Every man wants a space to call his own. One that doesn’t have the stylish influence of a female and can be loaded up with all things guy. A place he can go and feel free to burp, scratch and be flatulent, alone or with his friends. Thus, the Man Cave was born.
It’s a dream for any guy to have his own personal space, a place that he can use his decorating skills (or lack thereof) to bring together everything he loves in life. The concept of a man cave isn’t new, workshops, garages and basements have all been turned into a place for the man to get away to, but its only recently that the term “man cave” was coined. If you’ve been thinking of designing your own space, there are some things to keep in mind;
Choosing the Space
The great thing about a man cave is it can be located pretty much anywhere in the house or even backyard. Spare bedrooms, attics, basements, sheds and garages are all wonderful places to begin your journey into fun and solitude. However, be prepared to negotiate with your significant other. Most man-friendly caves won’t be appealing to the fairer sex, so if you’re thinking of turning the sitting room into a cave, you will probably have to think again – unless she’s a REALLY good sport.
Picking a Theme
Once you have your space secure, the next thing you will want to figure out is what the theme is going to be. Do you have a pinball machine, pool table, big screen television? These all make great focal points for the man cave. Also, don’t forget to think ahead to what you may like to add (ensuring there is room). This is where the fun begins and you’re only limited by your imagination (and perhaps a budget). Sports, hobbies and interests can play a major role in bringing your man cave together, so take some time to think and design out what you envision it to be like.
Of course, your budget for the man cave will be a huge factor in what you can and cannot do. But once the space itself is finished you can slowly add to your overall look as money comes available. However, be realistic, don’t set yourself up for failure by dreaming of the ultimate theatre-look if your budget is leaning towards nice drapes and microwave popcorn. This is also a great time to look to talented friends, family and colleagues to help out with the construction. Once they know what you have in mind, they are sure to want to help – with the promise of fun times ahead when its finished.
The man cave is a place of relaxation and fun, so have comfortable seating and lighting for your guests. Also, be sure to have smaller items lying around, like magazines, games, videos and even weird gadgets. It’s a place to kick-back so have a variety of options available.
The last touch you need to add to your own man cave space is a Personalized Sign. These come in a variety of styles and colors to suit every man cave imaginable. This is the perfect finishing touch and lets everyone know this is a place you call your own.
We’ve covered the very basics you will want to work out before you start building your man cave, but planning now will save a lot of extra time, hassle and money moving forward. This stage may seem boring, but once you have everything set, you’ll be glad you did.
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