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7 Practical Ideas for a Cozy Bachelor Pad

Turn a bland space into a comfortable man cave with our tried-and-tested tips

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Original Article: Rachelle F. Medina Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba

In other countries like the US and Canada, most children move out of their parents' houses as soon as they turn 18. In the Philippines, this practice was once unheard of—many of us were expected to stay in the homes that we grew up in until we marry. 

However, in recent years, it seems that more people are leaving the nest even before they tie the knot. Some want to live closer to work while others simply want to feel more independent. In the case of many young bachelors that have acquired their own condo units, they need a space that they can look forward to coming home to—a space where they can relax on their own or entertain their friends and family.

If you are also planning on investing in your own man cave, here are a few reminders for furnishing and decorating the space.

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Start with the basics

If you've used up most of your budget on buying or renting your own bachelor pad, you may not have too much left for furniture and accessories. However, you should still invest in the essentials, like the sofa, dining set, and bed.

You can purchase the most important pieces one by one before filling the space with other furniture pieces, decor, and artwork.

Bring in soft furnishings

Once you've purchased the key items, you should use soft furnishings like throw pillows and curtains to make your space warm, cozy, and inviting. 

Recycle old pieces

In the home of Bien Po, he used an old filing cabinet as a cool storage piece.

For your own bachelor pad, you can also choose pieces from your childhood home, garage sales, and thrift shops. These items are often affordable and can even add a unique feel to your space.

Add quirky touches

Another way to personalize your man cave is to choose more unexpected details! In this bedroom, Bien Po built a headboard out of old wood scraps. He also completed the space with a fun Lego lamp. These customized pieces turned a plain bedroom into a place that he can truly call his own.

For your own nook, you can display your favorite things such as caps and action figures. You should also try framing things that hold sentimental value: a memorable quote, a cherished movie poster, or a photo of your favorite athlete.

Make the most of the corners

In this 46.5 sqm condo, the homeowner converted a tiny spot into a home office! Wall-mounted shelves and a built-in desk make the space more useful. 

If you would also like to create a functional spot out of a small corner in your home, you should look for a desk that can be attached to the wall. This will free up the floor area to make room for an office chair. Instead of a work station, you can also think about making a closet! 

Be creative

In the bathroom, the homeowner turned a jack that he found on the street as an improvised tissue roll holder. You should also listen to your inner MacGyver and think about what you can do with random items in and around your home! 

Make your own decor

Feeling extra creative? Why don't you complete your bachelor pad with more pieces that you made yourself?

In this one-bedroom condo, the homeowner loves to create his own chalkboards. He simply paints on a plain board with flat latex paint in black. He adds that if you want a textured finish, you should mix the latex paint with a bit of ordinary tile grout.

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