How would you grade your man cave? Do you even have a man cave? If you’re not completely impressed with your secluded space, it’s time to focus on maximizing your designated room and designing a functional, attractive, manly space that makes you the envy of the neighborhood. Here are some design ideas for inspiration and dreaming:
TV gallery wall.
Women have their gallery walls; men have TV walls. Yes, we’re talking about an entire wall of TVs that would rival your local sport’s bar.
No more watching one game on the big screen and another on your phone; a TV wall solves all your problems by letting you watch three, four, or even five-plus games at once. If you are going to install a TV wall, make sure you consult an electrician to get everything properly wired. The biggest issue here is hiding wires and creating a clean appearance.
Build around a focal piece.
The best man caves are the ones that pick a focal point and build around it. This could be a bar, a custom poker table, a putting green, or memorabilia collection. This is the piece of your man cave that everyone talks about. You then branch out from there and add subtle touches that compliment the overall feel of the space.
Make lighting a priority.
One of the things that makes or breaks a man cave is lighting. However, so many men forget about this important feature until it’s too late. Recessed overhead lighting is perfect for basement man caves as they allow you to control the brightness of the room at all times. Throwing a few ilumi light bulbs into the mix can also gives you the opportunity to change the mood accordingly.
Spend on wall art.
Most men are seriously lacking when it comes to decorating walls. It’s a college-poster-or-bust sort of mentality. It’s important to think about what you’re putting on the walls of your man cave, though. If you do want to incorporate posters, frame them for a classy touch. Shadow boxes are an excellent way to display event tickets or unique pieces. There are plenty of choices, but just make sure the walls aren’t bare.
Think about resale.
While it’s your man cave and you should be able to do anything you want with it, it’s a good idea to think about resale. Don’t do anything permanent to the space unless you’re sure it has mass appeal. Only make major alterations if they can be incorporated back into a traditional design if the house ever goes on the market. On the other hand, if your future buyer is anything like you, your man cave may be a major selling point – allowing you to recoup some of your expenses.
If you’re like most people, it’s probably time to start saving up for your man cave. These ideas are certainly luxurious and enviable. However, you don’t always have to go over the top. Use a couple of these tips, modify them to fit your personal taste, and start enjoying your man cave today.