Does Your Husband Have a Man Cave?

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If you are not sure what a “Man Cave” is, let me refer you to urbandictionary.com.  Their first definition is:

A room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in certain hobbies, activities without interuption. This area is usually decorated by the male that uses it without interferance from any female influence. Tom retreated to the Man Cave to play his online rpg game.

(For those of you not in the know, rpg stands for “roll playing game” like Dungeons and Dragons)

Their second definition is:

An emotional sanctuary for men when they’re stressed and need “space” or time away from females, responsibilities, etc.  Sam went offline and wouldn’t answer calls, retreating to his man cave to think.”

The other 2 definitions are not fit to print on this website.

The idea of a man cave first came to the attention of my husband after reading an article about Man Caves on MSNBC of all places.  He’s starting, slowly, to turn our guest bedroom into his man cave.  When he first brought up the subject, I vetoed it so strongly that La Jolla Girl says when asked about man cave that, “Man cave is NO NICE!!!”  Somehow, the room is still morphing in that direction. Keep in mind, if our house was huge and we had more space than we knew what to do with, a man cave would be no problem.

So, right now he just has a “dork closet” in the guest bedroom full of comics and other garbage. It’s not the greatest photo but I had to run in stealthfully to take it because my daughter is obsessed with the dork closet and we have a hard time keeping her out of it.  My husband is funny. He’s a Harvard-educated lawyer that retired early in life.

Does your husband have a man cave?  If he doesn’t, would you allow it?

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Comments

  1. He doesn’t have one, but boy would he love one! Ah ha

  2. Husby desperately wants a man cave now that we’re moving into a house. I’m keeping him at bay. For the time being.
    .-= A H.I.T.´s last blog ..Making Amends =-.

  3. He doesn’t have one but only for lack of space. I wish he did! Or at least a home office for himself. Belated congrats on your SITS day!
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..joy to the blog’s stampers’ sampler magazine giveaway! =-.

  4. This is hilarious! WHat about a girl cave?? Or is that the ktichen? hehe

  5. at the present moment, my husband having a man cave is a no go…we live with his parents, and there’s just not enough space, but he will when we get a home of our own…..stoppin by from SITS
    .-= Éimí (Amy in Gaelic)´s last blog ..Photo shoot 07aug09 =-.

  6. The Redhead Riter says:

    Yes he does and it is full of guitars which he can actually play.
    .-= The Redhead Riter´s last blog ..My Blog Is Pregnant With Multiples =-.

  7. nope mine does not – he has ZERO taste! I hate that I have to let him have his stupid things on my walls!
    .-= Tiaras & Tantrums´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  8. Interesting article ! Does a wine cellar count as a man cave?
    Thanks to SITs for higlighting this blog
    .-= Zooly´s last blog ..CHAMPAGNE CLUB – DIVAS IN THE KITCHEN =-.

  9. I think a Man Cave is very good for your MAN! Because let’s face it ,The house is ALL OURS so why not let him have a little space of his own! My Husband works from home in an office attached to the garage and I think I have only entered it 3 times – it’s his he can do what he wants in there!

  10. Mine does and it’s called the garage. And it’s messy and cluttered and full of shite galore. I don’t understand it in the least. When I was pregnant, and nesting like crazy, I organized it no less than TWICE and it still fell back into disrepair within a month. I’ve since given up trying to make sense of it. However, I’m grateful it’s not in the house!
    .-= Jessica – This Is Worthwhile´s last blog ..2:50 pm =-.

  11. My husband has a man cave and he has lot’s of those man dolls….but he never unpacked all of his geeky stuff and his room is decorated in cardboard boxes.
    .-= Connie Weiss´s last blog ..Christmas in August 2009 =-.

  12. We fully intend on putting a mancave in our basement when we finish it; he needs a sanctuary, we may even put a bar in there, so I may hae to invade every so often :)
    .-= Karen MEG´s last blog ..Musical Musings =-.

  13. Thank goodness my husband doesn’t have one! We have a kid cave which is a basement full of toys.
    .-= Nicole- Chasing Blue´s last blog ..Chasing fresh starts… =-.

  14. My husband has a man cave. He has some of those man dolls too but he has never unpacked his crap so his room is decorated in cardboard boxes.
    .-= Connie´s last blog ..Christmas in August 2009 =-.

  15. Happy SITS!

    This is only the second time I’ve heard of a Man Cave. The first time was when my nephew & his fiance bought their house. There’s a Man Cave set up on the lower level of their split. I guess I’m behind the times. I would think that the Man Cave in our house would be the bathroom. LOL
    .-= Cindi @ Moomette’s Magnificents´s last blog ..Deet or Deet Free: The Mosquitoes Won =-.

  16. LMAO!!! Thsi is great and I must make sure my Hubby never knows about the Man Cave. He has a collection of Model racing cars that he is dying to put on display and they are in our spare room (read junk room!).

    I am the same if there was space for it he could have it!!!

    Still laughing now!!!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..The House That Jack Built….. =-.

  17. I would say the closest thing he has to a “man cave” would be his desk in the living room. We have a very small apartment, so not much room for either of us to really have our own space. Maybe when we get a house….. (Looks off into the distance with hope in her eyes)
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..IT’S OFFICIAL!!! =-.

  18. Simply Mommy says:

    You could say my husband sort of has one. Our basement is 1/3 bar area and 2/3 play area. It’s better than nothing though!!!!
    .-= Simply Mommy´s last blog ..How has Motherhood Changed Me? =-.

  19. The office at home is more or less Darling Husband’s man cave – that’s where the desk top computer resides. But DH hasn’t really had a lot to do with the artwork (such as it is) on the walls … although I’m sure that would change if he thought he could get away with it!
    .-= S.E. Sward´s last blog ..Life Is What Happens To You =-.

  20. I guess you could say the garage is his man cave – although it’s almost too much of a mess for him to be able to retreat and do much of anything in it! But it’s his domain & I don’t touch it! :) Happy SITS day to you.
    .-= The Mom @ Babes in Hairland´s last blog ..Thought for Thursday =-.

  21. Agh! This gives my guy an excuse to keep everything! His main thing is sports, especially from his alma mater. He’s even kept name tags from when he did some on-campus leadership stuff. I wish he would take my advice and if he’s going to display it, display it, don’t just lay it flat on a shelf, lol. We don’t have kids yet so we each have our own “office”. It’s so hard for me to stay out of his.
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Cooking with TVP: Red Beans and Rice =-.

  22. My husband has tried to turn the basement into his mancave, but he collects too much junk. Plus, with 3 kids, that just isn’t possible.

    Happy SITS day!

  23. Unknown Mami says:

    I like the term Dork Closet. Very funny.
    .-= Unknown Mami´s last blog ..Guess Where I’m Taking You? =-.

  24. Well not an “official” man-cave, but he has made a small corner in our room his own space. It would be nice if he had his own space though.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Scrapbooking as an Educational Tool Part2 =-.

  25. Happy SITS day,

    Myh husband doesn’t have a cave, but I would allow it. I think everyone needs to get away.
    .-= Nadirah´s last blog ..Stubborn Baby Stains? =-.

  26. My husband does not currently have a “man cave” but desperately wants one. He’d love to turn the garage into one but we need some more money first!! I love that “dork closet” though.. LOL!

    Love your blog by the way, and I love La Jolla. My hubby & I got married on Windansea Beach there…
    .-= Alma´s last blog ..oink, oink =-.

  27. Yes, we have a man cave, we call it the garage, but we are an equal opportunity family, so I also have a woman cave. I call it my scrapbooking room, but it’s got all the comforts of life, including my own Tivo!
    .-= Adrian´s last blog ..Prayers and Practical Help Needed =-.

  28. My teen boys both have “man caves” in their rooms! My oldest especially likes to turn off the lights (dark, like a real cave), put on his stereo and zone out. He never hears me asking him to take out the trash or help his brother (yes, I’m sure this is deliberate).

    My youngest does at least let our cats into his man cave, though.

  29. I wish we had enough space for my husband to have a man cave! He’d enjoy it.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Outdoor Flower Pot Gardening =-.

  30. No man cave at our house either…he has workshop thats enough!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Ponderisms =-.

  31. My poor hubby NEEDS a man cave. Seriously. Today.

    Congrats on SITS!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Not one but two. =-.

  32. Oh gosh, I wish my husband could have a man cave. I guess right now it’d be his garage; the problem is if he has space like that of any kind, he doesn’t use it to make it nice; it usually gets totally cluttered, and he can’t find anything, and we end up losing things, like important documents (I speak from experience).:)LOL
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..TOS Crew: Web Design for Kids (…And Curious Grown-Ups!) =-.

  33. I had to stop my husband from purchasing Optimus Prime and also managed to pry what was intended to be the gaming room into my son’s bedroom.

    I guess the man caved, afterall.

  34. My husband thinks he needs a man cave. If we had a garage at this house he would turn into a man cave. He keeps telling me how he NEEDS a garage. Unfortunately in Baltimore a lot of the houses just don’t have garages.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Wedding Blunders =-.

  35. I would totally allow it. But we tend to want to be in the same room most of the time. And I’m a big geek too. So I’m OK with a certain amount of geeky decor in the family room. Which reminds me…we need to get that map of middle earth framed so we can hang it on the wall next to our “String” replica.
    .-= Holly @ Domestic Dork´s last blog ..SITScation ‘09 Contest! I Need YOUR Help! =-.

  36. our garage is his man cave in our house! Now if I could just get a scrapbooking romm for myself with a winebar in it :)

    stopping by from SITS!
    .-= Rhonda´s last blog ..MckLinky Blog Hop: Time To Laugh =-.

  37. My husband does not have a mancave. I like the dork closet. My husband needs one of those for his old transformers toys (Still in their boxes from when he was a kid) that have been mouldering in the attic for the past 5 years.

    Course our home is too small. What about she caves? We may get to decorate the rest of the house but let’s face it, it’s pretty much accessible by everyone else out. I want a room just for me.. a No Kids/Husband Zone if you will. Where things can be pretty and STAY pretty. *L*

    Happy FB SiTS day!
    .-= zeemaid´s last blog ..A Mixed up Kind of Day – Warning =-.

  38. LOL…Dr. Hubby needs a man cave badly! We are in the process of redoing our basement and he already has big plans. Happy FB day!
    .-= Scrappy Girl´s last blog ..T.I.G.E.R.S. or The Coolest Thing I Have Done In A While =-.

  39. Our formal living has been dubbed the Man Cave in our house. It is very separate from the general living areas of our house and my husband retreats their fairly often to get away from all the estrogen in our house (me and two teen girls). Poor guy!
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Me? A French Chef? =-.

  40. Sassy Chic says:

    My husband’s MAN CAVE is the garage! He has made it clear that I can decorate and arrange things as I see fit in the house, but I am too leave his domain alone!

    Smooches,
    Sassy Chica
    .-= Sassy Chic´s last blog ..Your HOT =-.

  41. Nope but I have a scrapbook cave for me!
    .-= Rita´s last blog ..I wish someone had told me that… =-.

  42. Mine doesn’t have one. Maybe he should though, he has no outlet whatsoever.
    Happy SITS day!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Mother of the Year Award =-.

  43. The garage, without a doubt! It’s all his!

  44. My husband doesn’t have a man cave, but wants one badly! I think he should have one, some days I hate fighting over ESPN vs My Shows !!! Happy SITS day!
    .-= Brittany´s last blog ..Jello Cake Recipe =-.

  45. I wish our condo was big enough to have a man cave – I think that would be so cool! Even though, Transformers in our living room is pretty sweet.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..21 Days of Prayer =-.

  46. My husband doesn’t have a man cave but mark my words, next house he will! I would love to throw him and all his junk into on confined space in the house. HEHEHE
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Ten…. Eleven Guilty Pleasures =-.

  47. Thankfully, my hubs does NOT have a man cave. His dorky thing is he LOVES what I call “movie books” which are books but read like a movie, not exactly intellectually stimulating, like Dean Koontz, ect. Those books are all over the house along with the other million books we own, so it doesn’t intrude on any specific space, thankfully. Good luck with that!

    -Robin
    .-= Robin G´s last blog .."Listen with your Eyes" @ Solstice Cafe 8/7 Opening =-.

  48. I think my hubby’s man cave is his garden. He spends an awful lot of time out there…..
    Happy SITS day
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Down in the Valley =-.

  49. Doesnt work count as a man cave?
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Birthday pictures =-.

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