More Than A Man Cave, Creating A True Games Room

It’s the dream of many a man with a place to really make his own. Whether it gives you a little space to relax away from the family when you need it or it’s just a part of the home that’s perfectly suited for you, your pals, and some good fun together, the man cave can transform how you see your home. But when it’s done right, it won’t resemble a cave at all, but a unique space in the home worth treasuring.


Set the mood

The first thing that’s going to differentiate your games room from a man cave is the fact that it doesn’t look like a cave. Yes, it should be the place to let yourself get truly comfortable, but that doesn’t mean slovenly. The right mood lighting can really add a masculine, casual tint to the place without letting it feel too dark and dingy. Don’t be afraid of decorating in a way that really fits your interests, either. This is a place to let out the side of you that’s all about enjoyment, leisure, and passions. Displaying record collections, framing movie posters, and showing off some paraphernalia can really add a great deal of your personality to it.


Make room for the games

One problem that a lot of games rooms have is that the owners don’t really make room for what is supposed to be the central focus of the room. Don’t clog it up too much with unnecessary decor that takes space or seats that aren’t used. Seats should be kept to the edges of the room or dedicated to the attractions of the room. Think of the floor plan when you’re adding the games as well. Bespoke furniture like a custom poker table can help you add attractions in a way that works perfectly to the dimensions of the room. If you have an arcade machine, you need room to stand in front of it without getting in the way.


Anticipate guests

Your games room might very well see a lot of solo use if you’re setting up a den for video gaming. However, you’re going to want to show it off. While you shouldn’t clog the room up with loads of seats, cheaper furniture like bar stools or small wicker chairs with a simple cushion addition can make it a lot more comfortable for more people, instead of keeping everyone standing. If you’re sharing the home, you might want to think about the effects of having guests in a room that encourages gaming and competition. Things can get loud, so insulating it with acoustic tiles on the walls and soundproofing the door can keep everyone happy. Otherwise, expect the others in the home to pull the plug on the fun.

Everyone should have their own space in the home and if you have room for it, a man cave or a games room might be yours. Just make sure that any family you might be living with agrees to it. These rooms have been the subject of many a heated debate in the past.

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Cattle For Profit: An Introduction to Cows

Not only are cows wonderfully adorable and versatile, but it’s also a lot of money in it for farmers with a bit of land. As everyone seems to grow tired of the city and dream about greener pastures, so to speak, you might as well make a living from your farm dream.


Keeping, and raising cattle is one of the most solid money-making decisions you can make, and modern farmers are finding new and innovative ways to progress and make their farms prosper.


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Here is a quick introduction to get you started, and to ensure that your young calves grow up to be healthy and happy cows.


Buying Cattle


Before you can do anything else, you need to buy a lucky cow or two. It’s quite easy to find calves for sale that are already weaned both in the newspapers and online these days, but make sure the supplier has a good reputation. If you have no luck with the papers or the Internet, you may even list yourself as an interested buyer – and wait for the calves to come to you.


Space and Shelter


If you’re completely new to the farming game, it’s good to keep in mind that although you need a bit of land for your cattle to be comfortable, you can easily start off even if you just have two acres available as that’s what a single cow needs. You’ll probably want them to have a bit of space to roam around in, though, so start out small, to begin with, and increase your farm later on.


They’ll need a bit of shelter as well to stay warm and comfortable, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money on building extensive sheds and barns – although it depends on the climate where you live. A simple wind break may be enough during the mild seasons, or you can find a cost-effective way to shelter your cattle by getting in touch with salt dome storage experts – they may be able to provide you with a quick installation for the winter months.


Food and Water


While cows need to eat, as we all do, they also drink a lot of water. The average full-grown cow will drink between twelve and twenty gallons of water every day, so it’s smart to invest in a water tank you can keep in the field. It will keep them happy and hydrated.


Those relying on a pond or a stream to hydrate their cattle need to remember that the summer may dry it out – while the winter causes it to freeze, so keep an eye on it and provide tanks of water in the field if you suspect the weather might leave them dehydrated.


Salt and mineral blocks are also a must to keep them healthy, so read up on the best kind of mineral blocks for your cows before you get started.


Brome, timothy, and alfalfa may be the best mix for pasture as it encourages grazing. When you’d like to raise beef cattle, it’s important that they eat hay of a high quality, by the way, to up your profit when it’s time to sell.


It’s no wonder that cattle is such a popular animal to raise and keep on farms. Just remember that these are large animals and can, to an inexperienced farmer, be difficult to handle once they grow up. Respect their size, treat them with love and care, and be gentle – they’re your responsibility, after all.

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