wondering how or where to hide your robot vacuum other than in a garage…
I’ve got plenty of suggestions for you.
#1: Place your Roomba under a bed or a sofa
The best place to hide your Roomba is under a bed or a sofa.
For one, those areas are difficult to reach even by toddlers. So your robot vacuum’s perfectly safe there.
Another reason is it’s completely out of sight. No one will see your Roomba there at all unless they deliberately peek underneath.
However, just ensure that there’s still enough space there for the charging dock. And that there’s a nearby outlet.
Otherwise, your Roomba won’t be able to function at all.
Further reading: (7 Tips) Roomba Stuck Under Bed / Couch
#2: Put your Roomba beside your kitchen trash bin
If your bed or sofa doesn’t have enough space for your Roomba and its dock…
The next best place to hide it is beside your kitchen’s trash bin.
It’s another area that’s mostly off-limits for kids and household guests. So you won’t have to worry about your Roomba being there.
Also, by placing your robot vacuum close to a trash bin…
Cleaning out its home base should be really easy.
And if you really want your Roomba to blend in there…
You may also get a kitchen trash bin that matches its colors.
#3: Hide your Roomba underneath a cabinet
Does your living room have a cabinet in it?
If so, the bottom part of one of that furniture can also serve as a hiding place for your Roomba.
Just like underneath a bed or a sofa…
The bottom of a cabinet’s another area that only a Roomba can get to.
But again, consider the charging dock as well. See to it that it can also fit there.
#4: Station your Roomba beneath a staircase
Now, this is for those who own a multi-story house.
Does your staircase have an open space underneath?
If so, it’s another great spot to hide your robot vacuum.
The area under the staircase is normally big enough. So it can fit even the bulkiest Roomba clean base.
Just ensure that there’s no furniture or objects getting in its way. So it can easily get in and out whenever you summon it.
#5: Cover your Roomba with decorative skins
Do you want to know how to hide your Roomba in plain sight?
Just buy a cover or a skin for it.
iRobot actually sells decorative vinyl skins for Roombas. You can customize the look of your robot vacuum with hundreds of designs to choose from.
They only cost $29.99 each. So it’s a pretty affordable way to turn your Roomba into a house decoration.
In addition, there’s another company called Robo Rascals. This firm specializes in Roomba covers.
But unlike iRobot’s designer skins…
Robo Rascal’s products are full-on clothes that you put on your Roomba.
You may order those through their website. And like iRobot’s skins, Robo Rascal’s covers are also priced at $29.99.