How To Design A Man Cave

  • By Jennifer
  • 26 Jul, 2017
The term “cave” is simply a metaphor for a special part of the house where a guy can get away and spend time on his hobbies, occupational pursuits, or just to hang out and unwind. And these days, as teleworking has increased, the austere corporate office is often replaced with a home-based hybrid area for work and play.

A man cave should reflect the man’s personality and tastes. Although there are some masculine commonalities, each man cave will sport features displaying unique preferences. And women, beware: you won’t find ruffled curtains at man cave windows. Don’t even mention them! You’ll need to give your man latitude to design his space his way, even though it can be a cooperative effort.

Where to find the space for a man cave? Depending on your budget and home size, you might use an existing room to dedicate to the purpose, or you could add onto your house (which can incur substantial expense and requires a building permit). For the purposes of this article, we will assume you have an area in your home that you can turn into the perfect cave.
Following are some helpful tips for successfully setting it up:

Decide on the main purpose of the man cave. Figure out what activities will be most important. Is it a place to watch sports on TV? To play video games? Or just a general hideaway in which to relax? From there, you can springboard into choosing a space and deciding on the color scheme, furnishing arrangements, and suitable lighting.

Choose the space. The attic, part of the garage, the basement, or even a decent little hut or shed in the backyard can be transformed into a man cave. Or you could clear out a “junk room” that’s taking up valuable real estate. Depending on how he wants to use the space, it might just need to be big enough for him to sit and stretch his feet.

Select a visual theme. Perhaps a focal point could be a wall featuring revered trophies, sports memorabilia, and pennants. Or you could “paper” the wall in a collage of his favorite rock band posters. Then paint or paper the wall in a color of his choice so he’ll be comfortable with his special abode.

Pick appropriate lighting. Fluorescent lights are too glaring; the man cave would be better off with varied lighting options, including dimmer lights for watching TV or playing video games. That way, lighting can be adjusted to match preferences and ambiance.

If your man needs occasional time out from his worries and cares, consider helping him organize a man cave. It will be a team effort that can reap rewards for years to come.

Top Favorite Furnishings For Your Man Cave

  • TV with a large screen and surround sound system
  • Desk and computer area with reading or desk lamp
  • Compact refrigerator for munchies and beverages
  • Eating area (table, bar, or TV trays)
  • Comfy couches, chairs, and recliners; outdoor furniture is great, too, because it’s typically very rugged and durable
  • Bookcase filled with favorite books
  • Cabinet for housing video games and board games
  • Pool or ping-pong table
  • Exercise equipment
  • And finally ... a large garbage receptacle (above which you can hang a small basketball h

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Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s where your family convenes to watch movies or TV together, and where your guests might sit around for conversation during a party. It is likely you put a lot of thought into what goes into your living room - charming decor, the perfect furniture set, an impressive flat screen television - but what about the floor? Your living room’s flooring will set the stage for the room’s overall aesthetic, so make sure you choose wisely!

Wood

Hardwood floors are undoubtedly beautiful, adding a certain kind of warmth to the room that other types of flooring just can’t match. They are one of the more expensive types of flooring, though, but they are long-lasting and age beautifully, making the cost worthwhile. The downsides of wood, besides cost, is the discomfort of a hard surface underfoot. This is easily fixed with an area rug.

Carpet

Carpet is the number one choice for flooring in bedrooms, but it is less popular in living rooms. Still not an unpopular choice, though, since a carpeted living room offers softness underfoot (a plus if you have babies or children) that only carpeting can provide. A carpeted living room is also a less noisy one, since carpet absorbs sound. There are a few downsides of carpeting to keep in mind, however. Although fairly easy to keep clean (run a vacuum over it once or twice a week), it does have a tendency to stain and will show signs of wear over time. You can expect to have to replace your carpeting at some point.

Tile or Stone

Tile and stone flooring offers an elegant, modern, and sleek look. It can be a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind, and very durable option, but also one of the more costly materials. Other than cost, the downsides of tile and stone flooring is that it is cold, hard, and very noisy. Area rugs can help with this, and some people even chose to have in-floor heating to keep the floor from being too cold on bare feet.

Whichever type of flooring you choose for your living room,  Valley Floor Covering  has got you covered! Click  here  for a free quote.

By Jennifer 28 Dec, 2017
When it comes down to deciding what type of flooring you’d like to install into your home, there are many other things besides the look of it to consider. You need to think about the maintenance, durability, and if you’re worried about the environment, you’ll want something sustainable. Natural stone and tile are two of the most common types of flooring, and should both be in the final running when deciding on flooring.
By Jennifer 28 Nov, 2017

While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!

Surface Scratches

For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.

Minor Scratches

For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.

Deep Scratches

When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.

Additional Tips

Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.


If you have scratched up floors that need repairing, call the professional at Valley Floor Coverings. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website, or give us a call at (401) 724-8650.
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