There is a lot of talk going around the organizational world about what has been deemed the “man-cave”. This term has been around for a while, but in my mind it always conjures up a vision of the “Bat-Cave”, the place where Batman keeps all of his high-tech cars, motorcycles, and every piece of awesome crime-fighting equipment out there. What can be more manly than that?
Most men aren’t superheroes- at least not in the comic book sense- but they are human and need a place to be themselves and escape from the stresses of everyday life. This is where the man-cave comes in.
So, what is a man-cave? Kay Wade, VP of Design at Closet Factory describes it as this: “The premise of a man cave is that guys need a special place to hang out. A place that reflects their interests, becomes a personal refuge, or is just a place where they can be with their friends without disturbing others in the family, namely the wife! A man cave is a dedicated area of the house such as basement, workshop or garage where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends.”
Closet Factory Colorado specializes in custom storage, and has created several “man-caves” built to reflect the hobbies and interests of each individual. We have built entertainment centers for giant TV’s, wet bars, dry bars, sports equipment storage, workbenches, and more. A great example comes from a client in Morrison, CO:
Steve K. is a big fan of racing. He also is an outdoorsy guy who loves to snowboard and wanted his garage to be a place where he could bring all of his interests together while still functioning as a work and storage area. As he says, “my overall desire was a nice clean design that was functional.” He called upon Closet Factory Senior Designer Jacqueline Lewis to help: “I had a basic design and layout, but Jacqueline took the ideas I had in my head and put them on paper, which turned into the final project. I had specific things I wanted to store in the cabinets (snowboards, luggage, refrigerator) and Jacqueline took precise measurements so that when everything was installed, it was exactly how I envisioned.”
The colors are inspired by the racing shops Steve had visited in North Carolina. Jacqueline provided him with a variety of choices that would fit into his color scheme, and he was able to pick the ones that he liked. The end result? Steve’s very own Garage Mahal- a place where he can be the King and work on whatever manly projects come his way as well as his own oasis of peace where he can escape from the world.
What is your idea of the perfect man-cave? What elements/features would it include?
*Garage Mahal is a program on the DIY network… and also a great way to describe a man’s haven!