Every man wants masculine space where he can put his feet up, relax and watch the big game without worrying about breakage or spillage. The best part? Creating a manly retreat can be faster than an ESPN half-time show.
The Man in Man Cave. Are you an outdoorsman, sports enthusiast or high tech wizard? Let your personality and hobbies set the tone for your space. Planning to watch the big game? A man-size TV is a must. If you caught that giant marlin in Cabo, this is the place for it.
No Muss, No Fuss Seating. Comfortable seating is a no-brainer if you’re planning to entertain your buddies. If you want to splurge, nothing says “manly” more than dark, rich leather. But there are seating options in a wide range of price points – from sectionals and bar stools to game tables.
Dude Decorating. Fabric has a place in a man cave. Yes, really. Add some texture to the room with pillows and window coverings. Go for masculine stripes or a lake lodge look. Or opt for something creative. You can make curtains or pillows out of old wool blankets, football jerseys or even army surplus wear.
The Art of Man Spaces. Art is subjective, of course. Like motorcycles or vintage cars? Frame a Harley-Davidson t-shirt or Corvette rally sign. Nowadays, you can also make inexpensive poster-sized prints out of almost anything — old photos from your football glory days or a child’s handwritten Father’s Day note. Whatever you choose, your art should be meaningful to you.
The Dark Side. It’s easy to go overboard with dark wood and furnishings when creating a masculine aesthetic. But incorporate a few lighter-colored pieces or a pop of color (lamp, barware, pillow) for some contrast.
Let’s Make a Deal. Find deals at garage sales, or on craigslist or e-Bay. Get furniture or other items you want and repaint or refurbish as needed. This will help you save money for more expensive items such that 60-inch LED flat screen.