No, this isn’t an introduction to one of those Southwest Airlines commercials. And I’m not actually talking about physically leaving your home. This is more of a mental vacation, a chance to escape the rigors of everyday life without having to take more than a few steps. It’s a place you can make a mess, relax and yell at the TV without getting yelled at by your wife or girlfriend.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about by now, you obviously aren’t taking advantage of one of the greatest inventions ever known to man (just behind the light bulb): a man cave.
A man cave is a designated area of the house that is specialized to meet the individualized needs of a man. This could be a basement, a spare bedroom or any room where man-cave necessities, such as cable, can be hooked up. While I’m unaware of any data that supports this fact, I’m pretty sure if all married men had a man cave, the divorce rates would decrease significantly.
Every guy needs his space at one point or another. A man cave allows for that. If you’re tired of your significant other screaming at the top of their lungs because you dropped a potato chip or left a beer bottle sitting on the table, it’s time to get your man card back. It’s time to make a man cave!
You’re probably wondering where to begin. The great thing about a man cave is that you can include anything you want. The idea is to tailor it to your specific interests. I would venture to guess that sports-themed man caves are the most popular, although it’s completely up to each individual man’s discretion. Below, I’ll list the obvious essentials along with some other ideas to help you build the ultimate man cave.
I know I said a man cave is completely customizable, but no man cave is complete without:
- Refrigerator. A mini-fridge is usually enough. Once you’ve set foot in the man cave, you don’t want to step out and risk getting distracted or nagged. Keep beer (or any type of beverage), food and other perishables fully stocked
- Furniture. On some days, you’re going to spend more time in the man cave than usual (bad day at work, doubleheaders, your favorite football team lost earlier and you’re too depressed to leave). In these instances, you’re not going to want to be stuck sitting on something uncomfortable.
By now, you should get the point. After compiling the essentials, it’s time to think outside of the box. What are some items that aren’t so obvious?
- Post a sign. Anyone that walks by the man cave needs to know it’s off limits without your permission.
- Gaming. Yes, this could be included with obvious essentials, although when it comes down to it, it’s not that obvious. Gaming could mean anything from consoles, such as an XBOX 360, to a dartboard or a pool table.
- Computer. You’ll be able to keep track of your fantasy football teams while listening to music.
- Happy memento. As mentioned earlier, you aren’t always going to be happy when entering the man cave. To help cheer you up, you should take Happy Gilmore’s advice and find something that will take you to your “happy place.” For example, any items from your past such as a lucky baseball bat, the golf ball you used to record your first hole in one, or a trophy from your childhood.
Follow some of these simple steps and you’ll instantly prolong your relationship (again, not statistically proven, but it might as well be).
Does anyone have any stories about their man cave? What are some other unique ideas? Let me know!