Once referred to as the “last bastion of masculinity,” man caves are becoming more and more popular among men wanting somewhere of their own to relax with a drink, play video or bar games, and have some much-needed downtime. But with space at a premium in many people’s homes, turning the dream of a man cave into reality isn’t always easy, especially as the room required to raise children or work from home usually takes precedence. However, it is well within the realms of possibility to make your man cave happen even if you don’t have much room or resources at your disposal. Here’s how…
Utilise excess outdoor space
If you don’t have a spare room or enough space inside your home for a man cave, there’s nothing stopping you from creating one outside instead. From wooden sheds to prefabricated metal huts, there are numerous options to choose from, many of which are incredibly durable and extremely comfortable whatever the weather. Even so, you’ll still need to abide by planning permission rules for outbuildings and structures such as sheds. Most of the time though, planning permission won’t be required.
Measure your space and plan accordingly
From reclining chairs to widescreen televisions, pool tables to sporting memorabilia, they’ll be a temptation to cram as much stuff into your man cave as possible. But, in order for it to be both fun and functional, you should measure the available space carefully and plan out where everything is going to go.
An easy way to plan your man cave is to transfer your measurements to graph paper using a 1/4″ or 1/2″ scale. By working out the details on paper before hand, you’ll find it much easier bringing everything together in real life.
Make a list of everything you’ll need
Once you’ve got a location for your man cave and planned the available space carefully, you can get busy with a list of everything you’ll need to make it happen. Along with furniture and appliances, don’t forget to include things like carpet or flooring, paint for the walls, and other miscellaneous items.
Also, it’s a good idea to leave yourself a 10-15 per cent allowance for unforeseen costs and expenses – there’s bound to be some.
Create a realistic schedule and stick to it
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and chances are your man cave won’t be either. So, come up with a realistic schedule of when certain jobs need to be completed by and stick to it, otherwise you’ll end up falling behind much to the frustration of your partner or family.
Don’t forget that the creation of your man cave can be just as fun as admiring the end result, so relish the time spent decorating and renovating.
Get professional help as and when required
Even if you’re an adept and accomplished DIYer, there could be several jobs that are best left to the professionals, especially those involving gas and electricity.
After all, the NHS recently revealed that there were almost 4,800 admissions to hospital wards for injuries from drills and other power tools in just 12 months. Don’t be a statistic by getting help as and when you need it most.