A man cave is something plenty of homeowners dream about creating at some point. It’s seen as the perfect room to retreat to in the house when you want to relax, kick back or entertain friends. Man caves have a very distinct look and vibe about them that helps to set the tone and make it clear what the space is intended for. If you’ve decided that your house needs a man cave but you have no idea where to get started, this guide will help to lay out all the important steps. You’ll have the man cave of your dreams in no time.
Choose the Perfect Room or Space for the Man Cave
The most important part of creating the man cave is picking the right location in the house. Ideally, it’s a room that is separate from other spaces, meaning it is self-contained. This will help keep distractions out and also block the noise from escaping to the rest of the home. While you can certainly work with any sized room, the larger the space, the more options you’ll have when it comes to design and special features.
What Will the Theme Be in the Man Cave?
One complaint homeowners can have when designing any space is how to bring the vision together. How can you create flow and design cohesion? The answer is to pick a theme that ties all the elements together. When choosing a theme for a man cave, this is your opportunity to get creative and have fun. Remember, it doesn’t have to flow with the rest of the home. Below are some popular man cave themes:
- Cigar lounge
- Games room
- Home theatre
You can see how each of these themes opens the door to all kinds of creative ideas, so let your imagination run wild.
Entertainment Needs to Be Built Into the Design
A big part of the man cave is how you plan to use the space. There’s a good chance it will be used when entertaining friends, so give thought as to how you’ll keep everyone engaged and busy. Video games tend to be the go-to option, and while there is nothing wrong with this line of thinking, it’s not exactly unique.
Why not choose something that feels more special and something your friends won’t get to do all the time? You can look into the best arcade games to play with friends and pick up a machine from a retailer like BitCade. Arcade games have that retro vibe which is always a crowd-pleaser, taking you and your friends back to your younger days. Depending on how much space you have in your man cave, you may even want to pick up a couple of arcade machines.
Other entertainment options for the man cave can include a poker table, pool table, table football, a small putting green, ping pong and more.
The Ultimate Sound System Elevates the Experience
For those who plan to use their man cave for watching television shows, movies and video games (gaming consoles), the ultimate surround sound system will elevate the experience. You want to think about quality, the number of speakers needed in the room and the proper placement. As its name implies, the sound should surround you.
Seating Has to Factor Into the Design
It’s also very important to factor seating into the design. Not only do you want to pick furniture that is comfortable and promotes relaxation, but you need to have enough seating to accommodate the guests you plan on inviting over. Seating should also reflect the kind of activities offered in the space. For example, if you are creating a home theatre vibe then theatre-style sofas or chairs will be best. Then again, if you want to be sitting around the table playing cards and other casino-style games, you’ll need different types of furniture.
Snacks and Beverages
The final touch in the space should be snacks and beverages. Rather than having to leave the man cave and go to the kitchen, build a snack and beverage station into the design. This could be a small dry or wet bar, or just a small fridge with some storage shelves for snacks. You want the room to feel like it’s self-contained and that once you are in the space, there is no need to leave it.
All of these tips will help you to design the kind of man cave that you not only enjoy but never want to leave. It will be your favourite spot in the house.
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