It’s easy to only think of the garage as the place to park your car and store your holiday decorations and tools. But that’s not what everyone wants out of a garage space. Maybe you don’t need a place to store goods or vehicles as much as you need a gaming room or a place to hang out with your friends. An unused garage is a great space to convert into a man cave. Take a look at a few things that you definitely need if you want to make your garage into a man cave.
One of the best features of using a garage as a man cave is that the garage is separate from the rest of the house. You won’t be in anyone’s way, and any mess that accumulates is confined away from the main part of the house. However, the garage is usually also separate from the airflow of the rest of the house – it’s probably not hooked up to the vents that funnel central AC through your home, for example.
That means that you need to consider the temperature control in your garage. Not only do you want the space to be a comfortable space to spend time in, you also want to make sure that the humidity is under control so that the things you have inside of your man cave aren’t damaged by moisture. You probably need at least a dehumidifier and a fan to prevent stagnant air. You may want to add a portable air conditioner and heater, depending on the comfort level in your garage.
Despite the name, you don’t want your man cave to literally feel like a cave. You want to be able to see what you’re doing. If your garage lighting currently consists of a bare bulb in the center of the ceiling, you’re definitely in need of an upgrade.
Floor and table lamps and string lights can brighten up the room without the need to do any complex installation tasks. You may also want to look for stick-on LED lights. This is great for spotlighting – for example when you need to illuminate a dart board in a dark corner of the room.
It’s hard to imagine a fully-equipped man cave without enough electrical outlets. You need spaces to plug in a television, speakers, gaming systems, a mini-fridge, and countless other things. But the chances are good that your garage didn’t come equipped with all of the outlets you need in exactly the places you need them.
This is an area where it’s important not to skimp. Don’t try to solve an outlet shortage by running extension cords all over your floor or plugging too many devices into one outlet. These shortcuts can lead to anything from tripping hazards to damage to your devices to fire hazards. Have an electrician check the wiring and add additional outlets where needed. That way, you’ll be able to safely plug things in exactly where you need them.
You need experts in garage renovation to help you transform your garage into the perfect man cave. To find out what your garage needs, schedule your free design consultation