Hire an Interior Designer to Create a "Mom Cave"

Written by Angie's List staff
Updated February 28, 2017
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One room that many women are designing to be their own "mom cave" is their home's sunroom. (Photo by Frank Espich)

Just like man caves, the ideas for designing a perfect mom cave are endless.

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For years, men have had the luxury of escaping to the comfortable — and usually sports-themed — domain that is known as a man cave.

It’s often located in the basement or garage of their homes, and usually consists of a TV, refrigerator, sports memorabilia — and peace and quiet from the rest of the world.

But what about Mom? In recent years, moms have been seeking out their own private area — or mom cave — in hopes of a little R&R away from the rest of the family, or just the struggles of day-to-day life.

So dads, if Mother’s Day this year consisted of candy and flowers, maybe next year you can treat her to a brand new mom cave.

Are mom caves really a thing?

“Absolutely I’ve noticed an increase in women getting their own personal spaces,” says Julie Benefiel, owner of Indianapolis-based Julie Benefiel Designs. “I think it’s kind of funny because you always think of man caves. This is a chance for moms to have a room for themselves.”

Each mom cave should be tailored to that specific woman's preference, and it does help to have someone there to assist you. Hiring an interior decorator, such as Benefiel, to assist with your next project can help give you ideas, such as where you would like the "cave" and how it should be decorated.

“For my clients, who are wonderful women and moms, some of the best places for a mom cave would have to be kitchens, great rooms, master baths and master bedrooms,” says Shelli Biberstein, owner of Indianapolis-based Integrity Painting & Interior Decorating. “(They want) the space (to) be enjoyable, functional and, most importantly, beautiful.”

Where's the best place for a mom cave?

One room in the home many women are claiming for their own mom cave is the sunroom, Biberstein says.

“(One) client enjoys playing bridge with her girlfriends every week,” Biberstein says. “She loves to entertain. Her criteria was for her sunroom to look and feel Floridian. She wanted it to be elegant yet comfortable with multiple seating and, of course, having a game table and chairs.”

Biberstein says she achieved the look by incorporating different materials and textures and choosing a color palette of soft greens, yellows, creams and tans. The flooring was a tan and cream tile layed diagonally in a checkered pattern. There was also a fireplace with a Venetian plaster on the body with a tile surround.

Some other popular ideas, Biberstein says, include craft and sewing rooms, comfortable home offices, romantic master bedrooms and luxurious spa rooms.

One particular mom cave that Benefiel helped design that sticks out in her mind was for an Indianapolis mother of five children, whose husband already had a man cave in the basement. The mom cave was a sitting room located to the side of the master bedroom.

“One thing we put in were French doors,” Benefiel says. “It closed it off from the bedroom. We added a chair and a television. We built shelves in the room and we also did a sewing embroidery adjacent to the chair. The room was done in a coral color, which blended well with the master bedroom but still had a feminine quality to it. With a big window, it was a nice, relaxing place to go and rest.”

That particular project cost the homeowner between $15,000 and $20,000, but Benefiel says mom caves can be done for much less.

Do your research before hiring a decorator.

When thinking about hiring a home decorator, make sure he or she is properly licensed to do such work and get more than one estimate before you start a larger project.

“Things are constantly changing in design,” Benefiel says. "People spend a lot of time at home and they want their home to reflect that. They want to stay at home and relax.”

Biberstein expects the concept to continue to grow in popularity.

“I like the idea,” she says. “We moms need a space we love to look at, love to spend time in and enjoy being in by ourselves or with our friends and family. It is our haven.”

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on September 25, 2013. 

Do you have a mom cave? Or do you just dream of owning one? Tell us what your ideal mom cave looks like in the comments section below.

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