The man cave. That space is your refuge from the rest of the world, where you can kick back with a beer and watch sports or play games with your friends. But what makes an ideal man cave? Whether you’re a collector, musician, gamer or all of the above, creating a special place just for you allows you to surround yourself with your passions and indulge yourself in something that makes you happy. It might seem like the more stuff you can cram into, the better—but there’s one key element: comfort.
A man cave is often considered a room filled with video games and sports memorabilia, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Men’s spaces can be cosy places where they take downtime from their busy schedules or unwind after work—not just hangouts littered with empty beer cans.
We’ve put together our top tips of what to include in your man cave; whether you’re adding to a space you already use or are just setting off on your man cave journey, we’re here to help.
First & foremost, the epitome of a man cave is entertainment, which comes in music and a TV – perfect for movie nights, watching football or blasting music. The TV is often the centrepiece of a man cave, and we highly recommend getting one that’s big enough to see from across the room. It’s also essential to have a sound system that can quickly handle your favourite music and movies.
Depending on the available space, when you picture a man cave, you automatically see a gigantic TV attached to the wall; with so many different screens available these days, we recommend a smart TV; the size and design, however, are up to you.
Behind every excellent TV screen is a carefully chosen media unit; not only do they perfectly frame your television, but many also offer storage for computer games, records or simply a display unit. The last thing you need when creating an escape from the outside world is a cluttered mess of wires, so make sure any entertainment system you install allows for cables to be hidden away neatly behind furniture or walls.
Our Great Western TV Unit is a great choice – combining a mix of open & closed storage with a perfect frame for your TV.
Since man caves are often linked to sports or other pursuits, they generally become a place to display anything from figurines to sports medals proudly, and for this, you’ll need ample storage. The most important thing about storage is that it should be able to hold all your belongings without cluttering the room!
When choosing your storage, you’ll need to decide between open or closed storage, depending on what you’re storing. Available storage frees up space by allowing you to see what you’re holding, while closed storage will conceal your belongings away from view and often keep them under lock and key.
The Brunel Display Cabinet is our favourite open-shelved storage unit, which also perfectly slots into the disused corner of your room.
If you’re a gamer, your man cave needs to include games. Whether it’s a PlayStation or Xbox, you’ll want something to play them on – so get the best TV for gaming and set up your gaming area in your man cave. A pool table is another excellent addition to your man cave if you have the space. If not, consider table football! There are so many options available today that it’s easy to find something that fits your needs.
Once you’ve planned for the basics, your next decision should be seating – man cave examples often show huge corner sofas in the centre of the room, pointing at the TV. What you opt for will depend on the size of your man cave and what you want to do in there. A large desk may be more appropriate than a sofa if you’re using your man cave as an office or study. Another option is to get a bean bag chair – these are very popular in man caves, primarily if they’re used as gaming rooms!
A man cave should be a place where you can get away from the stresses of life and relax. But if you have a job that requires you to work from home, then it’s unlikely that your sofa will be big enough for you to spread out on it with your laptop and papers in front of you. That’s why a desk is so essential for any man cave – this will allow you to create an office space without crowding into one room.
The size of your man cave will determine your desk type. If it’s just a tiny room, then you can probably get away with a small table that has drawers on one side and space for a laptop on the other. However, if you have plenty of space, then an L-shaped desk might be more appropriate – this allows you to spread out your work while still having enough room for visitors to sit down and chat with them!
No man cave is incomplete without a bar. Not only will you have somewhere to put all the alcohol, but it’s also the perfect place to make your favourite cocktails with friends, but it’s not just for drinking! Your bar can also be used as a place to put all of your trophies, awards and other memorabilia – so it’s worth investing in a good one.
Drinks are an essential part of any man cave; whether it’s red wine or beer, something must be available to keep everyone happy.
Opt for The Grand Artisan Bar, where you can choose to add an integrated fridge to keep your beverages and snacks cool.
Artwork is a great way to liven up your man cave. If you have a favourite artist or painting, why not add it as the focal point of your wall? This will help bring all of the elements in your room together, creating a focal point that everyone can enjoy!
Lighting is essential in any room, so ensuring that you have the proper lighting for your man cave is important. You don’t want too much light, or it’ll look like a hospital, but too little can make things feel gloomy and unwelcoming! Try using dimmer switches throughout your space so you can easily adjust the mood at any time.
Finally, it’s essential to add some finishing touches. This can be anything from a rug on the floor to a lovely painting on the wall. You should also consider adding some plants throughout your man cave; they will help bring life and energy into your space!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating the perfect man cave. Remember, your cave is a place where you can relax with friends and family—so make sure to include features that will help you enjoy those special moments!