Today, if you’re a dude or a gearhead of any kind, building a man cave is the top priority in your home. Building the perfect man cave is often a combination of smart design, high-tech entertainment, and lived-in, comfy furniture. There is simply no better way to leave behind the troubles of your day or week than by retreating to your man cave.
We’ll tell you about our number one must-have item for your garage man cave at the end of the article
For the mechanically project-minded, these cherished spaces allow us to slow down in a fast-paced world and refresh our minds. For many men who have families, the man cave may be the only space in the house that they can truly call their own – free of kids, dogs, and wives or significant others.
It’s a space uniquely designated for masculine interests.
The Garage Man Cave
Whether you are planning a new man cave buildout or renovating your current shadowy den, you want it to be cool. And there are certainly some cool (and very expensive) man caves out there. Our man caves are our personal sanctuaries. A place where we can amass our collections and display our wins throughout the years. It’s where we keep the things that matter most to us like our trophies, photographs, and even the collection of baseball cards we’ve had since we were boys. A man cave, to a man, is like a Carrie Bradshaw closet to his female counterpart. It’s an opportunity for you to show off your unique style and personality.
But what if you spend all of your time in your garage?
An unused garage is a perfect space for a custom man cave, providing a place for you to unwind and relax. You can easily transform your garage into a man cave and still set it up to be a garage again in the future. OR some guys simply convert their existing garage into a partial man cave if their interests lie in automobiles and the restoration of vintage cars.
We’ll tell you about our number one must-have item for your garage man cave at the end of the article, but first here’s a list of some actions to take to begin your garage conversion.
Change the flooring
Comfy sanctuaries don’t usually include cold concrete floors, especially if they have oil stains on them. Instead of paying for padding and carpeting that you would have to rip out if you ever needed ALL of your garage back, you can use stone epoxy flooring directly over your concrete and instantly transform the look and feel of your garage man cave. Stone epoxy is easy to clean, durable, slip-resistant, and great looking all at the same time. It also happens to be more affordable than plush carpeting.
Finish the walls
Many garages have unfinished spaces or walls that are lacking insulation and drywall. Even when garage walls are painted, they tend to be a matte white that does not match the texture and aesthetic of your home elsewhere. Finish off the walls with texture and a fresh coat of paint so it feels more like a part of your house.
Pro tip: Though it may be tempting, you may want to avoid dark colors on the walls in your garage. Stick with light, neutral colors that you can accent with other design features so you don’t find yourself in a dungeon.
Update the lighting
Let’s be honest, garage lighting is an afterthought. You might just have a single lightbulb hanging in the middle of the garage there… Or even worse, there might be some fluorescent ballasts containing those irritating, flickering vibes that will not lend to your man cave experience.
Rip that stuff out.
Add some new light fixtures. Perhaps hit an estate sale or two and see what you can find. Place a lamp in a couple of corners like it’s your basement space. New lighting will again make the space look more like a room and less like a converted garage, and it won’t cost much money to purchase.
You can build a custom set of shelves for your man cave that doubles as extra storage for your tools and other garage accessories. If you’re a gear head you might not care about having them in sight, but if you’re not that stuff can go away.
For instance, you might create a wall-to-wall set of cabinets that houses everything you don’t want to see in your man cave, and then you can use the top to hold your TV, movies, Beer keg, or whatever else you want in there. Try to build a shelving system that you could use for both a man cave and a garage to keep the space as versatile as possible.
Furniture & accessories
The finishing touches on your garage man cave might include electronics, couches, furniture, table, and accessories that make you happy. Make the space your own! If you plan on spending a lot of time out there relaxing, kicking back with friends, or working on your automobiles and motorcycles, then you’ll want to think about the garage door, which leads us to our number recommended item for your garage man cave.
Install an Olympic large opening screen
Our top recommended item to enhance the enjoyment of your garage man cave is to install an Olympic screen. You’ll open up your garage to fresh, natural ventilation with the Olympic retractable screen by Genius. The Olympic screen is ideal for openings up to 16.5 feet wide and 10 feet tall.
And it couldn’t be easier… It’s available in a manual version with a pull-chain or a motorized version which includes a portable and easy-to-use remote control. You can be in your garage during all of the spring, summer, and fall months enjoying the fresh air and natural light without the bugs, leaves, or other debris inviting themselves inside.
Genius Olympic Large Opening Screens – Motorized or Manual
Shop online for Olympic retractable screens
Olympic screens are easy to order. This large retractable screen is custom-made in the United States for the measurements of your particular space. To order or learn more about them, visit Genius Olympic Retractable Screens.