How to Design a Bachelor Pad That Will Make Your Friends Jealous

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Hey, man. So you’re finally getting your own place. Congrats! Now comes the hard part – making it look awesome so all your buddies are jealous.

Don’t worry, I’m here to help.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll have a bachelor pad that will make even the most refined men envious. Trust me, it’s time to level up your game!

P.S. – Make sure to invite me over when it’s done! 😉

What is The Difference Between a Bachelor Pad And a Man Cave?

Before we talk about designing a bachelor pad, it’s important to note the difference between a bachelor pad and a man cave – because a lot of guys get the two confused.

A man cave is typically a single room in the house of a married man, where he can go to escape & bro out with his boys.

While a bachelor pad is the entire house or apartment of a single bachelor. His pad is designed to accommodate him and his single lifestyle.

Epic Bachelor Pads in History

When looking for inspiration for you bachelor pad design, look no further than the king of bachelors, Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother.

Barneys bachelor pad is a true dude fortress equipped with full size storm troopers and a 300 inch flat screen TV. The design is sleek and modern while the tones are dark & bold.

His bachelor pad is also designed to keep him single. Whether or not you want to partake in that is up to you. But we’ve got 110 more bachelor pad ideas on our Menprovement Pinterest page to keep your inspiration going.

Think Outside The Box

When creating a bachelor pad, you do not need to own a modern 2 bedroom apartment in NYC for it to be epic.

For example, maybe you live in an RV.

In this case, you could build an epic deck or outdoor space on your lot, equipped with a grill, lounging area and maybe even some cornhole.

If your dwelling is on a lake or river, owning a dock is an excellent way to take advantage of your proximity to a water source and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you use it for fishing, swimming, or just soaking up some sun, a dock can characteristically provide all that. If space is tight, don’t worry–you can still install a smaller port that will offer the same access to the water.

Always be sure to check with local regulations before beginning construction. You can do it yourself, but if you’re not a handyman, there are plenty of companies who will do it for you.

How to Design a Bachelor Pad (Step by Step)

So you’re ready to build the ultimate bachelor pad. Let’s get started.

Here are the key steps to bachelor pad creation.

1) Start with a good outer shell

Like Barney’s, a bachelor pad is often in a dope location in a really nice building.

Everything is new, modern and if you can afford an apartment in a building (or house) like this than it will make all the next steps much easier.

Right now I’m in Toronto and my buddy is looking to secure a spot in The Dupont Condos, a perfect example of this, and his bachelor pad will be good to go pretty much the day he moves in.

perfect building for a bachelor pad

+ I’ve been in buildings like this and there are single girls everywhere..

If this isn’t in your budget, fear not. You can still design an epic bachelor pad in a 50 year old studio. The rest of the steps will get you there.

2) Perfect the layout

The layout of your space is key to making sure it functions well. You want to have a clear flow from one area to the next and enough space to move around comfortably.

You also want an open floor plan that is free of clutter.

You don’t have a GF, there’s no excuse for a space that is clean and clutter free.

Learn some Feng Shui tips (Fung Shui 101 for apartments) and create a nice base for yourself.

3) Use Bold Colors

When designing your bachelor pad, use bold colors. They are more clean and masculine.

Think grays, blacks, charcoal, white, brown & certain shades of blue & green. Earthy colors.

See some example pictures below:

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4) Add Comfy Seating

After a long day of work, you should be able to relax in your own home. Make sure you have a comfortable place to unwind by investing in a quality sofa. Look for something stylish and comfortable so you can enjoy your downtime to the fullest.

5) Use furniture that multitasks:

Furniture that can serve more than one purpose is essential if you’re in a small space. Look for pieces that can double as storage or that can be used in more than one way.

6) The Coffee Table is Essential

A coffee table is a must for any living room. Not only does it provide a place to put down drinks or snacks, but it can also serve as extra storage space. Look for a coffee table with drawers or shelves where you can keep books, magazines, remote controls, and other items within easy reach.

7) Build Around The entertainment Center

If you’re going to be spending time at home, you might as well do it in front of a big screen TV. Maybe not a 300 inch like Barny, but something nice that you and the boys can watch the game on.

And what better way to show off your new TV than by getting a sleek and modern entertainment center? Entertainment centers come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your space perfectly. Plus, they often have additional features like cabinets and shelving, which provide even more storage options for your apartment.

Good Entertainment Center Ideas

8) Artwork is Key

When starting to decorate a bachelor pad, artwork is a key feature.

Yes, you can have some nice canvas’s on the wall – but also think about things that go beyond the wall.

Look at Barney’s apartment. Plus some more ideas:

  • Full size storm trooper
  • Samurai sword on display
  • Maybe a vintage motorcycle just hanging out
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I know all this can get expensive, so we’ll talk more about designing a bachelor pad on a budget below.

9) Use Area Rugs

Area rugs can add color and style to any room, which is why they’re perfect for bachelor pads. They also help define different areas within a larger space, which can be handy for working with a small apartment.

Plus, they add an extra layer of comfort and insulation, which can help keep your feet warm during the colder months.

10) Curtains & Blinds Are a Must

Curtains or blinds are not only functional but also add style and sophistication to any room. They can help block out light when you want to watch TV or to cool down the temperature of your house. Not to mention they can also add privacy when needed. When choosing curtains or blinds for your bachelor pad, look for something that compliments the overall style of your apartment.

11) Keep it Tidy

A bachelor pad should be a haven from the chaos of everyday life, so make sure to keep it tidy. Clutter will only make your space feel smaller and more cramped.

12) Make Sure Your Space Lit AF

Lighting is huge. Don’t throw any super bright fluorescent lights in your man castle.

Keep the vibe with some amber or halogen lighting. Buy some interesting light fixtures and tie everything together.

13) A Bachelor Pad Needs a Bachelor Closet

Your a single dude – take advantage of it by building yourself an epic wardrobe. Chicks aren’t the only ones allowed to have awesome closets, and this can be done quite cheaply.

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14) Consider Installing an Aquarium

I don’t know what it is about fish, but they seem to be an incredible aphrodisiac.

bachelor pad aquarium

A fish tank can be an impressive talking point for your new pad. There are loads of colorful and cool freshwater fish to choose from, or you can even keep a saltwater aquarium with marine fish and corals.

Most tropical fish species have similar needs. But make sure you research the equipment you’ll need like the right filter and aquarium heater, depending on what fish you want to share your home with.

Learn more:

Choosing the right Aquarium Heater

Choosing the right Aquarium Filter

Aquarium Supplies & Buying Tropical Fish

Done For You Aquarium Installation (For The Ballers)

An aquarium can really make your room stand out and give it that designer feel. And the chicks love it. Just make sure you treat your fish well as they are your wingmen now.

How to Decorate a Bachelor Pad on a Budget

If you’re looking to design a bachelor pad but are working with a tight budget, don’t worry – it is possible to create a stylish and functional space without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to help you get started:

1: Your space doesn’t have to be big.

You can turn a small studio into a bachelor pad with the right layout. And honestly, sometimes less is more. Think simplistic and minimal.

bachelor pad on a budget

2: Hit up Ikea

For inexpensive furniture, curtains, sheets, etc. – go to Ikea they have really great stuff for very cheap prices.

Final Bachelor Pad Ideas:

1: Get a pool table

2: Darts

3: Spare toothbrushes & clothes for your lady friends

4: Arcade games

5: Build a bar

That’s all I’ve got.

So there you have it, bros.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll have a sick bachelor pad that will make all your friends jealous. Now it’s time to get out there and start shopping for some furniture!

And don’t forget to invite me over when it’s done – I can’t wait to see it!

Thanks for reading guys..

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