5 Practical Tips to Create the Ideal Man Cave


If you are contemplating creating a man cave in your home, you need not expend a tremendous amount of time and money to build your space. There are some rather simple and definitely practical tips you can utilize to create the perfect man cave in your home.


Rustic Look with Brick


If you have exposed brick in the space in which you want to put your man cave, you already are ahead of the game. Exposed brick conveys a comfortable look and feel. It almost gives you the impression of being in a rustic log cabin or some other type of retreat — which is precisely a primary objective of your man cave.


If the space intended for your man cave doesn’t already have exposed brick, you can add some to the space to achieve the comfortable, rustic effect mentioned a moment ago. For example, you can go so far as to add brick to an entire wall. In the alternative, you can take even a simpler course and create a brick entranceway into your man cave for the rustic effect.


Style and Comfort


Balancing style and comfort in a man cave can prove to be a challenging task. Indeed, more than a few interior designers have remarked that they have found it challenging to balance style and comfort when it comes to their very own man caves.


The arcade themed man cave underscores why and how harmonizing style and comfort can be a challenge. Truly developing an arcade themed man cave results in a room with a truly interesting style and look.


However, an arcade isn’t known for being a particularly comfortable destination where you can sit around, watch a movie, and enjoy a brew. Thus, there needs to be some style accommodations in order to make the man cave comfortable. The arcade theme is not the only one that requires this type of weighing, balancing, and modification to ensure that style and comfort come together in an appropriate manner.


The Iconic Arcade


Many a man cave garners inspiration from different areas of a man’s life. This is a primary reason why sport’s themed man caves are so popular. It is also why arcade themed man caves are gaining in popularity as well.


As mentioned a moment ago, developing an iconic arcade themed man cave does require some effort to ensure that the final result is also highly comfortable. With that said, otherwise outfitting an arcade themed man cave can be a relatively easy and enjoyable endeavor.


You can outfit an iconic man cave by placing a vintage pinball machine, a pool table, and a dart board. When it comes to vintage pinball machines, there are innumerable options available to you. For example, there are different types of era-specific pinball machines from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s that make perfect additions to a man cave.


You can fill out an arcade themed man cave with a solid entertainment center. In addition, you can enhance the comfort level with inviting couches and other chairs. The space can be rounded out with a bar, a wet bar being even more compelling.


Using Existing Architecture to Create a Unique Space


You need not undertake an architectural face life to create a unique man cave. Rather, you absolutely can work with what you have already in place in this regard.


A discussion of taking advantage of existing exposed brick is an example of taking advantage of existing architectural attributes to uniquely design your man cave. You can do the same with other attributes. An existing skylight provides a solid example.


You can decorate the ceiling in your man cave in such a manner that the skylight provides a unique centerpiece. By coordinating other design elements around an existing skylight, you truly will create a unique, compelling man cave.


Man Cave as Sports Bar


Yet another trek you can take in designing and developing your man cave is to create something a sports bar. The sports bar theme can prove to be a bit more expensive than some other options. However, you will end up with a man cave that will be the talk of your buddies.


The starting point in a sports bar themed man cave is nearly always the installation of a wet bar. You will also want to add such things as a solid entertainment center. Adding arcade items like a pinball machine and pool table represent another step you will want to take to more fully flesh out the sports bar theme.




Jessica Kane is a writer for The Pinball Company, the best online source for new, used, and refurbished pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and more!


5 Essential Ways to Keep Your Finances on Track

FinancesEveryone wants financial stability. However, many people struggle to keep things on track as they fall into debt and make unwise financial decisions. For people in addiction recovery, addressing financial health can be extremely beneficial because money issues are a common cause of relapse. So, if you’re a recovering addict, it’s more important than ever to get your finances in line. Here are some of the best ways to track your finances so you can stop worrying about the future of your money.


1. Determine Your Net Worth


One of the best ways to measure your financial progress over time is with your net worth. Net worth is a measure of your assets (everything you own) minus your liabilities (everything you owe). If your financials are in good health, your net worth will grow as you continue to earn an income and contribute to your savings. If your net worth is negative or starts to go down, this is an indication that you need to cut spending and try to save more. Take inventory of all of your debt and outstanding balances. Make note of interest rates and how much monthly payments are costing you. Your net worth will likely benefit from paying off some debts completely instead of contributing to interest each month.


2. Develop a Monthly Budget


The simplest way to stay financially healthy is to avoid spending more than you make. If your net worth is decreasing, then you need to cut back on your spending or find alternative sources of income. If it’s doing well, stay on track by budgeting your expenses and savings. The Balance recommends creating a budget to help you prioritize your money and plan for your future. Gather your financial statements, all sources of income, and list everything you spend money on each month. After totaling your monthly income and expenses, you can make adjustments by removing unnecessary spending or allocating more money into your savings.


3. Keep Your Bills Organized


Keeping on track of bills will help you avoid paying interest and late fees. Keep all of your bills in one place and open them as soon as they come in. You can even scan your paper bills to store them with your digital bills if you have the time and technical know-how. Don’t leave bills unopened because you’re already behind or you don’t want to face how much you owe. This can make your financial situation worse, especially if there are unexpected fees on them that you won’t discover until much later.


4. Make Cost-Cutting Lifestyle Changes


If you want to put more money in your savings, there are surely some sources of spending you can cut from your life. For example, eating out is expensive because you’re paying for the service, the cook, the location, the food, and for the restaurant to make a profit. Cooking for yourself costs a fraction of the price and ends up being much healthier as well. You can reduce electricity bills by using energy-efficient bulbs in your lamps, installing a programmable thermostat, sealing every inch of your home off from outside and turning down your water heater to about 120 degrees F. Look at your budget and see where else you can make appropriate cuts.


5. Build up an Emergency Savings


Putting some money away can save you and your family from falling into debt when something unexpected occurs. Perhaps you or your partner are out of work for a while. Or, maybe you suddenly have to pay for a massive car repair. Having an emergency fund gives you something to dip into when you need extra funds quickly. According to Listen Money Matters, your emergency fund should cover about 3-6 months of your current essential expenses. Set a reasonable timeframe for building up this savings and work on growing it back if you ever have to use it.


Having a plan to keep your finances in order will give you peace of mind and let you indulge once in a while without feeling guilty. No one likes lying awake at night pondering their debts and worrying about bill payments. Get your financials in order now so you can feel prepared for anything.