Let’s face it, the best place to kick back and relax with a nice smoke and maybe a glass of scotch is in the comfort of our own homes. We’ve all heard about celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger throwing cigar parties with his movie star pals like Tom Cruise and Demi Moore.
Hosting a cigar party at home is a great idea, but if you don’t have your own space, it can ruin the enjoyment. After all, we have to consider that not everyone in the house is a cigar smoker.
It might seem like the only affordable option is a cigar lounge. Who wants to pay extra to enjoy their cigars in an environment that isn’t to their taste? That is, if you have a cigar lounge near you in the first place.
You might think building a smoking room in your home is only for the rich and famous, but the truth is, there are a lot of affordable ways to do it without having Schwarzenegger’s bank account.
Pick Your Location
The first step is going to be figuring out where you want your smoke room to be. There are benefits and drawbacks to where you place your smoke room. A room on an exterior wall is easier to ventilate. If you need the room to be isolated, the basement is a good choice. Keep in mind that the basement will be more expensive to ventilate.
Some other options include a converted office or bedroom, an attic if you have one that is big enough or the garage. The attic or garage may cost more to renovate but offers easier ventilation and isolation from the rest of the house. If you’ve already got a man cave, then you may choose to retrofit that space and save some time and money.
Choose Your Ventilation Method
Ventilation is going to be the most crucial part of the process. You have a few options in terms of what to do. You could simply open a window and let fresh air circulate throughout the room.
A more effective solution is to install an exhaust fan into the room. The exhaust fan will connect to your existing ventilation. Much like in the kitchen or bathroom, the fan pulls the smoke out of the room and pushes it outside through an exit vent. This is fine for small rooms with only a couple of smokers.
The more smokers you have in a room, the better ventilation you’ll need. Exhaust fans are measured according to the number of cubic feet of air they move per minute (CFM). This means that a 10 x 10 x 8 room needs a fan with a CFM rating of around 200 for a single smoker, and around 1000 for four or five smokers. Be sure that the fan vents outside.
Another option that you can use instead of, or in addition to an exhaust fan is an air purifier. Most models of air purifiers are free-standing and can be maneuvered from room to room.
A high-quality air purifier only costs a few hundred dollars and will keep a smoke room clean of both smoke and odors. More expensive options may run a bit more but still under $1000. Air purifiers use carbon filters like charcoal to absorb the smoke and clean the air. Even high-end cigar lounges will use air purifiers in addition to their traditional HVAC system.
One final option, and the most expensive, is to install a separate HVAC unit with its own ventilation in the smoke room. This would require a new HVAC unit, ductwork, and an exit vent, but this is the sure-fire way to keep your home smoke-free.
Furniture and Accessories
This is where things can get dicey. Everything you put in your smoke room can make a difference in how well the whole setup functions. Your goal should be to keep the room as smoke-free as possible so that you don’t have to worry about the rest of the house.
Start with the floor. Carpet and softer materials will hold onto the smoke for ages and be difficult to get out. Stone or wood flooring is a better choice, plus they make for a better smoke room feel if that’s what you’re going for.
Wood paneling, particularly Spanish cedar is a good choice for the walls, but any hard or non-porous material will work. The key thing you’re looking to avoid is any of the surfaces holding on to the cigar smoke. Wood, metal, or glass is also a good choice for any shelving in the room.
When picking furniture, the same rules apply. Soft fabrics are not good for your cigar room. If you’re putting in couches and chairs, then leather is the best choice. Leather doesn’t hold the cigar smoke nearly as long and is much easier to clean. We’re talking about a room you want to get a lot of use out of, so getting the furniture right is a big deal.
Dark colors are generally the way to go. This helps to prevent stains from showing and gives more of a cigar lounge feel. That’s why you’ll often see similar choices in the best cigar lounges.
The last touch is to accessorize the room how you see fit. If you have a mind to host a poker and cigars night in your smoke room, go for it. Other than fine-tuning it for your cigars, the space is your own. If you’ve got the space and budget for it, you could add humidors as built-ins for the room or a bar for drinks. Your own taste will determine the final touches to your smoke room.
A smoke room is a great way to enhance the way you enjoy your smokes. The good news is, with a little ingenuity, you don’t have to take out a second mortgage just to get a private place to smoke.
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