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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