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What is a Man Cave—and Why Do You Need One?

In the last post we talked about she sheds—spaces designed specifically for women, located outside your main home but still close enough to call home. In this post, we’re going to expand on that concept by looking at man caves.

What’s a man cave? The term came about when men started claiming space in basements or spare rooms to indulge their own interests and/or styles. It’s not uncommon to see large TVs, home bars, gaming tables, and the like in a man cave. Colors tend to be understated—think browns and blacks, navy and hunter green—and design is often simple, traditional, and uncluttered.

One of the earliest mentions of man caves was in John Gray’s book Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus. In that book, he said that a man can go to his cave to “do something to forget his problems,” and cited the examples of reading the news or playing a game. The ultimate point of a man cave, according to Gray, is that it is a place to relax.

Those are sweeping generalizations, of course—because, just like a she shed, a man cave can be whatever you want it to be. Need a space to read and relax? Play guitar? Work off stress with your boxing bag? Watch a movie in peace? All of that—and more—can be yours, in your own space, without interruption from others (well, we can’t guarantee that…but we can sure help you make the space for it to happen!).

One of the best things about a man cave is that you can showcase the things you love. Have a huge baseball bat collection? How about vintage trucks, musical instruments, or skateboards? Want a killer bar? A humidor for your favorite cigars? The softest, most comfortable leather couch so your buddies can hang out and watch the Chiefs with you? All of that—and more—can be yours.

How? By dreaming big, planning, and working with someone who focuses on nothing other than making your big plans a reality.

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