Working and living in Iowa can be wonderful, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to raise a family. But we all need time to ourselves, which is why every guy in Iowa deserves his own man cave.
You’ve heard of the “man cave”, right? It’s your home within your home, your secret clubhouse, your space for fun and games. It may sound silly, but having your own space to withdraw to and relax can be great for your mental health, your marriage, and your productivity. So indulge yourself: create the perfect spot for spending free time. Here’s how to do it.
Find your spot
To create a man cave, you’ll first need a room that you’re free to do whatever you want with. A nice little out-of-the-way room in the basement is a great choice. Any room will do, but make sure that you choose one that your whole family agrees on — you won’t have a happy home if you transform a much-needed guest room into your man cave.
You’ll need to make the room habitable, of course, according to experts in basement finishing Des Moines. Get that basement room finished. Put paint on the walls and carpet (or another nice flooring choice) down over the cement.
Are you not entertained?
A man cave isn’t much of a man cave if it isn’t outfitted with the right kind of entertainment options. So sit back for a moment and think about how you want to spend your time. Are you a video game obsessive? A die-hard fan of live sporting events? A cinephile? A big fan of billiards?
Decide what sort of entertainment you’ll want for your man cave, and then start shopping around for the best deals. You don’t want to blow your whole budget on one TV and have nothing left for your couch or chairs, so keep an eye out for sales and plan things out before you start making big purchases. Do your research, and make sure that you’re buying the right TV (and other electronics) that will keep you happy for years to come.
Mastering the art of man cave decor
One of the great things about having a man cave is that you’ll be able to decorate it however you want. This is the place for the pennants and posters that you couldn’t sell your wife on as living room wall hangings. You can paint the wall any color that you’d like, set up mood lighting however you want it, and generally go nuts.
But don’t just decorate your place haphazardly. You may not be a big interior design nut, but it’s worth thinking a bit about how you want your space to look. Whether you realize it or not, the interior spaces that you spend your time in have a significant impact on your mental health. There’s a reason that you enjoy some restaurants and bars more than others, even when the food tastes more or less the same. Ambiance matters, and a bit of planning might be all that you need in order to create a really comfortable and pleasing space in your man cave.
So read up a bit on how to hang wall art and how to arrange furniture. Consider colors and textures as you decorate. Things don’t need to be matchy-matchy (in fact, they shouldn’t), but having some themes running through all of your decor can really make the place look nice.
Of course, you want your personality to come through in your decor, too. As you decorate, think about things that you’re passionate about. Love sports? Then get some pennants and posters. Or better yet, head to online auction sites and antique shops to find vintage stuff. A really cool old Cubs pennant or a framed program from an old Hawkeyes game will please the secret aesthete in you as well as the die-hard sports fan.
With your decor set, you’ll have put the finishing touches on your man cave. Enjoy yourself! Everyone deserves their own spot, and it’s only right that you have yours.