Whether you’re seeking a hideaway spot to soak up some R&R or looking for a way to transform a spare room or unused basement, a man cave can be the perfect spot to unwind, pass the time with friends, or focus on your hobbies. Like the she shed, there’s no limit to what a man cave can be. If you’re looking to create this kind of space in your home, read on to learn our favorite man cave ideas that work for both small and large spaces.
1. Getting Your Space Ready
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Before you turn that blank canvas into your dream nook, move all the items that are currently stowed there into a self-storage unit. This will keep your prized possessions safe until you need to access them again and free up some valuable space. Depending on what condition your room is in, you may need to give it a thorough cleaning and paint the walls to give it a fresh lease on life.
|Tip: See our Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist to prepare your space for a man-cave makeover.
And even if your man cave is meant to be a private sanctuary, that doesn’t mean it needs to clash with the rest of the home. Try to involve your partner in some of the decision-making so that your man cave meets your needs while still flowing with the rest of the space. This can be as simple as accenting a wall with splashes of your home’s broader color palette, bringing in a few materials that echo your living room theme, or sticking to a similar furniture style (such as mid-century modern, art deco, boho, etc.).
Once you’ve prepped the area, you can get started on putting your dream man cave together.
If you love tinkering with your hands, a workshop is the perfect way to pass the time. Whether you want to perfect your woodworking skills or finally tackle some DIY projects to spruce up your home, having a separate workshop can make it much easier to actually check off all those items on your list. Depending on the type of projects you’ll want to tackle, you may want to add a table, a workbench, or some shelves so you can hang your tools.
3. Game Room
If you’re an avid gamer or love having your whole friend group over for game night, turning your man cave into a game room will make it much easier to entertain people at a moment’s notice. You can install some shelves or cubicles so there’s plenty of room to keep all of your games in the designated game room. You’ll also likely want to put a couch and a few comfy chairs in the man cave so there’s enough seating for everyone. Don’t forget to install a mini fridge so you can stock some of your favorite snacks and drinks for when the gang’s all there.
4. Meditation Space
If raucous game nights aren’t your speed, why not opt for a meditation zone instead? Consider adding a rug, pillows, poufs, or comfy chairs to transform it into an ideal relaxation zone. Plants can add a serene pop of life to keep you feeling grounded and calm (just make sure you’re picking plants that can tolerate low-light conditions if your meditation cave is in a basement or doesn’t have a window). You can also put some incense or candles into the space to create the perfect vibe for moments of reflection. A meditation space can also be easily transformed into a yoga room if you want to perfect your downward dog.
For more ideas on transforming an unused space into a personal oasis, check out our 10 She Shed Ideas for the Ultimate Garden Escape.
Whether you work remotely part-time or every day of the week, you may want to turn an underutilized space into an office or study. Having a workroom can provide some much-needed separation between your personal and professional lives and ensure you have a quiet space to brainstorm or take calls. While all you need is a desk and office chair, the trick to turning it into an office that feels like you is to add objects, art, and decor that you love — whether it’s a framed poster, a neon sign, a vintage lamp, or a high-tech monitor and keyboard setup.
|Tip: If you’re transforming a backyard shed, you may need to install electricity or run a power cord from your house to the backyard. You can do this yourself or hire a professional, but be sure to think about how much power you’ll need apart from your laptop, whether it’s a lamp, mini fridge, powered standing desk, coffee maker, or even AC and space heater.
Bookworms, take note: you can also turn the space into your very own library by adding floor-to-ceiling shelving or bookcases so you can keep copies of your favorite books or academic works on hand. Consider adding a plush chair or loveseat so you can get comfy as you hunker down with a good book. You might also want to keep a basket of blankets in the den in case you want to curl up with a novel. For an even more enviable setup, consider adding a snack cabinet in case you get hungry.
7. Home Theater
Bring the magic of the movies into your own home by turning your basement or shed into a home theater. To start, purchase a projector and sound system as well as some bucket-like movie theater seats. Alternatively, you can put some bean bags or poufs on the floor. If you’re a cinephile who likes collecting DVDs, build some shelves on the wall or create a sleek entertainment center. If you’re big into family movie nights or love hosting group viewing parties, consider purchasing a soda fountain or popcorn machine to make your place truly feel like a movie theater.
8. Sports Room
Root for your home team in style by creating your very own sports nook. You can start by hanging sports memorabilia such as jerseys or signed sports gear on the walls and then installing a large television so you don’t miss a moment of the big games. A mini fridge or a DIY bar cart can make it easy for you and your friends to grab game-day libations. You might also want to buy a rug or wall hangings with a fun sports theme to create an even more sports-centric environment.
9. Wine Cellar
If you’re looking for an ideal place to store your burgeoning wine collection, why not create your own wine cellar? Wine needs to be stored in a cool, dark place at different temperatures depending on whether it’s red or white, so it’s important to make sure the temperature is at an optimal range so your wine is protected. Once that’s out of the way, you can add a wine rack to keep your favorite bottles on display. You can keep any excess bottles in a wine fridge.
|Tip: Check out our guide to Storing Wine at Home to get started. If you’re ready to buy a fridge, take a look at the 9 Best Wine Coolers and Fridges for Wine Enthusiasts.
10. Golf Room
If you can never quite get your fill of golf, why not make your man cave into a golf room? You can purchase a putting green or golf simulator so you can work on steadily improving your swing. Don’t be surprised if your man cave suddenly becomes the most popular hangout spot among your friend group! If golf isn’t your go-to sport, you can easily transform the man cave into something different like a boxing studio or home gym.
11. Vintage Memorabilia Room
If you’re a bona fide collector who is running low on space to keep your coin collection, antique globes, or other vintage memorabilia, making a vintage memorabilia room can help ensure you can display some of your most prized possessions. Start by purchasing some peel-and-stick wallpaper that matches your desired aesthetic and then put up some floating shelves so you show off all of your memorabilia.