Fixing Up the Man Cave: How About Faux Wood?

If you’re lucky enough to have a man cave, you want to make sure it’s as impressive as possible. It’s great to have your own space where you can get away and relax, and you want it to feel like a space that’s “you”. Your man cave should showcase design elements you love, as well as features that show off your personality. Whether you enjoy reading and relaxing, or want a space to chill out with your buds, here are 4 upgrades you can make when you’re fixing up your man cave. 

1. Use Faux Wood in Your Design 

Faux wood is a great option for the interior walls and ceiling of your man cave. The wooded look creates a warm and comfortable vibe, but real wood can be expensive and hard to maintain. Faux wood such as ChamClad panels are modern and stylish and will add warmth to your space. It’s available in a variety of high-end wood grain metallic, solid and anodized finishes, so you can get the look of real wood without the maintenance or risk of moisture or bacteria growth. If your man cave is in the backyard shed or studio, you can also use ChamClad on the exterior of your “cave”. It’s non-fading and warp-resistant so you can enjoy it for years to come, and it’s extremely low maintenance so you don’t have to worry about any upkeep. 

2. Try Creating a Theme

Every room looks better when there is some type of decor theme going on. If you’re using faux wood, try mixing in metals and leather for an industrial look. This combination of materials will make your space homely yet sophisticated- the perfect retreat from everyday life. Use metal finishings on your desktop, and worn in leather furniture for reading, gaming or thinking. 

3. Add Games

Games are a top feature of most man caves, whether it’s a chess board, pool table or video games. You’re sure to have your buddies over from time to time, so think about the games you and your friends would enjoy most. If you opt for a game table such as pool, poker or foosball, make it a central attraction in the room and make sure there’s great lighting around it. Everyone is sure to be impressed!

4. Don’t Forget Extra Seating

Even if you’re the only one who uses your man cave most of the time, you’re bound to have people join you on occasion. Make sure to have extra seating in an open arrangement so it’s easy for you guys to chat as you watch your favourite sports team on TV. Large sofas and recliners are popular man cave seating options. 

Your man cave is about to get some serious upgrade with these tips! Use faux wood as your foundation and add in your personal touches for a space you’ll love to relax and spend time in.


The Bro Shed: Reimagining the Man Cave

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If you thought the man cave was a brilliant idea, just wait until you hear about the bro shed. Rather than designating a room in your house to be a place for the boys, why not have an entire shed devoted to bro-ing out?

We all need a space we can hang out, unwind, and be ourselves, and sometimes both men and women need time away from their significant other. That’s why the bro shed is the ideal way to check out and relax after a long day at work.

Whether you want to put a TV in there, fill it with books, a mini bar, or create a secluded office space to work on your side project, fill your bro shed with your favourite items to create a space that’s yours. You can renovate it any way you please and truly convert your shed into a space you can’t wait to spend time in at the end of a long day.

Whether you have a shed that’s just taking up space in your yard, or you want to build one from scratch, here are 5 ways to reimagine the man cave and make your bro shed the most epic hangout space.

1. Interior Siding

If you want a rustic bro shed, consider lining the walls with specialty siding. Sagiper Siding (available at Gentek!) can be used for the interior walls and ceilings of your bro shed. It’s extremely durable, maintenance free, and easy to install if you want to take on the project yourself. The vinyl coating looks like wood, so you can get the rustic feel without the hassle of wood maintenance.

2. Natural Light

Just because you want your bro shed to be low key and secluded, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have any natural light. Quality windows will ensure your space has light ventilation, and brings the outdoors in. Choose from a variety of Gentek windows for ones that suit your bro shed, look good and are low maintenance.

3. An Epic Entry

Your shed can also have an epic entry way with the right entry door. Whether you want double doors that give you a grand opening, or a door with a panel of glass that adds light to your bro shed, you have tons of entry door options to choose from with Gentek. The exterior look of your bro shed is just as important as what’s inside!

4. Paint It

That being said, you can also paint the exterior of your bro shed to reflect your design style. At Gentek, you can get paint codes for ICI/Dulux paints to match your Gentek siding. The ICI/Dulux paints resist fading, abrasions, and aging. They’re long-lasting finish can give your bro shed an upscale appearance in your favourite colour.

5. Make It Your Own

Your bro shed is your space, so make it your own. The furniture, décor and finishes should reflect you and be the ideal space where you can relax and take a load off at the end of the day. The interior and exterior are yours to put your stamp on, so make the most of your bro shed!