Thankfully, the clichés of untidy and unstylish bachelor pads are a thing of the past. Nowadays, polished young professionals choose to live together in homes that couldn’t be any further from the banal bachelor pads that remind us of cringe-worthy student living.
Just because a home is occupied by hard working and motivated young men doesn’t mean it has to be lacking in style and character. Today’s modern bachelor pads are an array of sleek furniture with smart spatial arrangement, complete with work from home spaces, exercise areas, and of course, a sturdy couch and big TV. It’s possible to live a shared home with other like-minded young professionals that is functional and full of personality, all with a touch of testosterone. For the ultimate modern bachelor pad, these are your 6 essentials.
Functional and stylish storage solutions
It’s a common scenario; a group of young men living in a small inner-city townhouse or flat, where space is at a premium. Thankfully, no longer does a small home mean a lack of room. Smart space saving solutions are at the forefront of companies minds; Ikea recently produced a range targeted at those living in small flats. With other independent companies forever bringing out items such as these minimal, practical and stylish bike racks, living in an urban environment no longer means living amongst each others clutter and mess.
A good couch and TV
Living in a bachelor pad, you are sure to spend nights on the couch with your mates, cruising Netflix or Apple TV with a few beers in hand. Investing in a good couch and TV is essential for getting through those long winters, when the pub seems too far to walk in the cold and wet. If you do consider upgrading your living room set up, be sure not to leave out the surround sound system; the icing on the cake for watching a good film.
A good work from home space
Many hardworking bachelors are young, career driven professionals, so keeping a corner of your pad free of distractions and conducive to work could be the key to pushing your career to where you want it to be. If you are one of the rapidly increasing contingent of web-based professionals, or are a freelancer and not tied down to an office, then you should cordon off a space that is just for work, and invest in a nice desk and chair. This will help to avoid the temptation of working from bed.
Simple gym equipment
Use the money you save on gym fees to invest in a few simple, high-quality items that allow you to work out at home, whenever is convenient to you. With the huge range of calisthenic exercises you can do without needing to be in a gym, and a few added pieces of equipment like a kettlebell, dumbbell, chin-up bar and a skipping rope, you will be able to avoid the circus the local gym can often feel like.
Have your books on display
Everybody should have a collection of books on display, bachelors included. Although your collection might not quite be as large as you would like, don’t shy away from displaying the books you do own for all to see. It shows good taste, and shows others you have an interest in knowledge and learning.
Use indoor plants to your advantage
Adding some indoor plants to your inner-city bachelor pad will not only impress visitors, but they also have a number of health benefits. While you’re busy trying to build your empire, it’s nice to know that when you come home after a long day, you can still feel attached to nature. Indoor plants clean the air, make us happier, help with sleep, and can be the defining factor to make your bachelor pad feel like a home. If plants aren’t your thing, consider succulents; they require a lot less maintenance.