A man cave is a special part of the house dedicated to the man’s own pursuits, including spending time alone, or with his mates.
A man cave should be filled with the essence of the things you enjoy, from football and hobbies, to sports paraphernalia and a well-stocked bar. There is a lot you can do in your man cave, but before that, you’ll need to make one. This article provides some ideas on how to go about setting up your own man cave.
1. Choose the space. Naturally, the word “cave” is very loosely used in the case of developing a man cave. It can be the attic, an unused bathroom, the shed out the back, the garage, or the basement. Or anywhere else that’s spare, has adequate elbow room, and is left currently unused or abandoned.
2. Be prepared to negotiate. Having a man cave in the house may require delicate household negotiations and compromises. You may have to agree to something in exchange for your man cave been allowed into the house. One of the other things you might end up agreeing to include: an exercise room, TV playroom, astronomy observatory, sauna and spa, model collection space, and anything else your spouse/partner/kids/teens/other householders think is fair to twist your arm for. Give in as much as possible; the resulting peace will be worth it.
- Be sure there is enough space to accommodate everyone’s needs. Nobody’s going to be happy if the man cave takes up the only spare relaxation area left in the rest of the house.
3. Decide what you want your man cave to look like. This is your chance to be as creative as a man might care to be. This means you don’t have to try too hard unless you want to. Keep the theme simple. There’s less work involved in a simple theme and your favorite stuff (for example) trophies, flags, tools, etc.) will stand out better if they’re not crowded.
- Paint or paper the walls a color that will lift your spirits. This is even more important where you’ve been relegated to the dingiest room in the house. Brighter colors will give a sense of more light coming in, and more space.
- Check out the many photos of man caves online for great ideas. Men are rightfully proud of their man caves and many have willingly uploaded great shots of their efforts in creating one.
4. Decide what you want your man cave to contain. Here is where things get exciting and it will probably be hard to restrain yourself. Things to think about include:
- A bar fridge. And maybe a bar. Or at least something resembling a bar. And bar stools.
- A huge TV. The bigger, the better.
- Really comfy lounges. As many as you cram in so your mates can come over.
- Games. It’s possible you can never have too many of these. From board games to card games, from a pool table to a table tennis table, something that allows for fun, social interaction.
- Computer with internet access. What you look at online is your own business in the man cave.
- A really good surround sound system. Consider noise-proofing too if that’s going to be an issue with movies, music, and game sounds.
- Outdoor furniture, such as a Blue Mosaic Lantern for light but still fits in with the rugged man cave style.
5. Include sports equipment to keep you fit. The man cave can’t be all fun and games. Reserve some space for the physical activity of choice to keep you fit, strong, and above all — manly. Think about jumping ropes and a bench press. Whatever you can fit into the space.
6.Have some reading material and gadgets on hand. There should be plenty of small things for you and your mates to grab during the lull in TV, audio, or video game activity. Include such items as:
- Magazines and books
- Strange gadgets that nobody’s sure what to do with yet. Use your imagination.
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