How you choose to decorate your man cave says a lot about you. The predominant theme, color, the furniture, the fixtures, and other furnishings, memorabilia, etc. will all be direct representations of who you are as a man.
And that is the way it should be. All of the features that together construct your most sacred sanctum of masculinity, should, without a doubt, provide any visitors with a clear picture of the beast that dwells within these walls.
Today we are going to go over one design element, in particular, that is crucial to your man cave’s overall atmosphere; however, we find that more and more people fail to realize its importance. Your floor.
The flooring option is a key factor in home design. Whether talking about kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, or man caves, floors play a crucial role in the comfort and functionality of a space. Choosing the right floor can not only change the atmosphere but also the functionality.
How To Choose The Best Floor For Your Man Cave?
The best flooring for your Man Cave will depend on a variety of factors that will be specific to your particular set-up and needs.
Maybe you like the rustic warmth of wood or the cold, industrial practicality of stone polished concrete. Maybe your main concern is reducing noise output, or maybe it’s minimizing clean-up time.
Today we are going to go over a few ideas that can provide your man cave with identity regardless of your budget.
Best Types Of Flooring For Your Man Cave
Wood flooring can provide your man cave with an elegant degree of warmth that is unrivaled in the world of design.
Wood will never go out of style and will always be highly coveted, so if you ever decide to sell your property, having quality hardwood floors will increase the sale price.
On the functional side, wood floors are easy to clean and very durable, which is great if your man cave sees a lot of traffic. Depending on the finish of your choice, you can end up with a rustic or modern environment.
One downside to wood floors is that they can be susceptible to warping if exposed to high amounts of moisture. So keep that in mind if your man cave is in the basement or has a wet bar.
Vinyl is a remarkable material and a great option for your man cave flooring. First of all, there are vinyl floors in all types of colors and custom styles.
No matter your preferences, you will be able to find a pattern or texture that works for you. Furthermore, Vinyl floors are significantly less expensive than wood or ceramic and cleaning is a breeze
Vinyl floors are also very easy to install due to the variety of presentations. You can buy them in rolls, or squares, or rectangular “tiles” of varying thickness and size to suit your specific needs. Moreover, you can easily install a vinyl floor on top of your existing surface without much previous prep work, which further saves time and money.
Ceramic Tile Floor
Like porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles are a very good option for most rooms in your house, including your awesome man cave.
Ceramic tiles are extremely easy to maintain and very durable.
In fact, barring a heavy impact, a well-installed ceramic tile floor can last you more than 20 years with very little maintenance; and if a tile does break, you can easily replace it without having to do much to the remaining undamaged tiles.
There are a few downsides to consider with tiles. First, installation can be tricky. Ceramic tiles are also not very good at conserving heat, so if you live in a part of the country that is experiencing cold winters, you may think about installing an electric heating grid underneath.
Something else to keep in mind, especially if your man cave is in the attic, is that ceramic tile can be quite heavy.
Generally seen in the garage, polished concrete is by far one of my favorite materials. Already a staple of retail, commercial, and office environments, polished concrete deserves your consideration as a valid flooring option for your man cave.
Polished concrete can give your space a very modern/industrial vibe. Its smooth, durable, shiny finish is very easy to clean and perfect for high humidity environments such as basements.
You can even add a variety of colored epoxy floor coatings to upgrade its look and match it to whatever overall design feel you’d like to create.
While Carpets are not for everyone and not the best solution in certain situations, they offer a number of very significant advantages over other types of flooring.
For example, by adding carpet to your Man Cave, you instantly add a layer of cushioning to the floor. So if you have small children, and will grant them access to your space, the extra layer of padding that is added by carpet will minimize the risk of injury when they start roughhousing.
Additionally, this extra layer of cushioning can give your man cave a bit more soundproofing, which minimizes how far noise will spread through your home. This is great if you get rowdy when watching sports, or if your man cave is in the attic, as the carpet will dampen footsteps.
Carpets are very comfortable, and walking barefoot on carpet is one of the small pleasures in life. If your cave is in a finished basement or you live in an area with cold winters, having a carpet around will let you walk around barefoot even on the coldest nights of the year.
However, carpets stain very easily and also collect a high amount of dust. They can also be indented if you have heavy furniture like a billiards table or sofa set. So expect a higher degree of maintenance if you chose to go that route, and be very careful around your bar.
An area rug is basically a carpet that is smaller in size and does not extend from wall to wall.
I love area rugs because they offer the same set of advantages offered by conventional carpet flooring. However, the fact that Area Rugs are not attached to the floor in any way, provides you with increased flexibility of design.
Moreover, area rugs are easier to wash, clean, and dry than wall-to-wall carpeting, and are not difficult to replace if needed. However, depending on the size and the furniture that rests on top, they can present a tripping hazard. So, keep that in mind.
There is no right or wrong answer here because none of these materials outclasses the others in EVERY category. Each one will provide your Man Cave with different advantages and disadvantages. However, no matter what your preferences are, there is a stunning flooring solution that can cover your needs.