When you think of a mind cave, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Intimidating deer heads displayed above a fireplace? A pack of beer sitting next to a dull-looking recliner? Sports jerseys and posters on the walls?
While these appear to be the cliche man cave ideas, they hardly do any justice to the options available to create a cool man cave space. So, whether you’re a father, husband, or bachelor in need of a getaway space from the rest of your house, take inspiration from the following ideas to design a place you can call your haven.
Create a Game Room Downstairs
Perhaps you enjoy spending time with your buddies, playing pool, cards, or any other game. The last thing you want is others interrupting your game sessions. If your home comes with a basement or garage, you have the perfect spot to set up your man cave. And if you don’t feel like playing any games, you can just relax there by yourself by throwing in a comfy piece of furniture. Be sure to add some lighting to give the ambiance a needed lift.
Your Sports Haven
It can be quite frustrating when you want to enjoy your favorite sports program on TV, but your kids will rather watch cartoons. Or perhaps you love to scream at your TV screen, cheering your favorite team to glory (or cursing at them for not being good enough), but your partner just doesn’t appreciate the noise.
In this case, your man cave can be your sports haven. Set it up with a high-def TV screen, a sofa wide enough for you and your buddies, and add a mini bar or a coffee machine if you prefer. You can also opt for sound-proof glass walls to avoid waking up the neighbors.
The Perfect Touch of Wooden Sophistication
From wooden floors to wood-clad walls, you’ll be amazed by the level of sophistication you can bring to your man cave space by incorporating wood and wooden elements into your design. You can also use wood paneling to add some level of dark decor theme to your man cave space, complemented by window shades that will render your space irresistible.
Also, be sure to highlight your wooden floors by limiting the number of furniture pieces. Doing this will leave you with enough room to move about when enjoying your pool game. It will also leave you with plenty of room to relax, enjoy a good sports game, or just brag about your well-polished wooden floors.
‘Lofty’ Design with High Ceilings
If you live in a large, undivided space with tall ceilings, creating a man cave can be difficult but not impossible. An excellent man cave idea for this type of space is to create a loft. Try breaking the old rules of man cave interior designs with a ‘lofty’ design by taking full advantage of your high ceilings.
Creating a distinctive high ceiling design can also blend beautifully with cool gray wooden elements to deliver an attractive space that shows personality. As shown in the picture above, you can also use translucent glass to fence your loft and offer you some privacy. Add a simple steel staircase to give you access to your man cave loft while offering a distinctive design element to the space.
Penthouse Man Cave
This is one of the best man cave décor ideas for a penthouse home. You can transform your interior into a cradle of luxury designed for maximum comfort. You can’t afford to leave anything to chance if you want to create this visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing man cave.
You can use exotic rugs for your floors while you drape your ceiling with dramatic chandeliers. A plush sofa will also add maximum comfort for your relaxation. This penthouse man cave is neatly organized with a dining area and space to indulge in your favorite TV shows. The large television remains a mainstay of the man cave, but it is also important to find the right lighting to create that penthouse man cave feel.
Create a Rustic Look with a Brick Wall
Showcasing your exposed brick wall adds some warmth to your man cave, as it involves a warm and rustic-looking cabin feel. When creating a rustic look with an exposed brick wall, you can choose to transform an entire wall or focus on just a small segment that’ll attract attention.
For example, you can use a brick wall as the perfect background for your entertainment system, or even add a rustic bar for when friends come over. Better still, this multipurpose space can be your den for expressing your creative side—be it music, writing or art. A rustic-looking wall can also serve as an inspiration for your cabin’s color theme. For instance, a dark brown brick wall will mesh well with warm wooden architecture.
The Elegant Private Bar You Need
If you’ve ever dreamed of having a modern, upscale walk-in bar in your home, then you have no excuse if you don’t add this feature to your man cave. What’s more, your man cave offers the privacy you might not get from the rest of your home. And adding a private bar to that space means you get to enjoy your favorite drinks and organize your thoughts with some quietness.
But your bar should be more than a place to just go and drink. Let the setup boost your ambiance by taking advantage of various man cave bar ideas, adding stylish bar stools and a background light to illuminate your drink collection.
Create a Center of Attraction
Pick a design piece you love to highlight your ambiance or your center of attraction while reflecting your interests. For example, if a hunting game is your favorite sport, you can use any animal head to decorate a segment of your wall and showcase your interests without saying a word. The image, for example, showcases a majestic deer antler, which will probably be one of the first things you’ll notice when you walk into that space.
If you’re a football fan, why not try creating a display shelf that exhibits various football paraphernalia? An art collector can also decorate one side of the man cave wall with an eye-catching painting or any other art piece.
Create an Entertainment Area
Your ideal man cave should come fully equipped with all the entertainment options you love, from video games to good music and everything in between. Creating an entertainment area will spruce up your space and ensure that there is never a dull moment.
You can dedicate one section of your space for a gaming setup equipped with the consoles you love. Your man cave can come with a cinema-inspired design theme if you prefer movies. You can also add a custom bar like the one depicted in the image above.
Add a Touch of Green
Plants can make a world of difference in any space. And if any part of your home needs to have a touch of green, it is your man cave. Fortunately, it takes close to no effort to decorate any space with plants.
All you need is to purchase one indoor plant (or two, depending on the size of your man cave), let it sit pretty in a beautiful plant pot, and place it almost anywhere in your man cave. But be sure to give it all the sunlight it needs to grow. Beyond beautifying your man cave, plants also offer several physical and mental benefits, filtering your indoor air and helping you to relax.
Creating the perfect man cave is all about comfort and having a getaway space you can run to. Your man cave should help you relax and enjoy some of life’s little luxuries without worrying about the ‘outside’ world. And that means furnishing your space with the right design elements. So feel free to tap some inspiration from the ideas above.
What should be in a man cave?
Building the ideal man cave combines smart design, man cave furniture, and high-tech entertainment. Whether renovating or creating a new man cave, a few things worth adding to your space include a couch, a TV screen, preferred games, a refrigerator, plants, bar, etc.
What do you decorate a man cave with?
You can decorate with anything that helps you relax, from collectibles and art pieces to your favorite posters. Look for options that add personality and character to your space and allow you to enjoy all the time you spend there.
Do man caves add value?
Yes, having a man cave can increase the value of your home when you want to put it on the market. Almost every man loves a home with an extra space they can just relax in. However, you want to ensure the buyer knows what they are looking at when they walk in.
How do you make a small man cave?
A small man cave requires taking advantage of every inch of space you have. Prioritize comfort first when implementing your man cave ideas, and try not to add too many things, as you don’t want to create clutter.