Are you in the process of building yourself a man cave? There are absolute man cave essentials that you will 100 per cent need to put into it before you start using your man cave regularly. A flat-screen television is the most apparent man cave essential. How else are you going to watch the big game on Sunday afternoon or the latest blockbuster flick on Friday night? But you need more than just a big TV to complete your man cave. There are lots of other man cave essentials that will help tie the rest of the room together. Check out ten-man cave essentials that every rec room needs to have in it below.
1. Man Cave Essentials 101 - Recliner
Outside of your TV, the recliner that you choose to put in your man cave is going to be the essential thing in the room. You're going to spend a ton of time in your recliner, so make sure it's as comfortable as it gets. Before buying a recliner for a man cave, take it for a test drive. Sit in it, recline in it, close your eyes and fall asleep. OK, maybe don't take it that far. But you get the point. Your recliner needs to be as comfy as possible for those long Sunday afternoons and late Friday nights.
You're going to spend most of your time in your man cave sitting in your recliner. But what about your buddies? They're going to need somewhere to sit and relax when they come over to watch a game or a movie. An oversized sectional should give your mates more than enough room to stretch out. You'll probably want to cozy up on the sectional sometimes, too, so take it for the same test drive you did with your recliner before buying it.
3. Bean Bag Chairs
We want to make one thing crystal clear: You cannot have enough seating when it comes to a man cave. You're going to become popular once your man cave is in place, and it won't be long before it's flooded with friends. Make sure everyone has somewhere to sit by investing in a bunch of bean bag chairs that can go anywhere you want. You can bring them in and out of your man cave as needed so that people always have a place to sit down. If your man loves gaming then you can't go past a gaming bean bag.
4. Pool Table
Between your recliner, your sectional, and your big bean bag chair, there isn't going to be much of a reason for you to stand in your man cave. But you'll want to get up and stretch your legs out when you have a pool table waiting for you. Pool is, hands down, one of the most fun games to play in a man cave. And it won't be long at all before you and all your buddies are pool sharks thanks to your pool table.
5. Dart Board
Pool is awesome. But the one drawback to playing billiards is that only two people can play at a time. Not to worry! There are other games you can include in your man cave as well. For example, you can hang a dart board and have games of pool and darts going on simultaneously. That should be enough to encourage you to get up off the recliner/sectional/beanbags occasionally.
6. Refrigerator (And a Full Bar, If Possible!)
Are you planning on making people run to the kitchen to grab sodas, beers, and other beverages when you're hanging out in your man cave? That sounds like a horrible idea. The more time you can spend in the man cave, the better, and a refrigerator will cut out all the unnecessary trips to the kitchen. If you can only install a fridge in your man cave, no big deal. That will definitely do the trick. But in a perfect world, you would have a fridge and a full bar in front of it to make your man cave feel like a sports bar.
7. Sports Memorabilia - More Man Cave Essentials
The other rooms in your home are probably decorated with pictures of, like, flowers and beaches and other nature scenes. That's all well and good, but those kinds of pictures are not going to cut it in your man cave! You need to add sports memorabilia and other manly decorations to your list of man cave essentials.
8. Speaker System
When you're not watching a football game or enjoying a movie, you're going to want to have music on in your man cave. If you have a surround-sound system set up for your TV, you can use that to bump your favorite tunes. But you might also want to consider purchasing a Bluetooth speaker that's capable of connecting directly to your smartphone. You'll be able to stream music in your man cave while you shoot pool, play darts, or sit and hang out.
9. Video Game Console
Do you love playing video games? You're going to love them, even more, when you're in your man cave where no one can tell you to stop hogging the TV. Whether you're an XBox loyalist, a PlayStation lover, or someone who appreciates the nostalgia of an old-school Nintendo, you should hook up a gaming console in your man cave immediately.
10. Personalized Sign
No man cave is complete without a personalized sign that says something like "WELCOME TO MIKE'S MAN CAVE" on it. It'll show visitors who the man cave belongs to and give you something to point at when someone tries to pull one over on you during a game of pool.
Stock Up on These Man Cave Essentials Today
As long as you have all of these man cave essentials in your man cave, you should be good to go! Your man cave will provide you with hours and hours of fun and allow you to get rid of any unwanted stress. From kicking back in your recliner to gaming from the comfort of a beanbag chair, you'll have a blast making yourself at home in your man cave. Read our blog to see some of the ways you can work beanbag chairs into other parts of your home.