Awhile back, I broke down the design and construction of my dream Nerd Cave. Sitting in there the other day, it occurred to me that while the furniture, paint color, etc. is important, it’s really the little details that create the vibe. So, in no particular order, here’s a list of eleven things that (IMHO), no self-respecting Nerd Cave should be without.
Maybe “home theater” is a bit of an overstatement. I’ve never been one of those guys who needs to have the surround sound speakers finely tuned to the acoustic profile of a room and the windows shaking. If I can understand the dialogue, I’m usually good.
I actually had contemplated NOT having a TV in the new nerd cave. But that feeling passed after about 10 seconds. Let’s face it, no self-respecting nerd would voluntarily exclude a TV from his or her den. My problem was that I had nowhere to put the TV. My wife suggested mounting it up high in the corner but that would’ve meant a pretty small screen and I’d have felt like I was sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room watching the Weather Channel.
It’s a cold rainy Monday afternoon in November and you’ve got the day off of work. You’ve spent the morning running errands or doing chores around the house. Now it’s time to chill. If you’re like me, the absolute number one way to spend the afternoon is to ensconce yourself in a comfy chair with a big fleece blanket and a pile of books, comics, magazines, or all of the above.
When designing my dream nerd cave, my first priority was a comfortable place to read. However, the room still needs to function as a guest bedroom. The queen-sized bed that we had, while comfortable, took up way too much room. Plus, I’ve had too many reading sessions in bed turn into nap sessions, so I’ve got to stay more or less vertical.