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 Infamous brown wood panels are long gone for the modern manThe first thing you need to do is determine when decorating your man cave is what inspires you and  makes you happy. Is it cars? Music? Sports? Comic books? Video  games? Almost any interest works and can become be the theme for  your space.
 

The first thing you need to do is determine when decorating your man cave is what inspires you and makes you happy. Is it cars? Music? Sports? Comic books? Video games? Almost any interest works and can become be the theme for your space.

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In many homes, the basement has traditionally been the place where men get their own space. Although the concept hasn't changed much, the man cave is evolving into a true retreat: a man lounge, dare I say mantuary.

Gone are the infamous brown wood panels and fluorescent lights. Today's modern men are looking for more than a corner of an unfinished basement to call their own. They are looking for a fully furnished and comfortable room to do with as they please, whether it be relaxing, entertaining friends, playing video games or more.

It's a great way to use some prime real estate in your home and a great way to make you or the man in your life a happy fellow.

So how do you go about having your own?

The first thing you need to do is determine what inspires you and makes you happy. Is it cars? Music? Sports? Comic books? Video games? Almost any interest works and can become be the theme for your space.

Then, you'll need to plan your space to accommodate your needs and wants. For example if you enjoy reading comic books, you'll need a space that will allow for lots of bookshelves to store you comic books, maybe some frames to showcase your favourites and a bright and comfortable sitting area to read.

Try to find original pieces of furniture inspired by the comic books, like the comic bookshelf (a floating shelf in the shape of a speech bubble) by Fusca Design.

For the basement musician, you'll need a space for you and your friends to play music and probably a bar and lounge area where you can hang out.

Your space could look like a recording studio or bar stage. Don't forget to use acoustic panels on the walls and ceiling. They come in all shapes and sizes and are another great way to express yourself.

You might also benefit from the help of a designer who will be happy to guide you in completing these fun projects and translate your hobby into a sanctuary. They allow one to think outside the box and a create spaces that are as unique as the individuals who will be using the space.

 
Marie-Judith Jean-Louis owns M2JL Studio and writes a blog at m2jlstudio.com/blog
 
Article obtained from www.calgaryherald.com
 

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