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    Three Steps to the Ultimate Man Cave

    If you’ve got the room for a man cave, you can definitely take it a step beyond a sparsely furnished garage. You’ll need some essentials in order to have a functional and, well, manly space where you can relax and entertain your friends.

    1. Choose Your Materials Wisely
    You need to set a masculine mood right from the beginning and a great way to do that is to pick the right materials. A large, comfortable leather couch is a must, preferably in a deep, dark color. For other furniture, dark woods are a good choice, such as mahogany, oak or rosewood. Keep any patterns and styles classic – you can take inspiration from Teddy Roosevelt or Ernest Hemingway.

    2. Keep Functionality in Mind
    You’ve got the couch covered – just make sure it’s big enough for all your friends and some recliners aren’t a bad idea either. For a proper man cave you’ll need a large television, as well as a full sports cable package so you can catch all the games. You could even consider a high quality projector screen, which can be huge and provide great quality. Now that you’ve got the basics, you’ll want to add other elements as your space allows. A dark wood bar is a great idea, with beer on tap, a wine cellar and a good collection of liquors like bourbon and Scotch. A pool table is also a natural addition to a man cave, upholstered in a dark fabric and finished in matching wood.

    3. The Devil is in the Details
    Now that you have the basics, it’s time to accessorize. This might be a good time to call in a professional designer, especially if it’s not your forte. But if you’d like to decorate yourself, keep a few principles in mind to conserve your cave’s manly personality. You can make it easier by choosing a theme. A sporting theme is an obvious candidate, but you could take a walk on the wild side by choosing a safari theme instead. Your imagination is the only limit – just be careful not to over accessorize, which will make the room feel busy and less comfortable.

    Now that you have your ultimate man cave all set up, join us at Isle Casino Hotel® Waterloo for gaming, dining and the chance to win the perfect finishing touches for your cave. On Friday, March 31st, we’re holding Man Cave Madness – at 10 pm, take part in our drawing to win gifts and prizes. One lucky winner will receive a new TV, a cooler and $1,000 gift card to McGregor’s furniture store – just the setup for the ultimate man cave!
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