How to protect your man cave
Not all that long ago, men who wanted to escape for a bit could disappear to the garden shed – a place to tinker with bits and pieces, perhaps have a cup of tea. The only amenities were a toolbox and a stool. A battered transistor radio was a dangerous extravagance.
Now we have the man cave. Like natural caves, these come in all shapes, sizes and locations. In back gardens you’ll find sheds billed as ‘log cabins’ all the way up to purpose-built £25,000 ‘shepherds huts’ – like the one David Cameron had installed to write his memoirs. Others might be a converted garage or a loft or basement. Some people have even built ‘baserooms’ – an underground extension in the back garden.
Kitting out a man cave
The modern man cave is not a place for hermits though. They are furnished with all sorts of essential gadgets and indispensable items to distract and entertain the man cave’s owner. Some are even well-enough equipped that other members of the family prefer to spend time in them, at which point they often become known as she sheds. There are many varieties – here are four common ones:
The speakeasy cave
These man caves are equipped with a bar, bar stools, a dedicated beer fridge, games like pool, darts or table tennis, and probably some sort of screen-based entertainment like a games console.
The cinematic cave
Watching movies or sport is a serious affair, requiring a large screen TV or even a projector, plus at least one row of sofas but more if there’s space, as well as walls bedecked with rare memorabilia.
The fitness cave
Going to the gym is just a waste of time when there is a treadmill, free weights and a bench, or perhaps a rowing machine or static cycle, plus space for golf clubs, cricket equipment, and more.
The hobbyist cave
Art studios, model railway layouts, rehearsal spaces, woodworking and possibly even a back-yard brewery or distillery – they are all common themes for man caves.
The man cave industry
Pimping out a man cave takes some serious investment. Jukeboxes, classic pinball machines, beer pumps and the latest tech all cost serious amounts of money. While it can be done cheaply – a shrine to Aberdeen FC named Britain’s Game Room of the Year cost just £2,000 with a lot of DIY – many people spend upwards of £30,000 creating their ideal environment.
This creates a risk for anyone who keeps expensive equipment in their man cave. Even more modest garden sheds can contain expensive equipment like bicycles. And not all of them are very secure. Insurers will typically only pay out for claims from sheds that are securely locked and show signs of forced entry, and most policies have limited cover of between £1,000 and £3,000.
Man cave security
Anyone investing time, energy and money into creating a man cave should seriously consider their security arrangements. Valuable items should be documented and marked where possible so that if stolen they can be identified.
But the most important part of man cave security is to deter theft and burglary in the first place. A good security system should be able to detect intruders, record information that might identify them, and provide an alert.
Perimeter detectors use infrared and microwaves to detect movement and are calibrated to distinguish humans from animals. A shock sensor detector fitted to a door or window will trigger an alarm when someone tries to break in.
All these devices can link to a Verisure 3G control panel so that the man cave owner is able to monitor and control the alarm system from anywhere, and Verisure’s smartphone app offers similar functionality. But there is more support available – the 24-hour Alarm Receiving Centre can monitor any alerts to establish if they are false alarms or genuine emergencies and even send out a Guard Response or inform the relevant authorities.
Keeping a man cave or she shed secure makes sense considering the investment that goes into creating fun and exciting spaces to relax in – and some of the technology behind Verisure’s security systems is as interesting as the man cave gadgets they are protecting. Book a free Home Security Review today to find out how to get the best protection.