A garage has uses beyond just being used to store your shiny commuter car and fancy hardware. It can easily be transformed into an extra living space for you and your buddies to hang out in without disturbing the rest of the house.
The most important part of a man cave, though, is the feeling it provides you. Do you want a mancave that’s for watching sports with your pals, or a mancave that is for video gaming, drinking, lounging around, or all of the above?
Read on to make sure your garage is properly equipped not just for storage, but for parties, weekend games with the boys, or just a place you can get away comfortably.
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Lounge Furniture: Two things every man-cave needs to even be considered a place to relax are good, comfortable furniture and a TV, preferably a larger one.
Having a futon instead of a couch can be utilitarian, as it allows your friends to stay the night, but it still gives you a spot to sit down in. On the other hand, a large, comfy leather or suede couch will be very comfortable for a long period of sitting time, although harder to keep clean and take care of.
Consider buying a few end tables, a shelf for storage, and other things you would use in your living room. You’re going to spend a lot of time out here, so make sure it serves your needs.
Before you begin buying the furniture, map out the area you’ll be using. If your garage is going to need to be multi-use, as in, when your parents come to visit, they park their hybrid four door in your garage, you’re going to want to know ahead of time to buy furniture that can be easily moved around.
The Right TV: The TV is where everything in the man-cave happens. Aside from drinking, talking, and playing darts, the man-cave is centered around the TV both literally and figuratively. The TV should be in a place where anyone in the man-cave can see it clearly, so a high-up location on a shelf or a thin TV that can be hung up on a wall would be optimal.
The Walls and Floors: The way your walls and floors are accessorized can add a lot of character to your man-cave. If you think you’re going to spend a lot of time watching sports with your friends in there, get some memorabilia to hang up on the walls from your favorite teams. If you plan on gaming or doing your hobbies in there, buy some posters or other wall decorations related to your favorite games or inspirations.
For the floor, as long as the bland and cold grey stone of the garage floor is covered, you’ve already done a lot to improve the aesthetic of the man-cave. Think about getting a themed rug for your favorite sports teams or be silly with it and get a shag rug to really set the lounging mood in the garage. Anything that you don’t mind getting a little dusty will work just fine, but ideally pick something that is easy to care for.
Accessories and Extras
The walls, floors, furniture, and TV in your man-cave are all placed down now, but it doesn’t feel quite finished, does it? That’s because you still need to add some flair and some accessories that make it a comfortable and care-free place to be.
Think about buying a beer fridge or, if you want to get advanced with it, build a bar into a corner of the garage for storing cocktail mixers and such. You can pick up dart boards, foosball tables, and ping-pong tables cheap online or from a local story like Furniture Works.
Use dimmer lights in the man-cave – not so dim that you can’t see 5 feet in front of you, but dimmer than the lights in the rest of the house. This will help to set the mood of a place of relaxation and can subtly change the way you feel being in the garage rather than the rest of the house – you may find yourself spending more time there than you do inside!
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