If you’re lucky to live in a reasonable size house or apartment, there may be space for a man cave style work den. For many Australians living in big cities, space is a premium, so we may not always have the luxury for us men folk to have our own private oasis. If you are, check out these top tips on how to design a space for work and play that we can call our own.1. Find a private space
As I said, it’s tough to find space. It could be the study, the garage, shed, maybe a portable shed or a spare room in the attic or basement.
2. Get Buy-In
This may be the toughest job. Getting buy-in from the Mrs (or Mr), kids, parents, flatmates may be the most difficult and challenging task you will encounter. You will need to think strategically how to win over the stakeholders in the household! Consider how this move could benefit others in the house ie: moves all your clutter and memorabilia into one room, a space for wine storage.
3. Check connectivity
Ensure that you can access connectivity essentials such as power, internet and Foxtel. You can access cable broadband through a Foxtel port. Accessing WIFI from the main house area may be difficult and frustrating, even if you have a WIFI extender.
4. Furniture, design and layout
It’s important to get the right layout and flow. If you’re budget extends, it’s highly recommended to get some advice from an interior designer. They can often access very good discounts and you can end of saving money by using a designer to help plan the space. There are now specialist designers focusing on Man Cave interiors.
You could also enlist the help of the Mrs who may enjoy the process of designing the layout and shopping for furniture AND giving further support to your cause.
5. Design considerations
Statement Pieces – Buy some statement pieces that reflect your personality. Maybe a comfy Eames chair, sofa, piece of artwork, industrial style desk, giant TV, memorabilia.
Mix & Match – Mix and match the statement pieces that might be a bit heavy on the budget with some cheaper pieces.
Colours & Tones – Choose colours to represent the mood that you most want to portray when in the space. Indigo, greys, whites and blacks with timbers are popular for masculine spaces. Or for something a bit more hipster, try lighter timbers, green plants, quirky artwork, fashionable rugs.
Lighting & Window Coverings – Ideally you would be in a space that offers plenty of natural light during the day-time and comfort and warmth in the evening. Use heavy curtains to give a luxe feel to the space and to soften any dark and hard surfaces.
6. Furniture & gadgets checklist:
- Arm Chair & Stool
- Coffee Table & Side Table
- Office Chair
- Desk Storage
- Bookcases / Display Units
- Console or Sideboard for printer
- Charging Station
- Mini Bar
- Stools/chairs for the guys
- Wall art
- Wall coverings
- Big TV
- Foxtel/Netflix connected
- TV Unit
- Surround Sound System or Sound Bar
- Pinball Machine
- Coffee Machine
- Pool Table
The key is to create a space that is all about you.
If you’re looking for inspiration, check out @workspaceluxe on Instagram. You can view the Workspace Luxe Den Style Collection for furniture ideas here https://workspaceluxe.com.au/collections/man-cave.