Batcave Oct 2015

A custom Batcave home office that didn’t cost $150k!


A Custom Batcave home office.

It’s cold, dimly-lit, a little scary, and well-stocked.  Movie-quality suits and props galore, dimly-lit rock walls and humming electronics abound.  And the best part: it cost a LOT less than this $150,000 version!  Yes, that Batcave is awesome and I’d kill the Joker to have it, but I just don’t have that kind of super-cash to drop on one room … this one cost me about $700 total (for just the room, not collectibles / art).  So if you’re looking for batcave decorating / design ideas that won’t break the bank, or you just want to have your own dark, scary batcave, check this out!

Building the Batcave

Building the Batcave

Building the Batcave

 

Batcave Mar 2012

Batcave Oct 2015

Oh whoops that’s a picture of me in the Batcave …

The walls are made from a chicken wire base skeleton and foam underlayment, formed to look like rock, then painted brown with a little black for depth.  The ceiling was removed to expose the ceiling joists, which are painted in flat black.  Flooring was removed to show the concrete – and everyone knows the best color to paint anything is black.  The closet of the room was removed as well to serve as the Batcave armory, which contains several weapons and gadgets.  

Of course, having a custom batcave home office has some drawbacks as well.  Luckily this cave doesn’t have a bat-guano problem, but does suffer from a few hardships that one might expect from any cave: 

  1. It’s really dark.  I’m not sure how dark a real cave is, but it’s probably a little brighter than this room.  Even with a total of 8 overhead lights and several LED spotlights over the collectible areas, it’s just super dark.  There’s black paint on both the floor and ceiling, and the walls are mostly black with a little brown underneath … and all that black soaks up any light!  So if you’re looking for a room to apply makeup, this isn’t it. 
  2. Secondly, it’s not a project to get into if you’re thinking about selling your house!  There are probably a thousand or so staples in the wall holding the chicken wire and foam onto the wall.  The floor has no actual flooring (wood, tile, carpet) and the ceiling is bare!  There’s no closet in this basement bedroom either!  That is not exactly a sell-able feature unless you find that one-in-a-million buyer who is into this sort of thing.  I mean I would be, sure.  And you might be too since you’re reading this … 
  3. Last, it’s really insulated.  No matter whether it’s hot or cold in here, whatever temperature it is in here, it will stay!  The wall covering is very insulating, and doesn’t allow for a lot of change.  It’s probably a good idea to wear your bat-slippers while you’re suiting up or cleaning your grapple gun.  And when you get back from your nightly patrol, don’t expect to cool off in here!  

Other than that, this place is the best.  Even after Googling for other Batcaves, this room still ranks up there (on a normal person’s budget, that is).  It’s the best superhero headquarters out there, and really best place on the planet to retreat and do some research on the latest villain who’s escaped from Arkham!  The only thing left would be to add a water feature and it’d be fully good to go! </never happening>

Take a look at related posts Creating the Batcave and Building the Batcave Home Office to see how it was done, or check out the gallery below:

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