How To Turn A Storage Shed Into A Dad Cave

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By Contractors.com Team June 18, 2021

It’s never too early to prepare for Father’s Day. There are a lot of DIY gifts you can make for them using stuff you might already have at home. But sometimes, giving fathers a little space of their own is the actual perfect gift. If you’ve got the time and DIY stamina, consider showing your love for the ole man and give them a room they can call their “ dad cave”.

Not everyone has extra room in the house for a dad cave, however, you don’t have to limit yourself to the space inside your house. If you have a shed in your backyard, it could be the perfect place to create a dad escape. While most sheds are not that big they can still offer enough room for your dad to unwind after a long day at work. Plus, a well-built dad shed will open up plenty of shelf space for some neat Father’s Day gift ideas.

Transformation

Step 1. Strip the shed.

Emptying your shed is the very first step of transforming it into a dad cave. Typical storage sheds will typically have basic gardening tools, equipment, DIY tools, or a workshop table stored inside. All of this needs to be emptied and stored in other parts of the house or in discreet outdoor storage units. For heavier stuff, hire a professional mover to help you relocate or dispose of it.

How to Transform a Storage Shed Into an ADU

How to Transform a Storage Shed Into an ADU

Step 2. Cleaning up.

This is crucial if you wish to transform a shed into a living space. Leaving behind dirt and grime will make the dad shed very unattractive. Clean all the nooks and crannies of the tool shed, from the corner of the roof to every square inch of the floor. It does not need to be spotless but should be just clean enough that you can begin the building process. It is also very important to air out the shed because the air inside will likely be stale due to a lack of airflow.

The Steps to Take Before Beginning to Transform Your Storage Shed

The Steps to Take Before Beginning to Transform Your Storage Shed

Building

Step 3. Mend cracks and check sturdiness.

Sheds are typically originally designed to be lived in. As a result, they are not always properly insulated or structured to withstand extreme weather conditions or natural elements. This is why it is so important to check the ceiling, walls, and flooring of your shed to make sure there are no cracks, holes, or fissures that may cause leaks or disrupt the insulation.

Strap On Your DIY Belt and Build Dad the Ideal Gift

Strap On Your DIY Belt and Build Dad the Ideal Gift

Step 4. Installing utilities.

This is the most important step as it will allow your garden shed to turn into a fully functioning accessory dwelling unit (ADU). This may be the most time and effort-consuming part as well since you will likely need help or consultation from a plumbing engineer, electrician, and/or landscape contractor. But for the sake of added comfort and convenience, it is definitely worth the time.

Installing Utilities to Make a Shed Livable

Installing Utilities to Make a Shed Livable

Design

Personal Office Away from the Office

A Backyard Office's Design Can be Simple and Still Get the Job Done

A Backyard Office's Design Can be Simple and Still Get the Job Done

Those who work from home are always in search of the most comfortable corner in their house to make their home office. Living rooms are too noisy, bedrooms remind you of sleep, kitchens don’t always offer long-term comfort, and basements can be stuffy. This is why the backyard office shed is the perfect gift for a busy at-home dad. Partially in the soothing comfort of nature, whilst reaping the benefits of access to amenities, the backyard office shed brings together the best of both worlds and creates a calm environment where dads can focus on their work without stressing out. 

Comfortable Furniture

Creating a Corner for Dad to Unwind

Creating a Corner for Dad to Unwind

Your shed is going to be as comfortable as the furniture inside. If you wish for dad to have a space to get truly comfortable, bring all the living room comforts into the shed. They will certainly appreciate having a little plush corner for themselves to plop down on after a long day. 

Retro Eclectic Paradise

Picking a Theme for Your Shed Room Makes It All the More Fun

Picking a Theme for Your Shed Room Makes It All the More Fun

Have old pieces of furniture and some old gadgets lying around? Do not throw them away. With a simple resurfacing and a new coat of paint, you can easily reuse these old pieces of furniture and incorporate them into the design of a themed retro-style eclectic shed. This particular shed turns an old TV set into a centerpiece and surrounds it with retro items, making it a nostalgic paradise for dad to enjoy when he is relaxing. 

A Corner for Refreshments

Dad Cave Ideas You Can Realize With a Storage Shed

Dad Cave Ideas You Can Realize With a Storage Shed

Who wouldn’t want a little corner with some beverages and a little snack? It is the kind of convenience that we can always expect and appreciate inside the house itself, but it is even more special in a dad cave. Installing a little corner where dad can put his favorite refreshments and food will allow him to enjoy his man cave a little more often. It does not have to be much — a little shelf packed with all kinds of tasty snacks and beverages, and even a little coffee pot or kettle for the caffeine enthusiast dad.

Gift The Gamer In Dad

For dads who you know secretly harbor a latent love for gaming, a gaming shed might be the perfect theme for their shed. If there’s a competitive streak that runs in the family then all the more reason to deck out your shed with a console of choice, a monitor, and comfortable seating for game nights. 

Shed Repurposing Your Don't Need a Contractor For

Shed Repurposing Your Don't Need a Contractor For

Gaming has become a huge form of entertainment and regardless of what many people claim, it sees no age. Even fully grown adults dream of having their separate corner to immerse themselves in their games and have a little fun. Gaming rooms ask for a little space that can accommodate a desk spacious enough to hold a PC tower, monitor, and other accessories needed for gaming, like headphones, microphones, and a corner for snacks. If there is enough room for a TV or projector screen as well, the gaming room can serve two purposes and also act as a home movie theater, bringing even more entertainment closer to home. 

Mini Library Escape

The Perfect Father's Day Gift for the Bibliophile Dad

The Perfect Father's Day Gift for the Bibliophile Dad

Reading a book is a beloved pastime for many. For most adults though, it’s a beloved activity of past times. Unfortunately, most parents no longer get the opportunity to read as a result of their noisy surroundings or busy schedules. That’s why turning this little corner into a tiny library room is a great idea for any adult who finds they have the luxury to escape for an hour. With a few bookcases and wall-mounted shelves, you can have a comfy library in your backyard and the ideal gift for your bibliophile dad. 

Father's Day Gifts From Kids As Decor 

DIY Gifts from the Kids are the Best Decor for A Dad Cave Made by the Adults

DIY Gifts from the Kids are the Best Decor for A Dad Cave Made by the Adults

Nothing is a better reminder of love than little handmade gifts made by the kids. Have them serve as the decor in your dad cave. Including these tokens of love and creativity will go a long way to show your father figure just how much you appreciate all that he does.

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Contractors.com Team

Written by Contractors.com Team