How to Design the Ultimate Man Cave

Guys, let’s face it. In this hectic 24/7 world, finding a place to relax and unwind is essential for our mental and physical well-being. After all, even Superman needed the Fortress of Solitude to recharge his battery now and then. The solution, of course, is a man cave! These specially equipped sanctuaries come in endless varieties, each with one purpose: to give you a place to indulge in some restorative “me time.” To help inspire the perfect man cave, here are a few suggestions that can turn any room into your very own private paradise.

Hidden surprise

On a scale from 1 to 10, secret rooms rank somewhere around 12 in terms of coolness, so why not consider adding a hidden door to your man cave instead of a boring old hinged one? Creative furniture company Murphy Door can make installing a secret entrance a breeze with its flush-mount, surface-mount or French door options. Kits include all the materials you’ll need for the jamb, bookcase, trim and hardware. Prices range from $500 to $1,600 depending on size, so make your man cave invisible to prying eyes and choose the style that’s right for you. Secret passwords are optional but highly recommended.

Sound of silence

Every decent man cave needs a surround sound system to enhance TV watching and video gaming, so be sure to invest in some easy-to-install soundproofing material. It’ll keep you from disturbing the rest of the house when you’re cranking up the volume late at night. Soundproof spray foam is available at all major hardware stores and can quickly cut down on decibel levels when used to fill drywall. Other options include acoustic foam sheets, which absorb low-frequency sound, or inexpensive carpet rolls, which can deaden the audio level of any room when stapled to the walls. And don’t forget to soundproof your door bottoms for a quick fix.

Games people play

If it’s true that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, then one of the most important items in any man cave is the gaming system. The current generation of video game consoles are technological marvels that do much more than just play games, so pick up an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 and invite some friends over to compete in EA Sports’ award-winning NHL 16. If cards are more your speed, a deluxe poker table will turn any man cave into your own casino.

Drinks on the house

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, which means a well-stocked refrigerator is a prerequisite for every man cave. To keep things frosty, you can’t do much better than EdgeStar’s 80 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler. Its compressor-based cooling system and slim design make it an ideal addition to any space. If Star Wars is more your thing, look no further than ThinkGeek’s awesome Han Solo Fridge. This beautifully designed replica of everyone’s favorite space smuggler holds up to 18 cans of soda, contains two removable shelves and features a cooling capacity of 32-44°F. Not even the Millennium Falcon has anything this impressive onboard.

The big picture

A flat-screen TV is the centerpiece of every man cave, but your DVR is just as important. So combine your 4K television with DISH’s Hopper 3™ and prepare to take things to the next level. Featuring 16 tuners, Netflix integration, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth audio streaming, the Hopper 3 is by far the most powerful DVR on the market. But it’s the dazzling “MultiView Mode” that will make your man cave the envy of the neighborhood. This dynamic new feature allows you to play four live HD channels simultaneously on one 4K screen, turning any space into a private sports bar.

And finally…

If, for whatever reason, a full-size man cave is still out of reach, don’t panic. Publishing company Running Press offers a fully furnished model that includes a comfortable easy chair, a fuzzy bear rug and plenty of wall decorations. Of course, this mini man cave is only 3 inches tall, but at least you can call it your own!