LAST UPDATED ON May 17th, 2020
The garage is a safe refuge that guys have at home. Turning it into a garage man cave may just be the upgrade you need. Transform it from a dingy, storage space into a place where you can escape into your own world, just a few feet away from your living room.
A man cave garage is a great way for motorheads, both car and bike enthusiasts alike, to display their collection as well as work on them from time to time. But creating this man cave can be tough and costly. So, we’ve made an awesome checklist on how to transform your garage into a perfect place to relax by yourself or with friends.
Step 1: Start with a blank slate
Clear out the garage. You don’t want junk getting in the way of building your dream refuge and personal showroom. Transfer all the items to your attic or sell off the ones you no longer need. Make sure to dust off the cobwebs before you get started.
Step 2: Think about room temperature
Before you start designing the aesthetics of your space, you need to make sure that it would be resistant to the changing seasons. Insulating your walls, doors, and windows would keep you warm during cold winter while keeping the summer heat away.
Your garage will be in constant fluctuating temperature, this makes the environment conducive for both molds and mildew to thrive. Humidity levels reaching 50% can impact pretty much everything in your garage, from garage bar accessories to tools to cars. Having a dependable dehumidifier inside your garage will help you prevent these issues.
Step 3: Check the wiring and outlets
Modern man caves need TVs and entertainment systems so knowing where your outlets are would give you leeway to plan the layout. You may need to ask an electrician to rewire if you will add sockets or if you want to transfer existing ones based on your layout.
Step 4: Revamp your floors and walls
Concrete slab is already a durable option for your garage flooring and makes a great industrial-looking finish. If you don’t dig working on bare concrete, place non-slip rollout floor mats for when you need to do some messy job in the garage. Mats are very easy to clean. Just simply roll them up, take them out onto the driveway or lawn, unroll them, and wash them with a garden hose.
Apart from insulating your walls, they also need a complete overhaul. Splash some color on the walls. Stick a nice wall decal, or simply paint over them and let your man cave décor speak for themselves. If you’re a little tight on budget, a brick overlay for your entire wall is also a winner. Hang some functional wall decor: tire-inspired wall clock and wrench-shaped key rack.
Step 5: Add some lit lights
You need some cool lights to set the atmosphere of your soon-to-be awesome garage man cave. Depending on the style you are going for, you can choose from staple lighting choices. Pendant lights look great for an industrial interior and will easily showcase each car in your collection. Go for recessed lights if you’re rooting for a modern design. They are perfect for a spacious garage and create a very sleek look.
Light strips, wall lights, and track lights can also add accents or color to certain areas of your man cave. Add some spotlights for your prized cars on platforms. Put in some lamps that you can use during poker nights and beer sessions.
Step 6: Leave space for a bar and fridge
You probably would use a great amount of space for your cars and bikes but save some for a bar. Having a man cave bar provides convenience for long hours of staying cooped up and having the space all to yourself. You don’t need to go back into the house for refreshments because all your needs are available in a man cave fridge within an arm’s reach inside your space.
Here are a few suggestions for some cool bar accessories. First, you need some durable but comfortable seats. Metal bar stools are a great choice but you could also go for wooden swivel or bombo style stools. Don’t forget the glassware: shot glasses, jiggers, highballs, Collins, and shooters are must-haves. Have a keg or a dispenser for your beer. Throw in a bartender kit to complete the ensemble.
Step 7: Time for the fun stuff
One of the fun parts in creating your garage man cave is getting some great furniture and appliances. Functional but stylish, comfortable yet manly, that’s what you should aim for. Bar stools, recliners, and couches are man cave must-haves. Add a coffee table or a gaming table where you can gather around with your friends, maybe some man cave shelves or a display case for your books, action figures, collections, and other memorabilia.
Along with these, install some big screen LED TVs for sports or movie nights. For those who don’t worry about busting their budget, why not add a smart hub and connect your entertainment system, gaming consoles, and other appliances?
Step 8: Go the extra mile
Consider some other accessories like tin signs, vintage license plate signs, racing flags, ramps to display your prized cars, DIY items made from your garage scrap and whatever you want in your space that shows your hobbies, interests, and personal flair.
You can also add a vehicle lift, an elevated platform for your bikes or some bunk beds for unexpected sleepovers. Trust me, there are no holds barred on what you can put in your man cave garage.
Create Your Cool Garage Man Cave
There you have it. Use these garage man cave ideas to upgrade your garage into an ultimate man haven. For more man cave inspirations, check out this article on 17 Awesome Man Cave Ideas to Build Your Dream Refuge.