Remodeled Man Cave (with pics!)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Crabby, Dec 23, 2013.


  1. Crabby

    Crabby

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    I count myself very lucky to not only have a bunch of fine guitars and basses, but to also have a spare room in the house to keep all my gear. I found recently though, that my "Man Cave" was starting to resemble a storage room as the growing number of cases were taking over the room. Without having anywhere else in the house to store cases, I came up with an idea to maximize the space in my music room and still have a nice place to hang out.

    The idea was to build an overhead shelf the length of the room. It would be supported by three walls and would need some support in the front. The shelf needed to be 4 feet in depth to accommodate full size bass cases and in my case, the shelf would be 13 feet long. I could then keep all the amps and my stereo system under the shelf.

    I spent 2 days planning, then spent a day emptying out and re painting the room. Gone are the baby poo yellow walls, replaced with a nice dark grey. From here, it took one trip to Home Depot, About $80 in materials and about 4 hours to build a very sturdy and loft type shelf. I am really happy with the results and think I have really maximized the space that I had to work with. I would be happy to share tips with anyone inspired to do something similar.

    Here is a shot from before I started to show the lovely yellow walls:

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    Here are some of my cases stacked in the family room temporarily during the makeover. The sure take up a lot of space!

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    New paint and attaching 2x4's to the walls using 3.5 inch screws into wall studs:

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    Stringers attached using angled steel hangers:

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    And here is the completed shelf:

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    And the rest of the room:

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  2. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    Just let me know when I can come over bro! I'll bring the Scotch ;)
  3. Youngspanion

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    Great idea with the shelf for the cases. Really cool looking cave.
  4. theduke1

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  5. Dug2

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    looks great! perfect use of space, and a wicked cool mancave.
    the only thing (imo) is you should paint the shelving.
  6. Crabby

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    My wife said the same thing! I was planning on it but was too impatient to get it done before the holidays. It might make it look lee industrial for sure.
  7. Crabby

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    My wife said the same thing! I was planning on it but was too impatient to get it done before the holidays. It might make it look less industrial for sure.
  8. Youngspanion

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    Get some cheap artificial turf and use that. I mean, I saw the green trim and immediately thought of that. You could wrap it over the edge and bring it down to the edge of the 2x4 that is running horizontal. Then paint the legs white.

    Your welcome.:D
  9. Crabby

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    That would be festive! :)
  10. Basshappi

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    I wanna hang out at your place Crabby! :D
  11. HeavyRockBasser

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    I hate you!

    ...but only because I'm jealous. Nice digs! hrb
  12. joebar

    joebar Supporting Member

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    I hang out there on a regular bassis.
    it is fun at times especially now that people don't have to compete with cases.:bassist:
  13. Arial Bender

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    It needs some thing on the front for when you bang yer head.
  14. Crabby

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    I do fully expect to bang my head a few times before I get used to it. Beats tripping over guitar cases. I did that once and crushed my vintage Guild acoustic. Talk about a heartbreak!
  15. Geri O

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    Now, I ask everyone, seriously...

    Has anyone EVER see this many left-handed Music Man basses in one place?...:oops:))

    Congratulations on the room and the basses!!

    Geri O
  16. joebar

    joebar Supporting Member

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    if you love me you will sell me your CLOCK lol
  17. fourstringgirl

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    Hey, I'm a chick and I could totally dig a cave like that!! :bassist:
  18. MikeWfromNJ

    MikeWfromNJ Supporting Member

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    WOW. And that's some collection of Mesa amps.

    I was out West on business and took a mad dash up the coast to their factory or a tour; Great company. But all I have is a Walkabout w/ 15" cab. Would love to get something bigger with a pair of 10's someday.

    Nice loft-work for those cases.
  19. andrew

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    So what 11 basses go in those cases? :)

    Very nice room.
  20. Marko5657

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    Good job, cool gear, great room!

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