Making the Perfect Man-Cave
It’s easy to mock the male retreat, but more and more people are realising the benefits of these retreats and will take steps to introduce the concept where possible.
In some instances, this can be as easy as using a spare room, but those with little space in the home may need to look at other options.
There’s also the consideration of what should be included. Not everyone has the same interests, so it makes sense that the design of the man-cave should conform to your interests and personality.
The following will aid you in creating the perfect retreat and will offer some solutions to those who may be keen to employ the use of a man-cave but don’t have the space available.
Choose a Location
When we’re keen to instil a man-cave into the home, it’s normal to accept that space we’re given, but this isn’t always enough. Although the idea of a man-cave is a luxurious one, the last thing we want to be doing is trying to relax in a cramped space.
As such, it’s important that we’re realistic, and ensure that the space we’re looking at can meet our requirements.
Some may choose a spare room, others may want to convert a garage. However, if you’re looking for your man-cave to be separate from the home, there are other options available.
For example, if space is in short supply, then you may want to consider insulated garden rooms. These are buildings that offer all the benefits of a room but are more cost-effective that house extensions. What’s more, it could even add value to the home overall.
Decide on the Décor
Think a man-cave is simply about having space where you can make a mess? Think again! Man-caves are becoming an integral part of many lives, and despite their name, they’re something being taken seriously by the masses.
In most instances, they will become a respite for those who work hard and just need some downtime away from the stresses of life, and the décor can make all the difference.
This isn’t to say that you can’t think outside the box? Want to relive your childhood with some retro décor? Go for it! Seen a style in your local bar that you like? Then make sure to use the inspiration in the right way.
The humble man-cave is your space, and while there’s nothing wrong in people joining you, the décor is about what works for you.
The Items Within the Man-Cave
Given the context of a man-cave, it makes sense that a series of gadgets and gizmos will make their way into the room, but again there are no limits as to what items you can have within your man-cave. If you’re a video game buff, then you may want to ensure that there’s space for your collection. Keen readers may want to include some shelves to showcase their favourite literature.
If you’re looking to include items such as a pool table, then it can be useful to ascertain as to how the equipment will be placed in the room. The last thing you want to do is order something for your man-cave only to find that you’re unable to get the item inside.
Think About Insulation and Soundproofing
As the man-cave can be used for a series of activities, some may be noisier than others. Sure, the man-cave is about your enjoying yourself, but this shouldn’t be at the expense of everyone else’s enjoyment.
For example, if you enjoy playing instruments or loud music, then it may be worth investing in some soundproofing. Similarly, if you’re going to hose social events, then insulation can be a good idea if it’s not already present.
What needs to be done will depend on the location of the man-cave as well as the activities but taking some time to take care of the final details will ensure that you’re able to fully enjoy your man-cave moving forward.
Other Considerations to be Made
Depending on where your man-cave will be situated there can be other considerations that need to be made before you go ahead. For example, in some instances, there may be a requirement to ensure that there is a likelihood of damp occurring. Other instances may need you to enlist the services of an electrical professional.
This can seem like more cost, but it’s worth the investment, especially given what can go wrong should the worst-case scenario arise.
Consider the Finer Details
Although we may have all the latest gadgets, it’s the little things that can make a man-cave feel like our own. For example, sports fans may want to decorate their walls with football memorabilia, whereas those with a passion for a film may want to furnish their man-cave with movies posters.
You will also need to consider how you will heat the man-cave, as well as deal with any moisture that can arise.
Considering the smaller details will ensure that your man-cave is comfortable, and none of the equipment within the man-cave will become damaged.