Man Cave Essentials – How to Design a Man Cave Part II
First published in the Sunday, January 26th edition of The Sun News
As with designing any room, the spatial elements for a man cave are equally as important, with the difference being that there are pretty standard “go-to’s” as far as what a man wants in his lair. From leather to lighting, with a little finesse, our guys are pretty easy to please.
Men love leather. It is practical, masculine and comfortable. I always recommend at least one piece of leather for a man cave. If he does not like the cold feel sometimes given off by leather, it can always be warmed-up with a chenille or textured fabric on the seat cushions. This also adds pleasant interest to the room.
Men love good lighting. Be sure to include an overhead light in the room, if possible. I prefer can spot lights, as they enable light to be strategically positioned for a well-lit space. For reading purposes, I like to include a floor or apothecary lamp next to the sofa or an arm chair. If the man cave is used as an office, a desk or decorative lamp placed directly above the work surface is helpful.
Ceiling fans are often requested by men to help with air circulation. I usually install the most un-obstructive ones I can find. This way it doesn’t have to function as a focal point, but rather a utilitarian purpose.
Many men request at least two TV’s to be installed in their man cave, so they can watch multiple sports games at one time. I say, concede, ladies, and give them what they want.
Keep in mind, there are some general guidelines about the viewing distance in conjunction with TV size for eye safety purposes. Conveniently, a formula has been developed to help determine the ideal viewing distance from seat to screen: Screen Diagonal (inches) / 0.84 = Recommended Viewing Distance (inches). For example, a 55-inch-diagonal screen has an ideal viewing distance of 65 inches, or 5.4 feet.