The time comes in every man’s life when they have to fly the comfortable nest of bacon sandwiches in the morning and a fully stocked fridge, and venture out into the big bad world of independency and responsibility. Whilst living with Mum works for the early years of your adult life, it gets to the point where it becomes a little bit weird and you wonder why women are hesitant to come around when you offer them one of your mum’s famous mini pizzas, even if they do taste incredible.
Moving out of the parents’ abode and into the blank canvas of an apartment, which is your very own space, is a momentous occasion for any young man. It is often the first opportunity to put into practice any life skills you may have picked up over the years; it’s also often the first opportunity to demonstrate your maturity as an individual and really embrace the independent lifestyle (even if you do send all of your washing back to your mum for the first few weeks). More important than any of this though, is it is often the first opportunity to literally do whatever the hell you want and turn the blank canvas into whatever piece of man-cave inspired art you so wish.
So how do you go about creating a man-cave masterpiece that a young, flying-the-nest Picasso would be proud of?
First of all get the essentials ticked off. And this doesn’t just mean furniture. Make sure you have enough of everything to invite people round for a bit of a shindig. This means you’ll need items such as plates, glasses, chairs and even the odd airbed or two in case you’re having a few people to saty over.
The next step – supplies! Usually you’ll only stock the cupboards and fridge if you’re expecting people but it doesn’t hurt to a have few beers in the fridge and snacks in the cupboards for those ‘off-the-cuff’ events and impulsive sessions.
Next up – entertainment. If you and your mates are prone to a few (hundred) games of FIFA, invest in an Xbox or a Playstation. If you want to go a bit further, get something like a pool table for hours of fun. More generic forms of entertainment include building a DVD collection and having some sort of music system for applying a bit of atmosphere and ambience for party occasions.
There are plenty of other options and alternatives for building the perfect man-cave, but get the basics nailed first and you can’t go wrong.
This guest blog post was written by Josh Mulholland, an interior decorator and supplier of furnishings including carpet tiles.