This is What Men Want in Their Man Cave
What’s the best room in a house for a man to really escape the day-to-day stressors of life? Where can they go to kick back, relax, and enjoy a cold beer while watching their favorite team? Answer: the man cave, of course.
Many males grow up dreaming of having their own man cave. This perfect little retreat can be personalized to include all of your favorite things. While visions of beer cans, cigars, and sports paraphernalia come to mind for many when they think of a man cave, we wanted to uncover what men really dream of when they picture their ideal man cave. So, we decided to go straight to the source. We surveyed 600 American men to uncover the most common trends and desires of this sought-after room. The results are below.
Features of a Man Cave
Unsurprisingly, men highly value their television time when it comes to a man cave. 23% said that having multiple TVs is the most important feature. Generation X-ers, in particular, prioritize the TVs while Baby Boomers seem to prefer to toss a few back in the cave, Generation Z guys want to get their swole on, and Millennials prefer to have a gaming system. Meanwhile, most men don’t seem to care about having an indoor putting green. Maybe they’d prefer to practice their swing outside instead.
Baby boomers might be the most interested in a fully stocked bar, but most men can’t deny the importance of having a few drinks in their man cave. When asked which drink they’d always want to have on hand in their man cave, 41% said beer.
Man Cave Design
Sometimes the only room in a house that a man really has a say in when it comes to interior design is the man cave. So, when they’re given that freedom, where do they take it?
Turns out, men prefer to decorate with a sports-theme, highlighting their favorite team or league. The ideal location for this special room is in the basement, where 56% of men would prefer to retreat. Of course, we wanted to know what kind of seating men wanted in their caves so we had to ask. The winner? A large, comfy sectional. 35% of men would prefer this seating arrangement followed closely by individual recliner seats, which get the vote of 34% of men.
Guests of the Man Cave
Who’s allowed in man caves? Spouses are sometimes given the boot (52.33% of men wouldn’t allow their significant other in their man cave), but certain celebrities would always be welcome. When given a choice, 28% of men said they’d prefer to hang out with The Rock in their special space while 27% said they’d kick it with Tom Brady.
After The Rock, each generation seemed to part ways in their preference of celebrity companions. Millennials preferred to spend time with Drake, Generation X wants to share some laughs with Bill Murray, and Baby Boomers would like to have a few drinks with Tom Hanks.
Off the court, Lebron James seems to be winning. Men were 2 times more likely to want to hang in their man cave with Lebron than Steph Curry.
Spending on a Man Cave
With all of this thought put into the design, features, and guests of a man cave, we assumed men would want to pass a lot of time in their special retreat. Our assumptions proved correct. 42% of men reported spending some time in their cave every day.
If you’re going to be spending that much time in one single room, it seems like a good idea to invest in the design. 5% of men agree and spent more than $10,000 on their man cave.
So, what does this mean for you men (and women) reading this? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about your own special retreat in your home. How should you design it and what features should you include that will help you to relax and enjoy yourself? Share your dreams in the comments below!