Every man needs his own space around the house – somewhere to relax, be yourself and do the things that you enjoy. For some men that means a garden shed, spilling over with tools and equipment for gardening and DIY. But not everyone is so keen on a cold, dingy space. For some, the idea of a man cave is far more appealing.
A man cave can give the space to de-stress, regulate emotions and get in some much-needed ‘me time’ away from the chores of daily life. But short of building an extension, many people believe that simply don’t have the space in their home to have their own man cave.
This may be the case, but you might also be overlooking an area of the house that could be ideal. Do you have a garage that you simply don’t use? The car has probably never seen the inside, and the garage has become some a dumping ground for all of the junk that you never use. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
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This could give the ideal space for a man cave. So here are some simple steps that you can follow to create an ideal space that’s just for you.
1. Clean it up
This part won’t be much fun, but it has to be done! If the story above was ringing a bell then it’s probably the case that your garage has accumulated a rather large collection of things that you simply never use anymore, alongside a range of items that you thought might come in useful sometime, but never did.
You could find everything from DIY supplies, tools and cleaning materials to bicycles, old white foods and furniture. If you are going to create a fantastic man cave, then it is time to get ruthless with this stuff. If you don’t use it, then you don’t need it. Plenty of things can be sold, recycled or given to charity, so you don’t need to assume that everything needs to be thrown out.
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2. Insulate and heat
If you’re going to be relaxing in your garage then you need it to be much warmer. This means that you’ll need to invest in both insulation and heating. Insulating is a truly vital step, helping you to keep the heat in and enjoy pleasant temperatures. You might also be surprised at the difference that insulating your garage makes to your home generally, if you have an attached garage.
In any case it will help you to reduce the energy bills from heating the garage. Adding cost-effective heating such as underfloor heating or oil-filled radiators is also essential.
3. Painting and decorating
Next it is time to paint and decorate your man cave. You might think that this is an unnecessary step, but you want your space to be somewhere that you look forward to go. So why not get creative? This is your chance to create a part of the house that is completely designed around the colours and artistic choices that you want – just because it’s a ‘cave’ it doesn’t have to be dingy!
This can be a job that you accomplish over a couple of a weekends – painting up the property and adding soft furnishings can make a huge difference to the overall aesthetic of the man cave.
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4. Add lighting
Your garage probably has a simple ceiling light fitted, and while this might illuminate the room, is can give a very sparse feeling to your man cave. There are a huge range of lighting options, from stylish industrial metal fittings to unique art deco style interior design. Just make sure that it is something that suits you, and provides plenty of light for whatever activities you are looking forward to enjoying.
5. Furnish to your taste!
Remember that you can use your man cave however you want. Perhaps you will fit it out with a huge TV, a games console and a gaming chair.
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Maybe you’ve always wanted your own pool table and darts board. Or perhaps you want to create a shrine to your favourite football team. The important thing is that you choose something that is going to make you happy.
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Thank you to Annie Button for this article! Follow her on her Twitter account for more related content: @anniebutton1994 and read her previous article on Homestyler here.
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