Bonus Rooms and Man Caves: Make Something Out of Nothing


As you know, in real estate every square foot counts (especially when it can be turned into liveable space).  That’s just what we did on this project.  This vacant attic had great bones and a lot of potential for many uses such as an additional bedroom or a home office.

Since this home already had four bedrooms and a fifth bedroom staged as a home office, I chose to go with something a little less conventional for this room.  In fact, this was a first for me.

I decided to turn the attic into a “man cave.” The room’s shape and the fact that the home owner was not finishing the walls with drywall, leant itself to the feel of a cave.

The living room in this home had orange broadloom, which we had previously ripped up to expose the hardwood underneath. We decided to take that broadloom upstairs and lay it down in our newly created man cave.

Yes, it was orange, but somehow it seemed to work up there and gave the room a more finished look (especially since drywall was lacking).

To brighten up the space, the overhead light bulb was replaced with fluorescent lighting. Also, an old patio table was set up complete with playing cards to replicate a poker table.

Old benches were also brought upstairs to create an additional seating area.  In the garage, we found old fishing rods, golf clubs, and pub posters, which were used to accessorize the space.

This was the last room that we staged.  After it was completed, we were informed that a young single man in his 20’s was on his way over shortly to look at the property.

For that one showing only, we brought in a large plastic pail and placed it right next to the poker table and tossed in a few empty beer and whiskey bottles for good measure.  After all, staging is all about selling a lifestyle, so we tried to hit the mark on this specific targeted audience.  Of course, we removed the pail afterwards.

So what was the outcome?  He loved it.  In fact, he ended up buying the house!  Who knows, maybe the man cave sealed the deal for him.

If there’s an empty room in your listing that you aren’t sure what to do with, remember that potential buyers may question how to best use that space as well. So point them in the right direction by providing ideas on how to make it an additional, functional space.

If you can do that, you’ve just given them more bang for their buck. On top of that, if you can offer them a visual; in this case, empty bottles and fishing rods, you just might reel in a buyer.

By Charlene Storozuk, Dezigner Digz