The man cave is a guy’s ultimate retreat place. It is a playroom where men can be boys again. Some call it a den or a “mantuary” either for playing console games or engaging in crafts and hobbies without being disturbed by domestic nuances. This separate room, sometimes, it’s a garage man cave, provides a therapeutic refuge after a stressful day or week of work. It is a place not only meant for entertainment but also a place to recharge the soul or a place to decompress. Here are some interior design tips to help you create a man cave.
Designing a Man Cave
Whether you are building a room from scratch or transforming an extra room into a stylish and functional male sanctuary for recluse, planning every detail is important.
The lighting plan depends on the activity you plan to do in there. If natural light comes in, use curtains in a neutral solid color to block out the sunlight when not needed. Also avoid facing the TV monitor across the window or a bright light source. If you like to showcase your trophies or collectibles, use ample lighting to emphasize that as well. Paint color can be dark or light depending on the taste, but often, this is the plain or solid color. The focal points in a man cave are the sofa, the monitor screen, hobby areas, and the bar if any.
Man Cave Furniture
Furniture items for the man cave requires quality and durable materials. Ideal furniture include a low maintenance and durable couch. You will also need shelves for storage and a place for the toys for big boys. If you will be entertaining others, then seating for friends who will be coming over. Tables or man cave bars, preferably glass or acrylic tops are ideal. You will want a table that is easy to clean after being used for drinks and snacks. Think of comfort, convenience, and durability. Don’t bother with fancy frills and high maintenance upholstery. This is why dark wood and leather furniture are often the most favored man cave furniture. Some will need a hobby table with ample lighting.
Most room transformations to man caves turn into entertainment centers equipped with mini theaters and gaming consoles. Others turn the room into a hobby area to house equipment and tables for making model kits, art, woodwork, or music equipment. When it comes to lighting and outlets, plan on having a dedicated circuit for this room. Have enough convenience and power outlets available in almost every turn. Man cave entertainment gadgets are power hungry. Also, speaking of hunger, what is entertainment with food, right? Be it a refrigerator or a small pantry, make sure the man cave is equipped with these requirements.
Man cave décor is quite different from the usual home accessories in the main house. Going back to the idea that this is a man’s playroom, décor usually includes memorabilia and awards or trophies. It is a place to relive those victories and fun times, no matter how quirky or trivial these may be to the other members of the household. Wall art may consist of a man’s favorite hobbies or photos of past glories. Perhaps a movie poster or some trophy from a hunting trip will also take the spot on the wall. If you have a friend who has this type of room, consider these man cave gift ideas.
Whether planning to renovate a room or you are looking for garage man cave ideas, we hope the tips helped spark your motivation to start one.