Man cave. There, I said it. Every woman’s nightmare. When I think of a man cave, I imagine smelly socks tucked into the couch, left over pizza slices on the coffee table, empty beverage cans stacked to the ceiling, and sports programs blasting for hours. The fact is I know my hubby wouldn’t commit any of these man room sins, and in reality, he really does need a room of his own. He has lots of hobbies and interests, which are currently spread out on my dining room table. One such hobby is building electronic drum kits from scratch. I have diodes, wires, and disemboweled drum parts everywhere. So I’ve been thinking, maybe it’s time to give in to the man cave craze.
We have a finished basement that has essentially been hubby’s workshop since we moved into the house. With a little decluttering (a lot of decluttering), I think we could create a great space. Though I’m leaving the design ideas up to him, he does ask for my opinions. I’ve helped him look through pictures on Pinterest and Houzz, but of course the first step is figuring out how he’ll use it the most.
Obviously, he’s a musician, a drummer with several drum sets and a keyboard, but he has a lot of other interests like motorcycling, windsurfing, boating, and watching sports. He is always watching instructional DVDs for each of these hobbies. I see his man cave as an all-purpose room; a room that he would want to feel like an extension of our house rather than a room off a garage.
This image was the first one he showed me. I have to admit, I was a little shocked at how sophisticated it was. I guess like many women, I have made some unfair assumptions about what a man cave looked like. Sure, it’s a bit masculine for my taste, but it’s very modern and grown-up, with clean lines. I love how they used decorative moulding to divide up the walls. It adds some interest to an otherwise stark wall. And as a passionate DIYer, I can definitely see myself making the moulding frames to showcase some old black and white jazz images he currently has packed away in a box in the attic. Of course, since it’s football season, no man cave would be complete without a large, flat-screen TV. And snacks. Check out my Pinterest page for some other man cave ideas!
So after seeing that his idea of a man cave is much more in line with my idea, I think I can get behind this. I’m curious to see how you guys have designed man caves. Post some pictures you want to share, and inspire us all!