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Man caves can come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it is built outside in the garage, behind a secret passageway beyond a bookcase or in the standard basement location, the man cave is your space. Man caves give the freedom to express our true selves. Man caves give us the space to enjoy football with the guys, a relaxing pool game or pure quietness to get extra work done. The benefits are endless, but before you go building your extravagant man cave, be sure to include these 10 necessary items all man caves absolutely NEED.
It is most likely the only room in the house where you have complete design control. If you have the means to do so, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and make it unique. Add as many personal man cave ideas as you can. However, there are certain man cave essentials to have. We as men need entertainment, food and of course a TV. That is not everything man caves need. Here is our list of 10 essential items you need to create the ultimate man cave.
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Man Cave Essentials
- Man Cave Bar & Fridge
- Pool Table
- Dart Board Or Poker Table
- Personal Touches
- Sports Memorabilia
- Extra Seating
- Movie Posters
- Bar Stools
I bet you were surprised with my first item on the list. Believe me, we will get to the TV soon. I put a recliner at No. 1 because not all males enjoy TV and sports. As I said earlier, a man cave can be used to just relax and get away. Likewise, it can be used for work or client calls you need to make later on in the night. In addition, I know some of our homeowners know what it is like to fall asleep on the couch and wake up with a stiff neck. Chances are, this will happen at least a few times while hanging out in your unique man cave. As a result, the universal item we all need in our ultimate man caves is a recliner.
I told you it wouldn’t take long to get to the television. Many males of the household choose to put in a man cave so they can have their own room to host Sunday football, the Super Bowl or any of the other great sporting events that occur each year. If you are going all out on your unique man cave, you will undoubtedly need a large TV to complete the full picture. And, if sports are not your thing, putting in a large, flat screen TV is also perfect for watching movies with the wife and family. I realize this is your man cave, but sharing it once in a while with the people you love shouldn’t be that far of a stretch.
3. Man Cave Bar & Fridge
A key purpose of the man cave is so you don’t have to walk upstairs or across the hall to go get a cold beverage out of the refrigerator. To avoid this daunting task (exaggeration?), you need to have a man cave bar and/or fridge in your man cave. Not only will this be useful for when the guys come over, but also during those family gatherings or parties you plan to host in your new and shiny man cave. We highly recommend a full bar, much like the one below, but if your means or space is limited, a fridge should do.
No matter what you’re adding to your man cave, if you’re thinking of making a major update to your basement, be sure to check out the basement remodeling cost estimator.
4. Pool Table
Other than the television, men need other forms of entertainment (sometimes). We are not sure when the first man cave was invented, but more often than not, they all have included a pool table. In the old days, it was just a means of playing a good old game of 8 ball. Now, men have gone above and beyond to make their pool tables as unique and extravagant as humanly possible. Just check out No. 28 on BuzzFeed’s 32 Things You Need In Your Man Cave.
5. Dart Board Or Poker Table
Sticking with the entertainment end of the man cave, dart boards and poker tables are highly encouraged. Not only are both of these items useful during parties or get-togethers, but they are also perfect for friends of the wife and kids. You will not be there all the time and chances are, if you make your man cave as great as can be, other members of the family will want to partake as well. I know playing cards was a big part of my childhood and I bet, many others would agree. Having an official poker table, like the one below, would be a fantastic addition to any man cave.
Bonus: Secret Door
Hopefully you noticed that secret passageway in the image. How amazing would that be?
6. Personal Touches
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This is your man cave and everyone who enters better know it is yours. Hence, you must add as many personal touches as possible. Before you go off grabbing pictures of the kids, remember, this is your room to get away. How about posturizing that humongous bass you caught on your fishing trip last summer? Did you win your country club’s golf tournament one summer or win your friend’s NCAA bracket challenge last year? Highlight those accomplishments by showing off your trophy or the very bracket that won you the championship? This is your area to shine a light on yourself. You don’t get many other opportunities, so now is your time to take it.
7. Sports Memorabilia
As I touched on earlier, many males install their own man caves to watch sports. Man caves and sports go together like bars and beer. Chances are, if you are spending the resources to create your own man cave, you have one or two classic pieces of sports memorabilia hanging around your home. Now is the time to please the wife and remove that dining room poster of the 1992 Dream Team and put it where it belongs. If you are watching sports, you might as well be surrounded by it.
8. Extra Seating
Man caves should be shared among the fellas, so you better have extra seating. We highly recommend home theater seating (who doesn’t want to lounge around in the seats above), but more often than not, a big couch will do. While the ceiling in the picture does not fit this article, what guy doesn’t love leather recliners, cup holders and a place to put your iPad as you track your fantasy team? The answer is no male on earth.
9. Movie Posters
No true man cave is complete without at least one poster showcasing a real man movie. The first ones that come to mind include Scarface, The Godfather or Reservoir Dogs. Going back to No. 6 and adding personal touches, showcasing your favorite movies or TV shows give all your guests a closer glimpse into the real you. As I said earlier, the man cave is not only a place to get away, but a place to truly express yourself as this is most likely the only room you have complete control over. A man’s favorite movies can say a lot about a person, so choose wisely.
10. Bar Stools
When friends enter a man cave, they want to behave and act like men. There is no place on earth manlier than a bar and all bars need bar stools. Therefore, to add even more seating to your man cave, all man caves should include a set of bar stools. There are tons of designs to choose from when it comes to bar stools, but as long as you have a few, you have met the man cave expectation.
There you have it. The 10 items all man caves need. If you are looking for more man cave inspiration, check out the Man Cave Site or if you are thinking of building your own man cave, see how much you can expect to pay with our Basement Cost Estimator.
What man cave items did we miss? Let us know in the comments section below.