How to create a man cave in your garage

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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The garage is traditionally known for storing your cars, but there is no better place for a man cave. What is a man cave, you ask? It’s a sanctuary for where men can retreat to and either be by themselves, or hang out with their fellow male friends and to watch a game or play cards. It’s most often found in the basement or spare room and is equipped with all of the essentials: a TV, comfortable seating, plenty of refreshments and more. If you’re looking to build a man cave in your garage, here are a few tips to go about doing so:

Know what you want in the space

What is the main purpose of this space? Maybe you’ll spend most of your time in the man cave watching TV and movies, or maybe you and your friends love to play pool. It could also be used for entertaining, fully equipped with a bar and comfortable seating. It’s important to plan out these things before jumping into the design of the space.

Take proper measurements

Go throughout the space and take precise measurements of the walls you’re wanting to transform. This way, when you go shopping for furnishings like TVs, couches and pool tables, you’ll know exactly how much space you have to work with.

Draw out your ideas

If you have a good idea in your head of what you want your man cave to look like, sketch a rough layout on graph paper. That way you can erase mistakes and see what you do and don’t like before putting in the physical effort. You may love the idea of a big couch in front of the TV, but when you see how much space it takes up, you may rethink things.

Get creative

When working with a garage, think out-of-the-box for a truly unique man cave. Figure out how the layout can work to your advantage. Think about how to fit your passions within the area’s limitations. Keep these tips in mind when decorating your garage:

  • Use shelving: It gives you a place to organize your things, whether it’s a library or a display of your beer mugs. The shelving should be solid, substantial and allow for a growing collection.
  • Opt for multi-purpose furniture: Items like ottomans with built-in storage space are perfect for man caves. They give you a place to put your feet up while relaxing and keeping clutter at bay.
  • Let there be light: Lots of light, whether it’s natural or artificial, can make your space appear larger. Get creative with your light fixtures; empty kegs and beer bottles can often be transformed into light fixtures – perfect for any man cave. You could also opt to open windows for some natural ventilation.
  • Retractable screens: Motorized retractable screens are perfect to open up with the garage opening. This way, you can hang out in your man sanctuary in private while still enjoying the fresh air, keeping bugs out and staying protected from harmful UV rays.

Stock up on all the essentials

What your man cave contains is completely up to you and depends on the theme of your room. However, consider all of the following for a new, personalized space: video games, a fireplace, comfortable chairs, a pool table, DVD racks filled with movies and games, a hammock, a mini bar fridge, projection screens and a bear skin rug. Don’t be afraid to stock up on items that really reflect your personality. This is your space, so if you have a collection of Star Wars figures you want to show off, go for it.