Want to know how to make a man cave for dad this Father’s Day? Skip the tie and give him the gift he’ll cherish forever! Whether it’s a corner of the garage, an entire room, or a room in the basement, a man cave is easier to create than you think and totally possible to create on a budget. Get your siblings together and start making your Dad the room of his dreams. You owe him! And, when the man cave is ready, celebrate with these handcrafted Father’s Day cocktails. Read on to see the essential elements needed for building a man cave that your father (and his buddies) will enjoy for many years to come.
RELATED POST: Sunday Brunch: Unique Waffle Ideas For Father’s Day
Editor’s Note: Jennifer Lutz is the home décor expert at christmastreemarket.com and knows how to get ready for any fabulous holiday in style!
How To Make A Man Cave
1. Consider the Space
Put some thought into where the potential man cave will be. No matter what area you choose, it needs to be a space that has some elbow room, so he (and a few of his friends) can relax and de-stress with their favorite gadgets or hobbies. If you think noise might be a problem, simply isolate the man cave from the noise-sensitive parts of the house, like your kids’ rooms or the kitchen. Your budget will also come into play: will this room need major renovations? What expenses will this project incur? You might want to look into getting insulation or sound-proofing to make the room a more relaxing getaway.
2. Plan Your Layout
After choosing the area, take your husband’s interests into consideration when planning the layout. Think of a theme: will it be rustic? Will it be more of a game room? The bottom line is to think of what he’ll like. Create a rough sketch of the room’s layout to get an idea of what the flow of the room will be. Arrange couches or lounge chairs in such a way that they don’t block access to gadgets or the fridge, and leave room for dad to add more furniture or toys.
3. Include the Essentials
As a wife and mom, you may picture a space where your husband can kick back and relax on his own time. Get comfy seating made of hard-wearing and stain-resistant materials. A recliner should do the job nicely, with a few other armchairs for when dad’s friends come over. Put in a mini-fridge and stock it with his favorite drinks and snacks. Don’t forget the flat screen TV for watching football, basketball, or reruns of Game of Thrones. Other items you may want to consider are a pool table, a game console like the PS4 or Xbox, or even a vintage arcade game.
Consider setting up a quiet spot as well, for times when he simply wants to relax and de-stress. Stock it with his favorite books or magazines; include a cozy throw for cold nights. This how-to from Emily Henderson Design will give you a good idea of what goes into a reading nook—just customize it for your man!
If you are setting up the man cave outdoors, create a fire pit or invest in an outdoor grill so that dad can cook up some steaks or burgers. You could even install a hammock for when he wants to have a quick nap.
4. Make it Personal
Add some personal touches to make the room really special. And before you put up all your memorabilia, don’t forget that this is his space. Does he have football jerseys stashed away in the closet? Turn them into art with this tutorial from The Not So Blank Canvas—they’ll look great on the wall! For the avid collector, put up some shelving to give his collectibles a home. These personal touches will give his space a sense of warmth and familiarity, which may help him settle in and get comfortable.
With some planning and effort (get your kids to help!), you can turn almost any unused room or area into a well-deserved man cave for dad. It’ll be the best Father’s Day surprise ever!
For more cool ideas like how to make a man cave, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter in the sidebar above.