Man Cave Becomes Fan Cave for Football Season

In your dad’s day, the “man cave” was the workshop in the garage. Today, it’s typically a finished room in the basement den dedicated to watching sports, possibly relaxing with an adult beverage or two, or the occasional workout.

Merrillville, IN, September 22, 2010 --( When the NFL season rolls around, however, the man cave completely morphs into a fan cave.

“A fan cave is essentially a man cave dressed up with memorabilia from the owner’s favorite teams,” said Mike Georgeff of DirectBuy. “When the NFL and college football season rolls around, the fan cave often becomes a gathering place for everyone, including female football fans. And that’s why most fan caves need a little help in becoming fan friendly.”

So what can homeowners do to make their fan cave more female- and family-friendly on game nights while remaining fun and functional the rest of the week? DirectBuy, the leading home improvement and furnishings club with direct insider prices, offers the following suggestions for man/fan caves for this football season:

Kegerator – a fan-cave essential for a beer-drinking crowd

Wide Screen TV with HD; surround sound speakers optional, but highly desirable

Sectional sofa to accommodate multiple visitors; reclining chair with cup holders for the host

Full-size, built-in bar area or free-standing, mobile bar station

Tile or hardwood flooring that’s particularly resilient to potential spillage

Pool table, air hockey, or foosball for halftime recreation

Mini-kitchen with microwave to reheat buffalo wings

Home gym equipment (e.g. treadmill, elliptical) to work off the excess calories consumed during fan cave weekend marathons—football all day Sunday, Monday, sometimes Thursday, and the college games on Saturdays

“Of course, the key to any fan cave is your team gear, merchandise, and souvenirs, and that’s almost always a matter of personal preference,” said Georgeff. “There is one recommendation fan cave owners should take to heart. If you want to preserve the furniture and electronic equipment, coasters and drink koozies with your team’s logo are essential.”

No matter what NFL or college team you follow, DirectBuy offers nearly everything you need to create the perfect fan cave – including autographed and game-used sports memorabilia - at prices direct from manufacturers or their authorized suppliers. DirectBuy also employs product specialists and professional designers well versed in the art of designing the perfect recreational space.

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