Man Cave - A Place Of My Own
My cheap, DIY Man Cave...
I love hanging out in my man cave garage. It might not be fancy, but it's mine. In fact, I love that it's not fancy. If I leave it messy, no one rags on me (the mess also makes it easy to hide my beer from the wife). I can crank the music as loud as I want. If I get oil or grease on the floor it's no big deal. I can put whatever I want on the walls, get balsa dust everywhere, even break in a model airplane engine. Everything I like do do but can't do in the house - I can do in my Man Cave. It's my sanctuary, and I think every guy should have one.
Yes, I Need A Man Cave
And so do you if you want to keep your sanity...
Marriage is great, but wives have a way of wanting to run the house THEIR way... When I got married I found it was suddenly unacceptable to let my empty beer cans pile up in the kitchen until I got around to recycling them. Cylinder heads on the kitchen table? Sorry... Half-eaten pizza on the counter waiting until I get hungry again? Not...
OK, so I love my wife but I'm not giving up who I am - at least not all of it. She wants a clean house? I'm OK with that... but I need a place where I can be me - you know, a typical guy. Ergo, I need a Man Cave...
The Entertainment Room
Lots of guys like to watch sports on TV - football, hockey, NASCAR racing, etc. If this is you, then an Entertainment Room might be the best type of man cave for you. The main feature of this type of man cave would be a large flat screen TV, hopefully connected to a good home theater system. Other features you might consider for an Entertainment Room would be a dart board or pool table. Depending on your tastes, a sturdy table for playing cards, quarters, etc would also be useful.
Since this room will most likely be located inside your house, it would be best to have easy access to the kitchen without having to walk through the rest of the house and disturbing other family members. If such access isn't possible, you may want to consider putting a second fridge in the man cave, or possibly a kegerator. If your friends are slobs, you also might consider vinyl flooring instead of carpet.
It's location and large percentage of living space consumed make the Entertainment Room the most difficult type of man cave to acquire. Other family members may feel they should be able to use the space when it's not being used for man cave purposes. Such dual use kind of violates the purpose of "exclusive use" though. I mean, what's the point of having a man cave if you have to schedule its use or (gasp!!!) ask permission to use it? You should only consider the "dual use" policy if it's the absolute only way you'll be able to have a man cave. Also realize that implementing such a policy will require some finesse, family diplomacy, and patience.
If your interests lie more along the lines of building race cars or woodworking, then a Workshop is definitely the type of man cave you should consider. Transmission fluid on the floor, balsa dust on the furniture, and stinking up the air with soldering flux fumes are all things that may be frowned on in your home - I know they are in mine. Fortunately, I have a garage that I've taken over as my man cave. I can get as greasy as I want, and as long as I don't track it into the house my wife doesn't complain. She did insist that I reserve one corner of the garage for her to store her gardening tools, though. So far it hasn't caused any problems.
Since this room isn't part of the main house, you'll need to buy some things. You'll need some bar stools for your friends to sit on. A small refrigerator and microwave would be nice so you can grab a snack without having to go into the house. If you don't have a fridge, an ice chest or kegerator will be essential. Other useful or fun additions would be a computer, dart board, and a killer stereo system.
Maybe you're not a sports fan and you're not into hobbies that involve getting greasy. Maybe you just want a quiet place to play chess, do some fly tying, or read. If this is the case, the the type of man cave for you would be the Study. This is the easiest man cave to set up, because you don't need more than a quiet room. In fact with a good set of room dividers you don't even need a separate room (unless you have children you want to keep out). You probably won't need refrigerator or elaborate entertainment system, but a good laptop computer would be nice. Furniture for this type of man cave would be a small desk, bookshelf, and a few comfortable chairs.
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