Boys and their toys, men and their motors; for men, gadgets and technology are everything. As a generalization, we hate to work but love to play… PlayStation. When the sun is out, sure a BBQ is great, but what about playing Call of Duty on Underpass? Here are the essential must-haves for the modern man’s cave.
Big ass TV
What’s the first thing that the majority of men do when they move into a new home? Is it checking that the décor is in perfect correlation with the furniture? Is it making sure there’s enough food in the fridge? No – of course not. The first thing a typical man does is get the TV out and get it scanning for channels. Life without telly, Top Gear and the channels higher up in Sky’s channel guide – if you get the drift – would be unbearable for the 21st century male.
The TV isn’t just a chillax tool for the end of the day; it has become a part of our daily and social lives. We look to the TV for inspiration, relaxation, humor, a significant other and someone to keep us entertained. For all the single men out there, typically, all they have is a game console and/or computer and the TV. It’s an important fabric of our lives. Owning a TV isn’t enough, though, you have to buy big. Size, in this matter, is crucial. There’s an array of choice on the market; from 3D to Plasmas, there’s a TV to suit everyone, but which should you buy? Well, 3D is great and mightily impressive, but it’s not quite there yet. Give it another year and you’ll be able to buy 3D TV’s without needing the stupid glasses. Stick to plain LCD/LED for now and save a bit of cash, just make sure it’s at least 43 inches big or your mates will mock you until you are forced to buy the biggest TV ever made and end up homeless – albeit with a massive TV.
Lazy Boy chair
While you’re watching Memoirs of a Traffic Warden on your 90inch TV under the bridge where you now live – thanks to the TV costing you your home – you’re going to want to be comfortable. And there’s no better way of being arse-print comfy than buying a big leather chair. You’ll need one of those ones that reclines 180 degrees and has two pint-sized holes in the armrests for your liquid refreshments. If you’re feeling flush – try a scratch card for instant wins – buy an electric one that reclines with endless movement at the switch of a button. This is not only to impress your fellow tramps, but will mean, if you doze off, you can wake up pain-free.
Right, so at this point, you’ve probably moved back into a small flat – thanks to the scratch card win in the aforementioned paragraph – and you want to treat yourself. You’re a man, so what are you going to do? Buy some flowers to oxidise the room? Call in some interior decorators to create some feng shui? No, you’re not going to do any of that, and it’s all because your living room is the perfect size for a pool table. Screw practicality and the ability to move around the room; get a pool table in there and your mates will come flooding in. If you’re unpopular, then a pool table will solve everything. There’s many to choose from – including a transparent one – so get picking. Kitting out your man cave has never been so cool.
Toilet and sink
This one might not appeal to the women, but think about it lads, just imagine a room with all-of-the-above but with the addition of a bog and a sink. You’d never have to move; you could play Fifa all day and not have to worry about climbing those stairs to relieve yourself of last night’s curry. If you want to be really clever, you could take a plumbing course – because plumbing is manly – and install a shower. That way, all you’d need is a blow- up bed and you’d never have to leave the room – ever! Now that would be man cave heaven.
PS3 /Xbox 360
Whatever side you’re on, a good PS3 or Xbox 360 is an essential gadget for the man cave. Without it, your big ass TV is pointless, your lazy boy chair will be made redundant and your nicely plumbed toilet and sink will be just an expensive monument. Choosing between the two consoles is impossible because so many people have pros and cons for both; so, this one is up to you. One bit of advice, however, would be to buy an HDMI cable so you can enjoy blowing someone’s brains out in perfect HD quality. That would be gaming nirvana, indeed.
This article was written by Daniel Butler on behalf of Home Leisure Direct – suppliers of guy essentials like pool tables, arcade machines, jukeboxes and plenty of other essentials for the modern man cave.