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Whether you are a seasoned professional, a stay-at-home dad or a sporting champion, we believe every man needs a space he can call his own. We know dad’s can be busy, always on the run fending for the family while working hard for their children. Being on the go all the time can be stressful, and can take a toll on your mood, meaning that after a while, these key responsibilities can start to feel overwhelming, and may even start to impact the quality of your life.
As such, every man needs a place where they can take a break from the hassles of everyday life, and what better way to do that than invest in your very own man cave. Are you wanting to kick back with your favourite drink while watching your top films with no distractions? In your man cave you can have all the amenities you need to make this happen such as your very own mini fridge, flat-screen TV, comfortable bean bags and lighting that could make even the most stressed of individuals feel relaxed.
Read on for everything you need to make your perfect man cave today.
Choosing the right space
When choosing the perfect space for your man cave, you will need to consider the following. The size of the space, will there be enough room to put all of your favourite things? The sound of the space, will the room be free from loud noises or busy street roads, as you want to make sure your late night movie night will not be interrupted by the sound of your dishwasher. You also need to make sure to choose somewhere with no distractions. The last thing you want is people walking in and out of your beloved room while you’re trying to relax and make the most out of your personal space.
Incorporate your personal style
The sole purpose of a man cave is to have an environment you can call your own, where crucially, you can relax. Through incorporating your personal style, you will be able to instantly relax, feeling at ease the moment you step into the room.
Making sure to have the furniture that suits you, while creating a united space will be the first key step in creating your desired space. For instance, if you choose to go for a darker scheme in the room, make sure to mirror this throughout with navy cushions and a grey sofa, for example. It may start to cause imbalance if, with your darker colour scheme, there was a pastel rug, or a delicate lamp shade in the room.
Additionally, to add an elegance into the room, ditch the traditional curtains for grey roman blinds that are a little more sophisticated. Not only will blinds fit with your man cave vibe, but it will make sure to block out any unwanted light that may interrupt your relaxing TV night.
Make cleanliness a priority
Although it may be tempting to use your man cave as a space for all your unwanted items in the bedroom, it’s important to keep the space clutter free to create an elegant yet practical space for you to kick back and relax in. Of course, a man cave is not a place that requires you to do more jobs, however, this does not mean that the space should be dirty, after all, mess is not conducive to a relaxing environment.
Dirt and mess not only decreases the quality of life, but adds unwanted clutter to your new space. As such, it is important to perform simple tasks such as taking out the trash and vacuuming once in a while to keep on top of the cleanliness of the room, and keep your life as relaxed as possible.
Make sure not to forget air freshener! Since most man caves are usually located in isolated areas of the home such as a basement or loft conversion, the importance of air freshener cannot be overlooked. In addition to a good quality air freshener, a humidifier is also vital in ensuring that the humidity level is kept low. In doing so, you prevent any harsh consequences of humidity in your room such as damp and potential damages to your electronic equipment, because nothing ruins a movie night quite like a water-damaged television.
Let your love shine through
Every man has that favourite sport, and for a lot of men, it’s sport. Whether you’re an avid cyclist, a keen tennis player, or just a proactive spectator at your favourite team’s football game, your new space can let your hobbies shine. Take full advantage of the fact that the space is your own, and let your personality come through into the room. Take advantage of the space being your own and keep all your treasured possessions in there so you know they’ll be safe!
If sport isn’t your thing, and you’d much prefer a relaxing movie night, why not invest in an oversized theatre with a flatscreen TV where you and your friends can enjoy your favourite blockbusters with no distractions.
If you’d prefer to have a space where you can simply kick back and relax, with the added bonus of having a drink without screaming children stressing you out, by all means, invest in a mini bar. With your personal den the choices are endless, so have fun with building your dream man cave.
Create a balance in the room
The idea of your very own man cave will be an exciting thought for many men, and so it can be easy to get carried away with filling the room with everything you ever wished for. Before you know it the room may be filled with a bar, pool table, movie theatre, a playstation room and even a small golf course. However, try not to get too overwhelmed and fill the room with every gadget you can possibly find. If you have a large room, then go for it, but for those with smaller spaces for their future man cave, try and keep it to a minimum to avoid the room looking crowded. Remember, it’s all about balance.