Yes, psychiatrists have studied and the results are in – it is healthy for your marriage to let your man have a “man cave.”
Psychiatrist and author Scott Haltzman suggests that it is important for a man to have a place to call his own, referring to a male area to which to retreat. Some psychologists claim that a man cave can provide refuge from stressful surroundings and be beneficial to marriage. Rules are relaxed; it is a place where other people’s sensibilities about standards of cleanliness are not necessarily observed.
In a sense, for married men, it is a way to recreate some of the space and freedom of their bachelor days since it was like a “pad” similar in feeling to a frat house game room or a college dorm room where people could come and go “as if they owned the place.” It is where a man doesn’t have to be on his best behavior, where no women are around, asking “are you going to clean that up?” or other typical “nagging” comments.
Garages have typically been a man space since they’re often dimly lit and lack heat or air conditioning but nevertheless present a guy with an “opportunity to disappear for hours while never leaving the premises.” Places in houses which have been typically associated with male-oriented chores, such as garages, basements and tool sheds which haven’t been “particularly welcoming spaces” when shared with storage items and garbage, are being fixed up to be more suitable as full-time living spaces, with more thought to design and planning.
What Might You Find in a Man Cave ?
According to several sources, the general architectural and design trend is for men to take traditionally male-only spaces, and enhance them with improvements and masculine aesthetic choices. Man caves can be equipped with accessories such as refrigerators, vending machines, putting greens, kegerators, giant TVs, musical instruments including gear such as microphone stands and amplifiers, pool tables, boxing rings, and entertainment centers. Some men have gone as far as putting in a urinal – a true symbol of “No Girls Allowed!” A man cave may also be fitted out with a bar and sports memorabilia such as trophies, or for the sophisticated “cave”, he might have leather couches and brass studded end tables to enhance his relationships with his wine and cigars.
Man Caves in the Raleigh Durham NC Area
Many of my Triangle friends have mentioned that they would either like or already have in their man cave a kegerator, pool table, pull out couch (for those nights when they can’t come out of the cave since sometimes a man cave can also be the dog house!) But what a lot of these guys have in common are the likes to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. What’s up with that!?
All I can say is I just can’t wait to create my own Chic Chalet! There will be pink everywhere, a wine cooler with only the finest of wines and pictures displayed of the Pittsburgh Steelers and other inspirational people that reflect on my life greatly.
If it’s time to upgrade to a house with a man cave contact me, don’t worry, we will convince her that is a great idea ;) 9198107446 (phone or txt)
- source: wikipedia.com