Most homes have that unfinished basement, garage, outdoor area, or extra room in the house that could use some touching up. Those spaces that have yet to be used could be perfect for hosting parties, having game nights, movie nights or just hanging out with friends and family. What better way to utilize an unused space than to turn it into a man cave? Your man cave can be used for practically anything you desire. Need a space to watch movies in peace? Want to watch the game while the family is in the living room? Want to have some friends over for a game of pool? The possibilities on what to use your man cave for are endless!
Not only do you get to decide how to use it, but you also have free reign to decorate it any way you want to. Whether you want to get creative, use funky decor, display collector’s items, add a pool or foosball table, add cool furniture, or paint it, the space is yours! And the beauty of having your own space is that it becomes your oasis to relax. Here are thirteen man cave ideas to add to your home.
Add a Bar to the Man Cave
The first addition to bringing your man cave idea to life is to add a bar. Putting a bar in your man cave adds an upscale vibe. Create your favorite cocktails and margaritas with your favorite vodka and tequila brands. To add a few touches of class to your bar in your man cave, add a few bourbon, wine, and margarita glasses and a wine fridge.
You can also add a few of your favorite or expensive tequila bottles to add some essence to it. Take things up a notch by adding seating, low lighting, a display of syrups or margaritas, and drink accessories like garnish cocktail picks. If you’re a bar and drink enthusiast, try adding the trendy new machine that everyone on TikTok is buying, the Bartesian Cocktail Maker. If you’re more of a beer person, keep the fridge in your man cave stocked with your favorites.
Add a Pool, Foosball or Air Hockey Table
Nothing says a classic man cave like a pool, foosball or air hockey table. This man cave idea is perfect for those who love to play these games. They’re also great for those wanting to host and entertain guests. Customize your pool table by having your name or initials carved on it. Choose from traditional wooden slate or choose from different types of felt. Choose between sizes like standard, mini, large or bar depending on the size of the man cave.
There are different styles of foosball tables to choose from including Italian, French, and American. Some may be a better fit than others depending on durability, gameplay, and ball control. For air hockey tables, find what works best for the man cave from either small or large puck tables. Some tables include a scoreboard, cup holders, and different color options for the ultimate air hockey pro.
Make It a Movie Room
For movie lovers, having a movie-inspired or theater room man cave is a great idea. To start, adding a giant TV or a projector in the room, along with movie theater-inspired seating makes for a perfect setup. Take the man cave up a notch and turn it into a full-on movie theater by adding a bar area with movie theater snacks such as candy, nachos, popcorn, a soda machine, or an ice machine. Adding popcorn-themed decor or giant framed movie posters will make this movie-inspired man cave pop.
Bring Your Sports Dreams to Life
Skip buying the tickets and going to the game in person. Instead, create a sport-themed man cave. Perfect for the sports fanatic, this type of man cave is great because there is so much to do with this theme. Take a couple of jerseys from different sports teams and display them on a clothing rack or frame them. Add a small basketball goal or maybe some soccer or baseball equipment to a shelf for decoration. Add some posters of your favorite athletes for teams for extra decoration. Including a bar with some cold drinks along with furniture that fits the colors of your team will tie it up nicely for the perfect sports fanatic man cave.
Embrace the Outdoors
If you’re more of an outdoor guy, you might prefer your man cave space to be outside. Creating a personal outdoor oasis can be peaceful and it’s still easy to dress up this type of space. Adding some cozy furniture along with a mounted TV can create a calming outdoor space. Add a few touches like an outdoor heater, a fire pit, or a pizza oven and grill to bring some warmth to the space. Decorate it how you want, the possibilities are endless!
For the classy man, next on the list of man cave ideas is to make the space sophisticated. This style of space is simple, yet it may be more difficult to decorate. You’ll want to use colors that represent sophistication and are simple. Black and white are perfect colors, but maybe you’ll want to go with a dark eggplant purple, gray or red wine color. Furniture will make or break the design for this space, but adding a dining table with a few nice chairs and accessorizing with vases, plants, and home decor will add to the overall ambiance of the space.
Bring the Fun in with Arcade and Games
For the arcade lover and gamer, turn your man cave into an arcade or the ultimate gamer room. Fill this space with your favorite classic arcade games like Pacman, Street Fighters, Space Invader, and more. If you’re going for a more vintage vibe, adding a few arcade and game-theme framed photos, along with vintage decor, a jukebox, and black and white tile will make you and your guests feel like they’ve stepped back in time in a real arcade.
For the ultimate gamer dude, create your game room by starting with your favorite gaming chair. Whether you’re into Playstation, Xbox, PC Gaming, or Nintendo Switch, you can create the perfect gaming space by adding cube shelves to store your games and items, a large TV, and LED lights. Invest in a speaker or some headphones to play all of your favorite games uninterrupted.
Display All Your Collections
If you’re an avid collector, having your own space to store and display your items is the perfect man cave idea. For pop culture and TV fans, you might have boxes of comic books, action figures, Funko Pop figures, posters, or whatever else. These can easily be displayed in a man cave on multiple shelves or framed on the wall.
For the world traveler, you may want a place to put your souvenirs from the many places across the globe that you’ve been to. For the book, movie, or music collector, this man cave space can be used to store different books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl and VHS tapes (if you still have those). For whatever you collect, the possibilities for this man cave space are endless.
Carve a Space for Workouts
Who needs a gym membership when you can just go downstairs in your man cave to exercise? Next on the list of man cave ideas is to turn this space into a personal gym. Adding exercise equipment like yoga mats, a treadmill, weights, a jump rope, a weighted hula hoop, a bike or an elliptical can transform a dull space into a gym haven. For those who like to watch exercise videos or follow programs add a TV to follow different exercise plans. With all the sweating you’ll do in this man cave, you may want to add some fans too. A small rock climbing wall is also a cool addition.
Make it Your Home Office
For the men who work from home, turning a man cave space into an office can make for easy concentration. This space will allow you to stay focused and productive in your work and can be a quiet space to concentrate when the family is home. But, just because this man cave is an office space doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Spice things up by adding a few framed photos, a bookshelf with books or your favorite items or things that inspire you.
Also, if you need a cold drink after work, add a keg tap if there’s enough space, and pour your favorite IPA to relax and unwind after a hard work day.
For the Car Connoisseur
For the man who’s really into cars, this man cave idea turns your space into a Fast and Furious space. Add shelves for nice display of mini cars, a table full of Hot Wheels you’ve collected, a few car-shaped plush toys and posters of your favorite cars or car-themed movies and TV shows. For those who are willing to spend more, add this man cave to your garage to create a display of your nice cars. This will give the man cave a showroom vibe. For extra car vibes, add a display go-cart, NASCAR merch, or cool tires for an additional effect.
Try Colorful and Bright
If you love color, showcase that by bringing this man cave idea to life. Adding some of your favorite colorful and bright colors will make you want to spend every waking second in this room. Paint the walls and add unique furniture to the space to create a colorful wonderland. Adding rainbow or pastel decor can make this space pop.
Keep it Plain and Simple
You don’t have to break the bank or add a ton of things to your man cave to create an awesome space. Keeping things plain and simple is always a great option! Adding a few signature furniture pieces, a couch, a TV, a table, and maybe a shelf is just enough. Painting the space a simple white or gray color is a nice option to keep things simple and these colors will go with just about any color or type of furniture.
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