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Tips for Setting Up a Man Cave Garden Cabin

Setting up a man cave garden cabin is relatively easy. It’s likely you’ll only need a few creature comforts to create the ideal man cave in your garden. If you have an existing garden room, your job will be even easier!

Some garden rooms lend themselves better to creating a little getaway spot than others. Basic wooden sheds, for example, have long been a place of solace for the ‘man of the house’, but these structures tend to be very cold in winter.

A purpose-built garden room can usually be turned into anything you like. If you’ve got power and heat, you’re halfway there. Garages are another popular choice, when it comes to creating a comfy corner of your own. 

Whatever structure you start with will need to be adapted in its own way. It’s possible you might need to do a small amount of research to make sure it’s safe. Once you’ve decided on where your man cave garden cabin will be, it’s time to make it usable.

What Your Man Cave Garden Cabin Needs

While tastes vary, creating a special space to kick back in will always need the things on the list below. Treat it as a checklist and make sure you make a shopping list for anything you’re missing.

A man cave garden cabin needs light

It’s all well and good setting up a sacred space just for you and any guests you may want over, but if there’s no lighting, it’s not likely to be much fun. For starters you won’t be able to see your guest, or even your seating!

Lighting is an absolute minimum. Without lighting, it reduces the usability of your extra sitting room to purely daytime hours. Most gardern structures will have a power supply, so make sure your lighting is working.

Tips for Setting Up a Man Cave Garden Cabin

Heating is a must

Much like the lighting, heating is essential for comfort. Without either (or maybe even one), you’ll only really be able to enjoy your garden room for about 6 days a year when summer hits the UK. 

If you’re repurposing a garage or a building that was never designed to be a sitting room, a small space heater might well do the trick. Consider any possible fire hazards before setting up a heating source.

Seating is essential

Your man cave garden cabin is unlikely to be the relaxing retreat you envisage if there’s nowhere to sit. You don’t have to spend a fortune on seating, but it helps if you have something comfy and convenient. The old sofa out the lounge might do the job if you’re not looking spend anything, but if you’re in the market for something a bit newer, charity shops and discount furniture shops are a great place to start your search.

Plan to entertain

Once your man cave is set up with lighting, heating and seating, you’ll need to find something to do. If all you’re looking for is peace and quiet, then you might be quite content with a book and a bear or your favourite playlist booming into your earbuds.

If the plan was always to entertain in your garden cabin, you’ll need something to entertain with. If you’re got a power supply to the garden room a TV and a games console is always a winner. Alternatively, if gaming or TV isn’t really your thing, you could turn the man cave into a bar. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just a well-stocked bar trolley and a few different glasses should be enough to ensure both the drink and the conversation flows.

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