How To: Include your family in your man cave?

The man cave – every man’s dream retreat from the hustle and bustle of family life.

The typical man cave exists for most in a spare room, shed or more often – a garage. This space is ideal for working on odd-jobs with easy access to tools and a tranquil, calming atmosphere. The only necessitates required in such a space are a cosy chair, small work space, an old TV and a mini fridge for the odd beer whilst avoiding the flurry of activity outside.

Of course, in a family with 2 young boys, it’s often difficult to gain time alone as any closed door is an invitation for innocent curiosity and ultimately, ambush. With this in mind, I’ve thought of some ways to get the best of both worlds by welcoming the whole family into said man cave:
  • Fun tea-time: Turn your man cave into a welcoming and fun place to eat once a week where you can make the most of your kids being kids. Try out homemade pizzas for a fun and easy to transport meal – these are the moments your children will always remember.


  • Movie Night: If you have a TV in your man cave then host a movie night for the whole family. The new surroundings will be a novelty and even without adequate seating you can make-do with cushions and blankets or even try your hand at a home-made fortress!
  • Family Games: Cue eye rolling – I assure you that despite the initial protest, games such as cards, chess and even classic video games soon become a novelty to tech-savvy children brought up in the era of tablets and smart phones. It’s a great way to bond and teach them something new.
  • Art and Craft: Most kids craft activities involve unwanted mess, so where better to do them than in your man cave? Let your kids be as messy as they like, think about ordering your custom school supplies and worry about the clutter another day!


Hopefully, these ideas will help you to include the whole family in your sacred space, just remember to keep at least one evening to yourself! If you’re in the market for a man cave, check out Lidget Compton’s Apex Garages for the ultimate in luxury, male escapism.


Yorkshire Dad

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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