Rooms for guys and guys alone.
Women have kitchens, living rooms and other dedicated areas of the home all to themselves. What about men? What do men have?
Those questions have haunted men for generations, but only in recent years has the concept of a “man cave” come to fruition. A “man cave” is essentially a section of the house dedicated for a guy and his friends. It can be a garage, a basement or a den — basically any room that is off-limits to everyone else. Including their wives.
Some women might not like the idea of a man cave, but if they have their own area in the home for show ‘n tell, few will object. Man caves range from the mild to wild, offering guys the solitude they seek when unwinding from a long day at work or following a day at the track or out hunting.
We’ll stick to more of the mild ways of designing a man cave, leaving the “wild” to your imagination:
Dedicated space — No man cave is truly such if the space is used for other purposes. A man cave is your space and yours alone. This means coming to agreement with your spouse on the area of the home you can use and converting it to suit your needs.
Your decor taste — How you decorate your man cave is your business. Likely, you have a theme in mind. For example, if you like racing, then your room will be filled with motor sports memorabilia. If you like fishing, then pictures and posters of your big catches are in order. If your spouse is on your side, ask for her help on window coverings, rugs and lighting.
Must haves — Your man cave needs seating, preferably a beat up old couch that you can sink you backside into. One or two recliners, a coffee table and shelving to hold your favorite magazines or music CDs is in order. A television, DVD recorder and a music system can provide your entertainment. You’ll also want a refrigerator to stock up with your favorite beverages. A microwave comes in handy to heat up some snacks. Make sure that your room has adequate ventilation to remove food odors and keep your man cave smelling good. If you lack heating and cooling, a floor heater and window a/c unit may do. Otherwise, invest in an HVAC upgrade to handle this room.
Essential supplies — Your furniture, lighting and HVAC are in place, but there is one thing you still need: food, drinks and utensils. This is where things can get dicey — if you will be making food, do you have adequate storage? Will food attract bugs and varmints? Is your storage cabinet sufficient to hold food or will you be raiding the kitchen whenever you need your stuff? Consider installing a locked cabinet to keep dried and canned goods inside. Refrigerated foods and drinks will be kept in your fridge and used before the expiration date. Disposable plates and utensils is preferred over anything that needs to be washed, something your wife really doesn’t want to handle. Get a large trash can with a locking top and empty it whenever you’re done using it for the day.
Most guys aren’t all that concerned with a way that a room looks. For them, functionality trumps everything. Your man cave may be dark or light and bright, in any case it can bring to you the solitude you need and crave. Don’t let anyone tell you that there is a right way or a wrong way to create a man cave. After all, it is your personal space for you to do as you please.