Sometimes you crave your own space and the freedom to do what you want without being disturbed.
Whether that involves having a room in the house in which you can relax on the weekends or a space that’s all about your love of DIY, it’s important for your mental health. That’s why you need a man cave.
What, exactly, is a man cave?
A man cave is a place in the house where you can relax and engage in your hobbies or DIY without people bothering you.
A garage could be your perfect man cave! But, you might be wondering how you will be able to transform it so that it becomes your sanctuary. Here’s how.
- 1 How To Turn Your Garage Into A Man Cave
- 2 Why Your Garage Is The Perfect Man Cave
- 3 Related Questions
- 4 Conclusion
How To Turn Your Garage Into A Man Cave
If you’re intrigued by the idea of turning your garage into a man cave, there are some things you’ll need to do.
Here’s a rundown of them.
Consider Your Needs
The first thing you need to do is figure out what you want your man cave to be like. Do you want it to be functional, such as a place where you can do DIY? Or, do you want it to be very cozy and relaxing?
Asking yourself these questions will help you when it comes to what items you’ll need, such as workbenches and sawhorses or sofas and bar fridges.
You might also want a sporty theme – maybe you’d like to be able to watch sport and have fun in your man cave, so items like a TV, pool table, and/or poker table could work well.
Insulate Your Garage Door
If you’re going to use your garage as your man cave, you’ll be using the door even more than usual. So you want it to be insulated properly. For more information on how to insulate a garage door, read, “Garage Insulation: A Complete Guide.”
This will ensure that the garage is energy efficient and it will block out some noise from outside. As a bonus, garage door insulation will help to make your door look more aesthetically pleasing.
Insulate The Walls
While you’re improving your garage door’s insulation, you should also spare a thought for insulating the walls with a material such as fiberglass.
Not only will this DIY project make the garage more energy efficient, but it will prevent your garage from getting too cold during the winter months and too hot when the sun’s blazing outside.
Change The Lighting
Chances are the fluorescent tube lighting that’s currently in your garage isn’t going to cut it if you want a more relaxing ambiance, but it might be perfect if your man cave is going to be used for DIY projects.
Just make sure that if you’re working on very detailed tasks, you install lightbulbs that are at least 60 to 80 watts.
On the other hand, fluorescent or halogen bulbs are great for illuminating your reading devices if you want to use the space to relax and catch up on your sci-fi novels.
Consider Bathroom Facilities
No matter what you’re going to be using your man cave for, you’ll need to have basic bathroom facilities, such as a toilet and basin/sink.
A sink will also be useful if you intend on having friends over or if you need to wash items when working on your DIY projects. If your garage is in close proximity to a bathroom or kitchen in the house, you might not need plumbing.
Think About Comfort Items
You might not want a cozy setup, but it helps to have items that will increase your comfort whenever you spend time in your garage. These items can include a sofa, recliner, coffee table, coffee maker/mini bar.
They will also make your man cave much more practical. Try to find second-hand items if you can or use furniture from the house that’s in storage so that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on new ones.
Install Air Conditioning
You don’t want your garage to become hot and stuffy, so make sure you install air conditioning. Find out what your garage square footage is and then compare it to the air conditioning unit’s BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating.
The higher its BTU rating, the more it’ll be able to eliminate hot air from a large space faster. How many BTUs do you need for your garage-slash-man cave? You can easily work it out with this online calculator.
It’s worth bearing in mind that since many garages don’t have much insulation and are susceptible to experiencing high temps, you’ll need an air conditioner with a higher BTU rating.
Improve The Flooring
Another essential task to do to make your man cave more appealing and comfortable is to get rid of your garage floor’s stains and damage.
A paint job can help tremendously in this regard, plus it will add a nice boost of décor to the place. To find out more about how to paint your garage concrete floor (or stain it), read, “Stain vs Paint For Your Concrete Garage.”
Add Some Storage
Every man cave will need storage space. This can take the form of extra cabinets, shelves, or even floating shelves or ottomans that double up as storage boxes if you’re really short on space.
Get A Hoist!
If you have items you’re currently storing in the garage, these can take up lots of space. You need to install a ceiling hoist so that you can lift them off the ground and clear up some space for your man cave items.
Check out the article, “Best Garage Hoist For Your Bike Or Kayak” to discover the best garage hoists on the market so that you choose the safest option. You don’t want those heavy objects to come crashing down on you!
Put Up Some Drywall
It’s a good idea to install drywall over your existing walls as this will enable you to hang things on the wall, such as décor. Here are some tips on installing drywall quickly and efficiently.
- Install the drywall sheets horizontally. You should start from the top of the wall.
- Mark the stud locations on the existing plaster walls so you can find them later.
- A caulk gun will be useful so you can apply Liquid Nails to the old wall surface.
- Lift the sheet of drywall and place it into the upper corner of the wall so it covers the Liquid Nails (via Extreme How To). With the use of the Liquid Nails, your drywall will be securely attached to the plaster of the existing wall.
- Secure it in place and fasten it to the studs with the use of your drywall screws.
- Countersink all the screws.
Why Your Garage Is The Perfect Man Cave
When you’re busy trying to find the best room in the house to convert into a man cave, it’s really worth considering your garage. Here’s why.
- It’s usually separate from the rest of the house. This makes it ideal because it gives you your own space and privacy.
- It’s where you do your DIY so it’s already sort of your place. If you like doing odd jobs around the house, chances are you head to your garage to get them done, whether that means building or cutting things. Setting up a man cave could take this idea of the garage being your domain to a higher level.
- It has its own exit from the house. If you want to have some time on your own to relax before spending time with other members of your household, you’ll love that you can enter your garage without first having to enter the main door of the house.
What is Liquid Nails?
Liquid Nails is a strong multipurpose construction adhesive. It forms a durable and lasting bond, so it’s perfect for use when you want to attach a drywall to an existing wall in your garage man cave.
How much does a man cave cost?
A man cave can cost between $5,000 to $20,000 to create (via Man Cave Know How) but it can be less if you stick to a budget or if you don’t plan on making many changes to your current garage setup.
Having your own man cave doesn’t need to be a pipedream. You can turn your garage into a man cave with some quick and easy changes to your living arrangements.
By setting up your man cave in your garage, you can make the most of facilities that are already there – such as your tool storage if you want to make your man cave a DIY haven – without having to build a man cave from scratch.