What man doesn’t love a man cave? A man cave can be a spare bedroom, media room, den, basement, or my personal favorite the Garage Man Cave. Every man needs his own space in the house, why not the garage? Nothing says grown man like an impeccable hangout where you can park all your toys and handle your business. This is less expensive than building a new addition onto your house and will take a lot less time, so it’s a great option for extra space.
Turn your dusty old Garage into something cool.
The first decision you need to make with your garage man cave is how extensive you want your conversion to be. If this space is going to be used all day and night as a living quarters (are you in the dog house?), and you live in an area with weather that gets very cold or hot, you have a lot more things to do to convert the space (i.e. heating, air conditioning, insulation throughout). However, if you are doing something simpler, such as an area for manly socializing, you can get by with less work.
When creating a garage man cave, you can get by with very minimal if that’s okay with you. Or if you prefer to make it look like a room inside a home, that’s always an option it just requires a lot more work. If you plan on using any electronics or pool table, insulation and HVAC are a must to protect your toys from extreme temperatures and humidity.
The Garage Door
One thing keeping the garage from achieving its full garage man cave potential is the inability to keep the door open while keeping out the pests, especially after nightfall. A garage screen from Tiger Wire can help you transform you garage’s space simply, practically, and affordably. The Lifestyle garage door screen is a fully retractable garage screen door that works with your existing garage door. The screen’s counterbalance system makes it effortless to open and close the screen without need for an electric opener. It also provides a tight fit when open, occupying the same position as your garage door.
Now you can go from garage to a cool, bright, pest-free space in seconds. When you’re done enjoying the great outdoors, simply retract your Lifestyle garage screen system and close your garage door as usual. No more pests get in…just the free flowing fresh air that comes from the great out of doors.
A detached garage man cave will need more consideration to insulation because they don’t get the heat or AC from an attached home. If your garage is unfinished, you can simply put up the insulation between the wall studs and close up the insulation by installing drywall. Paint the drywall with your color of choice. If your garage is already finished with drywall, that will just make this one less step to do.
Most garages are on a concrete slab, so this should be a much easier process. If you want insulated floors, as concrete can get quite cold, then you will need to put insulation down, and install floor boards. If you have floorboards, you can install carpet. If you are keeping the floors concrete, you can lay down large rugs or find carpet remnant pieces for your floor.
You can either bring in furniture from your home to the garage man cave, or shop for new items, but you must have something for all the guys to sit on. Not to mention you have to have food and drinks to offer so you need at least a bar sized fridge.
The Man Caveness
A garage man cave isn’t a man cave without the right accoutrements. Make it your own. You might enjoy having the garage as a garage in some areas, with tools hanging on the walls or camping gear in the corner. Or you can trick the whole place out like a dive bar. Remember to make it comfortable, so there’s a place to relax between shuffleboard games. If you’re still into beer pong, you probably don’t care if you’re sitting on some stacked up milk crates, but if you’ve graduated to billiards and a home theater it’s time to invest in something softer.
The garage is the quintessential man cave.
What do you think about turning your garage into a garage man cave?