Four things the mod­ern man cave needs now

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That lit­tle piece of prop­erty pop­u­larly known as ‘The Man Cave’ is now more pre­cious than ever.

Why? In th­ese hec­tic times, a man cave (or a ‘she shed’) is a place to find a bit of soli­tude and peace, to have a few bevvies with your mates or re­lax with a cold one by your­self.

And to kick things off, what’s more im­pres­sive than a bar­rel bar – cre­ated by you?

Bar­rel bar

The fact that this bad boy is made from a wine bar­rel – a ves­sel that long held that sweet crim­son vino we all love – is not only in­cred­i­bly com­mend­able and de­serv­ing of brag­ging rights to your mates, it’s also a cool, mod­ern touch to the ‘cave’.

This bar should take pride of place in your space and needs to be well lit – almost like a shrine to a higher de­ity.

Now, you need to bring other el­e­ments into the space that not only com­ple­ment the wine bar­rel bar, but also func­tion­ally serve you and your squad.

Here are three other mod­ern es­sen­tials for to­day’s man cave.

Take a seat

When you want to take a load off and sink into obliv­ion at the end of a long day, a four or even five-seater sofa will do the trick – but the devil is in the de­tail.

It will help im­mensely if the springs are a lit­tle shot or the base is just a bit saggy. Trust me, the harder it is to get out of, the bet­ter.

You should almost be able to lose things in this couch.

The fin­ish is every­thing and – in a per­fect world – cor­duroy is king, but an old vel­vet will suf­fice. To top it off, a bit of shag-pile un­der your bare feet is almost as good as a foot mas­sage.

Tune out

Since a spot for soli­tude means en­gag­ing in min­i­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, an over-sized TV will be your pièce de ré­sis­tance.

The su­per-sized box will be per­fect for late night, multi-player Xbox ses­sions, or for watch­ing the lat­est episode of Game of Thrones in peace.

In­vest in some art

Art­work is key to bring­ing life and char­ac­ter to any space in the home – and a man cave is no dif­fer­ent.

Your go to-op­tions could be any­thing from old band or movie posters (Star Wars is al­ways a win­ner) to more re­fined prints that suit your per­sonal taste.

Art will bring a level of fi­nesse to your space and help to cre­ate a sense of artis­tic ma­tu­rity in your soon-to-be ad­mired en­clave.

Now all that’s left is to in­vite your mates over and en­joy your new space – a freshly cu­rated and cul­tured re­treat.

PHOTO:

The man cave is your do­main – dec­o­rate it how you wish.

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A bar fash­ioned from your bare hands? Def­i­nitely gives you huge brag­ging rights.

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