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Dad. Daddy. Stepdad. Steve. Whatever we call them, September 03rd is the day to say yay to fathers and father figures everywhere. He may be the number one guy in you and your family’s life, but according to the National Retail Association we spend significantly less on our male superheroes than we do on mums. And when we do splurge, it tends to be on the traditional socks and tie gifts. This might win you points for practicality but it also screams “last minute shopping”.


We asked the dads in our life what they really, really wanted and the one thing that most of them had in common was the need for a bit of time to themselves. For lots of dads, especially if the kids are still at home, personal space is something of a luxury. We could send dads off snowboarding or on a weekend exploring single malt distilleries but what about something that lasts a little longer?


We’re not talking about a cold, damp space for prehistoric man but a contemporary space that you can carve out in your garage, basement, shed, or spare bedroom for a dad to call his own. You might immediately be thinking of giant entertainment centres with 79-inch flat-screens, fully stocked bars, sports and music memorabilia, and a scattering of tools, gadgets and other critical man-toys but that’s not necessarily the case. Actually, for interior-design addicts the man cave can be an opportunity to focus on personalisation and delivering a design solution that reflects the unique personality and needs of the ultimate client: dads. It’s not just dads that benefit from a man cave. A study undertaken by the University of Southern California proved that men’s cortisol levels – the hormone for regulating stress – dropped significantly when they had more solo leisure time in their own homes. Man caves are a win win situation. Space and budget might be limiting factors in creating the perfect man cave, but with a little creativity and planning you can set up the very basics of this space and leave dad to customise the rest.


Think masculine, inviting and comfortable. Seating is really important and a giant couch is great for taking naps or watching sport with the boys. The Abbey 3 Seat Sofa Russet Leather and the 3 seater Vintage Leather Court Chesterfield would work well in this type of environment. If you’re working with a smaller space – say in an apartment – then think about the Egg Chair Copper that offers superior comfort with a luxuriously masculine feel. Next is lighting. Kill the candles and florescent lights, and invest in softer ambient lighting. A strategically placed floor-lamp will do just that. Finally think about storage. The space will inevitably be packed with electronics, DIY and sporting equipment, plus other random books and gadgets, so you need to optimise the space. Carefully measure up and create a floor-plan that has space for a TV unit, together with an under-tier coffee table (for beers and magazines), and shelving units for all those bits and pieces.


You might have to ditch some of your usual design principles when it comes to creating the ultimate man cave:

1. Hold back on too much decoration or impractical items – it’s more important that it’s comfy and chilled.

2. The man cave is a not necessarily a perfectly on-trend styled room – go for classics and leave this year’s interior design trends behind.

3. You might be tempted to add throws or cute cushions but the man cave is no place for soft touches. Keep it practical and fuss-free.

4. Go easy on tidiness. It’s a man cave so a bit of mess is ok.

5. Keep out. Ok, not all the time, but the joy of a man cave is that it’s a space where dads can retreat from dad duty for a bit. Let him have some alone time.



Some visual inspiration taken from Pinterest for your man cave project - shop our edit here.

If your space doesn’t have the room for a man cave (yet), here are some other special (and sock-free) gift ideas for dads:


FOR THE FOODIE: Phaidon’s Where Chefs Eat – the ultimate guide to 3,200 restaurants, across 70 countries selected by 600 leading chefs.

FOR THE TRAVELLER: The North Face Inductor Charged Backpack – a 31 litre backpack that has a removable battery providing 3.5 full phone battery charges wo there’s no excuse for not staying in contact!

FOR THE DIY ENTHUSIAST: The New Makita 18V LED Headlamp with Belt Clip Battery Adapter – make those DIY projects easy to work on at any time of day with this user-friendly product, that delivers up to 33 hours of light. It can be worn on the head or clipped to a battery adapter for off-head lighting.

FOR THE BUSINESS MAN: Sennheiser Presence UC Bluetooth Headset – for the man constantly on the go this noise-cancelling mobile earpiece lets them speak and hear clearly in any setting. It has 33-foot range, 10 hour battery life, beautiful design, and super high performance.

FOR ACTION MAN: Lululemon Surge Warm 1/2 Zip Jacket – we love Lululemon and the great news is that our favourite yoga apparel company is now making incredible training shirts for men. This sweat-wicking, buttery soft top is perfect for dads who like to hit the track or trail.


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