For many men, their home is their castle. And what's the best part of a castle? The man cave, of course! A man cave is your personal space where you can do whatever you want – watch sports, play video games, or just lounge around in your underwear.
If you're looking to create the perfect man cave, follow this top-notch guide!
What is a Man Cave?
A man cave is a space in your home where you can do whatever you want. It's a place to relax, unwind, and escape from the everyday stresses of life.
Your man cave can be anything you want it to be, whether you prefer to unwind and enjoy it by yourself or invite friends and family over to share in the fun. It's entirely up to you!
There are no rules when it comes to creating your man cave – the only limit is your imagination. However, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind as you create your perfect space.
Space and Electrical Requirements
The first step to creating your man cave is to figure out what space you have to work with. Think realistically about how much space you have, and what man cave-worthy activities you want to do in your space. Do you want to have a big screen TV for watching sports or playing video games? Or do you just want a small space with a comfortable chair and some shelves for your beer & book collection?
If space is an issue inside the house, what is stopping you from building your man cave outdoors? This could be a converted shed or a converted garage filled with an assortment of gadgets that help you relax and spend some quality time by yourself.
You could even take it to the next level and purchase a pod or even build a room at the back of the garden. You could use Smart lights to light the place up, add a hot tub for those cold nights, build a bar for social gatherings and much more!
Once you've decided on the size of your man cave, it's time to think about electrical requirements. If you're planning on having a big screen TV or Gaming PC, you'll need to make sure you have enough outlets to plug it in on the correct side of the room, as well as any other electronics you might want to access.
Decide On A Theme
Creating a personalised theme in your man cave will give it more of an essence of "you"! You may be thinking about hanging photographs of your favourite sports team. Why not go all out and use the club colours as the primary decor when you paint? The Avengers may be your thing, do not be afraid of ordering that ten-foot cut-out of Thor. Remember, it is your space, so anything goes!
Recycle The Clutter
Use your imagination and make use of your oldest, dearest possessions. Remember that collection of old records from the eighties that are gathering dust in the attic? Get a staple gun and collage your ceiling! Nail up your old band T-shirts and contribute to your rock music theme. Take the old tables from the garage and paint them to match the decor. The sky is the limit when reinforcing the man cave!
Central Game Table
If you're planning on using your man cave for playing video games or poker nights with the guys, then you'll need a central game table. This can be anything from a simple card table to a full-fledged gaming table complete with built-in speakers and cup holders.
The important thing is to choose a table that fits the size of your space and the number of people you want to be able to play games with comfortably.
Find The Perfect Display
Finding the perfect display system is essential to any man cave. Depending on the size of your man cave, you will need to decide which size screen you will use for the entertainment!
TV SCREEN VS PROJECTOR
If cinematic experience is your thing, you may just have to bite the bullet and order that 100-inch Smart Tv screen with 4K and HDR, as the newest television screens tend to be more beneficial for watching your favourite games and movies.
A projector screen may be more beneficial if you are the ultimate gamer and prefer to have the largest view possible. If you are on a budget, projectors may also be the kinder option for your back pocket. In addition, they can save space by folding away - this way they do not always have to be on show.
Whichever screen you decide on should complement the seating arrangement in your man cave! Remember, the man cave is all about ultimate relaxation, so we might say that seating is key.
If you rarely have guests, an electric-powered reclining armchair with a built-in speaker system would be the ultimate 'kick back and relax' vibe. However, if you have more space - why not go all out and buy a sofa with built-in features or an electric-powered reclining sofa, so the whole clan can relax!
Sound quality is essential when being captivated by the latest blockbuster or your favourite sportsperson. It would be ideal to install a 5.1 or a 7.1 surround sound system. However, if you would like to cut costs, you can hit two birds with one stone and purchase furniture with speaker systems built-in.
Have Refreshments At The Ready
Nothing beats having your own collection of refreshments and snacks! Get a mini fridge for your man cave to store any beers or sodas, or if you have enough space, a large fridge! You won't have to worry about the last chocolate bar mysteriously disappearing.
You could even be more imaginative and create a mini bar, with cocktail shakers and your favourite liqueurs. Perhaps a popcorn machine for movie night? Again, the sky is the limit.
A man cave can be a reflection of your personality and interests, with plenty of room for relaxation and entertainment. Get started on adding bits and pieces to your own individual space and you will be well on your way to creating the ultimate man cave!