The first thing you need to ensure when building a man cave is that it is unique to you. You can’t just recreate any generic sports bar. The best thing would be to choose a specific design, a particular favorite color, seating that you find comfortable, and a few decor ideas that you really fancy. This space must be dedicated just for you, the man of the house, and it should reflect your tastes.
Here’s how you can go about creating the perfect man cave on a budget.
Finding the Right Spot
The ideal spot needs to be private and not a pass-through spot. It doesn’t need to be a large space, but it’s better if it has the provision of expanding it in the future. An ideal example can be the back corner of your basement, a part of the guest room, or an in-house office. You can also choose a part of the landing if you have a really large one. The garage is also a popular choice as long as you can separate a corner after parking your cars.
Choose a Theme to Decorate With
When choosing a theme, keep in mind your own passions, interests, and hobbies. Don’t just go for a sports bar knock-off look, it just makes the man cave look very non-personal. Let the theme reflect your taste, whether you are a literary buff, a gamer, or a whiskey connoisseur. Don’t go too overboard with the theme though, sometimes it’s best to keep it subtle.
Add trinkets of your favorite things, like a guitar if you are a music lover. Just remember to be tasteful while choosing a theme. There are some great ideas and items you can buy online for your small man cave. If you want to remain within a budget then you need to choose fewer elements to decorate. As a whiskey lover, you could choose a masculine bar cart or a few decanters. A booklover could include a quaint reading lamp and a bookcase that houses his favorite novels.
What Paint to Choose
Painting your man cave is optional, but it does add a personal touch to the whole place. You will make the place feel a lot more special by adding a dab of paint without having to spend a lot of money. The color can actually be chosen by keeping the decor items in mind, so they are accentuated properly. Also, choose a color that you would enjoy being surrounded by.
Repurpose Your Existing Furniture
When you are decorating your small man cave on a budget, you can save money on furniture by borrowing it from other parts of the house. Extra furniture lying around the house is perfect for this, such as a bookcase or a side table. Table lamps can be added from the living room to give the cave warm lighting. If there is no furniture available, then you can visit local thrift stalls for a few affordable options.
Set Up to Work From Your Man Cave
You can set up a home office in your man cave if you want to work from home, operate a business from home, or just need a quiet space where you can concentrate on your projects. Add subtle decor items to make the man cave productive as a home office. A suitable desk and chair with sufficient electrical outlets to plug in your work devices are required. Try soundproofing the space to keep away distractions.
The Man Cave for Gamers
It is easy to turn your man cave into a paradise if you are an avid gamer. If you are into console gaming, you can get a large flatscreen TV and rig-up surround sound speakers to get yourself immersed in the gaming experience. If you are more into PC gaming then you need to find a few gaming monitors and a gaming headset. Don’t forget to get a sturdy desk as you are likely to be spending hours on end inside your gaming man cave. This is why you also need to arrange a comfortable couch or chairs, especially if you want to host gaming parties for your gamer buddies.
A Few Essentials for Your Mancave
Here are a few essentials to make your mancave properly functional.
A recliner is an absolute must as you want to be able to get away from it all once in a while and relax. You can also use the recliner to sit and do work stuff such as take client calls or work away on your laptop. You can even take naps on your recliner while you spend afternoons inside your man cave.
Many men love to host the occasional Sunday football or the Super Bowl or other matches for the buddies in the man cave. This is exactly why, among other reasons, you will need a large TV in your man cave. Other than the sporting nights, you can use the large flat-screen TV to enjoy movie nights with your family or friends. This is the best opportunity to share your man cave with the special people in your life.
A Bar and Fridge
You don’t want to have to leave your man cave and head upstairs or across the hall whenever you want a drink from the refrigerator. For this, you need to get a bar and/or a fridge in your man cave. This will come especially in handy when you host a party for your family and friends in your new man cave. If you have enough space then you can go for a full bar. If not, a regular fridge will suffice. If you do set up a bar, don’t forget to get barstools as well.
A man cave is a man’s respite from everyday hardships. So, be sure to make it completely your own and decorate it in the way you feel most comfortable with. It should reflect your personality and preferences, being the place where you feel safest. Good luck with decorating your man cave.