The man cave is becoming popular in many homes, and it seems that if a man doesn't have one, he wants one.

And this shouldn't be a shock because the man cave provides a place of comfort for some men and solitude for others. Still, for others, the man cave is a place for entertainment.

Ladies, don't get upset that your counterpart wants a room all to himself. In fact, this Father's Day, why not help make sure that it has all the essential items.

There are five must haves to truly transform a room from his hangout spot to a bona fide man cave that can provide rest, relaxation or recreation just for him.

The first must-have shouldn't come as a surprise. It's a TV, but what may shock you are the bells and whistles that the TV should have, and even the screen size.

Up First: TV Is Just Not TV Anymore

The right big-screen TV

When it comes to a TV, bigger is better.

There was a time when a 34-inch screen was considered a big TV, but not anymore. A 34-inch has lost popularity to the 46-inch screen TV. But it's not just the screen size that should be considered. The TV should have split-screen or screen-in-screen capability so that two stations can be viewed at one time.

Of course, the TV needs to be high definition, but it should also have surround sound. Surround sound can change the entire experience of watching a sporting event or a good movie. Oh, and don't forget a DVD or Blu-ray disc player.

And because it is a man cave, the TV should always be on a game or a sports news station.

Although having the TV on a guy-friendly station will make the room comfortable, every man cave should have a truly comfortable chair.

Up Next: Comfy, Comfy Chair

A chair to call his own

What makes a chair comfortable? Well, it's likely really comfortable when a chair fits a body perfectly. This means that no one else should sit in "his" chair.

The chair should provide the comfort of a La-Z-Boy, but it doesn't have to be one. Also, it should allow him to kick his feet up. If the chair isn't a recliner, an ottoman can definitely do the trick.

Depending on preference, the chair can be cloth or leather. Leather may provide easier clean up, particularly if the room can be kept cool year-round.

While he is enjoying the comfort of his favorite chair, he should also be able to look around and feel like the space has been customized for him by the decoration.

Up Next: If These Walls Could Talk

Masculine wall decorations

The walls should be decorated with sports memorabilia of his favorite team or favorite player.

If he isn't a sports fan, the walls should be decorated with memorabilia from classic movies. A lot of men like classics, such as "Scarface" or "Godfather," so if you can find any posters with Al Pacino or Marlon Brando, you're on the right track.

And contrary to popular belief, all men are not the same, so there are tons of other ideas that can provide themes for a man cave.

If the man doesn't have small children, the walls of the man cave include posters of scantily-clad women. Most men love the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, so his favorite or a few of his favorite issues could be nicely framed.

And no man cave would be complete without the games that men like to play.