Elements of Man Cave Style: Must Haves for the Basement Hideaway

March 25, 2010

WHETHER IT’S A basement hideaway or just a tiny corner of a condo, any section of the home can serve as a place where a guy can express himself.

» Who: Bachelors hypnotized by white-walled ennui, cohabitating men who seek a bit of me-time solace from their other half.

» What: “I think the best man caves are created from a theme,” says Sherry Ways, a principal designer at Design Scheme Interiors in Savage, Md. “If his favorite team is the Redskins, then you can create a man cave design surrounding that, including the colors, NFL logos, themed throws, big floor pillows and more. Or if the guy is a musician, create a music theme including photos, motifs of his favorite bands — even a soundstage with acoustical panels throughout for practice.”

» Where: A basement, garage or carriage house often makes an ideal male hideaway, but makeshift man caves can thrive in spare bedrooms, nooks or closets.


» Classic details: “A good sound system should be installed to have a home theater effect,” Ways says. She also suggests adding a minibar or small wine cooler, recessed lighting with a dimmer control and large-scale furniture (look for spill-proof leather, stain-resistant Scotgard or Crypton fabric). But most important, she says, is to ensure there’s an unobstructed view of the television.

» The mod man’s accessories: Vastu designer and co-owner Jason Claire points to the steel-lined Plano shelving system, which mounts to the wall and comes custom built-to-order from Brazil, as an adaptable, elegant setup for holding flat-screen TVs and media equipment. “Wall-mounted shelves are really crisp and clean,” Claire says. Vastu also carries Eco-Smart Fire, a new ethanol-burning fireplace technology that attracts guy passersby “like moths to a flame.”

» To Each His Own Sanctuary: The Modern Man Cave

Written by Express contributor Katie Knorovsky

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