With property values at a premium in so many states, homeowners are looking to utilize every square inch of their homes in new and creative ways. Today’s garages are being repurposed for everything from game rooms to family living areas to spectacular man caves.
If you want to turn your garage into the ultimate man paradise, here are five great ways to do it.
1. Clear out the clutter
If you’re one of those people or families that ends up throwing everything you don’t know what to do with in the garage, then the first step to creating your personal man oasis is to create space for it.
It’s not enough to just take everything out of the garage and replace it, you’re going to have to downsize and minimize. If you really want the cave of your dreams, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and send some things to the Goodwill or pass them on to the neighbors.
2. Create a plan
While you can outfit your man cave piecemeal, you’re going to end up with a far better end result if you draw up some garage organization plans. Start by figuring out what you want the entire thing to look like when you are done, and then work backwards to figure out what you need to do and purchase to make your dream a reality. Some of this, of course, is going to be dependent on what you have left over from your purging, so be sure and make a comprehensive plan for storing all of your remaining garage items.
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3. Lay a floor
Perhaps one of the key elements in a spectacular man cave is transforming your bare, oil-stained concrete floor into a sparkling majestic landscape. There are a number of ways to do this, from laying custom mats or tile to having your garage sealed with either an epoxy flooring or a basic concrete sealer. Today’s garage floors are both durable, stain resistant and in some cases, downright luxurious.
4. Build or install storage
While you may have downsizes drastically, you are still going to need a place to store all the things you genuinely need to keep in your garage. Storage can be as simple as hanging pegboard to organize all your tools, implements and sporting equipment on the walls, to having full walls of custom cabinetry built and installed. While you may use your garage almost solely as a man cave, you may still occasionally want or need to use it as a work space. Investing in some rolling tool boxes will help you keep your man cave a dual-purpose space.
Once you have all the clutter and chaos cleared away and under control, your flooring laid and your remaining items stored away neatly, it’s time to outfit your man cave. From building a full bar, to installing a jukebox or giant theater-style reclining couch, there is no limit to what you can do with your new man space.
Turning your garage into a spectacular man cave may take a great deal of time and energy – not to mention money – but in the end, you will have a great space to hang with your man children or entertain your buddies. But be careful not to make it too luxurious, or the wife might start taking it over for entertaining as well!