Gentlemen. We need to talk.
I have a significant number of bachelor clients, and lately I feel like I’m having the same conversation over and over. Single men call me up mostly because they don’t know what to put in their homes, so I decided to help by creating a list of must-haves for every bachelor pad. You’ll have suitors lined up at the door, I promise. (If that’s not your jam, then you can add “heartbreaker” to your business cards instead.)
Guys. Really. This is so easy and makes SUCH a difference. Each and every one of your beds needs the following:
– White sheet set
– Quality blanket
– Two sleeping pillows
– Two Euro pillows (those are the giant square ones) or two more standard pillows
BONUS POINTS if you have the following:
– Down comforter
– Duvet set for the down comforter
– A throw pillow
– A spare set of sheets and duvet
See? So simple. So inviting.
2. Bedroom Furniture
While we’re talking about bedding, let’s talk about furniture. Here’s what every bedroom should have:
– A bed. Not a mattress on the floor, nor a metal frame, but a proper bed. BONUS POINTS if it has a headboard.
– A dresser. You shouldn’t have all your clothes folded up (or thrown) on the floor, or even on the closet shelves. Put your socks and underwear in the dresser, boys. It’s civilized.
– Two nightstands. These can even be two small dressers or chests, which would eliminate the need for the aforementioned dresser. These can also be as simple as a wall shelf if you don’t have the space or interest in more furniture. You could use two cool chairs or stools — be creative! You and your partner need a place to put your phone while you’re sleeping, and since you no longer have your mattress on the floor, the floor is too far away.
– Two lamps. Overhead lighting isn’t exactly the best at night, and the switch is often far away from the bed. Having a personal light (wall, table, or pendant) on both sides of the bed makes life better.
3. A Thoughtful Entry
When you walk into a space, you need a place to put your jacket, keys, mail, and anything else you bring in. This area sets the tone for your entire space because it’s the first thing you see when you enter a home. Nothing says “I’m a grownup” like having a put-together entry, and grown men are hot. Here’s what you should aim to have:
– A coat rack. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the wall or a standalone piece on the floor, but you need a good place for your guest’s coat if you don’t have a coat closet (or if it’s full already).
– A tabletop of sorts. This can be a table, a dresser, a credenza, or even a shelf.
– A catchall for keys and/or mail, like a bowl or tray.
– A place to sit and put on shoes, like a bench or sturdy chair.
– A rug
– A mirror
4. Framed Art
Putting things on your walls says you have put some thought into your space, and what you choose to frame says a lot about you and your personal style. People like to see it, and it makes a space feel more like a home. Do it. No excuses!
5. Sets of Dinnerware and Glassware
Having 3 mugs your mom gave you, 5 glasses you stole from your roommate a decade ago, and 1 plastic cup you brought home from Disneyland in 1998 doesn’t really say “I put thought into my home.” Your dishes, glasses, and utensils don’t have to be expensive — I’m a huge fan of IKEA, West Elm, and CB2 offerings — but they should be purposeful choices. When in doubt, buy white dishes, plain clear glasses, and simple silverware. Even if you live alone, you should aim for 8 of everything.
6. A Well-Appointed Bathroom
A bathroom should be an oasis that has you leaving feeling refreshed. A sexy WC would have the following:
– A shower curtain (if you don’t have a glass door already) — and no, a clear liner doesn’t count. Stop grumbling.
– Matching towels (you can’t go wrong with white) — 4 each of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths.
– Spare toilet paper neatly displayed or conveniently located — because you’re not an animal.
BONUS POINTS if you have the following:
– An attractive tray or dish to keep your products tidy.
– Hand soap, especially in a handsome package.
– Art on the walls, because a bathroom is still a room.
Having living things in your house is important. No one wants to live in a place that feels like a hotel room or borrowed space, and having fresh flowers or potted plants scattered about adds color and interest without adding meaningless “stuff” everywhere. Also, plants are beautiful, and succulents are a great option if you want something low maintenance.
8. Window Treatments
Don’t roll your eyes at me. No one wants to see the cheap blinds that come standard in every apartment in America. NO ONE. So take them down! Some simple curtains will do — nothing fancy required. And if it’s a room that doesn’t require privacy, why not expose the windows altogether?
9. A TV at Eye Level
That’s right. EYE LEVEL. I have literally never been in a man’s house that had the TV at viewing height. It’s crazytown. Like, doesn’t your neck hurt to stare up at a TV for hours??
BONUS POINTS if you mount it on the wall. It looks better. Trust me.
10. Throw Pillows and Accessories
These are the things that make a house a home, boys. Throw pillows make your space more comfortable, accessories tell a story about who you are and where you’ve been, and all these things together add interest and depth to your interior.
There you have it, guys! An easy checklist for making people who aren’t also bachelors want to spend more than 5 minutes at your house. Did I forget anything? Leave a message in the comments and let everyone know I’m a failure.
And as always, thank you so very much for sharing me with all your friends!