Single Guy Decor Finally Decoded
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Inside the Man Cave1 of 12
By Natasha Burton
It's no secret that single men can be rather, well, challenged, when it comes to decorating their space—especially their bedrooms. Before you get cozy with a new guy, find out what you can tell about him from his furniture, gadgets and assorted home decor. We asked dating experts Jeff Wilser and Andrea Syrtash (authors of the new book It's Okay to Sleep With Him on the First Date), sexpert Emily Morse, and interior designer Meg Caswell to decode ten common bachelor pad staples.
The Oversize Armchair2 of 12
This hulk of a chair takes up most of the guy's room, and given its placement in front of the TV, is probably used for gaming. Morse warns that a designated video game throne could mean that your man is used to spending his Friday nights geeking out with his friends for all-night Halo marathons. But now that he has you, he'll likely be able to temper that gaming habit on date night.
The Catalog Look3 of 12
While single guys are stereotyped as rather messy, some bachelor pads look so well styled that they seem as if they came from the pages of a West Elm catalog. And sometimes they literally do. According to Caswell, a guy who had a bedroom that looks as pristine as something you saw in print is the type who knows that he likes and goes after it. "He is probably the kind of guy who walks into a bar and can pinpoint the women he wants to go out with right away, too," she says.
The DIY Desk4 of 12
As many a struggling college student knows, you can easily create a proper study area with a plank of wood and a couple of crates. But once a man graduates, this design feature comes off as a bit lazy, Syrtash says. But Caswell adds that the guy could just appreciate the recent upcycling trend and likes to repurpose things. Or it could be a sign that he's preoccupied with a demanding job that keeps him from shopping for real furniture—ask him about the piece and suggest you both shop for something more reflective of who he is now, rather than who he was a few years ago.
The Movie Posters5 of 12
Some may find it endearing if a guy has wall-to-wall images of his childhood heroes—like Rocky Balboa or Rambo—accenting his room. But, Wilser warns that this design feature could be a red flag. "You should have second thoughts about a guy who, every morning, stares at a poster of Sylvester Stallone with a dagger in his teeth," he says.
The Kegerator6 of 12
A kegerator (a keg of beer that is stored in it's own refrigerator for a cold pint, every pour), could mean that he doesn't like change, Caswell says. But Wilser disagrees, saying that it's really no big deal if a guy owns one of these devices—just as long as it's not in the bedroom.
The Toy Room7 of 12
"For most men, Star Wars holds a place of nostalgia and can be honored with—tastefully kitschy toys. A few tiny figurines that are on a bookshelf is not the same as having Star Wars swag plastered throughout his apartment, like a life-size R2D2 and a Chewbacca shower curtain," says Wilser. On the other hand, Morse points out that a toy hoarder could just be financially savvy. "Maybe he's just waiting for the market to heat up again so he can cash out," she says.
The Weight Rack8 of 12
While it's great to see a guy wanting to stay in shape, an entire rack of dumbbells in the bedroom suggests he may be a little too obsessed with his biceps. At the very least, see if he'll move the weights to the office or the garage—there isn't anything sexy about a dumbells in the bedroom.
The Mood Setter9 of 12
Caswell says that dimmer lights indicate that he knows how to set a mood—or it could just be that they came with his place. "It's only shady if you get to his place and the dimmers are accompanied with flickering candles and Barry White," Wilser says. "Too much, too soon."
The Neon Beer Sign10 of 12
Caswell says that she can totally understand and appreciate a guy's love for vintage signs—as long as they're in the garage. If he's keeping it in his bedroom to offer a little mood lighting, suggest replacing the neon eyesore with a more sophisticated, but still manly, option.
The Floordrobe11 of 12
If a guy's floor doubles as his closet, with clothes strewn all over, then proceed with caution. "It's OK if a guy is messy, but when it's taken to the level of, you can't see the floor or find a clean dish, this man hasn't matured yet," Morse says. "He's still waiting for someone to clean up after him and, unless you want it to be you, run."
The Floor Mattress12 of 12
Caswell says that a guy with no actual bedframe likely spends a lot of his time out with his buddies and uses his room as a place to sleep, nothing else. But Morse adds that a mattress on the floor probably means one thing: "Sheets are never changed." Encourage him to head to IKEA, she advises. "Show him he can buy a bedframe for the same price as a weekend of beer drinking with his buddies." Plus, an elevated bed offers more storage potential underneath.
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