Over the years we’ve written numerous articles about bachelor pad essentials, and creating the ultimate man cave. Most of us have lived the bachelor lifestyle for at least part of our life, and we figured that it was an area worth covering. After all, living on your own for the first time can be a daunting and outright frightening experience!
But people grow up, they form relationships, sometimes they move in together, and sometimes… sometimes, they decide to spend the rest of their lives with each other. So what happens to all the cinder block shelving and milk crate end tables? Well, it probably goes to the land of misfit furniture where it belongs, leaving a space for – you guessed it – furniture and accessories that aren’t complete rubbish.
Getting the Basics… Again.
At this point you may be saying, but Chad… can’t we just keep this stuff in our man cave?!?!?. Yes, that’s certainly one option. If you want to keep your babe posters and that couch you found on the side of the curb, by all means, please… enjoy, but what about the rest of your home? Given that you’re splitting the rent or mortgage with another person now, it’s only fair that you have an opportunity to leave your mark on the rest of your place as well, and that means picking up some of the basics… again. That might mean bringing in some designer furniture, or at least not furniture held together with twine and glue.
So with that in mind, here are a few suggestions to get your idea machine humming along. I’ve included a few contemporary basics like, you know… a bed.
Bonaldo Stealth Bed
It’s simple, it’s elegant, and if you ask me, it looks a whole lot nicer than the car bed you’ve been sleeping in for the last 25 some odd years of your life.
Pair it with some luxury bedding or bamboo linens if you’re feeling flush with cash, and you’re ready to go. Actually, now you’re ready to either sleep, or not sleep if you’ve played your cards right. You know what Tuesday nights mean…
Casmania Ponto Dinning Table
Yes, you could always eat at your desk while playing World of Warcraft, or… you could pretend to be social for a few minutes and have dinner at the dinning room table with your special someone. I like the simplicity and clean lines of this Casmania Ponto table, but hey, it’s your place, choose what you like.
Unless you plan to eat all your meals standing, you’re going to need a few half decent chairs. No, the camping chairs you have in storage don’t count.
As you may have noticed, I like slightly Spartan furniture. I want my furniture to be simple and sturdy. I don’t want to sink into foam when I sit down to eat my dinner. You may like another aesthetic, which is fine… it just means you’re wrong.
The Equator Globe Bar
The question we all need to ask ourselves is: why don’t we own one of these already? I don’t care if you ignore all of my other suggestions, or completely hate my style, but this… this is a must. You get to store booze inside a globe, and then drink from it! Amazing.
Here’s a zoomed in view of the sweet, sweet vodka action. Just fill the whole bottom of the globe with ice, and you’re good to go. After that you just need a black cat, a twirly mustache, and an evil laugh.
Nanimarquina Pixel Rug
I’m a tremendous nerd, so I’m ending on this awesome pixel rug by Nanimarquina. If you ask me, it’s the perfect way to inject a bit of color into the living room without resorting to gross paint colors or gaudy paintings of long dead people.
Leaving your Mark
I wrote this article for a reason, and it wasn’t simply to show off a few pieces of furniture that I like. No, instead I wrote it to get you thinking about what you like. I think it’s of the utmost importance to develop a style of your own, especially after you’ve been using any old thing given to you for so many years. In fact, it’s even more important when you’re living with someone else, since they’ll have a style of their own too. If you’re lazy, the decisions will simply be made for you.
(Photos by Luxdeco)
** THIS ARTICLE WAS UPDATED ON 12-30-2017