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Man caves provide a relaxing escape from life, a place where people can turn on the TV and watch their favorite sports team play, play a game of poker or pool, or even smoke a cigar. Many people think of a traditional man cave as an undecorated garage or basement, furnished sparingly with glowing neon beer signs. These types of man caves may be a source of embarrassment—a room that you would never consider inviting guests into. If you are planning to redesign or update a man cave, there are a few elements that you should consider adding to make it luxurious—and a room that you would be proud to show off and host gatherings in. The Rae Duncan Interior Design team created the ultimate man cave from a generic builder basement. Here are 5 elements we used to transform a drab basement into the ultimate man cave.
Having a place to serve and store drinks is important in any man cave. You could choose to design a full bar to serve drinks at, complete with a counter and bar stools. Or, you could design a wine cellar, to store and keep your wine collection at the perfect temperature. For our man cave project, we chose to design a full bar, complete with decorative shelves to show off bottles, beer on tap, ample counter space, and bar stools.
Of course, the personalized details and decor make any man cave unique and also feel more intimate. Many people choose to display sports memorabilia from their favorite teams on the wall, some signed by famous athletes. We chose to display a variety of personalized decorations in our man cave project, such as antique, metal cigar tins and vintage books on shelves. Additionally, we used Chicago-related artwork on the walls of the room, like photos of Wrigley Field and The Chicago Theatre. All of the accessories for the project were carefully selected from the client’s interests and hobbies.
Obviously, comfortable seating is essential in any man cave. Instead of a dated recliner, think about adding stylish leather couches and seats, which are both comfortable and classy. In our ultimate man cave project, we chose to use a green leather couch, as well as brown leather chairs for additional seating. We also situated upholstered chairs around a circular table. At the bar, we included bar stool seats with backs to provide full support for those sitting there.
For cigar lovers, a man cave can include a room where you can freely smoke a cigar. However, in order to make sure that the smoke doesn’t escape into the rest of the house, you’ll need to ensure that the room filters out smoke. In our man cave project, we utilized a built-in humidor that successfully filtered all of the smoke from the room. You may also want to leave a spot for cigar storage that is the right temperature so that the cigars remain unspoiled.
Traditional man caves often have places for people to play games. If you like to play pool, then you’ll want to plan out space for a billiards room. If you like to play poker or other card games, then include a circular cards table. We included a billiards room in our ultimate man cave project, with overhead lighting and fun wall decor to accentuate the space. We also created a circular table with four seats, ideal for playing card games.
A man cave’s design doesn’t need to be dingy, it can be deluxe and indulgent. The design of our ultimate man cave includes these 5 elements to create an extravagant and grandiose area filled with personalized, masculine touches.
Ready to start designing your man cave? Contact Rae Duncan Interior Design here.