Create the Perfect Man Cave
Defined by the Oxford English dictionary as “a room or other part of a home used by a man as a place to relax and pursue hobbies away from the rest of the family”, the man cave has become an aspirational space in the modern household.
Whether you’re looking to carve out a masculine space of your own or help the man in your life create a guys hang out spot, consider the following:
Pick a location
Pinterest is certainly the place to look for inspiration but it can also be off-putting because most of the images you’ll see are of large sprawling spaces. While having a designated space is essential to creating a man cave of your own, it doesn’t need to be massive. A small spare room in your home, a section of the garage, or an outdoor shed can all be transformed into a man cave.
Decide its purpose
Once you’ve settled on the location, you need to decide what you’ll use your man cave for. Will it be a spot to watch sport with your friends and play Xbox? Will it be a place for you to work on your carpentry hobby. Maybe it’s where you’ll escape to in the evenings to read and listen to your vinyl collection. While it’s not necessary for your man cave to serve just one purpose, it is important that you consider what you’ll use this space for so that you can kit it out accordingly.
Control the temperature
A man cave is meant to be a place where you can relax and unwind, and you can’t do this if you’re uncomfortable. Being able to control the temperature of your environment is a must if you’re going to spend lots of time in there. In summer, a ceiling fan or portable standing fan will help circulate the air and keep the space cool, while in winter a heater will work wonders to make your man cave cosy and inviting.
Get the lighting right
Whether you’re using your man cave as a place to work on DIY projects or a room to crack open a cold beer and watch the game, lighting is key and should not be overlooked. LED strip lighting at the back of your TV has both a decorative and functional purpose. Backlighting your screen prevents your eyes from straining in the dark after hours of viewing and it makes the TV a focal point in the room. Track lighting is useful for highlighting things like sports memorabilia and posters mounted on the wall or a display cabinet showcasing collectables. If you’ve gone all out and installed a bar in your man cave then get creative with rope lights - they’re available in a range of colours and can be placed under the countertops or used to line shelves so that your beverage display glows. If you plan on using your man cave for detail-oriented tasks like woodwork or electronics, then task lighting is essential. Table lamps and strategically-placed pendant lights are both good options for providing focused light where you need it most. Good task lighting allows you to focus on the details and does not cast a shadow or glare, so keep this in mind when selecting fixtures.