Your bachelor pad is going to be your personal space. As such, you don't have to choose the décor keeping in mind what others like; you can deck up your pad any way you like!
However, if you want your guy friends to nod their heads in approval and the ladies to keep coming back to your place, you need to ensure that your bachelor pad has some essentials.
If you don’t know where to begin, here are some essentials you must have.
While adequate lighting is a must, you can't have glaring fluorescent lights everywhere. Incandescent bulbs coupled with decorative lamps will make everything in your pad look better. Do learn how to use accent lights to your advantage first.
Color changing lights and dimmer lights can also help set the mood for special evenings.
You want all your guests to be comfortable, so splurging on comfortable furniture is a must. Opt for alternatives rather than buying a sectional- a sofa with chairs and a couple of ottomans will allow your guests to sit comfortably as they please.
Don’t forget to buy a couple of beanbags!
Quality Sound System
Playing music from your cell phone won’t be considered cool, so invest some money in a sound system if you want to make an impact on your guests. Apart from making you look good, a fabulous speaker setup will also help your guests feel at ease.
And before you invite guests over, be ready with a killer list of ambient music!
Intriguing Wall Art
Bare walls look undesirable, but that doesn’t mean you cover the walls with posters. A couple of unique paintings or photos will be more than enough to add class to your bachelor pad. You don’t have to shell out a lot; just buy some good prints from antique shops and get them framed professionally.
You can also use pictures that you’ve clicked yourself- not only will they showcase your talent, but they’ll also make for good conversation starters. Articles or prints you’ve picked up as souvenirs will also provide interesting topics for conversation.
If you’re fond of books, set up a book case against an empty wall or in a corner. A book case can fill the empty space and good books can help keep the conversation going!
A Well-Equipped Kitchen
You're now a grown-up and you can't eat takeaways every day. Stock up on pots, pans, and skillets, and learn how to cook simple meals. Even if you can't cook, just having a well-equipped kitchen can help you woo your lady love. And when you're having guests over, your kitchen can be the perfect place to host a casual lunch or dinner!
Make sure your fridge and pantry are stocked with all the necessities. Additionally, having basic appliances like a blender, a food processor, a coffee machine, etc. will make cooking easier.
A Good Dining Table
Having just a coffee table won’t do; as you’ll age, you’ll find it difficult to sustain your dining-at-the-coffee-table lifestyle. Get a dining table, even if it’s a small one for entertaining guests is sure to get much easier.
A Well-Stocked Bar
No bachelor pad is complete without a stocked bar. So even if you don't have space for a full-fledged bar, a small corner one will do. Make sure you always have whiskey and vodka stocked in your liquor cabinet. Also keep tabs on your supply of soda water, cola, and cranberry juice.
Have some cans of beer too, but make sure you buy good beer. After all, your fraternity days are over and upgrading your taste is a must! Further, a bottle each of red and white wine will complete your bar.
Do invest in a cocktail shaker, an ice pick, glasses and tumblers, and whatever you think will make your bar look good. Don’t forget to learn some signature cocktail recipes!
A Non-Messy Bedroom
If you happen to invite a girl home, you certainly can’t have a messy bedroom with things strewn all over the place. Make sure all items are kept in their proper place and all your clothes are in the dresser or wardrobe.
If you have more clothes than wardrobe space, consider buying a larger wardrobe. Alternatively, expand your storage space by using smart tactics. For example, you could use multi-pant hangers like the ones available on OnlyHangers to save space or put away out of season clothes to make room for clothes you use at present.
Whether you have a sprawling mansion or a one-bedroom apartment, you have to make the most of the available space if you want to impress your guests. Don’t get carried away, though; your bachelor pad should be a reflection of who you are. You don’t want to add elements that you don’t like just to get some thumbs up from your guests! Just keep the essentials mentioned here in mind and you’re sure to design your bachelor pad in the right way!