Man cave furniture – essential for putting beer on.

The essential man cave furniture guide

If you are starting from the beginning and still figuring out what to put in your man cave, the first decision you should make is which part of your space is going to be the focal point. If the bar is going to be the main hang out area then choose your man cave bar first. This will make choosing the rest of your man cave furniture easier because you will have decided on the style of your centre piece. Similarly, if you are planning on having your TV and seating as the focal point, then perhaps choose your man cave couch or chairs first. You need your furniture to match thematically with your centre piece. If it does not then you will lose all continuity and your life will be over.

Comfortable seating makes men happy. It really is that simple.

When choosing your seating you must ensure the first criteria you challenge yourself with is that of comfort. It is essential to you and your friends’ happiness and their willingness to return. Whilst looks are incredibly important, comfort is even more important. Comfort can be assessed by sitting on said seating prior to buying. If the shop in question has no objections, try having a snooze in said seating too. Sleep-ability is another essential quality to consider.

However, if you do not have the option of trying any seating out before purchase (an online purchase for example), then read reviews and concentrate of the comfort factor first and foremost. A chair’s ability to recline is very important. Almost as important is how close to the horizontal the reclination* goes. This determines its sleep-ability. So let us discuss man cave chairs.

*Reclination doesn’t seem to be a word in my spell-checker but it really should be.

Man cave chairs. To recline or not recline? That is the question.

Man cave bar stools are no substitute for man cave chairs, let us be clear about that. So you want your friends to come around and watch the big game. Sure, they say. Yet when they get there they find that there is nowhere comfortable to sit down. There are no man cave chairs in sight. Oh dear. What you have done there is make the classic man cave error. You have created a man cave that is devoid of comfy seating or is still in the construction phase prior to the delivery of said seating. You may as well go to the pub and watch the game on their big screen because your big screen has been rendered useless by every man on the planet.

To pouffe or not to pouffe, that is the question.

So before you send out invites and start wanting to show off your new creation, ensure the seating has been dealt with. Seating is a crucial part of your man cave furniture choices. You want comfy man cave chairs that will satisfy all your visitors for the entirety of a five day test match (that is the English sport of cricket and yes, it goes on for five days). The seating has to be in the line-of-sight of your fabulous full HD TV with nothing obscuring the view. Furthermore, you have to decide on whether you want all of your seats to recline, or only the man throne upon which you sit. Your budget or inclination may not want for reclination (there is that word again), in which case perhaps pouffes or ottomans are in order.

The man cave couch will determine whether you have a happy life or a life of misery. Essential man cave furniture.

Much like your man cave chairs, your sofa(s) need to be comfortable otherwise you will not find your guests staying for the duration of the big game and will instead opt for going to the pub. A man cave couch (or sofa) is also important for the wife or girlfriend. When she comes and visits you in your man cave to watch space ships shooting torpedoes at other space ships, she will want to sit next to you without a built-into-the-armrest beer cooler or games console separating you.

Furthermore, this is the ideal time to cuddle up and and make her feel special in your man space. This is vitally important. If your wife feels happy and comfortable in your man cave, your man cave will remain a friendly part of the household. If she sees it as a stinky, beer stained mess then your ability to utilise it properly will be deeply diminished. This is why choosing the perfect couch (or sofa) is of the utmost importance.

What? I can invite my wife? Yes of course… With caveats.

The only rule when inviting your wife into your man cave to snuggle up on the man cave couch is that under no circumstances do you allow such channels a E! Entertainment or TLC. Nor do you keep DVDs of Sex in the City or Bridget Jones’ Diary. If you make this vital mistake you are in danger of turning your man cave into a 2nd living room. Once that happens you will find your wife wanting to snuggle up and watch the Kardashians way too often.

Before you know it you will be given ideas on how to add more colour and light to your man cave utilising such things as flowers and potpourri. Eventually all your man cave furniture choices will end up being replaced by pink and fluffy things. So make sure when you do snuggle up on the man cave couch together, that you are watching Die Hard and not Love Actually.

If you are going to include a bar into your man cave make sure it is befitting of a man cave bar and isn’t something that will make your friends prefer the pub.

Is a man cave bar counter really considered man cave furniture? Yes, it is. You can sit on it, sleep on it and eat and drink beer from it. That makes it furniture. The bar within your man space should be one of the most important, and possibly most expensive pieces of furniture you buy. The man cave bar counter top is the best place for vertical beer drinking with your buddies.

OK, so not all man caves have or require a bar. It is perfectly acceptable to recline back in front of the TV and drink beer horizontally. When your buddies pay you a visit they can do the same. But for that extra pub-like experience without the pub-like regulations and drunken bar flies, a man cave bar is definitely worth considering.

It’s a man cave bar counter, size is not important.

The bar does not have to be a big sprawling counter top able to fit hundreds of people calling your name frantically trying to get served. No, that is what pubs are for. Your bar can be small and compact, especially if space is a problem you have to deal with. It isn’t the size that matters but how it looks and compliments the aesthetics of your man cave in general. On this occasion the saying “size does not matter” actually rings true.

Get the design right, Karate is hard to master.

As the gathering spot for vertical beer drinkers, the bar should be in keeping with the general theme. There is no point having a batmobile* themed bar top when you are going for a Harley Davidson themed man cave. That would be a fundamental man cave error and would have your buddies rolling around on the floor in laughter as they karate kick your feet from under you. So before you spend money on buying (or building) your man cave bar counter, make sure you have an idea of the the overall theme.

*We are in no way endorsing a batman themed man cave and are simply using it for illustrative purposes.

Horizontal drinkers also need a place to sit without leaving the bar area. Man cave bar stools play a crucial role in this.

If you are now looking for ideas for bar stools, it would be safe to assume you have decided on your bar counter. And if you are doing this properly, then you should have a good idea of your theme. So now your man cave bar needs man cave bar stools as part of your man cave furniture inventory. After all, whats the use of a bar when you can’t sit around it drinking beer pulled from your themed beer taps? The chances are that the bar you have built or purchased did not come with any bar stools. If it did then you wouldn’t be here looking for ideas for bar stools. With that in mind it is time to consider what type of bar stool you want.

Without man cave bar stools you have no man cave bar

There are many kinds of bar stools to suit many types of bar counters. Choose wisely here. Your bar stools must match your bar otherwise your entire centre piece will be ruined. Having a modern chrome and black bar counter with a glass top is not going to match wooden stools carved in the shape of skulls with purple velvet cushions. Whilst that may sound cool, your man cave will appear to have an identity crisis. And because your man cave is a reflection of you, it will reveal that you too have an identity crisis. Not good.

Butt cheek friendly bar stools make for a happy man cave bar experience.

So what is the bar stool for? It is a very simple yet crucial man cave furniture ingredient. When a man watches a game of catch on TV whilst at the bar, he occasionally sits down. Especially when someone on his team drops the ball. However, there are also times when the man will stand up abruptly when his team scores or he wants to shout directly at the referee. So there is a lot of jumping, standing and sitting whilst watching a big game of catch. This is where man cave bar stools comes in. These bouts of spontaneous standing occur often and without warning. It is essential then that the stool in question is durable and of a comfortable quality.

Abrupt standing and sitting may result in substantial beer spillage.

Furthermore, during these episodes of sitting and standing it imperative that the man does not spill his beer. So having man cave bar stools with arm rests is a good idea. Another sure way to prevent beer spillage is to have stools that can be simply fallen back into without the need for raising a butt cheek whilst on tip toes to gain traction.

“Sorry, just spilled beer all over your man cave chair” are not words you want to hear when a coffee table would have prevented the mishap.

Along with comfortable seating you also need something to put that cold beer down on. Especially if you have opted not to include a bar in your man cave. This is where your man cave furniture choices add finishing touches to your man cave that are acceptable to other men. Something like a coffee table would do the trick. And if there is any seating not in reach of the coffee table then perhaps some side tables might come in handy.

You will also need some shelving to store your DVD/Blue-Ray collection of Sci-fi thrillers, super hero movies and James Bond box-sets. You do not want those just kicking around the floor where they can be trodden on and destroyed by drunken friends after the big game. Unless, that is, the title of the DVD in question is Sex in the City. If that is the case then your wife/girlfriend has been sneaking in and watching your TV. You will find that your TV may never work the same again so change it immediately.

So there you have it. Our run down on your man cave furniture requirements and advice. Whilst it is not all encompassing and, in places, utterly irrelevant, we hope that we have been able to point you in the right direction.

Having now read the importance of man cave furniture essentials, you can head straight over to the Gift Ideas Section and browse many incredible furniture ideas. These include couches, chairs, shelving, storage racks, coffee tables, bar stools and more.

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Former designer of bar and pub interiors and founder of Man Cave Hideout. Currently living in Africa working on a safari lodge lounge and bar area.

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