Ideas to Turn an Unused Closet into a Man Cave and Give Him his Own Space
Convert a Closet to a Man Cave
Don't all men want a space in the house to call their own - where they can be as messy or neat as they want- with whatever furniture or artwork or sports items they'd like to use? A place to hang out with no interruptions or responsibilities? Oftentimes, homes just don't have the extra room to create such a space. My husband came up with the idea of using one of the closets for his man cave. We had a decent sized walk-in closet that had become a catch all for all kinds of miscellaneous junk. With a coat closet just around the corner and the garage a few steps away, we were able to clean out the closet, getting rid of unwanted items and relocating others to the coat closet or garage. This idea may not work for everyone but, then again, it might be just the ticket.
We were already having some electrical work done on our house so we had the closet light replaced with a small ceiling fan and a light kit. There was an electrical outlet on the other side of the wall, so we asked the electrician to pull the wires through and put an outlet on the inside of the closet.
We assumed that whomever buys our house down the road, when it's time to sell, would most likely prefer that the new man cave be turned back into a closet. So we kept the existing shelving and hardware and simply removed the clothes rods and put them in the garage. They just have to be popped back into place when the time comes.
We wanted to make the closet feel more like a room so we painted the walls a warm khaki color and contrasted the shelves by using glossy black paint. Because the closet is under the stairs, part of the wall and ceiling are at an angle. To minimize the various lines in the room, all of the shelving support was painted khaki to match the walls and to make everything all one color except for the shelving boards.
While the space in the man cave is narrow, we were able to find a great leather chair that rocks, swivels, and reclines. There was room for a tall, narrow pole lamp and two small touch lamps on the book shelves behind the chair. One end of the man cave has a tall ceiling and the shelving there makes great display space. There was enough wall space to hang street signs and artwork. While there obviously is not room for a big screen TV, an iPad docking station makes listening to music or watching TV possible. The next addition is a small fridge under one of the shelves.
My husband's Man Cave isn't big enough to invite the guys over to watch football or shoot a game of pool, but it's big enough to have a private space to read, listen to music, or watch TV. Don't tell him, but I've snuck in there myself a time or two for a little peace and quiet. Check out other ideas at www.arkatexrenovations.com