It’s easy to allow your basement to turn into that storage room that no one wants to go into. With a few adjustments, you can turn an average basement into a killer man cave and invite the guys over. Here are five easy ways that will have your place poppin during the next big game:
Fresh, Modern Furniture. No, we are not talking about that old couch you got from your neighbor who was about to haul it off to the thrift store. We are also not talking about those camp chairs that you double as basement overflow seating chairs. We are talking about nice plush and brightly colored furniture. Get a color theme and stick with it. Whether it be the colors of your favorite team, or just a few bright colors to go with some blacks and white hues, pick a theme and run with it. It does not have to be expensive to make it look nice. Check out http://www.houzz.com/photos/living for some innovative basement furniture layouts and color themes.
Clean Carpet. How many times have you been to someone’s place and been grossed out by the carpet? From dirt and dust buildup to nasty stains, filthy carpet is something that will keep guests from coming over. The best solution is to have your carpet regularly cleaned. If you don’t want to take the time to do this, it is not hard to find an affordable carpet cleaning service that will regularly clean your carpets and have them looking spot free for you and your guests. Keeping the carpet clean is essential for not only looks, but it will also help reduce pollen and other allergens in your home.
A Big Screen. I mean real, real big. No one likes showing up to a spot to watch a game or event and everyone is hovered around the 28’ screen TV that you acquired from your grandparents house when they upgraded their TV system. A nice High Definition TV gives your man cave a nice touch. There are some real nice televisions out right now that are “4K”… Four times higher definition than the original 1080p HDTV’s. If your room is large enough and you have a large area of wall available, a home theater system is a great way to go. This makes the room ideal for either sports games or a movie night. You can get systems that have a crystal clear display and look like actual movie theater quality. Make sure you have a good sound system to accompany either your TV or home theater system. Most theater systems come with a surround sound setup.
Space. Wait, really space? That’s right. In order to host many people for an event, you want to have sufficient space for everyone to be comfortable. This means having the least amount of clutter possible. Your man cave should not double as a kids playroom… A spacious room is more inviting and calming for guests. Not that you want calm guests during the big game, but allow them to get fired up and anxious in ways other than the condition of the room you are watching the game in.
Food and Drinks. This is a given right? When you are having people over for an event, the drinks and snacks can make or break the party. Having them easily available can really help things go smoothly. There are many innovative ways to incorporate coolers, refrigerators, and even bars into your basement. No one like walking clear across the house to the kitchen to load up on snacks and drinks just to bring them back to the basement. Make it easy for everyone by having drinks and snacks available in the basement where the party is at.
It’s pretty simple, really. It is fun to go to a nice party, but it’s even more enjoyable to host the party or event that everyone loves and talks about for a while. These five easy additions to your basement can turn your spot into “The Hangout Spot” for every big game. It doesn’t have to be an expensive project, just enough to get the people to come and have such a good time that they’ll come to your next bash.