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Tips on Building an Awesome Man Cave

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What do men really want? Can you say "Man Cave"? What exactly is a man cave? That question can be answered by men across the country. A man cave is a place in the home where a guy goes to chill, hang with his friends, and just be a man. Often, it is a haven for men to not only talk about the things they like to talk about, but also do the things they like to do without concern. These guy-oriented rec rooms are designed by the man, for the man. The room may hold his treasured sports memorabilia, hobbies and games, a bar, and -- the main necessity -- a television.

Build Your Man Cave:

  1. Work from the outside in. Start with a drawn out plan and note the advantages and potential problems of your space. Then check the home improvement basics. Man caves tend to have a lot of high-end electronics, so make sure the room is sufficiently wired and that you can place your entertainment where you want it. Paint the walls, update the flooring, check the plumbing (if you want to have a bar with a sink), and make sure the space has adequate heating and cooling before you move the furnishings into the room.

  2. Choose your TV. The television is the focal point of most man caves, and you'll want to pick one that gives you the best experience viewing possible. This means balancing the TV's size with the distance you'll be sitting from it. Also, you'll want to consider your viewing angle and your sound system setup. Try to place your seating at a distance equal to two or three times the size of your TV screen. Read more about finding the right TV size in this handy guide.

  3. Take a seat and make sure it's comfortable. The man of the man cave usually wants his own chair instead of a couch, but he needs extra seating if he invites friends to visit. Recliners now come in many designs and many sizes, so you can find one or two to fit your space and your theme. Theater-style seating, often a set of three recliners, fits compactly into a room and is a great option if your cave is primarily a TV mecca.

  4. Create a shrine unto yourself. Awesome caves often resemble sports bars or taverns but can also be movie theaters, game rooms, poker dens, and workshops. However, each one must reflect its owner's personality to be truly great. Pull out all the memorabilia you may have hidden away -- like trophies, framed team photos, and favorite souvenirs -- and put it on display. Add more sports collectibles to your display if they match the theme.

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