For many men, the ultimate dream home includes one essential element: the man cave. A man cave is a place where a guy can escape from the stresses of work and life to unwind alone or in the company of his closest friends. They’re typically built in areas like garages, attics, or basements, so it typically takes some hard work to turn an unfinished room into the ultimate hangout zone. If you’re planning a man cave, chances are you already have a space in mind. Use these tips to turn it into a great getaway in no time.
Set the Vision for Your Mancave
Every man cave is unique to the guy who designed it, and this is your chance to make the space truly yours. Think about the ways you envision spending your time there, and then go from there. Here are a few popular ideas to get you started brainstorming:
- Sports Bar/Entertainment Center. For some men, the best way to cool off after a long day at work is to sit back and watch the game. In this case, comfortable seating is a must, and the television should be positioned prominently for optimum viewing. Don’t forget the mini fridge and a stocked bar so you don’t have to leave the area to make a snack run in the middle of the game! This setup is also popular for hardcore gamers, with the entertainment center as the focal point in the room design.
- Rustic Cabin in the Woods. Even if you live in a big city or the suburbs, some guys want their man cave to reflect a simpler time and place. Reclaimed wood for the walls and floors and vintage furniture will give the space a rustic feeling, and this design can provide a great space for hunters and fisherman to display trophies. If the space allows, a fireplace and/or display of collectibles can complete the look of your sanctuary.
- Hobby Workshop. Whether your hobby is woodworking, building models from kits, brewing your own beer, or tinkering with electronics, a man cave can be the perfect place for you to focus on the activity without interruptions or distractions. Function is a priority with these setups, and good lighting and efficient use of space are key. Make sure to give yourself enough open space to work, and don’t be afraid to install shelving high on the walls to help keep clutter to a minimum.
- Music Sanctuary. For the musically inclined, or for men who enjoy unwinding to music at the end of the day, a man cave can be the perfect place. Whether your pastime is enjoying music or creating it yourself, acoustic insulation for your man cave is a must. Make sure you have an adequate number of power outlets to manage all your electronics and other equipment and enhance the look of the room with posters or other memorabilia on the walls to complete the look.
These are just a few ideas to get you started: your man cave should be whatever you want it to be. If you’re having a hard time coming up with a design, try starting with a single piece of art or furniture that you want to take center stage – a pool table, jukebox, work table, display case, etc. – and plan the rest of your room around the piece.
Making the Vision a Reality
Once you’ve set the general theme for your man cave, it’s time to get down to the details. To get started, measure the dimensions of the space you’re going to use and draw a to-scale outline of it on graph paper. If you already have some of the major pieces of furniture, measure those and cut them out of graph paper; it’s much easier to move the slips of paper around than the actual furniture, so you can try out different configurations. If you don’t have furniture chosen, use your room outline to determine the size of the furniture pieces you should choose when you go shopping.
If your space is unfinished, you’re going to want to make sure you’re set up with basics like power, insulation, air circulation, and protection from leaks and flooding. If your HVAC system needs a tune-up to get up and running, or the space needs a serious deep cleaning before it’s fit for building out your man cave environment, give our team of professionals at COIT a call.