rock_cavern_187000-300x199Use these tips so that your man cave doesn’t end up looking like this!

Sometimes men need time to unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. In lieu of a full-blown bachelor pad to help your man unwind, consider helping him furnish a cool man cave. You might be thinking that a man cave requires pizza stains and old video games. While those things might find their way in there before you know it, you can also create a well-furnished, attractive man cave.

Whether you live in NYC or in a rural area, custom made furniture can cost you a pretty penny. Since a man cave may occasionally take a beating, it can seem silly to drop so much cash on that room. But there are a few things you can do to tweak your existing furniture to give the room a cool edge. Add a couple DIY projects, and voila! The perfect man cave is yours.

Reupholster your sofa.

Taking an old sofa and reupholstering it with modern fabric provides the same cool look as custom-made furniture. There are tons of DIY reupholstering videos online, or you can take it to a professional for a little more money. If you don’t have an old sofa to redo, check out thrift stores to score a cool one for cheap.

Add a bar cart.

Bar carts are a great way to stylishly store alcohol without having an endless stack of glasses and bottles lying around. Pick up a cheap cart, and spray paint it black or silver for a sleek and manly edge. Store empty glasses on top, and store your liquor on the bottom shelf. A bar cart is a great way to make a masculine room feel more high-end and gender-neutral.

Upgrade your artwork.

It can be tempting to furnish a man cave with neon beer signs and cheap posters. If you give the usual artwork the boot in favor of classier, cooler pieces, the whole space will feel more grown-up. Cool vintage signs combined with mirrors and DIY artwork add dimension to the space. Have him help you pick out the pieces to create a space you both will love.

Protect your furniture.

If you add high-end furnishings to a man-cave, it can be tempting to wrap them in plastic for protection. However, you can get fantastic, hardworking fabric protection sprays for your furniture that keep it looking good as new. That way, you will feel more comfortable adding nice pieces to the room, and you don’t have to fear that they’ll be destroyed.

If you want to create a cool man cave, you just need to add a few custom pieces. A large television and a cheap couch aren’t worth showing off in your home, but if you reupholster that couch and add a couple cool pieces of art, it becomes an instant hit. And who knows? You may find yourself unwinding in the man cave just as much as your man does!