The man cave is increasingly becoming an important space in the home. Although it's called a man cave, everyone in the family, along with friends of both sexes, are usually welcome. It's a place for a flat-screen TV, a variety of electronics, games and perhaps a bar. If you don't have room your home for a man cave, consider the garage. It's a space almost ready made for a man cave.
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Before you can decide what goes into your garage-turned-man cave, you need to get it ready. Your garage may need to be heated in the winter, and you may have to insulate and add dry wall. You will have to figure out what do with the wall that has the door. Also, the ceiling may need to be finished. Lighting and electrical needs should be assessed. A cement floor can be just fine for a man cave, but you may want to lay tile over it.
Golf is an ideal theme for a man cave that used to be a garage. Use simple colour schemes with white, green, sky blue and sand-like colours. Install dark wooden cabinets with brass hardware for storage. Add leather furniture and a big-screen TV to entertain your guests. Use favourite golf memorabilia, trophies, flags or other related decor to give the room a clubhouse vibe. The perfect touch for this room is a miniature putting green, or if budget allows, an electronic, interactive golf simulator.
Turning the garage into a pool hall or billiard room offers a number of design options. Going for a classic pool hall look involves dark colours --- hunter green or burgundy --- and dark wood with shiny brass hardware. The size of the garage will play an important role in the activities that can be included. A pool table is a must and can be purchased new or second-hand, depending on your budget. Adding a bar, television and stereo can complete the look. Accessories can include vintage metal or neon signs. Stain the concrete floor to boost the look.
Converting a garage to a game room is an especially family-friendly option. Include activities for the kids and other visitors. Instead of a bar and dark colours, consider going modern. Bright yellow, blues or neutral colours are ideal. Add pinball, arcade games and a television. For other activities, consider a DVD player, stereo, ping pong or air hockey.
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