With fall in full swing, we can’t help but reach for dark leathers, mahoganies, and streamlined accessories. Lucky for us, all of these are essentials for furnishing a room that the guys will truly appreciate – finally a man cave that females won’t be terrified to spend some time in! With the help of CGH you can combine the “classic study” with the “party basement” and the functional office, all in one.
While a simple array of furniture strategically placed around a T.V. and a desk that also doubles as a pool table could classify as a man cave, you should be able to walk in this room and instantly feel the essence of, well, men. Try starting off with larger pieces, such as bookshelves, in deep woods that will act as a base for the room and then adding in other items, such as this leather desk. The simplified design is ideal for a man cave because the less clutter the better. Add in the ultimate afternoon reading chair along with some seating for guests, and you are in the clear to move on to lighting and accessories – yes men are allowed (encouraged) to have accessories as well.
The lighting in the room should be dim as to showcase the hues of the furniture, but bright enough to provide ample reading light. Achieve the blend of these two with a hooded overhead pendent and a mix of table and floor lamps; an intriguing table lamp to add to the simplicity of the desk, and a minimalist floor lamp to offset the weight of a reading chair. Don’t forget to include a side table complete with coasters and the daily news! Throw in some art for a gallery wall, a subtle game to fiddle with, and a book you hope they can take tips from, and then you’re almost set. Some final touches like this book set and the room will be so on par (golf pun not intended) even the ladies will appreciate it.
Although we could stop there, a man cave would not be complete without a couple glasses and some scotch for post work “relaxation.” Use a bar cart for accessibility or — CGH tip — turn your bookshelf into a hidden bar! Beware: this quintessential man cave may exude the essence of sport and sophistication, class and quirk, which they may never want to leave.