How to Create a Man Cave for your House
Updated November 22, 2012
The man cave is an elusive ideal for men and a mystery to most women. This is that special place in a house that’s like a shrine to the hobbies and interests of the man of the house, a sacred area where a man can spend time by himself or with his buddies. The man cave is often chock-full of sports paraphernalia, symbols of his hobbies, maybe a well-stocked bar or a large screen TV. Most men feel like they need to have their own man cave, a place where they can retreat and get their stuff together. Here are some suggestions on how you can make a man cave of your own.
- Designate a space for your man cave. Of course, we’re not talking about a real dark and dank cave. We’re talking about a particular place in the house, like a spare bedroom, the basement, garage, the attic or any room that’s not being used and has enough space.
- Be prepared to negotiate and pay the price for creating or having your own man cave. Of course, single men won’t have this problem but for the married ones or those in a relationship, having a man cave might entail some negotiations or making compromises. You might have to agree to certain conditions like what can go in the man cave or you might also have to make a playroom, a mini library, a sewing room, a sauna or anything that people in your household might want in return. Try to give as much as you can while making sure you are also getting what you want. Coming to an agreement that everyone is happy with will do wonders in maintaining the peace in the household.
- Decide on the look of your man cave. Be as creative as you can since this place is solely for you. If you just want to keep things simple, then fine. If you want the whole dark leather and chrome look, I say go for it. Personalize it with your favorite things or personal stuff like flags, pennants, posters or trophies. However, it’s important to choose the right color or wall paper for your man cave, especially if you’re using the darkest or smallest room in the house. The right color combination can make your space appear bigger or brighter. There are a lot of great ideas that can be found online, so do a little bit of researching before making your man cave.
- Decide on what to put in your man cave. This is the exciting part and I’m sure most of the guys already have a list of things they would want to have in their man cave. Things that are often seen in a man cave are a bar fridge, maybe even a full scale bar if the space allows for it, some bar stools or a really comfortable armchair, a sofa to cram all your buddies in, an obscenely large flat screen TV, a gaming system and a really advanced surround sound system. Although, it would be a good idea to think about how you can sound-proof the room so your family or neighbors won’t be disturbed by your noise. Some men even put several gaming paraphernalia in their man cave, everything from board games to a dart board or a billiards table. A personal computer with high speed Internet connection is also a common feature. Of course, it goes without saying that what sites you look at in your man cave is your business.
- Don’t forget your health. Your man cave is an excellent place to stow equipment that will keep you healthy. Don’t make your man cave all about boyish fun. Try to incorporate worthwhile activities that can help you. Consider putting some weight lifting equipment like dumbbells or a bench press in one corner.
- Don’t neglect your brain too. Aside from a big TV and a gaming system, some good reading material would also be great to have in the man cave. It gives you and your buddies something to do in between bouts of playing the Xbox 360 or it can help you relax. Remember that a man cave is where you go to recharge, so a little bit of reading is also included in that.