Stocking your Man Cave for the Zombie Apocalypse


I was asked by the people at Man Crates to envision a Man Cave for my man and write up a blog about it.   It’s the first time someone has asked me to do this so I was pretty enthusiastic about it.  Maybe by the time the 100th company has asked me to endorse their  brand of air freshener, I’ll be tired of it all but their website was fun and their gift ideas were pretty cool and unusual –  ManCrates – plus I am ALWAYS looking for unique products and gifts so I embraced the idea wholeheartedly!

You might wonder why the wife is designing the Cave for the husband—particularly since my husband is an Architect and very well versed in designing various and sundry rooms.

Well, I’ve lived with the guy for many a year and feel I have a bit of a clue as to what he might like.

So, I thought I’d give it a shot.  Here goes…oh, and the budget is the size of Hearst Castle, so let’s not scrimp on the cost, shall we…

First things first—a couch.  It just so happens that we are in the middle of a search for a couch right this very moment.  And having a darn good time of it, too.  And by ‘darn good time’ I mean exactly the opposite.  What he wants and what I want are practically at polar opposites.

This is what he wants, so he’s getting it now in his Man Cave!  Times two.

Theater seats

Theater seats

Secondly, a Man Cave needs a place to store the snack’ums and beverages.  Here is a beautiful antique pub back-bar where he can hoist a few with his buddies and sing bawdy pub songs ( well that’s what I’d be doing if I ever get my girlfriends down there!)

back bar

I’d also want a karaoke machine but somehow I think my husband would be vehemently opposed to such a thing…

Next comes lighting…gotta be able to read those car, boat and motorcycle magazines, right?  Rick’s into Art Deco so here’s a perfect antique ceiling fixture.


Can’t forget the big-screen TV above the fireplace!


The guys won’t be watching movies all the time—they’ll get tired of sitting on their duffs at some point, so here are some other ‘musts’ for the Man Cave.  Pool table, Foosball and pinball!

pool table

Walking-Dead-Pinball-200 foosball

On the walls will be pictures of places and things hubby loves.  Venice, sailing, Indian motorcycles, Art Deco design


The Pan-Pacific Theater was a marvelous example of Art Deco style


Ah, Venice


Indian Motorcycles have such a graceful style to them.


Rick loves to sail

More important stuff for the walls—I hope there’s enough wall space for all this!  Well, we can always make the room bigger!



And since a Man Cave might need to be defended from bad guys, we’ll add a rifle cabinet—a hidden one like this BUT no tacky knick-knacks!  OUR rifle cabinet will be hidden into the back of that gorgeous pub bar.  And it will hold important tools for defense such as an A-Salt-Rifle (kills insects with a burst of salt), an electrified tennis racket (for flying insects that got away from the A-Salt-Rifle), a pair of rubber band guns, a drone (for checking the outside perimeter from the safety of the Man Cave) and a pair of AirSoft pistols (for chasing squirrels and suchlike away from our fruit trees).

hidden rifle storage

asalt riflerubber band gun


airsoft pistols

And we mustn’t forget Man Crate’s superb Zombie Annihilation Crate—it has all the tools any manly man might possibly need in order to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.  It includes a machete, combo axe/knife and a folding shovel, Zombie Survival Guide and LED flashlight, fire starter, the best invention of the world—Duct Tape, a first aid kit and Spam.  What more could any survivor need?  Well, this survivor would want toilet paper.  Just sayin’…

Zombie Annihilation

This superb gift arrives in a crate (Man Crate, get it?) that must be opened using a crowbar!  There are no ribbons to cut and no paper to carefully save for your dresser drawers.  A man, a crate and a crowbar.  Now that’s a gift for a MAN!

So that’s it, my manly man’s Man Cave.

What would your Man Cave look like 😉


The Way-Too-Small House

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Some people say that family rooms and formal dining rooms are a thing of the past.  With smaller house design, these rooms are getting cut.   

No, we don't give formal dinners, either.

I don’t understand why.  Sure, when our kids were very young it wasn’t important to have those rooms, but as they grew they wanted to have their friends over and to have parties of their own.  We discovered the value of having a family room and formal dining room.


 For video gaming parties there would be 16 guys playing 4 TVs in our family room.  We had peace and quiet in the living room.  Tell me, where would we have been if we didn’t have a family room?  All that gaming would have to take place in the living room and, yeah, we’da been relegated to the master bedroom – or maybe outside if it wasn’t too cold.

 Our dining room got a lot of use, although not necessarily for formal dining.  Our kids did their school homework and projects there and didn’t have to clean it all up in time for dinner.  Warhammer games, painting sessions, board game marathons, sewing projects, wrapping presents, Christmas decoration staging area, parties of all types and, yes, actual dinners were held in that room.

 And the family room was especially necessary as the kids got older and had their friends over so much.  They could watch movies, play board games or sit and talk without having the parental units hovering around them. 



 We had New Year’s Eve parties and the kids could have one room while the parents had another – food was in the dining room and drinks in the kitchen/nook area.  There is nothing like 15 or more high schoolers to make a house seem awfully small.

 Sure, some people are adding offices to their homes, but what are these people going to do when their kids are in high school?  Those kids will be hanging out at their friends’ houses instead of at home.  Or maybe the garage will get converted.  No offense, but as much as you might want your kids’ friends to think you’re the cool parent, they don’t want you hanging around. you see yourselves... the kids see you...


Here’s another thing to consider – your kids are taking music lessons!   A violin doesn’t take up a lot of space, but a drum set?  Where does that go?  Or a bari sax?  Piano?  Or an acoustic bass, electric bass, jazz bass, upright bass and guitar?  Seriously.   If you build a home without considering the future needs of  your family, you might find your house is way-too-small.

So, where do you store this instrument?

 Perhaps you don’t need a formal dining room AND a family room, but you definitely need another room that can be used for many purposes.  Call it whatever you like, craft room, music room, mancave, but think twice before you scratch it off your list. 😉

Photo credit:  pix of parents, dining room = 

other pix are ours and our kids’ photos

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