No matter what your taste or budget, you can create your ideal man cave by outfitting it with these must-have items.
Any spare room will do, whether it’s in the basement, above the garage or just an extra bedroom no one actually sleeps in. It’s what you do with the space that counts. Once you’ve painted the interior and wired it up for cable or satellite TV and internet, here’s what you need to complete your man cave.
1. A Big Screen TV
The bigger, the better, of course, but it’s just size that matters — consider investing in super-sharp picture quality so you can see every blade of grass on that football field during the playoffs. You may also want to add surround sound for a full home theater that’s perfect for screening your favorite comedies or a Star Wars marathon. This is probably going to be the focal point of your space, so it’s important to get it right.
2. A Great Bar Fridge
Forget those dinky college dorm refrigerators that barely hold a couple pints of Chinese takeout. Keep your drinks chilled and ready to go with a dual wine and beer beverage cooler, or another dual zone refrigerator. One half is designed for wine while the other holds your beer and soda — each one at the perfect temperature for optimal flavor. No matter what your friends feel like having, this cooler has you covered.
3. A Crystal-Clear Ice Maker
If you’re more interested in sipping an Old Fashioned or sampling the newest addition to your Scotch collection, you’ll want to make sure you have all the accouterments you need to sip it well, including the right ice. The NewAir Portable Clear Ice Maker makes up to 40 pounds of restaurant-quality clear ice that lets you enjoy any cocktail exactly the way it’s supposed to be.
4. Plush Seating
Whether you plan to watch TV or just have drinks and conversation with the guys, you’ll need a place to sit. Your best bet is a deep leather couch that you can sink into for the long haul. Nothing says “man cave” like the scent and feel of leather, and this upholstery is also remarkably durable. Add a couple arm chairs or loungers to complete a conversation area and you’re good to go.
5. A Cigar Humidor
Whether you plan to celebrate a special occasion or are an avid collector of cigars from around the world, proper storage of your stogies is crucial to keep them at the peak of aroma and flavor. Enter the cigar humidor, which provides a climate-controlled environments for all your cigars. Pass around a cigar at your next get-together and you’ll show your friends that you’re all class, all the time.
6. A Game Table
If you have the space for it, a dedicated game table makes an excellent centerpiece for your man cave — and there’s one for every interest. A felted card table is just the thing for poker night, while a classic pool table gives you something to do while you shoot the breeze. These tables often come with a removable table top that allows you to convert the whole thing into a buffet table for a versatile piece of furniture.
No matter what your taste or budget, you can create your ideal man cave by outfitting it with these must-have items. Once you’ve furnished your room, all that’s left to do is to decorate it with your favorite sports memorabilia or collections before calling up the guys to come break it in at your first party. Before you know it, your room will be everyone’s favorite place to hang out.