Your home is supposed to be a place of sanctuary, but for many men, it feels as though there’s precious little space for themselves when they’re cohabitating. The solution to this common conundrum? Carving out some space for the guy in your life by creating a man cave in your home. In fact, one researcher who studies man caves suggests that man caves provide welcome respite for men who feel like the bulk of the rooms in their homes are their spouse’s domain instead of their own. So, how can you create a man cave to suit your particular de-stressing needs? Follow these simple tips:
Paint the walls a neutral hue: It’s easier than you might imagine to create a cohesive space and one that has a calming effect, as well. Simply choosing a single color scheme—preferably one in a neutral hue—can help you create the relaxing space you’ve envisioned for yourself. In fact, it’s with that in mind that Extell, the development company behind the luxury condos at One Manhattan Square, devised the choice of two palettes—one light and one dark—for residents to choose from.
Surround yourself with things you love: The rest of your house is communal space, meaning it’s your job to stick to a cohesive design scheme throughout. However, in your man cave, you have free reign to decorate exactly the way you want to, rules be darned. Hang up that signed NFL jersey, put posters on the wall, or just enjoy that recliner your spouse won’t let you bring in the living room—surrounding yourself with things you enjoy will make you feel calmer in an instant.
Choose storage furniture: A little clutter can cause a lot of stress, whether you realize it or not. To help alleviate some of the stress a messy room can make you feel, opt for storage furniture that can help you hide clutter like remotes and gaming systems when they’re not in use.
Let your furry friends in: Having a pet can make your whole life happier, so why not let them into your man cave? Research suggests that owning a pet can reduce your blood pressure, lower your risk of dementia, and even diminish your risk of depression, so it’s a great idea to give them their own designated space to relax, too. Of course, if you don’t live in a luxury building like 555TEN, which offers grooming services and a covered dog run, you can still make Fido feel welcome by providing them a dog bed in your man cave.
Make it a designated entertainment space: The most attractive part about any home? The entertaining space. While some people are lucky enough to have entertainment and gaming lounges right in their building, like the residences of the Harrison, NJ rentals at Steel Works, the rest of us can try to emulate that kind of luxury with a few entertainment-oriented items in our man caves. A flat screen TV, a gaming system, and a pair of great speakers can all help you enjoy the relaxing break you need.
Life can be stressful enough as it is, but your home life shouldn’t be. Luckily, creating a space for yourself where you can relax and shrug off the stresses of the workweek can make you happier, healthier, and more productive in no time.