We are not just husky dudes, who are always busy with work or flirting around and the only thing that reflects our taste is perfect ties and impeccable suits.
Like they say, your home (read man cave) is an extension of your own personality, and just how brutally true is that? Why brutal?
Due to some hairy or not so hairy dudes who think their place is where you can make all the mess, leaving most people (mostly women) to think we are nothing but a bunch of wild beasts, who only love to make things look like a mess. Well, there’s no denying the fact that we are that sexy beast but slow down a bit ladies, for there’s more to this Wolverine than just destruction and mess, we have taste and we have an affection for a living space that is not bad at all.
But, do you even know what the staples, essentials must-haves or whatever you call them, are for your man cave? Here’s a list to get you started with the hard work, and to let the world know that we have a great amount of interest in interior decoration too. Classy, eh?
Give us TV!
However big or small your space is, one thing you need like oxygen (apart from beer) is a big TV and we are happy. Ok, there may be some who are not much of a sports or TV person but you would not be using this square window of wonders for that. Just imagine what good would your play station battles be if they are not doing that on 55’ TV? So yes, you need a BIG TV along with a solid sound system to make this escape pronto of your ideal.
Lion Sleeps Tonight
What good is your den without a something, where you can just sit back and relax or even sleep? Yes, this may sound like an idea that will need a lot of space, but if you have a little space then a recliner, small bed, a couch is the best idea you could bring into your grand world.
All play and no work
This is your territory but there is no way you’re bringing in work here. But a pool table or any other game you’re fond of, darts, arcade games or even chess you can bring in all here. Call in your buddies and give them a tough time at beating your score.
My Place, my bar
A man cave without a mini bar and fridge is more like a pool with no water. Yes, that’s how useless your man cave will look without your supply of beer, wine and munchies you might need to get it all out. To get it perfectly coordinated with your entire theme, you should find ways to build your own beer storing capacity.
Give us light
How can you play pool without any light? Better yet, how can you admire all of your hard work and effort you put into your man cave without proper illumination? A man cave with functional yet stylish lighting will make or break your room, so don’t forget about this easily forgettable aspect of your room; lighting. On top of functionality of a good light, a well chosen billiard light is one that fits the atmosphere just as well as it illuminates the table.
Give us more light!
A retro neon sign (or five) will give your man cave the look, feel, and vibes that fit best with you. Are you a bit cliché and want an open or closed neon sign? Go for it.. Are you a beer guy and want your favorite brand up on the wall in bright neon colors? Go for it! Don’t worry, it is still manly.. sort of. Either way you decide to go with this, there are endless options out there and you will surely find one that fits your aesthetic.
Stylish bar stools
Don’t opt-in for regular old bar stools. Instead, sign up for ones that fit the cave. Some people enjoy some custom keg stools which will go right along with a bar while others might be amused with something more modern or sleek. As with anything in your man cave, it is up to your personal appeals and the theme you have given your cave.
Speaking of bars, are you able to cook food in there too? If not, look at the next must have.
An indoor grill
It doesn’t have to be the middle of summer and not raining anymore to enjoy some classic burgers and fries. Installing an indoor grill over by your bar will make the perfect pairing with your man cave bar. Don’t go without food and only offer drinks, offer it all and make it so you never have to leave (which you probably won’t). Plus, this is a great way to never miss the game and still feed yourself and any guests.
Arcade games aren’t just for kids
Sure, most arcades are targeted towards the average kid but who are they to tell you that you can’t have a classic pac-man arcade machine in your man cave? Better yet, maybe you want to perfect your claw skills or make a few bucks off of your friends by getting a claw machine. I say go for it!
There are so many options out there with this one from racing to even skee-ball if you want. Let loose and let your man cave have a fun aspect to it, otherwise you might get very, very bored!
A wine cellar
Maybe you aren’t a hard liquor type of guy, or maybe you are, but you enjoy the history and stories behind wines too. Attach your wine cellar to your man cave (or vice versa) and have full access to as much wine as you want, whenever you want. And if you are a hardcore sommelier, you can bring some out and practice your taste testing skills.
Not into wine? How about cigars
While I’m not so sure smoking is the best thing in the world for us, some people enjoy a good cigar. And how exactly do you plan to save all your cigars from going stale without a humidor? Just like a wine cellar helps preserve wine’s freshness, humidors keep cigars at the perfect levels to keep it from going bad. So before you go bringing back 50 cigars from your vacation without a plan on how to store them, get yourself a humidor in your man cave and keep them ready for all of the special occasions.
Like coffee? Have some coffee then!
Maybe you aren’t a sommelier, or even one to drink alcohol but you (more likely than not) like coffee. If you are one of those people who enjoy a cup, maybe you should setup your very own barista bar. Hook yourself up with all of the goodies from a high end coffee grinder to an espresso machine. This is a serious “must have” for any coffee making fan and one you shouldn’t have to go without!
Music is a must
How will you get your groove on without any music? Instead of setting up a cheap radio or Spotify, get your hands on a classic turntable that will hold all of those favorite songs back from the “good old days” that you can’t live without or let you find some new, uncommon tracks. If you don’t have the room (or budget) for a big sized turntable, try getting your hands on a table sized one that can easily fit on any flat surface you have in the room, it’s equally as cool and effective! It looks and sounds great!
People might associate a man cave with chairs, alcohol, and the occasional pool table. But you can break the stereotypes and get some workout equipment in there to give it the ultimate manliness look every man cave should have. Heck, even if it’s just a couple machines it’s all about the look; even if you don’t use them of course.
Sure books aren’t seemingly as manly or fitting for a mancave as some other things on this list but don’t discount it! Getting a chapter in a day will increase your skillsets, enhance your perception of the world, and overall only give benefits upon benefits. On top of that, it is an easy way to fill up an empty wall. If you are afraid of it looking off, throw in some car, golf, or even wine books into the mix. Or even better, a billiards rule book for when someone questions your sneaky play.
Maybe you aren’t into arcade games or wine, but rather golf. That’s okay, in fact; you actually have a couple options. One being a full sized golf simulator which makes it the second best to actually being out on the grass. Secondly, a putting green to practice your rusty skills with that putter of yours. Either way you go with this one, it will create the perfect game room for any golfer. Better yet, don’t choose one; choose both and have the best of both worlds in your hangout.
That’s the most important part, to have a woman around. Men are incomplete without a caring loving woman and her access to your man cave is no bad thing. It’s not that you turn it into a feminist space or what but to allow her there would make your relationship much stronger.
You won’t be having your friends around every day to accompany you in your man cave but a pleasant time there and some caressing sex with your wife or girlfriend would reap so good fruits. No wonder one day you make up your mind to see her in a wedding dress as your bride, those subtle things will count while she’s about to make a decision and this will definitely count on you as a strong point to make since you never hide anything from her, not even your own cave.
These essentials make up for the perfect man cave you’ve always wanted for yourself. You can add more to it but everything should reflect your taste and personality in some way or the other.
Happy Man Caving, This is your Sparta!!