This isn’t going to be a typical post about renovations or remodeling your home, don’t get me wrong, those have their place.
But I want to dedicate today to something that gets far less coverage. Today is a post about designing a top-tier man cave without spending a fortune.
To anyone unfamiliar with the term (I doubt that’s the case), a man cave is essentially nothing more than an unbelievably small bachelor pad, which makes my job pretty easy! So what makes a man cave; and why are men so obsessed with them?
Simple, we want one spot in our house that doesn’t have potpourri and frilly curtains everywhere. A place where we can watch a game, fight, or whatever else it is we feel like looking at in peace.
It’s no different than a ‘she-shed’ or ‘femme dem’. And I’m a firm believer that men and women both should have a place they can go to be left alone for a while.
Anyway, enough of the talk, let’s get down to business.
You’re not going into your cave so you can stand up and work, that’s what the lawn is for, that’s what work is for. You’re in here to relax, watch a game, play a game… whatever it is, you’re there for relaxation and some good ole fashioned loneliness. The point is you need seating.
Me, I like to go for a futon. They’re inexpensive and can be a seat, or a bed. And that’s important every once in a while. You know… like when you’ve had a little too much to drink and don’t want to wake anybody by stumbling to your ‘actual’ bed. That can’t just be me.
I also have a regular ole lounge chair, but it’s not necessary.
Know cave is complete without a bar, that’s the whole point of the futon. You can find some nice home bars for relatively cheap, or make your own. As long as it’s there, then your good to go.
Although, no man cave bar is complete without neon beer signs right? Companies like Neon Signs Depot have you covered. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a beer neon sign; custom neon signs are just as impressive. Maybe even more so!
I don’t know about you, but once I’m in my cave, I’m not leaving for a while. Unless I’ve got to use the bathroom – never pee where lay right. What that means for me is that a mini fridge is a necessity. Besides, with the bar being right next to you, you’re going to need something a little – less alcoholic – if you want to make it through the entirety of NFL Sunday.
If you have a man cave without a TV; what you really have is a reading lounge with a bunch of beer laying around. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I love to read.
The right TV is essential here, and the truth is, bigger isn’t always better. Instead, opt for a tv that fits the size of the room, and be sure… this is important… BE SURE that it is HDR and no less than 120hz. The good thing is, this is a reasonably inexpensive technology now.
This won’t make everybody’s pick for what you should have in your cave, but for me, it’s a must. There’s nothing better than sitting on the lounge chair, screaming at the TV while you and your friends play Grand Theft Auto together with a drink. Or three.
I can’t tell you what system to get through, it depends entirely on what your friends play on. Unfortunate if you ask me. For me, the Playstation is perfect, plus if you get the VR set up they have, you might never leave.
Oh, and a dartboard probably belongs in a man cave too. Just don’t hit the walls.
Coffee table, end table, it doesn’t matter much at this point. Just as long as you have something large enough to fit the pizza, wings, and drinks on during your stay!
The finishing touches are one of the best parts of my cave. This is where I get to decorate (and the only time) the way I want to. From banners of my favorite teams on the wall, all the way down to the logos on my throw pillows and blankets.
There it is, my version of a top-notch man cave that didn’t go over even the meager budget I had set for it. Most of it is probably stuff you had in your possession anyway.
Oh, and one thing fellas, don’t stay in there too long, lest you be forced to go back to your bachelor pad.
Lara Douglas is a young woman who loves interior designing and home decor. She is passionate about new trends and fashion forward home décor ideas. She regularly posts at Neon Signs Depot.