So, what’s the mancave all about?
In John Gray’s famous book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, he references man’s need to ‘withdraw into the cave’. Now, we’re not going to get into psychology – let’s just agree that beyond natural tendencies, people may be extra motivated in 2020 to carve out a space of their own. Whether you have practical reasons to expand your overall living space or you simply want to spruce up that garage mancave – we have some great Father’s Day gift ideas that will quickly transform the space.
Dual-purpose mancaves in 2020
‘Working from home’ is a new reality for many people this spring and not every household is set-up with distinct offices for one or more people. Add to that kids of all ages mulling around 24/7 and many folks would be happy to find a dedicated workspace that is separate from common living areas. At the same time, dads may be in high gear on DIY projects with fewer options for outside activities and socializing. Maybe a multi-purpose garage, excuse us – mancave – is a smart idea for a variety of reasons in 2020! Let’s take a look at some great products that can help maximize use of this space.
Step One – Let there be heat
Regardless of the season, here in the Northern Hemisphere, that garage is chilly. (Don’t we sometimes use it as a cooler?) The first step to converting a garage into a usable living space is making sure you have adequate heat. Whether you want to take the chill off on cool mornings or need to keep that garage office viable all season, the Cadet Hot One heater fits the bill.
The Hot One garage heater can be wall mounted, ceiling mounted or it can sit on the floor, features high/low temperatures settings and a built-in thermostat – giving dad flexibility on location and heat control. Plus, this handy unit has a fan-only feature for cool air and simply to circulate the air. The Cadet Hot One is a 240-volt heater and powerful enough to heat a double garage, in colder climates. Staying comfortable is a smart place to start!
Step Two: Gift ideas for work & play
Lots of health professionals will tell you that sitting too long is bad for our health. Why not consider a space-saving standing desk on wheels? These portable desks are affordable and easy to move around when the office needs to become a garage for the weekend.
And if you’d prefer to combine business with pleasure this adjustable table complete with electric outlets checks all of the boxes. Workspace. Pub table. Work bench. Check!
And finally, one of the latest, greatest inventions – the lift top coffee table – which quickly transforms into a workstation with ample storage. You can even find some on wheels or add them if dad is handy!
Adding a new layer of flooring can be very cost effective and quick to install. The extra padding of garage floor tiles makes it more comfortable to stand, adds acoustic absorption for office work and simply cozies up the space. Your local DIY store will have lots of easy-to-install options to choose from and it might be fun to get the kids involved on this one!
Life is better with good WiFi and the garage can be a pretty dark place – signal strength speaking. If your garage is relatively far from your modem location, here’s a link to the top 10 WiFi Boosters under $100. If you need more than a boost, this is a great article on steps to improving WiFi in your garage given physical obstructions like extra thick walls, concrete, etc.
Tired of sitting on the cooler? Why not try some folding high top or bar stools to make the garage a place where you and your family, and a few socially distanced guests can be comfortable? Many options are lightweight and foldable chairs are easy to store when you need to use the space for DIY projects. Let your budget be your guide here – you can find options for under $30.
We hope you have some family fun planning a new and improved mancave for dad this year. For garage conversion inspiration, Pinterest is a wonderful source. And for more information on our Cadet heaters, please check out all of our products online.