So, you’re ready to get your man cave set up.
Your mind is probably running wild with ideas and possibilities, and all the fun you’re going to have hanging out with the guys on the weekends when the room is ready.
There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to go about getting your man cave in order. It mostly depends on your budget, the space available to you, your concept, and your imagination.
What do you need in your man cave? That depends on who you ask. But the following list covers many items people consider to be essential. Read on.
Your man cave should probably have a theme that’s a reflection of your personality. So, a theme isn’t necessarily one thing, but a combination of many things, whether memorabilia, collectibles, or otherwise.
Some love sports, so they will decorate their caves with jerseys of their favorite teams or players. Others love biking so they will fill their caves with biking paraphernalia (and perhaps even a Harley Davidson). Still others love music and will don their rooms with posters, guitars, vinyl records, and the like.
Your man cave is your man cave. As such, you should take some time to think about what you want it to be like, and then make it your own.
Many men would consider a TV an important and even essential addition to their man cave.
Whether it’s watching the game or the latest fight, a big-screen TV is often par for the course.
After all, you need something to do while you’re enjoying your stogies. At times, you might choose to sit around, drink, and shoot the breeze. At other times, you may listen to music. But whatever you end up doing, entertainment will play an important role in your man cave.
A Stereo System
Speaking of entertainment, a stereo system is another item many would consider important to a man cave.
You can get your adrenaline pumping with some hard rock or metal, or you can mellow out to classic Pink Floyd. Whatever your preference might be, music can enhance the atmosphere.
These days, you can even purchase Bluetooth speakers that you can control from your phone, so you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get your audio needs covered. You still pay for what you get, though.
Cigar Storage Or Humidor
This would be the essential of all essentials – a place to keep your cigars fresh. You could have every other item on this list, and you still wouldn’t have the ideal smoke pit, because your cigars would be dried out and unenjoyable.
When it comes to cigar storage or humidors, there is no shortage of options. Partly, it’s about how much of a budget you have. Other considerations include how many stogies you’re planning to keep fresh at any given time, and how well the humidor matches the furniture in the room (if that’s important to you).
Regardless, you’ll want to invest in a quality humidor that suits your needs.
Your humidor won’t be much good to you without cigars in it!
You may already have preferences in terms of what you like in a stick, and that makes the buying process easy.
If you don’t know where to start, try purchasing a mix of mild bodied, medium bodied, and full bodied cigars. There are plenty of options to choose from, and finding popular cigars in each category should prove relatively effortless.
Ventilation Or Smoke Elimination
You don’t want your cigar smoking habit to affect other parts of your house, especially if you’re living with your significant other or family. They’ll probably be on your case before long.
This is the reason you’ll usually see man caves equipped with hardwood floors, leather seating, and blinds instead of curtains. Cloth tends to fare poorly in smoky environments, and picks up a lot of odors.
When it comes to ventilation or smoke elimination, you have many options. You can use exhaust fans. You could also install a smoke eating ceiling unit. These options tend to have both pros and cons, but they do work.
You can also find smaller, air purifier and odor eliminator units that work quite well.
You should also consider sealed doors, and install a dedicated heat and A/C return for best results.
Odds & Ends
Your man cave probably won’t be complete without these odds and ends:
- Cutters. Some cigar aficionados pay careful attention to picking the right cutter. Again, you can match it to your furniture, buy a cutter that strikes your fancy, or just find one that gets the job done – the choice is yours.
- Lighters. Naturally, you can’t smoke without a lighter. You could purchase a standard, generic lighter, and there would be no issue with that. But you can also get lighters that aren’t just for function and are also for show. The choice is up to you.
- Ash trays. There’s more to ash trays than you might think. Now, you can use a cheap plastic ash tray if that’s your style, but there are plenty of stylish and functional alternatives worth considering. Again, you can match it up to the theme or furniture of the room if you feel so inclined.
- A hygrometer and a thermometer. These allow you to monitor the health of your cigars. Many humidors have built-in hygrometers and thermometers, but if yours does not, you may want to pick up these items.
Your man cave is your man cave. Ultimately, you can set it up however you want.
The above items are often considered an important part of the experience, but you don’t need more than just the essentials to get started. You might choose to get your furniture and humidor in order before you even worry about the entertainment side of things. That’s perfectly fine.
Make it a place you can relax and pass time with your buddies. Cigars are meant to be savored, and the atmosphere and the environment are all an important part of the experience.