“It is the loveliest study you ever saw…octagonal with a peaked roof, each face filled with a spacious window…perched in complete isolation on the top of an elevation that commands leagues of valley and city and retreating ranges of distant blue hills. It is a cozy nest and just room in it for a sofa, table, and three or four chairs, and when the storms sweep down the remote valley and the lightning flashes behind the hills beyond and the rain beats upon the roof over my head—imagine the luxury of it.”
- Mark Twain in a 1874 letter to William Dean Howells
Twain spoke ecstatically of his man cave to Howells, and there’s a reason why: he loved it!
You should love your man cave too.
Whatever your passions are in life, your favorite sports team, an interesting book, or just hanging out with close friends over the weekend, the man cave is the place to express them.
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Here are 6 things to remember when creating a man cave that’s built-for-you:
- Be generous with the television. For Los Angeles sports fans, watching a Kings, Dodgers, Clippers (or Lakers) game can’t be enjoyed from home without that giant flat-screen TV. But why settle for just one? Try placing multiple TVs strategically placed throughout the entire space. It makes it easier for everyone to enjoy.
- Pin down a theme that exudes the essence of your manliness. Imagine a cigar aficionado who creates his very own cigar lounge from the comfort of his basement. Or the car enthusiast who builds a personal car museum - something that Los Angeles’ own, Jay Leno, would do. Run a creative brainstorm and find the theme that you look forward to becoming a fixture of.
- A man cave isn’t a man cave without a bar. No drinks, no thank you. A man cave without a bar is like a bar without alcohol. Set it up and use it.
- “Sofa, table, and three or four chars.” Twain’s man cave had a "sofa, table, and three or four chairs.” That was enough for the prolific writer. But you might need more - or less. Estimate how many people you expect to entertain in your man cave and plan accordingly.
- Skip the generic man cave brand and customize. Let’s say you would like a Mark Twain Library theme. You can customize it to include his pictures, sayings … and some Twain memorabilia shrouded in endless books and jam-packed full of top-to-bottom bookshelves. You might even add a secret bookshelf entry way in there!
Let yourself shine in your man cave. The ideas for themes and customization are endless: Think poker, video games, sports, cigar lounges, whiskey bars … an awesome library.
It’s your man cave. Imagine the luxury of it!