Football fans across the nation are preparing their eyes, ears, stomachs and rear ends for the upcoming National Football League (NFL) season. Where are you going to be watching the games this season? If you’re sick of trying to find a good seat at the bar and you want to save some money, it’s time to make your own football man cave in your garage. Here are a few suggestions on how to make your own garage man cave for cheap, just in time for kickoff!
NFL kicks off in September and lasts all the way through February, meaning it’s going to get cold. To ensure comfort in your garage man cave, take the necessary steps to properly insulate your garage to stay warm during the winter. To do so, you’ll need insulation, staples, plywood, nails and plastic seal. In just five easy steps from the DIY Network, you’ll have a perfectly-insulated garage. For extra heat, there are also plenty of options when it comes to space heaters.
None of us want to be “lying on the cold hard ground” like Taylor Swift, so during your football man cave creation, it’s probably a great time to think about upgrading that garage floor. There are plenty of options when it comes to concrete/garage floor paint. You can even pick one that matches the color of your home team. Another option is laying down some flooring. Depending on the quality of the flooring, this option will run you anywhere from $14 per square foot. To save some real money, just lay down a few old rugs. Painting or laying down flooring can really bring the entire garage man cave together. I think it is the essential piece to turning your garage into a furnished room.
This is a football man cave, so you better be sporting your favorite team as much as possible. Banners, posters, signs, photos, jerseys or anything of the sort will do just fine. Big retail stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and Dunham’s Sports typically carry great local team gear for a decent price. Websites to surf for good team gear are Lids.com (they have much more than just hats) and Fathead.com. Just click on the “clearance” section and do some digging; you’re bound to find something perfect for your man cave.
Used. Used. Used. This is a man cave; the only thing that should be nice and new is the television. There are plenty of ways to furnish homes for cheap, and you can use these same tips to fill your man cave with plenty of magnificent places to sit. And don’t feel bad about going garbage picking, because as they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
One of my goals on football Sundays is to never leave my seat. So instead of going into the kitchen to heat up your queso cheese dip, bring the kitchen to the man cave with the essential kitchen appliances. The essentials include a microwave, a mini-fridge and a small grill. If you want to get fancy, a blender could be a nice addition to make frozen drinks. And don’t underestimate the power of a slow cooker. A George Foreman grill is also a very affordable and convenient option to cook a lean, mean burger!
Clearly the TV is the pièce de résistance of any man cave. On football Sundays, it’s a necessity to have NFL RedZone on from 1:00 p.m. ET to the end of the day. And for all of you football fans who either don’t have or don’t know what NFL RedZone is, contact your cable provider and order it. I can tell you from experience that it’s the greatest thing ever to happen to NFL football.
Despite what you might think, flat-screen TVs are fairly affordable nowadays. A standard 42” HD/LED TV will cost you around $300–$400. The bigger you go, the bigger the price tag. Take a look on eBay and Craigslist to see if you can find a diamond in the rough, but if you’re days away from week one kickoff, go grab the standard 42” HD/LED TV at the nearest Walmart or Best Buy. It’s big enough for a big group of people but not so big that it will take up a ton of space.
Week one of the preseason has begun, so you have about four weeks until the regular season kicks off. Take your time, do your research and don’t settle for anything. Go get the best bang for your buck for all of your football man cave items. Look at the clearance racks, look for the bright red “sale” tags and rack up the savings.
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