men playing video games

For a lot of families, the argument over the tv at the end of the day turns into a battle.

“How can one person watch sports every day” or

“Are you really going to play video games all night.”

From the other side of the argument comes:

“The Bachelor is on again tonight?” and

“Why do you watch this show, it makes you cry every week?”.

Not all tv shows are made for the entire family, and I think everyone can agree there is definitely a limit to how much Mickey Mouse Clubhouseanyone can watch.

Now, family together time is extremely important, but sometimes you just need a place in the home to get away and do the things you like to do without disrupting anyone else. Most people are familiar with the term ‘man cave’ but in this blog, we’re not talking about a half-finished basement with a tv and an old couch. These spaces are the ultimate entertainment destination, perfect for getting away to watch Sunday football, or hosting a group of friends to enjoy a night of kid-free conversation and relaxation.

A Place for Hobbies

Depending on your ‘thing’ a secluded room in the home is the perfect place for decor that doesn’t match the rest of the home, or for those tools that should stay far away from the reaching hands of small children. Think about the ways you could use the space to fully enjoy your hobby. Maybe it’s collecting sports memorabilia. Maybe you need a place to work on your latest woodworking project. Whatever the case may be, this is a great room to fit the needs of your hobby. For woodworking, consider an easy-to-clean floor with soundproof walls and plenty of space to store extra wood, tools, and materials. If sports are your thing, design the room with plenty of protective cases or shelving and wall space for hanging your best pieces.

Top of the Line Entertainment Center

No man cave would be complete with the ultimate entertainment space. Really use your creativity here. If you’re a hardcore sports fan, think about the days you wish you could watch multiple games at once. What’s stopping you? Install multiple screens to build one mega-screen where you can watch multiple games at once. If you’re more of a one game at a time person, dream big with the size of your television and don’t leave out custom seating and the best audio equipment on the market.

man cave

Made for Making Music

Sports aren’t for everyone, and man caves aren’t reserved for Sunday night football. If you’re more of the musically inclined, think of all the things you could do with a designated space to create and make music with friends. Instead of stowing guitars and music equipment in cases under the bed or shoved in the back of a closet, stake out space in your new custom home to put your prized instruments on display with plenty of room to create. Take it one step further and design the room for mixing and producing your own music from the comfort of your home.

basement music room

A Theme Fit For You

Just because this room isn’t the hub of the house doesn’t mean it should be filled with the leftover furniture you’ve been moving with you since your college days. Design this room to be comfortable, enjoyable, and a reflection of your own tastes and styles. You can go rustic with vintage car signage, or go bright and new with lights, the latest technology, and sleek design. Whatever appeals to you, go with it and bring in all the design elements you love that might not fit elsewhere in the home. We’ve seen some pretty inspiring design themes. Take a look at the photos below to get some ideas and let the creativity inspire your design.

baseball themed basement

Great for Gaming

Video games, poker, vintage arcade games, whatever you like, you should put on display. If you want your home to be the place everyone comes together for your monthly poker tournament, give your table plenty of space, comfortable seating and a bar in the corner for mixing up drinks all night long. If video games are your thing, comfortable seating, plenty of storage for your consoles and your best gaming memorabilia creates a superior gaming lair.

Home Brewed Hangout

We already talked about adding a bar in your man cave, but really any of these ideas should have a bar or small kitchen feature for serving drinks, soda, snacks, whatever you prefer. For those more serious about their brews, a spot just for your brewing kit keeps it out of the kitchen and in the perfect controlled environment for making your own homebrew. Be sure to include a washing station, storage, and cleaning supplies.

The options are endless for this room in your home! Remember, it doesn’t just have to be a place for the guys, maybe you and your spouse need a place for hobbies away from the kids. This should be a place you can come to relax and enjoy your favorite things you’ve collected over the years. Make sure you have everything you need for a space you can enjoy year after year as the kids grow and your tastes change. If you need help planning a space to get away and enjoy your hobby or passion, get in touch with our design team and we will help you create a space that feels like home, but an escape from the day to day grind.

Carrington Homes

Carrington Homes

An award-winning builder, Carl and his team continue to share the same level of commitment when it comes to design, quality, workmanship, and scheduling.

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