Man Cave Alert - Must Have Gifts for the Football Fan - Ideas for Gifts for Men

We interrupted this marriage for....drum roll please, you guessed it - a football game. Yes, here in America, our football ball fans are fanatics. Yet this love of the game has not yet fully affected our living space. The design ideas are just about endless but we have only just begun. If you check out Pinterest and Etsy you will see the beginning but here we will showcase not just the pieces and the best of the best, but some of the simplest things you can do with walls and painted furniture. From re-purposed dressers and hand painted to purchased items to chair rails and decorated ceiling - eight great tips in all, without further ado, let the sports theme fun begin.

football theme decorations at the front door in bright field green and white yard markings
football theme decorations at the front door in bright field green and white yard markings | Source
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The front of the house can readily be decorated with wreaths and party favors that welcome your guests for game day. Or alternatively, you can go all out with your home, even your log home, completely painted in your team colors. The home shown to the right is obviously a fan gone overboard - a Green Bay fan who has chosen to decorate their log home in the famous Green Bay Packer green and gold.

And yet, there are many homes that are team divided. One spouse favors a rivaling team and the common item here in Wisconsin and apparently Cowboys and Indians fans are also showcasing their love of their teams in their front yards with yard signs, hand painted, showcasing the rivaling that exists in this household.

If you are united in this fanatical love of the game and together you wish for your household to embrace (or at least control in a few dedicated rooms) stay tune for some great design ideas complete with my personal favorite the chair rail in field green and white yardage markings.

Football Fan Couch with Speakers and Matching Foot Stool

Football Fan Couch with Speakers and Matching Foot Stool in blue Super Bowl 47 co-branded with Bud Light
Football Fan Couch with Speakers and Matching Foot Stool in blue Super Bowl 47 co-branded with Bud Light

Over the Top Football Couch with Speakers

This one is funny to me - the over the top, football couch but wait there is more as the famous television commercial shouts, check out the speakers. Yes, if you look closely there is a radio complete with speakers!

Perhaps, this is not your first choice for your living room, but do consider it for the man cave in the garage, in the basement or the spare bedroom. It is fun and lively and is sure to bring a smile to every grown up kid and children world wide.

Football Chair with Matching Foot Stool

Football Chair and Matching Foot Stool in classic American Football brown leather with white stitching
Football Chair and Matching Foot Stool in classic American Football brown leather with white stitching | Source

Tiny Tot Football Chair

I have not seen this one in person so I envision it ideal for the tiny tot. Ideally suited for the bedroom with the football lover in mind.

Evergreen Decorating - Sports Themed Design Ideas

This tiny tot chair is a classic and like all sports themed designed ideas, they are in Hub Pages terminology, evergreen. In other words, these designs are timeless. Why? Relaxation and sports teams are loved by people across the globe for decades and will be loved for the millennial. No technology, no virtual reality will ever change that.

Yes, your lap top, your smart phone, and even your beloved Google glasses will go out of date, but your football chair is here to stay.


Stadium Chairs - Lawn Chairs and More

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Football Fan Gift Idea - Stadium Chair with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example
Football Fan Gift Idea - Stadium Chair with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example
Football Fan Gift Idea - Quad Chair or Lawn Chair with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example Football Fan Gift Idea with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example
Football Fan Gift Idea - Quad Chair or Lawn Chair with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example Football Fan Gift Idea with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example
Football Fan Gift Idea - Adirondack Chair with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example
Football Fan Gift Idea - Adirondack Chair with Team logo - Green Bay Packers Example

Football Fan Chairs - Lawn Adirondack and Stadium

Of the many lawn chairs, from Adironack to the quad chair (four legged backpack chair) to the stadium chair, my favorite item is the stadium chair. Why? Nothing replaces actually attending the game and the stadium benches are simply not comfortable.

If you love your football fan, the ultimate gift is the experience - the tickets to go in person and the stadium chair to expand the the comfort of their experience in the open air arena.

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Sports Theme Bedroom Ideas

Sports Themed Football Fan Design Idea for the Bedroom - Chair Rail Idea in field green and white
Sports Themed Football Fan Design Idea for the Bedroom - Chair Rail Idea in field green and white | Source
Sports Themed Football Fan Design Idea for the Bedroom - Oilers Colors and logo
Sports Themed Football Fan Design Idea for the Bedroom - Oilers Colors and logo | Source
 Elegant Football Designed Bedroom
Elegant Football Designed Bedroom | Source
Fun Football Designed Bedroom with football ceiling and more
Fun Football Designed Bedroom with football ceiling and more | Source

Man Cave Design Ideas and Tips

The commercials and the movies always end with the best tips and tricks. Here I will provide my favorite first.

Tip #1 - Sports Themed Chair Rail

My favorite design tip is the simple chair rail in green indoor/outdoor carpet - complete with the white yardage stripes. What is more decorative, design appropriate, eye-catching then this fantastic chair rail? In the example to the right, it is being used in a bedroom but would work beautifully in a den, basement or any man cave.

Not just American football - this design tip transcends American football - imagine this simple, hand crafted chair rail for a soccer or cricket fan?

Tip #2 - Sports Themed Decorations - Repeat the Colors

In the second example, the chair rail is included but in a more elegant fashion. What is great about this design is the theme, the colors are repeated from the chair rail to the drapery cornice to the bedspread.

Repeating the colors is a simple yet elegant way to celebrate your family's favorite team.

Tip #3 - Sports Themed Rug and Ceiling

In the first example, you can clearly see the rug but look closely and you will the ceiling has the team's logo painted above. Recessed lighting makes a room more useable and the prices of recessed lights have dropped significantly.

What I love about ceiling features in the bedroom is the space is so limited, the ceiling feature if designed well, doesn't take up any space but makes a big impact in a room. For a child's room, the ceiling detail to me is essential. It is more than a design, it is an essential function of a child's room - why? Because children love the floor - watch them - they are always crawling even after the terrible twos!

Football Fan Man Cave Recreation Room Design Ideas

Wall of Footballs - Decorating Design Idea

sports themed bedroom with wall of footballs elegantly displayed
sports themed bedroom with wall of footballs elegantly displayed | Source

Man Cave Decorating Essentials

In the sports themed room, you will note that a couple of fundamentals emerge:

  • ceilings are details often decorated
  • ceilings are well lighted (with dimmers for the added experience I imagine)
  • seating is plentiful
  • color theme is consistent
  • media takes center attention - even in the garage in this first video!

Tip #4 Floating Footballs on Black Wall

My personal favorite is perhaps the simplest decorating item of all - the wall of the floating footballs! In the video, you will see a black wall with recessed directional lights in the ceiling and the wall contains three rows and three columns for a total count of 9 footballs all resting on a Lucite shelf.

I believe the black with the clear shelves is more elegant but the photo to the right showcases the same design element - expertly done but in a completed different theme.

Man Cave Videos - Football Fan Fanatics

Ultimate Green Bay Football Fan Cave

Why do I always showcase Green Bay? I am technically sports neutral but I have to say living in Green Bay for two years exposed me to the the love of the game of football. Green Bay fans I may say lovingly are fanatical but I am in love with their exuberance. Perhaps they love the game more because many are also shareholders, I don't think so. Green Bay fans love the sport of football - simple fact. And this love of the game I believe exists throughout the world. Yes, in Europe as with most continents of the world, the love of the game often is soccer but the exuberance exists and it is this love that we celebrate - both the love of the game and the love of the loved one who sometimes "interrupts our marriage"!

Tip #5 Ceiling and Wall Pennants

The wall and ceilings pennants are an inexpensive way to celebrate the sport. Incorporating a bunch or a simple few will add color and remind us to wave our pennants in support of our favorite team.


Tip #6 Recessed Screen

At the end of the video of this ultimate man cave, stay tuned, because you will see artfully crafted a drop down screen that covers the built in cabinets.

I think this recessed screen is the dream of not just men but women far and wide - that a treat - an extra large viewing screen that takes up no space and discretely disappears until the next game or next viewing.



Fun Sports Themed Dressers and Cribs

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round crib decked out in various sport themes - football baseball topped spindles and morefootball themed dresser and matching mirror in dark classic wood with football team logohand painted football themed dresserhand painted red baseball themed dresser complete with baseball bats for drawer pullshand painted blue and white dresser with baseball bat decorations
round crib decked out in various sport themes - football baseball topped spindles and more
round crib decked out in various sport themes - football baseball topped spindles and more | Source
football themed dresser and matching mirror in dark classic wood with football team logo
football themed dresser and matching mirror in dark classic wood with football team logo | Source
hand painted football themed dresser
hand painted football themed dresser
hand painted red baseball themed dresser complete with baseball bats for drawer pulls
hand painted red baseball themed dresser complete with baseball bats for drawer pulls
hand painted blue and white dresser with baseball bat decorations
hand painted blue and white dresser with baseball bat decorations

Decorating with Dressers

Decorating with a dresser is not just for the bedroom anymore. Dressers offer valuable space to tuck away games, homework, photos, and where else could you possibly stuff all those electronic gizmos anyway?

Tip #7 Decorate with Hand Crafted Painted Dresser - Not Just for the Bedroom

The dressed that is hand crafted or painted in a sports theme is my first choice over a purchased but many possibilities abound. Check out the round crib, the baseball dresser, the matching football dresser and mirror.

The main take away is the dresser don't have to be in the bedroom - what a great addition to the man cave with multiple uses.

Terrific Design Tips for the Sports Themed Man Cave

Tip #
Tip Description
Cost Estimate
1
Themed Chair Rail
Low
2
Repeat the Colors
Low
3
Cover the Floor/Ceiling
Moderate/Low
4
Floating Footballs
Moderate/Low
5
Hang Pennants on Walls/Ceiling
Low
6
Recessed Screen
High
7
Decorate with Sports Theme Dresser
Moderate/Low
8
Sports Themed Space Heater
Moderate but Frugal

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Frugal Football Gift - Infrared Space Heater

In other hubs, I have talked allot about frugal gifts. And while the heaters don't initially seem frugal, if you look at your heating bill and calculate the square footage that you are heating with your furnace, you will see, the space heater can offer you some substantial savings.


NFL Licensed Space Heaters

Chicago Bears Infrared Space Heater
Chicago Bears Infrared Space Heater
Infrared Space Heaters Licensed by NFL - shown on football field
Infrared Space Heaters Licensed by NFL - shown on football field

Safety Facts About Space Heaters

Facts & figures

Based on 2007-2011 annual averages:

  • Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for one-third (33%) of home heating fires and four out of five (81%) of home heating fire deaths.
  • The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
  • Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (53%) of home heating fire deaths.
  • Half (50%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.

Source: NFPA's “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" report by John R. Hall, Jr., October 2013.

Helmet Heater - Football Fan Gift

Football Fan Gift - Infrared Space Heater in Green Bay Packer Logo
Football Fan Gift - Infrared Space Heater in Green Bay Packer Logo | Source

Great Gift for Men - Helmet Heater - Infrared Space Heater

Why Space Heating Is Frugal

Space heating is not a new concept, I believe these have been around for decades and yet the technology has been conducive. The initial offering as you will recall was unsafe and deemed a fire hazard. The current day heaters that I have in my home are much better, the ceramic heaters are not a fire concern and most will shut off if knocked or tipped.

Yet for the advanced in space heaters, many homes continue to waste valuable household funds by heating the entire home. This is wasteful both in regards to the family budget and the environment.

Tip #8 Sports Theme Space Heater - Moderate Cost/Investment - Frugal Over the Long Term

From Man Cave / Living Room to Bedroom

The man cave or the living room is often the space where we spend the majority of our leisure time. What is great about the space heaters is they can serve both the living room and the bedroom. No need to have a separate space heater in each room, you can readily move the heater to the next room you move to.

Infrared Technology is Better

For those of us who are either fighting allergies or aging (and in my household, the adults have both and our children currently only fight the allergies but wait their day is coming!), the infrared technology is infinitely better. It is quieter but what I love is this heat does not dry out the room and leave you reaching for the moisture cream. For you see as we age, the moisture in our bodies and on our skin tends to dry out more readily.

In summary, infrared technology is better because, these space heaters are:

  • Quieter than any space heater ever before
  • Lighter than any space heater ever before
  • Kinder to dry skin
  • Kinder to those prone to allergies
  • Cheaper to operate

In short, a space heater is the economical and environmentally friendly solution. But wait there is more (oh, that silly commercial cannot get out of my head or out of this hub - sorry!), check out the game day heaters that look like the American football helmet. Lovingly, labelled the helmet heater - it looks great for the man cave and can also save on your heating bills.

The author is a stockholder in the company that holds the NFL license for space heaters.

Favorite Man Cave Design Tip

What is your favorite sport theme decorating tip?

  • Chair Rail
  • Repeat the Colors
  • Themed Rug and Ceiling
  • Floating Footballs
  • Pennants
  • Recessed Screen
  • Sports Themed Storage / Dresser
  • Infrared Frugal Heater
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© 2014 Kelly Kline Burnett

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suzettenaples 20 months ago from Taos, NM

OMG! This is so funny and so true. There are great items here for the football man cave. I just loved reading this. American males are such football fans and forget Sundays during football season - you don't see the men. All beer, chips and the remote! My nephew's have gone the football themed bedrooms - Ohio State University. What a hoot!


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GmaGoldie 20 months ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

SuzetteNaples,

Yes! I completely agree it is a hoot! Oh, my! The team may change, but the fervour for sports décor is almost a madness. I laugh and yet I celebrate and cheer the enthusiasm! Perhaps I am jealous of this great love?!


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GmaGoldie 19 months ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

Hi Suzette Naples,

Man caves just make me smile. What is it? The energy? The bright colors? Or the conveyance of the love of the sport or all three? Thank you so much for stopping by.

If you were here I would pop open a beer for us two to toast!


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AudreyHowitt 9 months ago from California

So very true!! Come football season, I just want to through my hands in the air!!


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GmaGoldie 8 months ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

Hi Audrey,

You are the energetic one during the football games! Aha! A new insight - love it!

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