Mancave, mantuary, manspace: all these terms describe a space in the home that a guy can truly call his own. Before you start hanging dart boards and buying giant TVs, interior designer Leslie Hart-Davidson from Hart-Davidson Designs is here to tell you about the 3 Mancave Musts.
A Mancave can be anything from a tiny shed to a corner of a garage to an entire basement. No matter where the location, the secret to a successful Mancave is FUNCTION. Here are the three most important areas of function to consider for a well-loved and well-used manspace:
The first function of Mancave to consider is the social aspect. Is your Mancave a retreat like the Fortress of Solitude to be enjoyed only by you, or do you want all of your fraternity brothers hanging out for the big game? Defining the social expectations of the room will help define the need for both seating and activities in the room.
The second function of Mancave to plan is the food and drink that you intend to serve. It's handy to have a self-contained area so you don't need to make a zillion trips to the kitchen for glasses and bottle openers. Planning the life cycle of snacks and beverages from storage through preparation and disposal will help you be a great host and prevent icky science experiments from growing in your manspace.
The third function of Mancave is to consider the entertainment aspect. Before you purchase a television the size of your subdivision, carefully plan the wall where the flatscreen will be placed along with the proper viewing distance and angle to avoid the front-row effects of a movie theater.
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Leslie Hart-Davidson, Allied Member ASID