Let’s face it…nearly every husband or father has dreams of turning his home’s spare bedroom or basement into a man cave, but when it comes down to executing this, many just don’t have the time or the money to put together their own private dream domain.
Following are a handful of savvy tips you can use to help put together your very own man cave this winter, within the confines of your home – and all while on a budget.
- You don’t have to set the bar too high: Sure it would be great to build a replica of the Cheers bar in your prospective man cave, but the fact of the matter is that will cost you a pretty penny. If you’re looking for a place to store your most prized libations, ditch the extravagant mahogany bar for simple, multilevel shelving that can be mounted on a wall. You can then tastefully place your choice liquor bottles on these shelves. For your beer and other chilled beverages, purchase a mini fridge that can also double as a stand for a light fixture.
- Jack of all trades: Multi-purpose gaming tables can be your best friend. There are a number of tables out there that can serve a variety of roles in your man cave. Look for this type of furniture at your big box stores for more reasonable prices. Are you into billiards? Shoot for a piece of furniture that not only serves as a standard pool table but converts into a traditional table where you can rest your cocktails and party subs on game day. This saves you from investing in two separate pieces of furniture, and retains space should your man cave inhabit a cramped area of your home.
- Entertainment for less: The entertainment area of your home’s man cave is, quite possibly, the most important piece of the equation so it can be tough to budget wisely here. If you want a 70 inch Ultra-High Definition LED flat screen, it is going to cost you. To save some money, search out house brand TVs at your local retailers and purchase a warranty along with it to ensure you’re covered from any issues. As for speakers, it might be nice to brag about your premium surround sound speakers, but that will cost your bank account a few extra zeros and additional square footage in your home. These days, there are a number of companies that offer “sound bar systems” which ultimately create the illusion of 360 degree sound. These are traditionally less expensive while still providing you with the quality decibels your man cave deserves.