Man Cave (noun): a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.
Increasing in popularity, the man cave has become one of the more desired rooms a homeowner can design. The man of the house can retreat to his sanctuary and relax after a long day of work or invite friends to gather for the big game and enjoy a cold beer. All man caves are different and can be designed to incorporate your hobbies and interests. Add a game room for weekly poker games or a media room for all your sporting and movie watching needs. Start envisioning your very own man cave with these inspiring ideas.
Forget heading to your local sports bar to watch the game. Invite friends over to your own bar and enjoy the game in the comfort of your home. Basement bars and wine cellars create a space that is inviting and perfect for entertaining friends or relaxing after a long day of work. Warm, earthy colors create a masculine look that is sure to help you leave your worries at the door.
If a relaxing night at the movies is more your thing, create an at home movie theater complete with recliners and a big screen. Catch up on episodes of your favorite series or kick back and watch the latest summer box office hit. Why pay big bucks for a night at the movies when your own theater is just a few steps away?
Games aren’t just for kids anymore. Channel your inner 12 year old and invite the guys over for a poker tournament or for a casual round of pool. Designing a game room creates a space for you to entertain guests and catch up with old friends.
Incorporate your favorite team into the design of your man cave by adding sports memorabilia to your space. Frame jerseys and posters or spotlight your autographed collectables to show off the next time you have guests over. Use custom-built shelves and a gallery-style wall to maximize the display space.
If you’re a music lover, create a space to let loose and rock out. An area to play and store all your instruments is a fun way to keep up with your musical talents. Incorporate sound proof walls and play as loud as you want without disturbing the rest of the house.
A little rusty on the drums? Instead of using your space to play those instruments, incorporate them into the design of your man cave. Frame old records and posters or simply display your instruments throughout the room. Your colorful and cool hangout is sure to be the envy of all your old college band mates.
For the Outdoorsman
Man caves aren’t restricted to the indoors. An outdoor man cave is another opportunity to turn some backyard space into your own getaway area. A top-of-the-line grill, outdoor seating, and a big screen to watch the game is a perfect hang out space for every summer night. Install a fire pit to make optimal use of the space on those chillier fall football Sundays.
Multipurpose Man Cave
If your idea of the perfect man cave is a combination of all these ideas, create a multipurpose man cave. A large open space can incorporate a bar, big screen, and large leather couches for maximized seating (not to mention the perfect space for all your Fantasy Drafting needs). If you have the space, use it.