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  • How To Create A Mancave In A Room, Basement Or Garage

    June 03, 2021 8 min read

    How To Create A Mancave In A Room, Basement Or Garage

    A Mancave That Will 'STEEL' Your Heart

     When we think of a "mancave," we think of games, LED lights, wood and metal accents, and enjoying an occasional adult beverage around the built-in bar. 

    Creating a manly man cave is an excellent way to have a space to call your own. A man cave is a place to relax, unwind, and indulge in your favorite hobbies and interests. With the right decor, it can become a true sanctuary. In this article, we'll provide tips on how to create the perfect manly man cave with LED lights, a bar, a flatscreen TV, and manly shelves with steel supports and brackets.

    Let us help you bring your man cave to a new level.

    The first step in creating a mancave is to select the perfect location. A man cave can be located anywhere in your home or even in your garage. It should be a private and secluded space, allowing you to escape the rest of the world and focus on your hobbies and interests.

    Measure twice and cut once

    Start by planning the layout of the room. Decide where you want to place the bar, seating, Flatscreen TV, and other entertainment areas like a pool table or a dart board. Make sure there is enough space for comfortable seating and movement. Do not overcrowd the room, which will make it an uncomfortable space.

    Here are some tips to help you measure twice and cut once when planning your man cave:

    1. Measure the Room: Start by measuring the room where you plan to create your man cave. Measure the length and width of the room, as well as the height of the ceiling. This will give you an accurate idea of how much space you have to work with.

    2. Decide on the Layout: Once you have measured the room, decide on the layout for your man cave. Consider where you want to place your TV, seating, bar, and other essential features. Draw out your plan on paper to get a clear idea of how everything will fit into the space.

    3. Measure Your Furniture: If you plan to bring in furniture, measure the items to ensure they will fit in the space. Consider the height, width, and depth of each item and make sure you have enough space to comfortably fit everything.

    4. Consider the Traffic Flow: Think about how you and your guests will move around the room. You don't want to create a layout that makes it difficult to get around. Make sure there is enough space to move freely and comfortably.

    5. Account for Electrical Outlets: Don't forget to consider electrical outlets when planning your man cave. Make sure you have enough outlets for your electronics and that they are in the right locations.

    6. Double-Check Your Measurements: Once you have completed your plan, double-check your measurements. Make sure everything will fit and that you haven't overlooked anything important.

    By taking the time to measure twice and cut once, you can ensure that you create the ultimate man cave that meets all your needs. Proper planning will help you avoid any costly mistakes or headaches down the road. So get out your paper, pencil, and measuring tape, and start planning the perfect man cave for you and your friends to enjoy.

    2. Choose a bar

    When it comes to creating a man cave, a bar is often considered the centerpiece of the space. It's a great way to create a central feature that is both functional and stylish. However, choosing the right bar can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect bar and incorporate it into your man cave for the best spacing:

    1. Consider Your Style: When choosing a bar for your man cave, consider your personal style. Do you prefer a classic, vintage look, or a modern, industrial style? This will help you narrow down your options and find a bar that matches your tastes. 

    2. Choose the Right Material: Bars come in a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and glass. Consider the overall aesthetic of your man cave and choose a material that complements the space.

    3. Add a Bar Fridge: A bar fridge is a great addition to any man cave bar. It allows you to keep drinks and snacks cold and within easy reach. Make sure to choose a fridge that fits your space and has enough storage for your needs.

    4. Incorporate Seating: Bar seating is an essential part of any man cave bar. Make sure to choose comfortable stools that are the right height for the bar. You can also consider adding a comfortable sofa or chairs for additional seating.

    5. Create Space for Storage: Make sure to create space for storage underneath the bar. This can include shelves, cabinets, or drawers. This will help you keep your barware and supplies organized and within easy reach.

     3. Install LED lighting

    Installing LED lighting in your man cave is an excellent way to create a dramatic effect and enhance the overall ambiance of the space. Here are some steps to follow to install LED lighting throughout your man cave:

    1. Plan Your Layout: The first step is to plan the layout of your LED lighting. Consider where you want to place the lights and how you want to use them. Some common areas to install LED lights include under shelves, behind the bar, and around the TV.

    2. Choose Your LED Lights: Next, choose the type of LED lights you want to use. There are many different options available, including color-changing LED strips, rope lights, and LED panels. Make sure to choose lights that are the right size and style for your space.

    3. Prepare Your Space: Before installing your LED lights, prepare your space by cleaning and clearing the area. Make sure to remove any furniture or items that might get in the way.

    4. Install the Lights: To install the LED lights, begin by measuring and marking the areas where you want to install them. Then, follow the manufacturer's instructions to install the lights. For example, if you are installing LED strips, you may need to peel off the backing and stick them to the surface.

    5. Test the Lights: Once you have installed the LED lights, test them to make sure they are working properly. Adjust the placement and positioning of the lights as needed to achieve the desired effect.

    6. Add Finishing Touches: Finally, add any finishing touches to complete the look of your LED lighting. This might include adding a dimmer switch to control the brightness or adding a cover or diffuser to create a softer glow.

    4. Add steel accents

    Choose shelves with steel supports to give the room a masculine feel. They provide an opportunity to display your favorite items and create a personalized and unique look for your space. Here are some ideas for shelves in a man cave and how to incorporate them into the decor:

    1. Industrial-Style Metal Shelves: Industrial-style metal shelves are perfect for a man cave with a modern or contemporary feel. They add a masculine touch to the space and create a rugged, industrial look. Incorporate them by pairing them with leather furniture, exposed brick walls, or concrete floors.

    2. Rustic Wooden Shelves: Rustic wooden shelves are perfect for a man cave with a classic or traditional feel. They add warmth and texture to the space and create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Incorporate them by pairing them with plaid fabrics, vintage items, or natural accents like stone or wood.

    3. Wall-Mounted Floating Shelves: Wall-mounted floating shelves are perfect for small spaces or areas where floor space is limited. They create a clean, streamlined look and provide a space to display your favorite items without taking up valuable real estate. Incorporate them by pairing them with minimalistic furniture, neutral colors, or modern accents like metallic finishes.

    4. Glass Shelves: Glass shelves are perfect for a man cave with a sophisticated or glamorous feel. They add a touch of elegance and create a polished, refined look. Incorporate them by pairing them with velvet fabrics, gold accents, or luxurious materials like marble or leather.

    5. Shelves for Speakers: Mount your speakers higher up on the walls will securely with steel brackets and supports. With your speakers mounted higher up, you can enjoy an immersive surround sound experience in your mancave.

    By choosing the right type of shelves for your space and incorporating them into the decor in a thoughtful and intentional way, you can create a personalized and unique look for your man cave that reflects your personality and interests.

    5. Add Decorative Touches

    Finally, add decorative touches to complete the man cave's look. Hang framed posters or artwork, add comfortable seating, and choose a rug that ties the room together. You can also add a dartboard or a pool table for added entertainment.

    Pictured above are just a few examples of what you can add to your space. The limit does not exist for what you can add to your mancave.  

    Add a wine glass rack to your bar area for sophisticated organization.   
     Add a bar to your man cave for the perfect hang out with your friends. 
    Add a mantle to accent your game day TV.
     

    As you can see there are so many possibilities to make your man cave a space of your own. We are truly honored to be apart of so many different projects in so many homes and we can not wait to be apart of your next project. 

    Instructions on how to hang a heavy shelf:

    1. Choose the right location: Find a stud in the wall where you want to hang the shelf using a stud finder, and mark its position with a pencil. Make sure the location is level and centered where you want it.

    2. Gather materials: You will need a heavy-duty shelf bracket or cleat, screws, drill, level, and a measuring tape.

    3. Install the bracket or cleat: Use screws to attach the bracket or cleat to the wall at the stud location. Make sure it is level and securely attached.

    4. Attach the shelf: Place the shelf on top of the bracket or cleat, making sure it is level. Use screws to attach the shelf to the bracket or cleat from the bottom.

    5. Test the stability: Gently push and pull on the shelf to make sure it is securely attached and can hold the weight you plan to put on it.

    Note: If you are unsure about your ability to install the shelf safely, it may be best to hire a professional or seek guidance from a hardware store.

    The materials you will need to hang a heavy shelf include:

    1. Heavy-duty shelf bracket or cleat
    2. Screws
    3. Drill
    4. Measuring tape
    5. Pencil
    6. Stud finder
    7. Level

    You may need anchors and a hammer to hang a heavy shelf if you are unable to attach the shelf bracket or cleat directly to a stud in the wall. Anchors can provide additional support by distributing the weight of the shelf across a larger area of the wall. A hammer may be necessary to tap the anchors into place. However, it is important to note that using anchors does not guarantee the shelf's stability and weight capacity, and it is always best to follow manufacturer instructions and seek professional advice if needed.

    Here are some more ideas to add to your mancave

  • Rustic wood accents and finishes
  • Exposed brick and reclaimed wood walls
  • Distressed metal and industrial elements
  • Vintage and antique finds
  • Natural fibers and textiles
  • Barn doors and sliding hardware
  • Shiplap and beadboard walls
  • Open shelving and built-ins
  • Woven baskets and storage solutions
  • Black and white color scheme
  • Subdued, earthy color palette
  • Natural wood furniture
  • Mason jar lighting fixtures
  • Painted and stenciled signs
  • Textured and patterned rugs
  • Farmhouse sink and hardware
  • Chippy paint finishes
  • Exposed wood beams
  • Mixed and matched seating
  • Vintage and reproduction hardware.

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