A mancave should be every guy’s place to go where he can shut out the rest of the world and just chill. That means every great mancave should come equipped with tons of books, a television, a gaming console or computer or both if the owner is into that sort of thing, and more. Perhaps the most important ingredient in every mancave is the design motif which actually makes it look and feel like a cave, rather than just another room in the house. That’s why making a mancave absolutely demands you use natural stone as much as possible to create an environment like a cave.
Now, of course, you’re probably not going to get stone computers or televisions or other fixtures. But the same can’t be said for things like floors, walls, ceilings, windows, lamps, bookshelves, entertainment centers and a horde of other furniture items. And to be totally fair, you probably could get stone computer or television cases if you were willing to pay an obscene amount for the custom craftsmanship and work. But those would be relatively small things compared to walls and a ceiling made from chunks of rock and cement. These can make a mancave actually look like a cave.
Even an environment which is designed specifically to look primitive must have decent lighting though. When it comes to mancaves, you need lighting which can be easily installed and moved around as your needs change, and that makes LED lighting the perfect option. At Light Bar Report, you can read all about different LED bars and lights which you can easily align with a wall or dangle from a ceiling. These can also be moved around to light up different corners of the “cave” if you decide you want to reorganize things at a later date. LEDs are highly versatile and every man can appreciate that.
As for the types of stone to use in your own mancave, well, that’s totally up to your own personal preferences. Maybe you like the solid look and feel of granite, or the way feldspar can deflect light and make it look like your walls are aglow. More than anything, you need to look at how much you’re willing to spend, and what quality of stone you can get at that budget level. Not everyone has thousands of dollars to dump into a mancave, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t make a good one.
This means you need to get accurate measurements for the area you want to upgrade. Be sure to measure the cubic footage from the floor up, first measuring for square footage and then going up the walls to the ceiling accordingly. Because buying materials in bulk is pretty much always cheaper than buying smaller quantities, knowing how much you need before you begin construction can help to cut down on the overall cost of your mancave. Just make sure you’re actually going to use the materials you buy though – it’s just as easy to waste money as save it by buying too much stone.