Designing the Ultimate Mancave


Every guy wants a comfortable place to sit back and relax in a room that has been designed just for the guys. Instead of the dark and dank basement rec rooms of the past, today’s man-oriented retreats are designed to be stylish, fun and comfortable. The Mancave is the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a long work week.

If you are going to go for the Man Cave idea, it is worth doing it right. Make your friends jealous on game night by following this easy step-by-step Man Cave Design Guide:

(Ladies listen up! This Man Cave design guide isn’t just for men. A man cave makes a pretty great gift idea for an important anniversary.)

Contemporary Media Room by San Francisco Architects & Designers TRG Architects

Finding the Space

To make your Man Cave the best that it can be, first you need to decide where are you going to put it.
You might need to think outside of the box for this one. Check your basement for a suitable location or plan to takeover the family room. Another popular option is converting the garage to a mancave. Small dens, spare bedrooms and even attic spaces are some other alternatives.

Contemporary Media Room by Westlake Architects & Designers Schill Architecture LLC

Planning – Furniture Placement

Choose your major furniture items. If you are installing a billiards table that will likely take up most of the space. If you want to create a media room to watch the game, leaving enough room for a sprawling sectional sofa or a few banks of reclining chairs will be your priority. Both of these require lots of space. If you are unsure of exactly how much room you need, be sure to take some measurements and draw out a simple floor plan before you begin (you can use graph paper).

Contemporary Media Room by Burlingame Home Media Design & Installation Sight And Sounds

Planning – Electrical

If you are installing a large media system, now is the time to think about your electrical requirements. You want to ensure that you have enough power for all of your toys and that you keep the room well lit for whatever activity you will be embarking upon. Installing a billiards light above your pool table is a necessity while a regular ceiling light might suffice over top of a poker table.

Installing a few extra power outlets can be done easily by a qualified contractor. If you have a lot of audio videp components, consider a fully customized system that houses your components neatly in a closet. Of course, not everyone has the budget for custom millwork. If that is the case, be sure to check out our selection of audio racks and stands to create a small yet useful home for all of your gadgets.

Traditional Media Room by Edina General Contractors John Kraemer & Sons

Choosing A Theme

Before you purchase anything, it’s important to create a plan. What is your theme going to be? Popular man cave design themes include sports, cars or movies. While an eclectic look can be enticing, most of the time it’s easiest just to stick to one design style. Plus if you are basing the them around your favorite sports team you will automatically have a color scheme to choose.

Perhaps a musical theme is more your style. A wall full of musical memorabilia and a classic jukebox are perfect accessories for this style of space. Still others will concentrate on games – be that old-fashioned pinball machines or the latest gaming system with a projector screen. If you are playing full-motion video games, be sure to leave enough room in front of the TV to kick, swing or jump to your hearts content.

Real Flame Hudson Freestanding Electric Fireplace TV Stand in Black Martin Furniture Fremont 96
Real Flame Hudson Freestanding Electric Fireplace TV Stand in Black
Martin Furniture Fremont 96″ Wall Entertainment Center in Chestnut

Man Cave Must Haves: The TV

Every Mancave needs a large flat screen TV, preferably with as many extra components as possible. Tame the mess by providing room for everything in a new TV stand , console or entertainment center. For a casual look, an open TV cabinet with shelves provides storage and easy access. A large closed cabinet has a neater appearance and provides enough room for a large TV.

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Pulaski Accents San Mateo Bar in Medium Wood
Global Furniture USA Corner Home Bar Unit in Black and Silver

Man Cave Must Haves: The Home Bar

Don’t forget about the bar! Most man caves have at least a small beer or wine fridge to hold refreshments. Many others have a full-fledged built-in wet or dry bar with comfy bar stools and plenty of wine racks.

If a built-in bar is not practical, there are plenty of home bars on the market today that will do the trick. Some prefer the look of a large hide-a-home-bar that neatly stores everything out of sight when not in use. Others will do just fine with a wine rack or a small bar with just enough room for two bar stools.

Hillsdale Nassau Game Table in Black American Drew Camden Black Bar Height Pedestal 5 Piece Pub Set
Hillsdale Nassau Game Table in Blac
American Drew Camden Black Bar Height Pedestal 5 Piece Pub Set

Man Cave Must Haves: The Gaming Table

If poker night is part of your weekly routine, creating a spot to play in your new man cave is a smart idea. Poker tables are perfect for enthusiasts. Be sure to choose comfortable matching chairs so that you can play late into the night. If you are a more casual player, a counter height bar table or even a regular dining table might be a better solution. In any case, it’s great to have a spot in your man cave where you can indulge in your favorite activity.

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Finishing It All Off: Accessories

Now it’s time to consider the accessories. Be creative and have fun with this. If you have a collection of helmets, pennants, trophies or posters, now is your chance to haul them out of storage and put them on display.

Neon signs are always a popular choice but framed artwork or sports/ music memorabilia are some other alternatives. If you have been holding onto old concert posters or other items, it’s time to get them framed properly in matching frames.

If you are stuck for ideas, try hunting for inspiration in unusual places. Prop houses, garage sales and antique shops can all yield just the right accent for your newly designed man cave.

Traditional Media Room by Toronto Photographers Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

Now that you have finished planning, purchasing and assembling your new space, you can sit back and invite the guys over for game night. Enjoy!

For more ideas check out our Man Cave Ideabook on Houzz.

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