Building your Man Cave.
The man cave—the one room in a home that men, mostly husbands, can call their own. Is there a way to incorporate the idea of a man cave while still pleasing the other family members? Of course, it just takes some creativity and effort to make this room appealing to everyone.
Ø Theme. If you’re a fan of a certain sports teams you consider decorating the room with memorabilia; sports items like bats, balls or jerseys; or just choose your favorite team’s colors. Others may choose to build the room around a pool table or bar area. The room does have to have a theme of a hunting lodge, some people just enjoy have a bar room feel. Remember, the man cave will be a recreation and entertainment room, so think about what items you need to make this room the most desirable location.
Ø Seating. Another consideration is the amount of space required to hold the family. Large couches are great for watching television, and if you have a game table, consider investing in a few extra folding chairs, for when you have additional guests. Bar stools are another convenient piece that won’t take up too much space.
Ø Comfort. While the man cave should look great, more importantly it should be comfortable. This isn’t the place for fussy furniture that guests are afraid of ruining. Choose furniture that is comfortable and encourages people to relax.
Ø Maintenance. You want your man cave to be a room that is easy to enjoy. Choose a type of flooring that you can quickly sweep, or run over with a vacuum, instead of one that requires constant care. If your tables are susceptible to scratches or water rings, cover with a tablecloth or provide coasters for guests. Finally, try not to have too many breakables scattered around, you don’t want to constantly worry.
Ø Décor. Decorating might be the most enjoyable part of the process. Since you’ve already determined the theme you have some idea the type of décor you will need to flush out that idea. As mentioned before, don’t overcrowd the room with too many knickknacks, they may detract from the overall appearance of the room.
Creating a man cave is often a process that occurs over time. There is a lot to consider, especially if you have an ideal image in your head of what atmosphere you want to portray. If things aren’t perfect at first, don’t fret. You’ll figure out what is missing and what changes you need to put in place to make your man cave everyone’s favorite room of the house.
About the author: Derrick Cruise blogs on behalf of Sears. In 2002, he graduated with a degree in education from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
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