Making a man cave is so much more than another DIY project; it’s a chance to carve out some special space for yourself and get away from the pressures of the real world. By making your ideal man cave at home, you can find some peace and quiet away from the stresses of work and family. Better yet, designing a man cave that reflects your personal style can help you express your creativity and make use of some of that otherwise wasted space in your home. Before you spend another day fighting with your significant other over the remote or trying to get work done at the kitchen table, consider these options for making the perfect man cave.
Before you start putting your posters on the walls or looking at carpet samples, get the biggest project out of the way: painting. Creating the right look for your man cave starts with the walls, and if you’re trying to paint an entire room after you’ve already hung things, you’ll not only waste time, you might just have a lot of redecorating to do. While painting an entire room alone can be an overwhelming task, getting a few friends to help out while enjoying a few beers or watching a movie can take the stress out of this household chore. If you’re not sure what color to start with, try something in the blue family; research suggests that looking at the color blue can actually have a calming effect and increase your body’s production of the feel-good chemical dopamine.
If you’ve always wanted a place to show off that game-winning ball or put up a horror movie poster that doesn’t exactly go with the rest of your home’s straight-out-of-Pottery-Barn décor, your man cave is where to do it. Surrounding yourself with the things that you love can help you feel less stressed, increase your enjoyment of your home, and help you feel at peace in the space you’ve decorated to your liking. Better yet, relegating those possessions that aren’t exactly House Beautiful-worthy to a single room can make the rest of your house look more cohesive while keeping the peace with your significant other.
Unless you live in a mansion, it probably won’t be possible to dedicate thousands of square feet to your man cave, so you’ll want to find furniture that does double duty to make the most of your space. Designing your man cave using multi-functional furniture will help keep clutter at bay, increase the usability of your small space, and can make your room easier to entertain in. If that desk folds flat against the wall or your ottomans double as storage, you’ll have more square footage to host friends, work out, or just move around the room.
What better place for man’s best friend than a man cave? When you redecorate the room that is to become your man cave, make sure you have plenty of room for your four-legged friends to make themselves at home in. Add some dog beds to your man cave, put in some cat scratching posts, and keep plenty of treats and toys on hand for when your pets want to hang out. Not only will adding some pet-friendly accessories to your man cave help reduce the stress on your pets, who often react negatively when things in their home change, including the décor of rooms, it will also mean you get some extra bonding time with your fuzzy BFF. Research suggests that spending time with pets can lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and lift symptoms of depression, so go ahead and get Fido a bed for that newly designed room.
The difference between an office and a man cave is that one is all about work and the other is all about fun. If you’re hoping to enjoy some rest and relaxation by creating your own man cave at home, make sure you’re giving yourself plenty of diversions to enjoy in the space you’ve carved out for yourself. Not only does this mean getting a big TV for the space and having it professionally installed (or doing it yourself, if you’re handy), it means splurging on a great set of speakers, hooking up some gaming systems, or even adding some exercise equipment to the space, if that’s of interest to you. Making your space conducive to fun will help you shake off the stresses of your everyday life and find enjoyment everywhere you look.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but it doesn’t have to follow you home. Creating a perfect man cave that suits your style and offers up ample opportunities for entertainment will have you feeling more relaxed in no time.