There are few things better than putting your feet up, cracking open a cold one and watching the game in your personalized man cave. Getting the space set up right however, can be a little difficult, especially if you don't have much decorating experience. Here’s the deal – you don’t have to be an interior decorator to create your man cave. Here are some simple things you can do to create the space you've always wanted.
Choose the Right Furniture
No one wants to hang out in an uncomfortable room. When looking for man cave furniture, think about the biggest events of the year. Choose cushy sofas that are large enough to support you and a few of your friends. Sectionals can be a good option for maximizing seating space in smaller man caves.
Your furniture can also be representative of your interests. Consider a sports-themed mini-fridge to keep your beverages cold and close at hand. Covering your couch and chairs with blankets featuring the logos of your favorite teams has the added benefit of protecting your man cave furniture from spills if you get a little too exuberant while cheering with a drink in hand. Look for entertainment centers with enough shelf space to prominently display your favorite memorabilia.
Pay attention to the lighting, because few people want their man caves to be as dim as an actual cave. Sports-themed ceiling lamps can add a bit more flair while also keeping things bright. On the other hand, floor and table lamps can be a great way to add extra light without taking on a major installation project.
Don't Neglect the Technology
Is a man cave truly a man cave without a good television? Clearly, the television is most often the center of attention of the entire room while the furniture is selected and positioned according to what is most complimentary to the TV. For your man cave setup choose a television that balances size with how you plan to use the room. A screen that is too large can take up a lot of the space you can otherwise use to hang autographs, jerseys and more. If the primary purpose of your man cave is sports watching, however, that big screen might be worth it. Multiple flat-screen TVs are another interesting choice in some man caves. Put a different game on each one so you can keep up with them all. This layout also gives a bit of a sports bar feel to your man cave décor, particularly if you have an actual bar.
Make sure your sound is up to par as well. Surround sound is the ideal, but an after-market sound bar or top-notch speakers can significantly improve your TV's basic sound. Bluetooth-compatible speakers can work with your TV or with mobile devices for playing music when no games are on. If you prefer to go all out, go with a hardwired system in your man cave.
Get Creative With Decorating
Your man cave should be a reflection of your interests, so let yourself have fun with decorating. If you're a memorabilia collector, create a set up that highlights your prized possessions. Specialized lighting can illuminate that treasured autograph, making sure all your friends see it. Hang photographs or framed jerseys along the top of the wall of your man cave like a border, and choose strategically placed shelves to show off your smaller pieces.
If you have enough space, consider investing in an at-home game. Putting greens are a great choice for avid golfers, or install your own mini bowling alley. Mini-games, such as a small basketball hoop, are a fun way to kill time during commercial breaks.
Do-it-yourself tutorials provide great inspiration for sprucing up old items and further personalizing your man cave. From LED basketball lights to refrigerators with built-in keg taps, if you can think of it, you can probably find a tutorial to help you make it. For starters, man cave signs are a fun and easy project you can tackle to make sure the space is reflective of your interests.
You love your favorite teams, and with a little creativity, you can create a man cave that reflects that dedication. Investing in the right man cave furniture and technology not only makes your man cave your favorite place to be, but it’s also a great reason for all your friends to come over and enjoy the space with you.
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