We all need a place where we can be ourselves. Often, men defer to the women they live with when it comes to decorating choices. But, that can leave them feeling like they don’t have a place to call their own.
The solution may be creating a man cave – a private place where you can indulge yourself and be yourself. Here are some tips to help you create the man cave you’ve been dreaming about.
Choose the Right Space
The first step is choosing the right space for your man cave. Depending on your living situation, you may have several options.
If your house has several rooms dedicated to relaxation, then you may simply need to negotiate with your partner or family to decide which room will be yours. Some men put their man caves in the attic or basement, while others situate theirs in a spare bedroom or office.
What if you don’t have a spare room? In that case, you may need to build a man cave outside. Even a storage shed can make a great man cave with the right preparation.
Add Insulation and Soundproofing
Depending on where your man cave is, you may need to make some practical preparations before you start decorating. The two most common additions are insulation and soundproofing.
If you’re going to be spending time in your attic, you might need to protect it from the heat and cold by adding insulation. The same is true if you’re using a storage shed. You want your man cave to be comfortable.
Likewise, you might want to consider soundproofing your man cave if you’re going to be hosting parties there or listening to music. The point is to have a space of your own, and you don’t want to be interrupted because you’re keeping the kids (or the neighbors) awake.
Choose a Focal Point
Most men want a man cave for a specific purpose. You might want a spot for your pool table, a space to watch sports and play video games, or a location for your weekly poker game.
By deciding what your man cave’s main use will be, you can determine how to decorate it. For example, if you know that you’re going to be hosting the guys for football every Sunday, you may want to start with a flat screen television. Then, you can add seating and other necessary items to make it comfortable.
Express Your Personality
Once you’ve got the furniture in place, it’s time to think about decorations. Many men want to keep things simple. You might have items from your bachelor days that you want to display. The man cave is the perfect place for your neon beer sign or gaming posters.
You may also want to incorporate your interests and hobbies into the room. If you’re an avid fisherman, let your fishing gear and trophies make up part of the décor.
Prepare to Entertain
The final thing to do is add what you need to be a good host. You can enjoy your man cave on your own, but it’s also the perfect place to hang out with your friends. Adding a small refrigerator, bar, and housewares will ensure that you don’t have to poach items from the main house to keep everybody happy.
Designed properly, your man cave can become the refuge you need. Using these tips can help you create a space where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy with your friends.