Rooted in prehistoric man, “man caves” are back as the newest trend in home remodeling and design. The man cave, or mantuary, is a place where men can have a comfortable, solitary place to unwind from the day and to play or engage in hobbies. It also acts as a place to socialize; watch games on television, play pool, or video games. Man cave provisions may include wetbars, kegerators, large screen tvs and entertainment centers, and are themed for the man’s interest – sports, music, or vintage memorabilia. It generally is a place where men can have a place created without feminine touches or input on the design.
The man cave trend has inspired websites and blogs devoted to this subject and the DIY Network has a weekly show on which they create a man cave and offer tips on creating your own mantuary. Some of these man caves are too refined for my taste but each man has his own vision for his ideal space.
Bob’s Man Cave n. A dedicated area out of the house, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends.
My man cave is in an unattached studio behind the house. I have populated my man cave with tools, vintage furniture, and Denver Bronco memorabilia including orange stadium seats taken from the former Mile High stadium. Retro cowboy curtains keep the elements out. While out hunting recently, I scored – a vintage Eames-style leather chair and ottoman and a Danish lamp. The wall paintings include western art knickknacks. My man cave gives me the opportunity to behave like a wild man, unleashing my creativity while living outside of civilization. Just outside my man cave are horseshoe pits, where along with the daily ritual of cultivated liquid refreshments (a glass of Spanish Tempranillo wine or Bordeaux), I am able to reconnect with that prehistoric need to stake one’s claim and tinker at will.