It can be large, as in staking claim to a three-car garage, or small, perhaps a corner in the basement where there’s just enough room to burp, scratch and hang a vintage Farrah Fawcett poster. (Yeah, you know the one.)
A Place of His Own The man cave should be separate from the rest of the living space. It’s OK to invite women on special occasions, but this is male territory. Choose a spot where you don’t have to worry about kids and pets obstructing the big screen.
Refrigeration A civilized man should not have to trek upstairs or travel to the kitchen to obtain a frosty beverage. Include a refrigerator or mini-fridge in your game plan. (Note: A large cooler or the mountain stream that bubbles beside your cabin in the woods are acceptable alternatives.)
Boy Toys This is the place to show off that poker table that your better half forbids you from flaunting in the dining room. Ditto for the neon bar sign in the bedroom and the Foosball table that doesn’t match the drapes in the living room. A big screen TV? Video games? Ping-Pong? Bring it on. But bring it on in the cave, dear.
Easy Access It’s easy to schlep a billiards table into a garage. But will it fit down the basement stairs? Measure before you buy—and enlist a band of brothers to drag trophies into your cave.
The Big Splurge Because we love you, man, you get to include at least one budget buster in your domain. Picture yourself in your private home theater. Order up a draft beer dispenser—or two—so a cold one is always at the ready. Or, install a urinal … please.