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 homes. So what better way to enjoy a great stick and perhaps some fellowship than in your smoking room? We’ve all heard about celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger throwing cigar parties with his movie stars 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 must consider that not everyone in the house is a cigar smoker.
The only affordable option is a cigar lounge. Who wants to pay extra to enjoy cigars in an environment that isn’t to their taste? But, of course, that is if you have a cigar lounge near you in the first place.
Building a smoking room in your home is only for the rich and famous. In truth, there are many affordable ways to do it without having Schwarzenegger’s bank account.
Choose Your Smoking Room Location
The first step is 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. The basement is a good choice if you need the space to be isolated. Keep in mind that the basement will be more expensive to circulate.
Some other options include a converted office or bedroom, an attic if you have one that is big enough, or a garage. The attic or garage may cost more to renovate. Still, it offers easier ventilation and isolation from the rest of the house. If you’ve already got a man cave, you may choose to retrofit that space and save 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. First, you could open a window and let fresh air circulate throughout the room.
A more practical solution is to install an exhaust fan in the room. The exhaust fan will connect to your existing ventilation. Like in the kitchen or bathroom, the fan pulls the smoke out of the room and pushes it outside through an exit vent. At the same time, this is fine for small spaces 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). So, a 10 x 10 x 8 room needs a fan with a CFM rating of around 200 for a single smoker and about 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, allowing you to move them from room to room.
A high-quality air purifier only costs a few hundred dollars and keeps a smoke room clean of smoke and odors. More expensive options may run 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 ventilation in the smoke room. This separate unit requires a new HVAC unit, ductwork, and an exit vent, but this is the surefire way to keep your home smoke-free.
Smoking Room Furniture and Accessories
Choosing the right furniture and accessories is where things can get dicey. Everything you place in your smoke room can affect how well the 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 challenging 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, mainly Spanish cedar, is a good choice for the walls, but any hard or non-porous material will work. The critical 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 choosing furniture, the same rules apply. Soft fabrics are not suitable for your cigar room. Leather is best if you place couches and chairs in your smoking room. Leather doesn’t hold the cigar smoke nearly as long and is much easier to clean. We’re talking about a space 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 and help prevent stains from showing while giving more of a cigar lounge feel. You’ll often see similar choices in the best cigar lounges.
The last touch is to accessorize the room as you see fit. If you want to host a poker and cigars night in your smoke room, go for it. Other than fine-tuning it for your cigars, your smoking space is your own. If you’ve got the space and budget, you could add humidors as built-ins for the room or a bar for drinks. But your taste will determine your smoke room’s final touches.
A smoke room is a great way to enhance how you enjoy your smokes. The good news is, with ingenuity, you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to get a private place to smoke. You might also create a brag-worthy space that you and your pals will enjoy for decades.