Man cave survey takes deeper look at what men want


Man cave survey takes deeper look at what men want

“You are not going to put that thing in the house!” is something I hear from time to time. 

My wife is usually referring to something rusty, dusty or dead. Or some combination of the three.

Fortunately, I have no intention of putting my treasures in the house. They’re going in the garage — the vintage Texas honky-tonk at the end of my driveway.

You’d call it a “man cave.”

Man caves get a bad rap. But is there a more interesting room in the house? They could be as modest as a spare room converted into an office/game room with a couple of last-remnants-of-the-dorm-room touches. Or they can be as aggressive as a gleaming-chrome garage stocked with vintage vehicles and rows of tool boxes.

Man caves can be as dual-gender-friendly as a basement movie room with a big screen and oversize chairs. Or they can be decidedly guy-only affairs like a hunting/fishing-themed shed.

Still, as personalized as a man cave can be, you wouldn’t be blamed for wondering what the other fellow is thinking. Fortunately, online furniture retailer Joybird is on it, conducting a survey of more than 600 men asking them about their preferences.

Here are some of the results:

  • The most popular theme is “sports,” ranking ahead of “gamer” and “bar”

  • The majority of men would like their cave to be in the basement (sorry, Texans)

  • Baby Boomers want booze, Generation X wants multiple TVs and Millennials want gaming systems in their man caves.

  • The majority of men said they wouldn’t let their wife in their man cave. The survey didn’t ask whether the women had any interest in the first place

  • The most popular kind of drink to stock? Beer. Duh.

  • And 5% of men say they spent more than $10,000 on their man cave.

    See complete results here.

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