“What Makes A Perfect Man Cave?”

What Makes A Perfect Man Cave?

If you’ve seen “I Love You, Man” with Jason Segal and Paul Rudd, you are familiar with what a man cave is. The man cave is a male sanctuary from the stress of the real world, where a man can drink beer, watch sports, and bond with his “bros.” It sounds silly, but men need their space as much as women do, or even more. A study found that “men’s cortisol levels actually drops significantly when they had solo leisure time.” That being said, what makes the perfect man cave? These are some essential elements that every man should have to construct their perfect man cave.

1. A Large TV
Entertainment is a must when it comes to the perfect man cave, which means a large TV is a must. The latest and greatest in television technology should adorn one side completely, preferably not facing a window to avoid a glare. This is a portal into watching your favorite sports team, where you can binge watch your favorite TV shows, and play your video games until wee hours of the night.

2. Streaming Device
Speaking of binge watching your favorite TV shows, a streaming device, such as Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast, is essential. While you would still want to keep your cable hooked up to watch those games, a streaming device opens your world to hours of on-demand entertainment through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, and much more.

3. Comfort
I say comfort because not one item can encompass the idea of what this word means. It can be a couch, a recliner, a futon, or even an oversized bean bag known as the LoveSac (they don’t really use beans). You want to make sure you have enough comfortable seating to have your boys over for that big game without feeling crowded. At the same time, you don’t want over do it and make your man cave seem cluttered. A nice sectional sofa and La-z-boy recliner will do the trick.

4. Surround Sound
Your big TV will feel even bigger with an appropriate surround sound system. Every sack or punch will reverberate throughout your man cave like you’re at the game or fight. While some are content with a sound bar and subwoofer, a. 5.1 or 7.1 sound system will have sound coming from the sides, back, and even the ceiling (depending where you place your speakers). You won’t realize how important sound is to your viewing pleasure until you try it out for the first time. Anything less will just sound distant and impersonal.

5. Bar/Refrigerator
Instead of going back into the house for another cold beer, you should invest in a refrigerator that you can keep in your man cave. Make sure it’s stocked with your favorite beverages and foods. If beer isn’t your alcoholic beverage of choice, a nice stocked bar with your favorite liquors is good to have. You can play bartender when your friends are over or just blend that perfect margarita for yourself. Either way, you have options in close proximity of your couch so you don’t miss any of that high-stake game.

Honorable Mentions

A Rug – A rug on the floor is perfect to break up the monotonous floor color. This can be a solid color or of your favorite team. It also provides something soft to rest your feet upon.

Wall Decor – Whether you’re a movie fan or sports fan, nothing is worse than a plain wall. Give your palace some personality with movie posters, sport memorabilia, or your favorite art.

Games – I’m not talking about Connect Four or Jenga (though that’s not a bad idea), but a pool table, a foosball table, or a ping pong set. One of those six-in-one game tables might be a perfect addition.

Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. She currently writes for www.custom-mats.com, a leading vendor of plain and custom mats.

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