20 Must-Have Items To Build The World’s Best Sports-Themed Man Cave
Setting Up the Ultimate Man Cave
After getting through a hard week of work, most men are interested in kicking their feet up, laying back and watching some sports with their friends. Having a cold drink and a couple snacks along the way are certainly appreciated as well, with the added pleasure of having a room separated of the outside world being icing on the proverbial cake. Of course, this is a perfect-world scenario as things such as children, significant partners and other scheduled events seems to always get in the way of quality time.
This has fueled the rise of man caves. For those that don't know what a man cave is, it is a luxurious room that is off-limits to family members, wives, or really anyone who you don't want to be in it. They have all of the things that you can't really enjoy having in a normal house setting, and is spot where one can forget all that is going on in the outside world.
While the thought of having a exclusive room in your own house dedicated solely to what you want may seem very far-fetched for most, it certainly is attainable. For those people who are taking the initiative and setting up their man caves and those who are thinking about it, I have made a list of the 20 things that you must have to build the perfect sports-themed man cave.
20. Pool Table With a Sports Insignia
Everyone likes to play a good game of pool, and no man cave could really be complete without a pool table in it. Adding on the emblem of your favorite team will only add to the excitement, and will be a source of trash talk with your friends.
19. Multiple Refrigerators
One of the main purposes of a man cave is that you get to be separated from the rest of the house and world as a whole, and this isn't possible if you have to leave the room every three minutes to get drinks and food. At a minimum, one regular-size fridge and one mini-fridge are a necessity, as this should last a month or two before having to be restocked.
18. Game Console Is a Must
While it is nice to watch sporting events while they are on, you have to have things to do on days when games aren't on, or when intermissions occur. A Playstation or XBOX will ensure that you can play the most recent FIFA, Madden or NHL game and don't even have to get up to do so. Just ensure you have enough controllers and batteries so that no one is left out of the action.
17. Recliners for Everyone
It is nice to have a big couch for friends to sit on, but this also can draw arguments about who is taking up the most space. These disagreements can be avoided with two rows of five reclining chairs, which will make sure that everyone in the room is comfortable and that you don't have to get too close to the one guy who nobody really likes.
16. Legendary Jerseys On the Wall
There can't really be a man cave without having your favorite players' jerseys on the wall. Having a signature on the jerseys is an added bonus, but just make sure you don't become become the bandwagon fan who has a Dustin Pedroia jersey on the wall one year and a Derek Jeter one the next.
15. All Cups Must Have Team Logos
Everyone who has ever been to a sporting event has at some point walked out with a souvenir cups or bought a cup with your favorite team's logo on it. While your wife may think these are corny, they are a must have in a sports-themed man cave. Get cups that have the logos of your favorites teams from all different sports, and then talk trash to your friends who like the rival team of the cup they drink out of.
14. Bench Made of Baseball Bats
Sports fans around the world love to see high heaters break bats, but few ever thought they could sit on the broken pieces they see on television. Buy a benche made up of broken baseball bats, and just watch the jealousy in the faces of everyone you know.
13. Accessible Outlet for a Pizza Man
While in a man cave, there is always room to order a pizza late at night when everyone is hungry. In order to make this happen without having talk to your kids or wife, build a backdoor to your man cave and specifically instruct the pizza man to go back there. This way, you don't have to make food, and can stay seated in your house while watching television and avoiding the outside world.
12. One or Two Seats Taken Out of Old Sporting Venues
When stadiums such as Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium and the Spectrum were torn down, they didn't dispose of all the seats. In fact, some of them are still available for sale online. Buying one of these priceless collectibles will provide a throne for you to sit in, putting you closer to the action than ever before.
11. Air Hockey Table
While you already will have a pool table in your man cave, buying a air hockey table is also a necessity. Placing them side by side will allow you to form dual game tournaments, with the winner of the pool table and air hockey tournament likely not having to pay anything for pizza. Plus, this will make your house the place to be for pure childlike fun.
10. Signed Memorabilia on the Walls
While jerseys are a plus to have, collecting the signed baseballs, footballs, hockey pucks, basketballs or soccer cleats and placing them on stands hanging off the wall is also a must. These are less team specific as one can't really argue about having a Michael Jordan signed basketball if you are a Miami Heat fan or Lionel Messi-signed cleats if you are a Real Madrid fan. These types of items will provide you with a personal Hall of Fame of collectibles, even if your family won't let you put them up on the living room mantle.
9. Accessible Bathroom With a Television Inside
A bathroom in your man-cave is a necessity, and placing a television inside this room is equally important. Having a television to watch while going to the bathroom will allow one to not miss any action in a sporting event if they really gotta go.
8. Dart Board With a Rival Player's Face In the Middle
The dart board will form the trifecta of games with pool and air hockey, although this one has an added tinge to it. By placing a picture of your most hated athlete in the middle, everyone gets to have fun at the expense of a player that you hate.
7. Historically Relevant Sports Pictures All Around
While jerseys and other memorabilia are nice to have, pictures of landmark moments in your favorite team's history puts a different spin on the room. These will allow you to continue to live in the times of groundbreaking moments and league championships, even if you're a fan of the Houston Astros and don't have anything to cheer for in 2014.
6. Speakers With Surround Sound
The best way to feel like you are at a game is to have the volume dialed up with surround sound. This may seem like added money for no reason, but it will make you feel like you are at the stadium of the game you are watching, with the added pleasure of being able to avoid the annoying drunk people.
5. Bobbleheads of Your Favorite Athletes All Around
It is always exciting to go to sporting events and get a free bobblehead, especially when your favorite player is the subject of the bobblehead being given out. It only makes sense to place these around your man cave, both to spook out your friends a bit and also to have more items that display your allegiance to your favorites teams and players.
4. A Bar Stacked With Drinks
While you already have a lot of food from your multiple fridges and possibly drinks like Gatorade and such, building a bar brings in another reason not to ever trek outside the man cave. This bar should definitely possess a tap with many different types of sodas, and will also provide a spot to make other drinks that will keep you filled up. There really is no downside to having a bar, and your friends will certainly enjoy the free drinks that come with it.
3. A DVR Cable Receiver
If you don't have a DVR cable box that can pause and rewind television, you clearly aren't living in the same time period the rest of the world. Having the ability to stop television or look back at what just happened in your favorite sporting event will serve as a argument breaker, or allow you to argue with a referee that certainly doesn't care what you have to say.
2. Multiple Televisions
On many days, there are many different sporting events that everyone wants to watch, and the only way to do so is to have 4-5 televisions set up. Of course, only the game on the television in the center will have volume on, but this will allow everyone to be happy, and for everyone in your man cave to be up to date on every major event in the sporting world. This is a win-win for everyone.
1. MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL Season Packages
It is nice to have everything else on this list, but if you can't actually watch the sporting events that are going on during the weekends, then your man cave is essentially useless. The MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and even the EPL package are all necessities, as it will give you reasons to just watch sports all weekend without ever venturing outdoors.