5 must-haves for your man-cave

Everyone deserves a space of their own.

And when you’re juggling the demands of a family, your own rest and relaxation is vital. But it’s also hard to come by.

Hence the popularity of the ‘man-cave’. Also known as a manspace or manctuary (like sanctuary), this is a space for dads to get some time away from the family and decorate as they please.

If you’re thinking about transforming your garage, basement or spare room into a man-cave, these are just five fantastic additions

1. Entertainment centre

A Smart TV is an absolute must in the 21st century, fully equipped with all your favourite streaming services of course. Throw in a decent sound system to feel the full benefits and enjoy music and movies to your hearts content (maybe consider soundproofing too if you’re really splashing out).

And of course, you’ll need somewhere to store your system. Don’t be afraid to splash out – this should be one room in the house free from fear of kiddie spills and pet messes. The Bertrand TV stand from SM London looks great in any room and is a great opportunity to show off to guests, with storage space for DVDs and Blu-Rays.

2. Snacks

Snacks are a must in the man-cave, so treat yourself to a bar-style strip of your favourite nuts.

You should also have easy access to your tipple of choice. If you enjoy a beer from time to time, consider investing in a mini fridge to keep your cans in reach. Or, if you’re handy with DIY, why not transform it into a kegerator for easy access?

3. Gaming

Video games are a great way to wind down, and a form of escapism enjoyed by adults and children alike. From Minecraft through to Warzone, there is a game for everyone!

It’s all down to preference of course – with the number of consoles on the market, there’s no one size fits all.

If consoles have never appealed to you, PC gaming has seen something of a renaissance since lockdown. A decent beginner set-up can be put together for around £500, but if you are already an avid PC gamer or simply want to get the good stuff straight away, consider a custom-build from the likes of GY Computing

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4. Display shelves

Collectibles are a great hobby but even better if you have a space to proudly display them

And if the wife doesn’t want your framed football autographs, Marvel, Lego or Minecraft collectables as a shrine in the living room, there’s no better place to put them than on a set of shelves in the man-cave.

Alternatively, just pop in some family photos if you feel so inclined.

5. Pool/football table

A pool or football table is a great addition to any man-cave. Get some practice in on your own or invite friends round to enjoy the space with you.  

Plus, it makes a great centrepiece – something that really says, ‘this is a man’s space.’

These are just five essentials for your man-cave to help you create the safe escape of your dreams.  

Karl Young

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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