Father’s Day is this weekend, which means now is the perfect time to talk about man caves. If you don’t yet have one in your DC Ranch home, you can use these tips to get one so the man of the house has a separate space to have friends over or just relax. These steps can help you get started on this home improvement project.
1. Decide on the best spot for the man cave
The typical man cave is located in the basement, so if you have one and it has some empty space, this may be the ideal spot. If you do not have a DC Ranch home with a basement, you can still create a man cave as long as you have a spare bedroom, home office, or even just some extra space in another room, such as a sitting room in the master. You can even turn part or all of the garage into a comfortable man cave by adding a nice epoxy or tiled garage floor, some insulation, and air conditioning.
2. Choose a theme or centerpiece for the room
Most people build a man cave with a particular purpose in mind. What’s yours? Is your goal to relax? Hang out with friends? Or focus on your favorite hobby? Whatever it is, make sure it’s easy to do in the man cave. Some common themes include music, sports, movies, or simply a rustic look. Centerpieces that many people choose to put in the man cave include a pool table, poker table, bookcase, wet bar, or big-screen TV.
3. Set up entertainment
Regardless of your theme, the man cave in your DC Ranch home should have some form of entertainment, especially if you plan to have friends over. The simplest setup is a home theater, complete with a large television or projector, built-in speakers, and cozy couches. You might also put any video game systems or arcade games you have in the man cave. Music lovers can add a stereo and speaker system to this room of the house. Just think about how you plan to occupy your time – and that of your guests – in the man cave, and then plan accordingly when it comes to electronics.
4. Add comfortable seating
If you plan to lounge around this relaxing area of your house with your friends, you need the right seating. Generally, a mixture of couches and recliners should work. However, you can also get more creative and add a hammock, glider, or massage chair. Of course, if you have a home theater, you’ll want some cushioned chairs with cup holders. And if you have a wet bar, you’ll need a few bar stools to go with it.
5. Create easy access to refreshments
If you plan to spend a considerable amount of time in your man cave, it’s helpful to keep refreshments nearby. You can do this easily when you have a wet bar, where you can store all the ingredients for your favorite drink, as well as soda, water, and snacks. However, even if you don’t have a wet bar in your DC Ranch home, you can at least plug in a mini fridge, wine cooler, or kegerator so you have cold drinks near your comfortable seating.
The final step to getting your ideal space to relax in is to decorate the walls and shelves. What you put up will depend on your personal taste, as well as any themes you have in your man cave. For example, if you’re into sports, framing and hanging a few jerseys on the wall is a start. Be sure to display any trophies, medals, or other sports memorabilia you have in your man cave. If you’re a beer aficionado, putting up lighted signs for your favorite beer is a popular way to decorate. And if you love movies, the simplest way to decorate is to put up some movie posters.
Do you have the space in your DC Ranch home for a man cave? If you don’t, and you’re looking to get a bigger house that does, contact The Matheson Team today to find the home of your dreams in Scottsdale.
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