Call me a design snob, but the phrase “bachelor pad” has always brought to mind tasteless wall calendars and cheap leather furniture. In my dating years I spent most of my time outside of his apartment, for reasons extending beyond his lack of design aesthetic, and thought of what I would do if he every asked for my design help.
For example, I find that most men do not use their formal dining room. Instead this area becomes a catchall space consisting of furniture from their college days, outdated media equipment, and sports paraphernalia. If your guy ever solicits your help in cleaning up his act, here are a few alternatives to make this “spare” room more conducive to his lifestyle.
Make his telecommute both functional and comfortable by creating a handsome home office space. Be sure to assess his needs regarding storage solutions so everything has its place. Here, he will be more focused and efficient while working. This equates to less overtime and more time to spend with you later!
Is your guy a high achiever or a great athlete? Does he have an impressive art collection? If so, put his accomplishments on display. Create a museum of sorts displaying all of his accomplishments, trophies, photos, etc. It takes little furniture to create this space. After the installation, just add a bench or accent chair as seen in the photo above and you’re done!
Score points with his family by creating a guest room. When his parents or sibs come to visit, they have a comfortable alternative to his
cheap leather sofa. Again, it doesn’t take much to complete the space. A bed or respectable air mattress along with a lamp and side table will do the trick. If the dining room is open to the entry, use a futon or sofa bed in lieu of a bed.
If your guys is set in his ways and rejects Options 1-3, then proceed to Option 4: Show Him How It’s Done. Show him ways to add a healthy dose of testosterone by using pinstriped fabrics to recover chairs or as drapery fabric. This isn’t his grandmother’s dining room (no offense, Granny). The chrome chairs, rich wood tones in the table, and the rustic antler chandelier (as seen above) will make any man proud to have a proper place to wine and dine
you his guests.
So there, I’ve given you the plan of attack! Just make sure you have “creative license” before you start moving things around in his place. Hopefully the transformation will encourage him to do something about the rest of the place.
What is your biggest pet peeve regarding your guy’s place? Which room needs the most help?