Men need a place to get away, and if you have the space to create your own man cave, you’ll become the envy of your friends. Personalize your man cave to your tastes for the ultimate lounging spot. For instance, if you’re a snow ski addict who lives in the Rockies, you might want a cozy den with a fireplace and the latest skiing video games, but if you’re a music fanatic, you might want signed guitars for décor and killer surround sound for listening to rock shows live. Whatever the man cave calls for – the following pieces are must-haves for any male-only spot.
Center the room around a game table where you can play loaded dice and backgammon on the leather side and dominos, poker, board games and more on the green side. Stash rule books and game piece cartons in the lower level slats, and the table’s thick sides are big enough for drinks and coasters. When you’re not playing games, use the leather top as a pseudo-ottoman to prop your feet on.
Since men prefer to be comfortable above anything else, you’ll need a set of oversized recliners for your man cave, preferably in dark leather. Pair them with a custom sectional group (loveseat with chaise lounge, sleeper sofa with chaise, chair and ottoman) in easy-to-care-for chenille or microfiber material.
Make sure everyone can hear the big game, boxing match or live concert on your home theater system, which ranges in price from an affordable to super luxury and expensive. As for your television, go as big as you can afford.
Were you not allowed to pick out the wine glasses or iced beverage glasses in your house? Your man cave is the perfect opportunity to pick out the bar accessories YOU want, depending on what you and your friends like to drink. Here are a few options: pilsner glasses, pint glasses, stout glasses, oversized red wine glasses, shot glasses, brandy snifters and whiskey decanters. Don’t forget bar accessories, such as shakers, bottle openers, wine openers and mixers.
When a man’s in his man cave, he has to eat sometime. If your wife doesn’t demand you surface at the dinner table each night, include a microwave in your man cave to whip up something quickly, like Bagel Bites. You may also want to purchase a mini-fridge with ice maker or a mini-kegerator, the ultimate luxury. In a pinch, portable cooler will work; just make sure to purchase the electric cord adapter, since it plugs into a car cigarette lighter.
Now that your man cave is completely outfitted in the most top-of-the-line masculine furniture and accessories, decorate your space to reflect your personality. Depending on what you’re into, you could line the walls with colorful record albums in black record frames; hang rustic shutters painted in various colors; coasters with pictures from your city of residence or favorite city, flags, posters in frames or bar signs; or, of course, vintage sports memorabilia. Unique items like these are easily found on sites like Etsy.