Valentines Day: Surprise Him With The Perfect Man Cave
Ladies, are you stuck wondering what to get your main squeeze for a Valentine’s Day present? While you could go with the usual dinner out, candy, and cards, why not surprise him with a gift he’ll cherish for years to come? Man caves are all the rage these days, and turning an unused space into the den of his dreams will not only add value to your home in the long run, but it will give him a space to indulge in his manly passions like belching, scratching, shouting at the TV during the game, or cheesing off his friends during a marathon video game tournament.
The Man Cave: His Ticket to Paradise
Designing and installing the trappings for your honey’s very own space to relax, hang with his buddies, or just horse around is one of the best gifts you can give. It can also be one of the priciest. According to Bloomberg.com1, the average cost of putting together the lair of his dreams can be between $5,000 – $10,000.
Fortunately, with the right plan and resources, it doesn’t need to break the bank. You’re a smart cookie, or he wouldn’t be with you, right? Right! There are smart ways you can give him a space fit for a king without spending a king’s ransom. Just follow these tips, and voila–man cave paradise.
1) Set a budget.
Though the average cuddle-bug’s budget for Valentine’s Day is approximately $130.972, the cost of putting together a decent man cave is probably going to be higher than that. Set a realistic budget and stick to it. Try to plan out what you really want to accomplish and research the costs. By having a budget in place, it will prevent you from spending more than you intended to.
2) Pick your space.
Man caves are just like men–they come in all shapes and sizes. There are options to turn just about any space into a great den for your guy. What about carving out a space in the basement? With just the right touch, maybe that unused utility room could have possibilities. A junk room can be turned into a jewel. Wherever you choose, cordon it off with a sign that says “no man’s land” during your refurbishments so he can enjoy the surprise on V-Day.
3) Decide on a theme.
Think about what your partner likes to do and what his passions are. Is he a sports nut? Would he like a bar installed to entertain and impress his buddies during the big game? Maybe he just needs a cozy space where he and a friend can spend hours destroying the universe on a game console. By designing the space around his likes and interests, you’re sure to knock his socks off on Valentine’s Day.
4) Get the walls right.
Investing in the right wall coverings can make efficient use of your space. It can also act as a sort of acoustic-sponge. Football, basketball, or X-box, men are noisy creatures. If he has any special memorabilia, get it framed and hang it creatively around the room. Prominently showcase posters of his favorite rock band or sports team. For a homier motif, look at online art houses for classic paintings, country art for sale, or landscapes.
5) Go second-hand and gently used.
There’s no need to buy all new stuff for your guy’s burrow. A quick trawl of the Internet will prove that. Try looking on sites such as Craigslist for people getting rid of furniture for cheap or even free. You’ll generally need to pick these items up, so be sure to bring a burly friend to help with moving. If you start your search early enough, you can find tables, chairs, TV’s, bars, and even pool tables going for practically nothing.
6) Get creative with design features.
Your man will want access to all of his favorite stuff in his cave, so start planning out some design features to house it all. For example, shelving for treasured CDs and records near his stereo console will help keep these items off the floor and the cave in some semblance of order. Be sure you include places for knick-knacks and enough tables for snacks and beers during the game.
Nothing says “I love you” like a new nest for your favorite Neanderthal. Once he picks himself up off the floor after fainting from shock, he’s likely to brag to all of his friends how you’re the greatest partner ever. You’ll not only reap the rewards of being the ultimate gift-giver, but you’ll also get to reclaim the TV in the family room for your own shows. Yep, you’re one smart cookie.
Writer LaGeris Underwood Bell wishes all a romance-filled Valentine’s Day. She encourages smart cookies every where to fill their honey bears’ burrows with economical posters, country art for sale, and favorite keepsakes that will make the space special.
Photo credit #1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tranztec/3895155879/
Photo credit #2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lovemaegan/5121739494/
Photo credit #3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89119745@N00/7485123990/
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