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June 14th

Give Dad a Man Cave

You’ve probably heard a lot about man caves lately. It seems like every TV show about home searches or remodels includes a man cave – a place where the family patriarch can “get away” from his wife and kids.

It’s certainly possible to do a completely tricked-out man cave as we did recently for a client (see below). But you can make Dad happy on Father’s Day by creating a simple man cave for him – just spruce up your garage, den or other unused space with a few easy-to-find items.

• Start with an old sofa. (This is your chance to replace that worn-out sectional by donating it to your hubby’s man cave!) Add some comfy overstuffed pillows.

• Install a big TV and stereo system. Check eBay and Father’s Day sales for electronics that fit your budget.

• If your man cave will be in the garage, you might already have a second refrigerator there. If not, pick up an inexpensive dorm-size fridge and stock it with your guy’s favorite drinks and snacks.

• Decorating a man cave can be cheap and easy – use Dad’s favorite hobbies or sports teams. This is also a great place to display any sports memorabilia he might have. Think banners, pennants, equipment (bats, hockey sticks, ski poles), team player posters, signed items and trophies.

• If the man cave’s floor is a little too rustic, try attaching garage floor tiles in a checkerboard pattern or in his favorite team colors, such as Chargers’ blue and gold.

• A man cave doesn’t have to be a place where Dad is cut off from family. Include framed pictures of him doing activities with the kids, such as fishing, camping or playing sports. Although he will appreciate his new man cave, he’ll probably cherish those photographs the most.

Please contact us at Style on a Shoestring if we can help with any of your home design needs.