Living on your own isn’t every man’s cup of tea, but the truth is that this gives you a certain amount of freedom you can’t experience when you’re living with a roommate. You can organize the space any way you want, use your favorite décor, change the layout as often as you want and basically do whatever you feel like doing without having to double check with anyone. However, having a bachelor pad is quite all right, but it’s still not a home – and it won’t be until you’ve added proper appliances and furniture. So, if you want to turn your pad into a welcoming home, here are a few essentials you’ll need.
Man cave 2.0
To be honest, having a man cave in a family home is one of the best feelings in the world, and if you’re one of those guys who need some alone time away from their wife and kids, this is the way to do it. But, this is something that can help you decorate your bachelor pad as well.
What you need to remember is that even man caves can be sophisticated and classy, especially if you’re a guy who likes nice things and prefers living in a cool home instead of a mess. Adequate furniture, stone walls, a pool table, an entertainment center, and a mini-fridge are just some of the man cave things your bachelor pad definitely needs.
Proper curtains and bed linen
This is something most men pay absolutely no attention to due to one simple reason – they just don’t care. Whatever the size, color and pattern their curtains and bed linen are doesn’t make too much of a difference for them, which is why there are lots of bachelors pads that have absolutely no curtains at all.
The thing with curtains is that they help you insulate your home and protect your privacy as well, so having them is certainly necessary. Make sure they’re longer than your windows and are featuring a visually attractive pattern or a soothing color, and you’ll be quite all right. When it comes to ben linen, check if it’s made from quality material that’s also durable, and remember to change it at least once a week.
There’s nothing manlier than a man who knows how to cook and is able to surprise his partner with a home-cooked meal every day of the week. From breakfast in bed to a Sunday barbecue, these are the things that make men more attractive and appealing, which is why a fully furnished kitchen is a must in every bachelor pad.
Luckily, you don’t need to invest a huge amount of money into kitchen appliances if you pick wisely and concentrate on those you actually need. A proper kitchen island, a set of knives and a powerful Electrolux freezer that will help you store cooked meals at the same time is all you need for now, but don’t be afraid to include a few more things in the future as well.
Focus on your hobbies
Most men are into sports and being physically active, so their homes reflect this as well. Whether you prefer hiking, swimming or reading, you should try to incorporate your passion into your bachelor’s pad and show the entire world what some of the things you enjoy doing are.
The way to make your home reflect your hobbies is by using them when decorating your living space – add enough storage room for all your essentials, hang a few motivational posters around and display some of your equipment for everyone to see. Hanging your bike on the wall is one to ways to tell your guests you’re a passionate biker, but also save a ton of valuable space at the same time.
What about the bathroom?
Men are generally thought to be sloppy, dirty and unorganized, particularly single men living alone in their bachelor pads. And the best way to notice that is by inspecting their bathrooms – these can get dirty and cluttered quicker than you think, especially if you don’t pay enough attention to them.
So, it’s your job to change the paradigm and do something good for your bathroom. You don’t have to renovate it completely, but add a few things here and there – install a freestanding bathtub, build more cabinets, add a new vanity and opt for eco-friendly bathroom elements that will save you money on bills, protect Mother Earth and show your guests how sustainable you really are.
Turning a bachelor pad into a proper home shouldn’t be too hard, especially if you know what you’re trying to achieve. It’s all about turning it into a place you’ll love spending time in, but also entertaining your guests and doing all the things you really enjoy doing, from playing foosball to preparing tasty food.
Written by Emma Joyce