Fortress of Solitude: Decorate Your Man Cave

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Every man needs his sanctuary, a place where he can sit back, relax and enjoy the studly things in life. Whether you're on a budget, looking for a particular theme or designing a man cave for someone else, there are certain rules and regulations to follow. But don't worry, the rules end when the decorating does! Here are some general guidelines to get you started:

General

The Man Cave is a place of fun and relaxation. In order to get the most out of it, you should decorate with what makes you comfortable. It sounds like common sense, but it can be difficult at times. For example, if you like dark and dank places, then consider putting your man cave in the garage, basement or attic. These places have the least light access and are often the most secluded. If you love sports, then look for the perfect entertainment center to add to your cave. Like movies? Drape the walls with theatrical posters. In the end, it's all about you.

Entertainment

As you may have guessed, the television is the mother ship of your cave. Whether you go for that 60-inch plasma or a small foot-wide black-and-white box, you need it. If you can afford to splurge on this part of your space, then do it. A TV is one of those things you never feel like you wasted money on, particularly in a private area like your man cave. If your budget is more lacking, then browse secondhand stores and pawn shops for a lower-cost option. Also be sure to consider DVD or Blu-ray players, as well as cable or satellite options, as your TV is really no good without a way to watch things. A video game console is also a good idea, if you enjoy that.

Furniture

Buying furniture for your man cave depends on two things: space and sociability. Obviously, if you're stuck in the small spare bedroom, then a nice recliner will do the trick. However, if you have enough space for more, then you should consider what you'll most likely be doing in the room. If you're a more solitary person, then buy a nice recliner to watch the TV on, and you're done. However, if you'd prefer to have friends over to your space regularly, then get a nice large couch that can accommodate everyone. Large L-couches are great choices if you have the space and budget.

Extras

Flooring and walls are two important aspects of a man cave. However, man caves are somewhat prone to spills, so replacing the carpet probably isn't the smartest strategy. One spill, and the room will reek of bar for the rest of its existence. Instead, leave what's there and focus your spending on wall décor. It's much more likely to impress, and can hold anything from sports memorabilia to movie posters to pictures with friends. The wall is your oyster. Also, if you have any sports gear that you'd like to pull out that's been in storage forever, then get it! Put it out so that you and your friends can have some fun with it during commercials. That, or you can play catch with yourself while watching the big game. Either way, have some fun with it!

Locks

The point of a man cave is privacy from the outside world. It should exist on its own, with everything from a fridge stocked with snacks and drinks to a bathroom, if possible. To really make it your own, add a lock to the door. As with your home, people should knock before they come in, anyway. Also, it may be a good idea to keep a lock on the fridge in your man cave, in case the kids sneak in one day. You don't want them pilfering through your drinks.

More than anything else, your man cave is a sanctuary. It's a place where you can relax and enjoy the little things, from burping as loudly as possible to screaming at A-Rod when he lets that third strike go by (again). Consider this your investment in a happier life. The cost is never too high.

Last Updated: January 19, 2012
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About Emelie Battaglia Emelie Battagila is a contributing writer for Idealhomegarden.com

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