‘Mom Caves’ the Next Home Fad?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the growth of the “man cave” in homes, that place of refuge for men to retreat to often outfitted with comfy chairs, a big screen TV and a mini fridge. But now the mom’s are wanting their special space too: Welcome the Mom Cave.

I recently stumbled upon this article, “Mom Caves are Latest Interior Design Trend” by Kelly Roncace, that detailed this new fad.

Unlike the masculine design of the “man cave,” moms want a peaceful place to unwind, often with soft hues, relaxing music, and an overall stylish decor to create their special retreat.

But with men taking the garage or basement as their place of refuge, where are the moms to go for their own place in a home?

In the article 5 Steps to Make Your Own ‘Mom Cave’, design experts suggest that the perfect spot could be anywhere from an unused guest room to as small as a closet that you transform into a colorful space with a small desk and comfy chair. But whether you send the moms to the closet or elsewhere, the perfect spot requires a place where a mom can close off the area from the rest of the house, creating a “kid-and-husband-free zone.”

The article also suggests “mom caves” in bright, cheery colors and surrounding herself with things she enjoys, from photo books to inspiring messages.

So how would you outfit a mom cave? And do you find yourself increasingly helping your buyer-moms envisioning that special space in a home just for them?

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Mom’s are very busy – Finished basements for kids to get away are great… Mom likes to hang out in a Clean Kitchen with an iPad….

  2. Absolutely! all Moms deserve their own space where they can go for even a few moments to decompress and breathe. Moms are “on” 24/7, so if labeling their place a peace cave and it gets it done-go for it!

  3. My Wife Has A 4th Bedroom – On the main level of a two – story. Has it set up with a desk and a MacBook Pro [my Macbook Pro]……

  4. I have a “mom cave” in my walk in closet! I transformed it about three years ago b/c I realized that it is the one room in my house that offers me privacy :). My closet is through the master bath and it is not very big. It was big enough to redo the shelving and consolidate clothes so I could put in small desk and chair. This is the one room in the house that is organized and I don’t ever have to feel as though I have “stuff to do” in there as I do in all the other areas of my home. I love it. My kids (8 yrs and 12 yrs) don’t even realize that I go in there to write or journal or just read for a few minutes. I have a few inspirational pics on the wall and a drawer for my writing and books. I highly recommend a mom cave for all mommies out there. 🙂

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  6. Yes, a peaceful little corner must be very attractive to busy mums, however, with the trend towards smaller homes, as your website has reported, I thought this may be difficult to achieve!

    Then I read Kat Sterling’s comment of how she managed to carve out her little corner! Kudos to Kat! I live on the beach and have limited space, and the closet idea is brilliant.

  7. Anne Gardner

    Building a new 1,980 sqft. home and the front ‘living room’ is being refitted to be my very own ‘Mom Cave’ although I call it the Away Room…still on the first floor so I can hear the activity in great room/kitchen…but I am not in the center of it either! Got this idea from books on smart building and use of space form my builder…specifically the Not so Big House