Father’s Day is around the corner and it is the one day of the year that is all about dad. This year, instead of getting dad the usual gift card, a new grill, lawn equipment, or a tie, surprise him with something that he will use more than once and enjoy over and over, all year long. Consider these man cave ideas to take Father’s Day to the next level!
Yes, we’re talking about creating dad a man cave that is his own personal retreat and have friends over or where he can relax with a book or work on his hobby. First on the agenda is to choose a space in the home and what it’s primary uses will be and of course a cool theme that Dad will relate to and enjoy. Maybe it’s in the basement or an area in the garage, it will be a space that is all about him for him.
Man Cave Ideas and Tips for Any Space
There are millions of ideas when it comes to creating a man cave, and it can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure where to start and what to include. So, we have taken some of the best ideas and created this guide with helpful hints to make this easier for you to give dad that gift that he’ll never forget.
Decide on a Space For the Man Cave
First, you need to determine where you’re going to create his man cave. It should have plenty of room for him to work on his hobby or enjoy the company of friends (and family). If his hobby is noisy and may involve carpentry type work, band playing perhaps or friends that may get a bit loud watching a sports game or playing cards at night then find a space that is isolated from sensitive areas of the house.
The garage is one area to consider but keep in mind space could be limited and want to be sure to utilize ceiling, wall, and built-ins for storage and make seating portable and easy to arrange and stow away when needed. You can event mount tools, bikes or garage type signs in a visually pleasing arrangement for a design-savvy environment that says “This space is for guys only!”
And of course, the basement is an ideal area for a man cave that sometimes is an underutilized space that can be turned into the ultimate man cave space dad will truly enjoy on Father’s day especially. It is perfect to have surround sound but keep the noise contained in one area of a home. Start with a wet bar or build a small kitchenette to save any going back and forth upstairs. Consider themes from sports team colors to favorite hobby or collector items to display on walls or as DIY furniture pieces – this is the fun part of creating a space dad will truly love!
Determine a Budget
What is it going to cost to create this man cave? Will it need major renovations like walls built, electricity ran, or plumbing installed? Will it need to be insulated or sound-proofed?
Draw a Layout
Consider what dad’s hobby and interests are, or does he have more than one, then determine the layout. Would dad like a game room theme or a rustic theme. The goal of this man cave is to create a room that is him and what he likes.
Once you have the theme determined, you know what space you have, and what, if any, renovations are needed, create a sketch of the layout so you can determine the room’s flow. Make sure that the furniture isn’t blocking electrical outlets, the fridge, or dad’s gadgets. And make sure the is plenty of space to walk around.
Consider the Essentials for Your Man Cave
Make sure the furniture is comfy but durable, stain resistant, and something he’ll want, like the armchair or recliner that isn’t allowed in the house. Install a small wet bar with a mini-fridge, complete with glasses and his favorite beverage and snacks. Finishing touches like a flat screen television, game console, maybe a pool table. Place a lamp and table close to his chair with a magazine rack beside it. If the man cave is going to be an outdoor one, build a fire pit, add an outdoor grill, and a mini-fridge. Set up a chaise lounge or a hammock for when he wants to have a quick nap.
Add a Personal Touch
Add his memorabilia, for décor, like his college football jersey, or the baseball he caught and got autographed. Install shelves where he can put his collectibles and trophies, even leave a picture or two of the family on the shelves for him. This personal touch will make this man cave feel familiar and warm, and make dad feel appreciated and loved. Then, give dad some alone time to enjoy this space.