In this article, you'll learn
- What exactly is a "man cave" and how are they used.
- How to plan your space and determine how you will use it.
Let me begin by explaining the term. A man cave, also known as a manland, mantuary or manspace, is a male sanctuary totally off limits to the opposite gender.
It can be a garage, spare room, the basement, or even a shed. Here the male species is free to behave in whatever manner without upsetting the boss of the house. According to psychologist Scott Haltzman, “... it’s important for a man to have a space he calls his own. It can provide refuge from stressful surroundings and be beneficial to a relationship!”
Man caves have multiple purposes – they’re a place to be alone, away from women, pursue a hobby, and of course hang out with male friends.
So gentlemen, if the thought of having your own private space within your home sounds too good to be true, here are some suggestions to get you started.
Before starting, you need to do two things. First, read this list of cool man cave ideas, and secondly walk through the space and visualize what you want your Man Cave to look like. Be realistic in your assessment of the space and function. It would be a great idea to put pen to paper with a scaled drawing detailing all requirements.
The Man Cave Space
For floors and walls, wood and stone are ideal options. Textured stone tiles on a feature wall or wood panelling on one wall could really make a statement.
Pick an object (jukebox, jersey, picture, etc.) that you like and make it part of the room as your inspiration in choosing the overall look and color of your man cave.
A traditional color scheme for a man cave would be browns, beiges, greys, blacks and navy, all very masculine hues. Play with tones, bring in contrast or go totally monochromatic. You can even introduce your chosen color through a hobby, for example put a putting green inside your space to keep practicing any time of year. Or go totally bright and loud...think outside of the box.
Man Cave Furniture
Upholstery should most definitely include leather. There is no furniture fabric that shouts ‘man cave’ quite like leather, and there are a variety of leather options to choose from. The casualties of spilled drinks and food are expected. If you spill beer, popcorn, pizza or whatever - there's protection to resist spills and stains. A quick wipe is all you need for clean-up. Other masculine fabrics are suede, velvet or linen. Plain colors will work well with a touch of stripes, checks, or a bold pattern.
Freedom to take off your shoes and prop up your feet is cherished, so an ottoman is an almost critical element for your man cave. End tables with power strips in/on them let you plug in your phone or laptop, let it charge, and have it resting next to your elbow. That way you won’t have to get up to answer a call or research the latest fantasy league stats online.
Don’t be afraid to go classy. Man caves might get a bad stigma these rooms are tacky, messes. But there is living proof out there that they can be done with taste and class. Go for an outdoor cave, a pool grotto, whisky tasting room, wine tasting room, a cigar room, billiards space, or media room for all things gaming and movie watching.
Man Cave Accessories
A large flat TV screen and bar are two featured components of virtually any man cave.
All eyes must face the flat screen TV so choose a wall and select a television to fit the available space. Sitting down is a requirement so make sure the furniture is facing where the television is in full view. To figure out what size TV is best for your space, take into account three factors: viewing distance, picture quality, and what you are willing to spend. For example, a distance of 8 to 11 feet means a screen size of 40 to 52 inches will produce the best watching experience. Once these have been put in place, one can start to fill the void between them with furniture like sofas, armchairs, cinema seats, sideboard, side tables or a coffee table.
The bar – preferably a wet bar is a must if space allows. For those who love to host, a wet bar can make entertaining easier. A small sink like the one here is great for adding water to cocktails and doing light clean-up.
Activity related items should also be added such as a pool/billiards table, a dart board, foosball, chess, shuffle board, a card table etc. Group activities are a sure way to get the testosterone pumping and really add to the man cave atmosphere.
Good lighting is essential as mood plays a big role in this unique space. Low lighting, table lamps and floor lamps would be your right choice. Of course with a particular activity or bar, pendants and down lighters will be more appropriate
In order to complete the entire look, don’t forget to decorate your man cave. You may want some expert advice from your partner here. Artwork, framed photographs, sports memorabilia, a rug or colored LED signs are some of things that will help bring the ambience together.
Bold and strong is the underlying key in achieving the ideal man cave. Remain in the mutually agreed space. You have a free hand to do whatever you want but remember your interior design skills are limited to this area, don’t get carried away –encroachment is forbidden.