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I've been talking about it for 4.5 years and now the Man Cave is very close to being a reality! Thanks to everyone on the board who provided the inspiration and knowledge to make the Man Cave happen.


The ball got rolling this past summer when we had to redo our basement floor. The room had been the kids Rec Room, but since the kids never played down there I declared that the basement was now the "Man Cave".


Here is the room in September 2008 with the new concrete floor poured but unfinished. All of the track lighting is being replaced by recessed lighting. The room is 24' X 17.5'.




Opposite view of the room.




Fast forward many months later... It's January and the floor is finished, the recessed lighting is installed and the walls are repainted. I made a few concessions and agreed to let a few toys and the train table stay in the Man Cave... for now. They certainly kill the Man Cave vibe.




The frame for the screen is up. The frame is hinged on the left side so that the screen can be opened to allow access to the back storage closet. Wilson Art Designer White will be mounted onto the frame. The completed screen will be 110" diagonal.




The Wilson Art laminate and Sanyo PLV3000 have been ordered and should arrive this week!
 

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The screen is up! The speakers at the front are just temporary. The 7.1 surround system still needs to be purchased. I also need to paint the bottom of the door to match the walls.




The screen in the open position for the rare need to go into the "deep storage" closet.






A close-up of one of the two cleats that support the screen. In the closed position the the dead bolts keep it shut and prevent toddlers from pulling it open.




Here's the Sanyo z3000. Installation was easy with a mount I bought on eBay from projectormountstore.com. But there isn't much room between the top of the projector and ceiling to tighten the wing nuts that allow for various tilt positions.


The cabinet from Ikea against the back wall, that I almost threw out many times, turned out to make the perfect AV Cabinet. But it needs better venting so I don't have to keep the door open.


The futon couch needs to be replaced by something much more comfortable... and manly.

 

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Every Man Cave should have a Thomas the Tank Engine train table! I think we have more money sunk in Thomas than I do my theater electronics.
 

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I think you should just paint the door behind the screen black. That's a very ingenious idea for mounting the screen.


I bet the kids will want to use the room more now that its a screening room.
 

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Don't paint...All you need to do, rather then painting the door, get a piece of black cloth and attach velcro to the back of the screen and to the top of the cloth (actually, after looking at the pic of the screen, just use staples for attachment). Take measurements so the cloth extends down to the floor and across the length of the screen. It gives you a nice clean look without seeing the door at all.


I did this to my motorized screen. When I had it all the way down, 1/4 of the window was showing and, to me, very distracting. Once I added the cloth, it looked like part of the screen/backdrop...and its cheap and will get rid of that door view when watching a movie.


I love the way you did the screen...great idea witgh access to the door. Looks like an excellent room to watch/listen to movies/music.
 

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I'd just paint the whole door red to match the walls. It'll look better than the white anyway for those rare moments when it's visible.


Things I'd also do:


Paint at least part of the ceiling black (near the screen).

Use more rugs

Paint the interior of the equipment rack black (cable disorganization isn't as noticeable).

Paint the trim of the equipment rack black

Paint the doors of the equipment rack red.

Paint the other doors red too.
 
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