By Chris Dato • October 13, 2014
Fall is like swimsuit season for man caves, and you have to make sure yours is looking its best before you show it off. As the football season picks up momentum, it will soon be your turn to host the gang for Sunday Night Football. This is your moment to shine, and we want to do our part to make sure you don’t drop the ball. So put on your lucky vintage jersey, make the final tweaks to your fantasy lineup, and check out some of these man cave essentials.
The television is the crown jewel in any man cave. While we all understand that size matters, the capabilities of televisions have also come a long way. Make sure you and your guests get the full viewing experience with this Vizio E-series 60” Smart TV from Best Buy. The huge LED display will ensure that there is not a bad seat in the house, and will have you as close to the action as you can safely be without risking bodily harm. This Vizio Smart TV also comes with built-in wifi, so you could stream Netflix or Hulu Plus directly from the television.
Tired of your boring, old, non-aerodynamic remote control? We thought so, and we have found the solution to your problem. This Football Universal Remote from SmartHome can be programmed to control your television, cable, and accessory devices. Plus, it brings a whole new meaning to “pass the remote.”
Now that you have your television and remote situation under control, the next issue is seating. Comfort and versatility are going to be the key factors in choosing the seating arrangement of your man cave. This Penelope Convertible Sofa has a simple and classic look with the faux leather, while incorporating creature comforts into the design. The middle section folds forward, revealing a table surface and 2 cup holders. The surface also lifts to reveal additional storage. Best of all, the sofa fold flat in case someone takes a loss especially hard and has to sleep it off at your place.
With the game on and everyone comfortable, the next item on the list is snacks. The menu in any given man cave will be pretty standard: chips, dip, pizza, wings. These foods are staples because they require little preparation and even fewer utensils. Bed, Bath, and Beyond want to help you make your Sunday night snacks stand out. Feed the troops while showing your support with these NFL Helmet Snack Trays and TV Trays.
If you really want a snack that will stand out, than this Nostalgia Electric Vintage Popcorn Cart from Target is exactly what you need. This piece is as beautiful as it is functional, and the company’s emphasis on presentation make it a must have.
In all of our discussion about the important elements of a man cave, we have left out one of the most crucial: the drinks. It is absolutely essential that drinks be cold and accessible at any point during the game. With this in mind, the final man-ssential your den of testosterone needs is a kegerator. The Nostalgia Electric Kegerator KRS2100 keeps a full size ½ barrel keg cold and on tap, allowing for easy serving. A nice feature of the KRS2100 is the steel casters, which make it mobile even when it is loaded with a full keg.
A man cave is much more than just a place to watch the game with your friends. It is a place where stories are shared, heroes are made, and bragging rights are earned. With these essential elements, you will be ready for gridiron viewing greatness.
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'