Many men dream of turning their garages into a place where they can relax and pursue hobbies away from the rest of the family. Perhaps it’s a workshop, or maybe a workout room. But if you dream of turning your garage into a man cave, now you’re speaking our language. Have a look at our list of the best Small Garage Man Cave Ideas for ways to make your dream a reality.
1) Garden Tool Storage Rack
One of the first things you can do to give yourself room for a man cave in your garage is to organize your yard tools. Instead of storing them against the wall or in a container on the floor, purchase a rack to hang them on your garage wall. Plenty of racks are available, but the StoreYourBoard Omni Tool Storage Rack can be purchased from Amazon and is well reviewed.
2) DIY Rack
If your dream for your garage man cave is to turn a corner of it into a small workshop, then one of your first projects could be to make your own garden tool storage rack. This is an easy project if you have a power drill with a hole cutter, a jigsaw, and some screws. Repairs101 has a video that will show you just how easy it is to make one from recycled wood.
3) Wall Mount Bike Rack
If you love bicycling, and your bicycle is in the way of using your small garage as a man cave, you can get a wall mount for it as well. Hanging that bicycle on the wall will help open some space in your garage. Koova makes a heavy duty rack that can be purchased to mount three bicycles as well as one that will hang six.
4) Build Your Own Rack
If your plan for your garage man cave is to make it into a workshop, one way to keep it organized and clutter free is to build your own lumber rack. Here’s a nifty article and video with instructions on building one out of 2x4s and conduit pipe. Another benefit to this design is that it can be adapted to store a lot of different itemsーladders, bikes, and even a folding poker table.
5) Folding Poker Table
Speaking of poker, perhaps your dream is to be able to host a poker night. If the weather is nice (or your garage is heated/cooled) you can turn your garage into your man cave poker room. With a folding poker table, simply pull your car out of the garage, set up the table, and you’re good to go. Here’s a well reviewed folding table that can be purchased from Amazon.
6) Folding Chairs
If a garage, man cave poker room is in your plans for your small garage, you’ll need chairs for your friends to sit in when they come over to play. Comfortable folding chairs are ideal because they can be folded and put away or hung on the walls of your garage. Amazon sells these black folding chairs with padded seats in four packs.
7) Wall Mounted Workbench
Is your idea for a man cave garage a workroom where you can build things? If so, don’t let your small garage keep you for realizing your dream. Small workbenches are easy to find and won’t take up much room in the garage. This model, by Lifetime Products, mounts to your wall and will fold away when not in use. It also has interior and exterior pegboards to giving you space to hang your tools.
8) Pegboard Tool Organizer
Suppose you already have a corner workbench in your garage and are looking for a way to store your tools that won’t use any of your precious floorspace. Galvanized steel Wall Control Pegboard is a fantastic solution. It can be purchased in sections, allowing you to buy only as much as you need. Their tool organizer kit comes complete with two sections of pegboard and several hanging hooks, bins, and shelves.
9) Wall Mounted Power Tool Organizer
Another handy storage idea for the small garage, man cave workshop is a wall mounted shelf for your power tools. Sunix makes this product, which has hanging space for five power tools and two shelves where you can store power tool accessories and other items. If you include a power strip, you can make one of those shelves a charging station for your power tool batteries.
10) Hardware Organizer
Need a place to store all of you nails, screws, bolts, and nuts? Wall-mounted hardware organizers are just the thing. The Greenpro 3309 has 39 translucent drawers in two different sizes and is the perfect place to store your hardware. It’s durable, well-reviewed, and more importantly, it’s only 18” tall and 15” wide, so it’s sure to fit in even the smallest work area.
11) Multifunction Home Gym
Perhaps your idea for your man cave garage is to turn part of it into a workout space, this can be done even if you don’t have a lot of extra space to use. One possibility is to purchase a multifunction home gym. Multifunction home gyms bundle a series of individual workout machines into one, compact piece of equipmentーideal for smaller places. This model, by Marcy, can be purchased from Amazon.
12) Folding Weight Bench
If free weights are more your style, you can purchase a folding weight bench that can be stored in a corner of your garage until you need it. Then, when it’s time to work out, just back your car out of your garage, unfold the bench and get to it. Marcy has you covered here as well, with a well rated bench that can be purchased here.
13) Weight Storage Rack
Of course, having a weight bench is all well and good, but if you don’t have a handy place to store your dumbbells and weight plates, they will use up space on your garage floor. The solution is to get a weight storage rack. This rack has three shelves for dumbbells and kettlebells, and 4 storage posts for weight plates. At 18” deep, it won’t take up much space when put against the wall.
14) Interlocking Exercise Mats
Most likely, the floor of your garage is concrete. Working out on concrete can be hard on the body. So, if a weight lifting area is in your small garage, man cave plans, then these foam interlocking mats are a great way to protect yourself. The tiles come in two feet square segments, so you can purchase just enough to fit your space. They can also be stored away when not in use.
So, as you can see, the dream of having your own garage man cave is very doable, even if your garage is small. The key is to decide what is most important for your man cave, organize your garage to clear up space, and then make the most use out of the space you have. Our 14 Small Garage Man Cave Ideas are just a few ways to make your dreams come true.
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