4 Tips to Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Man Cave

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4 Tips to Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Man Cave

Staff Writer · Jan 26, 2010

Your man cave is comfortable and irreplaceable retreat and decorating it allows the perfect chance for you to show your masculine side. In some instances an extra room may provide the space to turn into your man cave. A spare bedroom is the perfect area to turn into your man cave because it is often underutilized and sparsely furnished. There are 4 tips to turning a spare bedroom into a man cave.

1. Start with an Empty Canvas

Remove all traces that the room was at some other point used as a spare bedroom. Put the furniture in other room, store it or, even better, sell it to furnish your decorating endeavor. Pain the walls a neutral color so they will blend with the mishmash of objects that will eventually fill the room. Empty the closet of anything unrelated to the room’s new purpose, which will also prevent others from entering the room under the guise of retrieving an item. Do not worry about stained carpet or holes in the walls. Unless the stain is particularly odorsome or bright, stains and holes will add to the ambiance.

2. Establish Boundaries

Establish and enforce the rules of the new room. Make it clear that entrance is by invitation only and that violation of the rule will have terrible consequences. Also disclose that the room is for your use only, and not as storage or a general purpose room. If you have particularly nosey roommates or family members, you may want to install a lock on the door.

3. Decorate for Comfort and Use

Decorate the room so that it is comfortable and destructible. A television is an absolute must. The purpose of a man cave, after all, is to watch anything but reality TV, ice skating, or other ridiculous shows without interruption. When it comes to the television, bigger is better, and if you want to avoid ridicule, it must also be a flat screen and preferably hung on the wall. A refrigerator and sofa are also  musts. The deeper, the softer, the older, the sofa the better. Leather is always appreciated, too. You may want to add a la-z-boy to the room’s furniture, but you need to have a place to lie down. Don’t skimp and put in your old college dorm fridge. Not only will you look ridiculous, but those tiny things can’t hold enough beer at all. Make the room your own with beer themed or sarcastic neon signs and games playable by all.

4. Watch Your Costs

Don’t spend a lot of money. Not only should the room be comfortable, but everything save the television and the physical space should be easily replaceable. Reusing and recycling materials is not only politically correct these days, but will also save you from nagging by your girlfriend or wife. Use duct tape liberally and proudly.

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