Man Caves - Should Every Man Have One?
History of Man Cave
There are tons of web sites on the Internet full of man cave ideas and man cave accessories. What led to today's man cave? While today's version of a Man Cave is a sanctuary for men, just how did the Man Cave start? Early man was a cave dweller, the cave being his place of shelter. Because most of early man's remains have been found in caves it is believed that is where he lived, thus the Man Cave. Sometimes man and his family had to move from cave to cave during different seasons for food or better shelter. Of course, early man had to allow women and family to live in the cave with him. From what we know of cave men, they ruled the roost. If his woman upset him or he saw a woman he wanted, he hit her over the head, grabbed her hair and pulled her home to his man cave.
Soon man began to move out of caves and built shelter from animal hides and sticks. The man cave lived on in his memory though as he found he was no longer in charge of his dwelling. He knew he needed a place to be alone and remember his greatness.
My Husband's Man Cave
Today's Man Cave
Today a Man Cave is a place for man to escape. Somewhere he can be alone or with his friends and be a man. Paula Aymer of Tufts University calls it the "last bastion of masculinity", I'm just quoting.
A Man Cave can be anything from a room to a basement to a garage. It is just a name given a man's private space. What constitutes a Man Cave? Well, that varies by man. It's size depends on the size of the house and space available and perhaps the size of the man, not forgetting of course, the generosity of his woman. It's location is anywhere man or wife chooses it to be. DIY Network says, " there's an environment for every guy that makes him feel fulfilled", so it would seem safe to say there's a man cave for every man and man caves are as diverse as man.
A Man Cave can be tailored to fit a particular man's tastes; a pool room, a home theater, a fifties diner, a reconstructed dorm room, a room full of computers and technical equipment, an outdoor/hunting theme, it may include tacky items no woman would allow in her house! Remember, we said the sky is the limit and it is after all a place for men, not women so Shabby Chic is definitely out. Refrigerators and televisions are in though, after all you need a place to keep a cold beer and something to watch the game. You might want to add a comfortable chair or two if you have that big screen television.
The Man Cave Doesn't Have to be Big
Converted to man caves
Man Cave Décor
With the diversity available and differing tastes abounding, I repeat, the sky is the limit! It seems basements and attics are a favorite when they are available, however, any space will do as I mentioned earlier. A man's hobbies or likes influence how he will decorate his cave. Games are a big plus, both electronic and non-electronic, maybe dartboards or pin ball machines regardless of the overall theme of the room.
The first step would be to decide a color scheme, yes, even for a man cave. If there is a green pool table you may want to go with beige walls, that kind of thing. Of course a theme would make the whole process easier. It may be outdoorsy like my husband's or it may be a sports theme, or a bar with card tables. For instance if you were going with a New York Yankee theme you'd pretty much have your colors laid out for you in red, white, and blue. If you were to go with the Yankee theme, posters, old seats from a baseball stadium and other baseball memorabilia might fill out the room.
It is fairly typical for man cave décor to include a lot of wood. Not necessarily wood paneling but wood ceiling beams and lots of wood moulding and woodwork. It also seems most men prefer dark wood as it gives a richer, manlier appearance. Don't forget the lighting, it sets the mood of any room and the Man Cave is no exception. Another item you may not think is important is the floor, but like any room the right floor can set the tone of the room. Some men will prefer rugs while others will be happier with wood or tile floors.
Game Room Man Cave
Bob Vila's Blog - Essentials for the Man Cave
From designer Debbie Wiener on Bob Vila's Blog:
- A REALLY big flat screen TV
- A really comfortable recliner
- Creature comforts like rugs
- Galvanized metal ice bucket
- Lots of snacks
Man Cave furniture can consist of anything as simple as some bar stools to as elaborate as beautiful couches, end tables, and lounge chairs. Remember you want the Man Cave to be cozy and comfortable.
There are sites on the Internet which will list Man Cave "must haves". Some of these include, of course the big screen TV; personal draft beer dispensers, geeky gamer furniture, surround sound system, reclining chair, door (for privacy sake), phone, poker set, among so many others. As with any other room, the basics are the most important, the add ons do not necessarily have to be included right away but can be added on later.
Ultimate Man Cave - Beer Commercial
Does YOUR Man Need a Man Cave?
I would have to say no one actually needs a man cave but your man may want one or deserve one. Think back over what you've read here. A Man Cave is a place for a man to get away from the outside world, a place to relax and forget about stress, a place to call his own. I know, there are a lot of women scratching their head asking where there Woman Cave is, but let's give the guy a break.
Probably the most famous Man Cave we are familiar with would be Bruce Wayne's (that's Batman for those of you unfamiliar with Bruce Wayne). His Man Cave contained every gadget, gizmo, and tool he could ever want or use. The basic premise for the Man Cave, let your man have a space of his own he can retreat to and enjoy and he can decorate any way he wants!
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