How to transform a conservatory into the ideal man cave
Whether you’re planning on using it for additional storage, as a comfortable space to unwind or for entertainment purposes, there can be little doubt that you’ve high hopes and expectations for your man cave. Well, if you’re anything like us, that is.
While some men opt for an attic or cellar conversion, or commandeer a spare bedroom we’d like to make the case for the humble conservatory as a base for operations. Often overlooked or used as something of a dumping ground your conservatory could be the ideal man cave, due to its location within your home. Conservatories are stereotypically placed at the back of the house and away from the flow of family living. That means you won’t encroach on otherwise essential space, or risk losing your privacy to your family’s comings and goings. What’s more, during the warmer months your man cave could easily open into the garden and enhance your status as the host with the most. What’s not to love about barbecues, bars and open-air bromance? Light, bright and airy your conservatory is a welcoming and friendly environment, which is crying out to be used as a man cave. Can you hear it?
We’ve some man cave ideas to suit all budgets, but you’d better make the following considerations before getting started.
It’s time to get cleaned up
Before you begin heaving furniture and wielding a paintbrush now is a great time to have your conservatory properly cleaned. Conservatory valeting, such as window and blind cleaning, gutter and framework maintenance, polishing and general upkeep will ensure your man cave starts off on the right foot, and create a space that you can be truly proud of. We’d recommend calling in the experts, particularly when it comes to managing your conservatory’s suave new look. Unless your conservatory is a recent addition there’s a good chance it’s been neglected of late. Give your conservatory the deep clean it deserves and say, ‘hello’ to your man cave.
What new look would you like your conservatory to assume? Is yours going to be a general man cave, filled with the accessories that facilitate your hobbies and a few well-placed items of memorabilia? Or will you perhaps choose a man cave that doubles as a bar, games room, arcade, home cinema, gym or study? It is your man cave, so you can be as creative, or practical as you wish. Are you likely to invite friends over or will you keep your haven to yourself? Your answers to these questions will help you to plan the design and layout of your conservatory conversion, and help you to make the most of the space.
Designing the perfect layout
Conservatories come in all shapes and sizes, from the sublime to the half-hearted. Whether you inherited your conservatory with your house or had it custom-built you’ll need to think carefully about how the space will work for you. Where will you sit and relax? Which wall or surface would be best for your television, entertainment centre or console? Consider how you might approach the task of organising furniture and contemplate the changing seasons. How might your man cave transform throughout the year?
Lighting and heating
The first thing people tend to notice about conservatories is how light, bright and airy they are. Your conservatory is perhaps no different, crafted with pane after pane of glass topped with an ornate, glass roof. While such a space is ideal for hosting soirees during the summer months it can be a little impractical when it comes to video gaming, movie marathons or any occasion when you might like a little ambiance. Roller blinds, wooden shutters and shades can be used to create such an atmosphere, while keeping your man cave cooler during the summer months and warmer as the weather chills. What’s more shutters and blinds can be effortlessly stylish as you attempt to reclaim your own special corner of the home. Conservatories can be difficult to heat during the winter. Consider unfloor heating or a small radiator to keep you and your friends cosy.
Decorating and furnishing
What kind of man cave are you going to create? Once you’ve sorted heating and lighting and planned where everything is going to go you can begin the fun task of decorating and furnishing your own special space. If you’ve chosen a theme you’ll no doubt have fun selecting the colours, textures and accessories for your man cave. Darker colours, comfy sofas and warm, rich textures tend to work well in gaming dens and home cinemas, while exposed wood and brickwork, bright shades and plenty of laidback seating will go a long way towards creating that bar you’ve always dreamed of. Think, too, about flooring. Laminate flooring will be easier to maintain than carpet or wooden flooring, and can be paired with a rug as the weather cools.
Technology and gadgets
We’re finally at the fun part; accessorising your man cave. Via a series of plans, careful considerations and some well-placed furnishings your conservatory has transformed into a man cave – there’s no going back now. The kind of man cave you’ve designed will heavily influence the kinds of gadgets and treasures you choose. For example, a poker den will have to feature a gaming table, music for mood, and low lighting, while a bar will no doubt boast an arcade machine and possibly a jukebox. Keep your thirst quenched with a mini fridge that’s stocked at all times, and consider a television, gaming console and entertainment centre. If you’ve a particular film franchise or gaming culture that is close to your heart why not include memorabilia and fandom? Well, the idea is to spend your free time here, after all.
Of course, the possibilities for your man cave are limited only by your imagination. Whether you’d like to transform your conservatory into a bar, games room, cinema or something more studious you have the means and creativity to achieve your goals. However, it really does pay to approach any decent-sized project with something of a plan in place. We hope that we have provided a little inspiration towards your man cave dreams, and we can’t wait to hear about the finished result.