If you’re a cigar enthusiast, sometimes having that area where you can really enjoy your cigars is just as important, if not more, than smoking them. And, you need a place to really call your own, within your home. Luckily, there is a way, if you have got the space to do so.
What is a Man Cave?
A man cave is a colloquial term for a space within a home that's specifically designated for a man (or men) to retreat, relax, and engage in hobbies or activities without outside interruptions. This concept isn't exclusive to men, but the term itself grew popular in describing spaces where traditionally "masculine" activities or décor might dominate. The primary purpose of a mancave is to provide a personal sanctuary where one can unwind, work on hobbies, entertain friends, or simply enjoy solitude.
It's worth noting that while “man cave” is a gender-specific term, the idea of a dedicated personal space in a home isn't limited to any gender. Women can have "she sheds”, "lady lairs”, or other analogous spaces. The core idea is to have a personal retreat tailored to an individual's tastes and interests.
Getting Your Cigar Man Cave Started
Creating the perfect cigar man cave involves a blend of personal style, comfort, and practicality. Especially, considering the need to control smoke and ensure a quality environment for both you and your cigars – functionality and cigar storage in particular. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you create the ultimate cigar sanctuary:
1. Choose the Right Location:
- Ideally, choose a location separate from your main living areas.
- Basements, dedicated/spare rooms, garages, or outbuildings work best to keep the smoke from permeating the rest of the home.
2. Ensure Proper Ventilation:
- Smoke needs a way out, and fresh air needs a way in.
- Invest in a quality exhaust system that can remove the smoke and odors.
- Consider installing ceiling fans to circulate the air.
- An air purifier with a HEPA filter and activated carbon can help reduce the smell of stale smoke.
- You could also consider a smoke eater, a device designed to remove smoke from the air.
3. Climate Control:
- It is essential to maintain the right temperature and humidity for cigar storage.
- Invest in a reliable hygrometer to monitor humidity.
- For larger collections, consider a humidification system.
- Install a heating/cooling system to maintain a comfortable temperature year-round.
4. Cigar Storage:
- Invest in a high-quality humidor or even a walk-in humidor for larger collections.
- Keep the humidor away from direct sunlight, radiators, and other heat sources.
- Ensure the humidor maintains the proper humidity and temperature for cigar storage (typically 68-72% humidity and 70°F).
5. Comfortable Seating:
- Provide comfortable seating that encourages relaxation and conversation.
- Consider a mix of seating options like armchairs, plush leather chairs, sofas, and bar stools that provide a comfortable experience during long smoking sessions. Note: for the armchairs and sofas, if possible, see if you can add on, or if they already come with cup holders for added relaxation.
- If planning on inviting friends or family over, ensure there is enough seating. A poker table or a game table can also be a fun addition..
- Ensure there’s adequate lighting to create a cozy, warm atmosphere. Not to mention, ensures you can see the cigar's wrapper and color properly.
- Soft, ambient lighting works best for a relaxed atmosphere.
- Adjustable lighting, floor, lamps, table lamps, or wall sconces can add character.
- Avoid overhead lights that are too bright or harsh.
- Personalize the space with items that resonate with your taste – vintage cigar ads, framed cigar bands, or even cigar-themed artwork.
- A masculine aesthetic often associated with traditional cigar lounges includes leather furniture, wood paneling, bookshelves, and a subdued color palette (i.e., dark woods, deep reds, browns, and greens can evoke a classic cigar lounge atmosphere).
- Artwork and memorabilia can also add to the ambiance.
- Add plants that can handle low light and potentially help purify the air, like the snake plant or peace lily.
- Consider installing a sound system for music or podcasts.
- A TV can be a good addition for watching sports or movies.
- A small bar or fridge can hold drinks to complement your cigars.
- Traditional games like chess or poker can be included for an engaging experience with guests.
- Keep a collection of cigar-related literature or other reading materials for you and your guests to peruse.
9. Drinks Station:
- A well-stocked bar or a small fridge can elevate the cigar experience. Whiskeys, rums, cognacs, often pair well with cigars.
- Have a coffee or espresso machine for those who enjoy caffeine with their stogies.
- Include a variety of glassware suitable for different drinks.
- Hardwood floors or tiles are easier to clean than carpet in case of ash spills.
- Add area rugs for warmth and sound absorption.
- Have quality ashtrays available.
- Provide a variety of cigar cutters and lighters.
- A water feature or fountain can add a soothing sound and increase humidity slightly.
Rules on Safety and Maintence
Always, ensure that you have smoke detectors in place (outside the man cave) and keep a fire extinguisher handy. Not to mention, it is essential not to leave lit cigars unattended. You should also invest in ashtrays that’re both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, on a regular basis, try to clean and maintain the space, particularly ashtrays, to avoid a lingering stale smell.