If you are a fan of technology, then you will no doubt have been envious of superheroes like Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne at some point. These guys have all the coolest high-tech toys and are pretty much living every nerd’s dream.
Unfortunately things like Bat-mobiles and iron man armours don’t quite exist, but what you can emulate however is one of their tech-bunkers – either the Bat Cave or the toolshop that Tony Stark uses to develop his suits. You can have your own ‘Dexter’s Lab’ or evil villain’s lair and make life just a little bit more like the movies – it just takes some imagination.
What You’ll Need
To create a cool tech bunker, you’re going to need space and a free license to do whatever you think within that space. Basements are ideal because they are out of the way (meaning you can make noise and make mess) and because they’re private. This isn’t the sort of room that you want guests walking through or kids playing in, so pick something out of the way. If you don’t have a basement then a garage, attic or even a shed will do.
Next you’re going to need a vision for what you want, which will take some planning prior to creating your workspace.
Note that you don’t just want to create a typical home office. Your tech bunker should be more than a home office if it’s going to have that cool factor. So don’t just envisage this as a place to work – but as somewhere that you can use to work on projects, to store your creations and to organise all your secret documents – that’s what will give it that sense of organised chaos that makes it more than just a boring office.
Your décor should match this sense of high-tech planning and tinkering. You should have at least one mega desk for your computer, but also various tables for other things – components from things you’re working on, DIY tools, retro games consoles and the rest. This is where you’re going to display your technology and your plans in such a way that they become a part of the décor.
Other aspects of your décor can add to the space and make it feel more futuristic and modern – for instance using LEDs in your tables can give everything an ethereal glow, as can using spotlights for your main light fittings. Colours should be greys, silvers, blacks, blues and whites, while a place to hang tools can also add a nice touch (especially if they’re cool tools like power drills and wire cutters).
The star of the show however is going to be the technology you use itself, and here you want to invest in technology that deserves a dedicated space while also thinking about the way it looks and the impression it’s going to make on guests.
Building your own PC for instance will allow you to choose a case, a keyboard and a monitor and here you can pick components that are going to make a visual impression and match the appearance of your rom. Some PC cases look like alien spaceships, while others have amazing glowing lights. Meanwhile a mechanical keyboard and a multi-monitor set-up will give the effect that you’re working in some kind of control centre rather than just an average office.
There are other purchases too that will also fit the décor that you’ve designed here. A telescope for instance can be fascinating and exciting to use, but also gives your workspace that NASA-tech edge. A lava-lamp or plasma globe meanwhile both offer futuristic-looking ways to light up your office or a virtual fish tank can make a nice feature.
For inspiration, take a look at some Batman or Iron Man comics. You might have been led to believe that you’re too old now to try and turn your home into a super-hero’s base, but precisely the opposite is true: now you just have the resources to actually do it.
The author of this article, Lucas Taylor, is an interior decorator at Corefront Custom Renovations, a leading construction company in Calgary. Lucas loves to play hockey and is a big fan of the Calgary Flames.