13 bachelor pad ideas to up your appeal

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Hey guys. We know that left to your own devices you will have a home that resembles a man cave but if you want to feel confident when inviting people over you need to put a little thought and effort into the simple touches that will make your 'pad' feel like a real home. No, we're not suggesting you add a lot of pink but there are some simple things you can do to make your house a little more guest-friendly.

From choosing the right bathroom textiles and changing your sheets regularly, through to having proper wine glasses in the kitchen, we have plenty of tips that will turn your fortress of solitude into the hottest socialisation spot in town!

1. Get your multimedia centre set up like a pro

Aero Audio and Entertainment:  Multimedia room by Symbol Audio
Symbol Audio

Aero Audio and Entertainment

Symbol Audio

A great sound system and crystal clear television are both staples in the ultimate bachelor pad so don't skimp on the wires or the display stand and invest as much as you can. Don't worry, we won't tell anyone you secretly like to watch rom-coms!

2. Change your sheets regularly

Cool Nordic Bedding Style: scandinavian Bedroom by TrueStuff
TrueStuff

Cool Nordic Bedding Style

TrueStuff

There is a scary statistic out there that says many single guys only change their sheets four times a year. It makes us shudder and your house guests will have the same reaction so invest in a few sets of beautiful bedding, like this example from TrueStuff, and get in the habit of changing it once a week. We hope we don't have to tell you how often to wear clean pants!

3. Include somewhere to hang with your guys

Blacklight Pool Table:  Multimedia room by Quantum Play
Quantum Play

Blacklight Pool Table

Quantum Play

Guy time is important and if you don't fancy going out all the time, try to cordon off an area in your bachelor pad where you and your buds can hang out and have a good time. A pool table is the perfect gathering spot and men just seem to flock to them!

4. Get a little hot under the collar

Cocoon Aeris Fireplace: modern Living room by Wharfside Furniture
Wharfside Furniture

Cocoon Aeris Fireplace

Wharfside Furniture

Nothing says swish bachelor pad like an open fire. So, to really set the romantic tone have a think about how you heat your home and look into something a little more opulent. How manly!

5. Make sure you have lots of social seating

Hollie Modular Sofa: classic Living room by Darlings of Chelsea
Darlings of Chelsea

Hollie Modular Sofa

Darlings of Chelsea

You might think that a small sofa will encourage guests to move in a little closer but when it's your mates that have popped over, it can be nice to have some sprawl space. A corner sofa makes for a great social set up and makes sure everyone has enough room to be comfortable.

6. Ditch the fluorescents and discover mood lighting

Copper Floor Lamp: eclectic Living room by rigby & mac
rigby & mac

Copper Floor Lamp

rigby & mac

Soft lighting isn't reserved for girls so be sure to invest in some attractive, dimmed lighting for all your main living areas. You'll be shocked at what a difference it makes when you want to set a more relaxing tone. Candles are also a great idea and won't look too girly… promise!

7. Don't just buy flatpack furniture

We're going to let you in on a little secret here, guys. When you buy a full set from a flatpack furniture store, not only do people know, they all think it looks a little strange.

What you might think is cohesive and matching actually looks a little unimaginative and lazy so try your hand at a little eclectic repurposing. These antique chests are the perfect bedside table alternative!

8. Get some heavy duty laundry baskets

Very large rattan log baskets - rope handles: country Living room by brush64
brush64

Very large rattan log baskets—rope handles

brush64

There's nothing worse than leaving your dirty clothes strewn all over the floor so invest in some proper laundry baskets. We suggest placing one in your bedroom and one in the bathroom just to be sure that you break the 'leave it when you drop it' habit!

9. Get some decent hand soap

Misc / Bathroom: modern Bathroom by Iris Hantverk
Iris Hantverk

Misc / Bathroom

Iris Hantverk

Artisan hand soap will make your bathroom look a lot more thought out, smell good all the time and gives the impression that you are someone that considers the little things in life. Also, try to keep the sink clean as slimy soap trays and beard hair in the sink is hardly sophisticated!

10. Avoid white towels if you're a mucky pup

Furry Friends: modern Bathroom by Fabulous Goose
Fabulous Goose

Furry Friends

Fabulous Goose

Even the hottest and most powerful showers in the world seem to struggle with the task of getting all the grime of a working week off you chaps so we think it's a good idea to steer clear of white towels. They always look a little grubby and that's super unappealing. We're just being honest!

11. Be a grown up and buy proper wine glasses

You might think it's quirky and fun to offer guests wine in mugs and jam jars but we don't! Pretty wine glasses will up your sophistication and enjoyment of a favourite tipple. Try to get a minimum of six as that way you can avoid stress over any breakages.

12. Show your cultured side with some art

Come on, admit it… even those of you that love a good game of football and a few pints with your friends still like some cool wall art! It's not a bad thing. Quite the opposite, in fact! Get some stylish prints in frames and up on your wall to show your more cultured side. While you're at it, get your books out on display, too. 

13. Rugs aren't just for girls

WovenGround Ambition round rug:  Walls & flooring by WovenGround
WovenGround

WovenGround Ambition round rug

WovenGround

Rugs might be something that girls more commonly buy to tie a room together but we think you can shirk that sexist notion. A well chosen rug adds a little softness to a room and encourages guests to kick off their shoes and get really comfy. You're welcome!

For more masculine design inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Creating The Perfect Man Cave Bar.

Would your bachelor pad benefit from a revamp? Let us know how you plan to upgrade it in the comments, below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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