It doesn’t matter if you have 5,000 square feet of room to play with or just a small space, you can have your very own man cave, and why not?
You deserve to have a space that is all your own. An area where the stress melts off and you can enjoy life. You want a space where friends can come and enjoy their time with you.
In this comprehensive guide, I’m going to cover everything from simple floor plans you can use to the man cave furniture you’ll want to buy to complete your man cave.
Man Cave Floor Plans
In the beginning of your planning process, you’re going to have a million ideas swirling around in your head.
First, you’re going to need to figure out what space will be used for your man cave. You can’t do too much else before defining the space.
When I think of a cave, the first thing I think is underground or in a basement setting, but that isn’t possible for everyone.
Not all houses are equipped with an adequate basement for a man cave and finishing a basement can be quite costly. The man cave doesn’t actually need to be in the basement. Any space you have will work well.
Where Are My Options?
Consider using a spare bedroom or garage. People have even been known to transform a large walk in closet or attic space. Some unique man caves have actually been sheds that were built in the backyard. It’s almost like a grown-up tree house! Hell, why not actually make it a tree house?
When designing the man cave floor plans, there are several things you’ll want to consider. First, do you have services to the room such as electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling?
If you need these aspects in your man cave and don’t have them, you’ll want to start your project there. For tasks that are beyond your scope of expertise, you’ll want to call a professional to come in and get the job done right.
Second, write out on your man cave floor plans what things are necessary for your man cave and what things you would like to have. That way as you’re designing the space, you’ll be sure to start with the priorities first.
For example, is a man cave recliner more important to you than man cave neon signs?
Which are you going to start with?
If you’re feeling really adventurous, why not consider having the entrance to your man cave be a secret door?
This gives you the opportunity to hide your man cave and show it just to the people you want to include. It really isn’t as difficult to create as you might think. There are tons of YouTube tutorials available.
If you need some ideas on how to create man cave floor plans, you might want to check out some do-it-yourself articles and if this is all new to you and you’d like to see some man cave ideas, just search around the net for videos on how others did theirs.
Man Cave Furniture
Once you’ve determined the space you’re going to use, the next step is to begin thinking about the man cave furniture you want in the room. Hopefully, you’ll be spending a lot of time enjoying the area, so comfort is key. Let’s take a look at a few aspects of the room you might want to include.
Man Cave Seating
When addressing the issue of man cave seating, you’ll need to first determine how many people will be using the area. If you plan just to have a couple people in at a time, a few man cave recliners might be the best option.
If there will be large amounts of entertaining, you might consider a man cave couch that’s sectional instead.
3-Seat Home Theater Recliner with Storage Consoles
Personally, I’m in love with this 3-Seat Home Theater Recliner with Storage Consoles. I could definitely enjoy some movies and video games from this chair.
Hydraulic Life Swivel Bar Stool
You’ll also need to grab the perfect man cave chairs for around the bar. I personally like the look of the stylish Hydraulic Life Swivel Bar Stool because it reminds me of relaxing times at the man cave salon that cuts my hair.
A comfortable bar stool is going to make that drink taste far better, wouldn’t you agree?
X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 4.1 Audio Gaming Chair
Many men like to have a dedicated chair or area for the gaming.
This X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 4.1 Audio Gaming Chair could also make for a comfortable addition to the man cave chairs lineup.
If your male dog will be joining you for some bonding time in the man cave, don’t forget that he needs some seating options as well.
I personally think the shark dog bed is the way to go.
It’s mean and tough, just what your dog needs to feel the flow of testosterone.
Whatever mancave furniture you choose to include, make sure it’s comfortable and relaxing. You may have people spending the night, and you’ll want a cozy place for them to crash. You’ll also be spending a lot of time enjoying your space, so it should be a sanctuary.
Man Cave Storage
Are you planning on having video games, movies and more in your man cave setting? Then you’ll also want to be sure to purchase the appropriate man cave storage to house it all, without looking like a boring storage unit.
There are several options available to you for your man cave storage.
Walker Edison Media Storage Cabinet
The Walker Edison Media Storage Cabinet is a chose if you want an open-multimedia storage unit.
Sauder Orchard Multimedia Storage
Or something that’s a little more private and closed, like the Sauder Orchard Multimedia Storage.
Some people choose to just use simple bookshelves or milk crates for their storage needs.
Whatever option you choose, be sure you pick man cave storage that grows with you.
No doubt you’re going to be accumulating much more media as you enjoy your room. Keep that in mind when you make a decision.
Man Cave Appliances
You aren’t going to want to run upstairs or back inside from your man cave to grab a cold beer. That’s why you’ll need to search out the very best man cave appliances to suit your room. You could bring an apartment or dorm size fridge that you’re recycling from somewhere else in, especially if you are low on funds.
Danby Compact Refrigerator
If you’ve like something shiny and new, try this Danby Compact Refrigerator.
Having a fridge in your cave not only means you can stay in there for longer without going thirsty or hungry, but it protects your food from others in the house!
Phiestina Beverage Cooler
If you want to take it up another notch, Phiestina Beverage Cooler adds in a dedicated beverage cooler where friends can see everything being offered. This also means you’ll see when the drink supply is starting to run low, so you can restock.
When it comes to cooking, most people aren’t going to have the luxury of having a full kitchen in their man cave, but there are plenty of small appliances that can help you out.
Take the Farberware Microwave for example. A stainless steel microwave can heat up food and cook most foods. Plus it looks sleek and manly.
Hamilton Beach Sandwich Machine
You can make some amazing sandwiches with a Panini press.
The Hamilton Beach Sandwich Machine can do just that which is great for snacks.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich
If you’re spending the night in your man cave, (whether by choice or because you’re in the dog house!) you might even want to invest in a breakfast sandwich maker so you can grab something hot before heading off to work.
With the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich, that can easily be done.
Ronco Rotisserie Oven
If you want to cook something fit for a king and you have a little more space, you could even enjoy your very own rotisserie with a Ronco Rotisserie Oven.
Your friends would be queueing up to come watch the next big game at your place.
Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Brainer
If you’re planning to make any mixed drinks while in the man cave, you’ll need the best blender; something that can chop and puree the ice perfectly.
The Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Brainer is the best for the job.
Della Portable Ice Machine
Which leads me right into the last appliance you must have, an ice maker, the Della Portable Ice Machine.
This way you’ll never run out of ice when you need it the most.
Man Cave Toilet
Yep – I said it! A man cave toilet. While I recognize that this throne toilet is probably out of the price range of most, it had to be mentioned.
Who wouldn’t want a throne in the bathroom?
If you’re feeling like making something special for yourself instead, you’ve got to check out the DIY Game of Thrones Toilet. It would make for a great project and amazing conversational piece in your man cave bathroom – once your visitor has come out of the bathroom again, of course!
Mahogany Scented Candles
While we’re on the subject of bathrooms, let’s keep it real for a moment, shall we?
If you have a bathroom in your man cave, or even if you don’t, it could get smelly.
Do yourself and those around you a favor, and bring some manly candles into the cave to keep it fresh but not feminine.
Man Cave Entertainment
The type of man cave entertainment you include in your space is going to mostly rely on the area you have to work with. Sure, we would all love a pool table, ping pong table, movie theater, video game area and foosball table, but do we have enough room for it all?
Here are a few thoughts on the most popular ways to enjoy your time in the man cave.
One of the biggest desires in the man cave is to have a high-quality Media room. This is a dark, quiet place to enjoy your favorite TV and movies. HGTV have put together quite a few amazing designs to get the creative juices flowing. If that isn’t enough inspiration, there’s also YouTube Videos available.
Projector & Screen
Meyoung Portable Projector Efficiency Smartphones
One of the ways you can create your media room is with a projector and screen.
You need to be sure that you find a high-quality projector.
This is going to be key to having a clean and crisp picture. And this is where Meyoung Portable Projector Efficiency Smartphones comes in. You’ll certainly want an option that can play from a Blu-Ray or directly from an electronic device such as this model.
Visual Apex Projector
When looking for a screen, you could use something that goes directly on the wall, or choose a stand-alone option like this Visual Apex Projector.
If you prefer the look of a TV, you are going to need something big and of the utmost quality. A great time to purchase a TV on sale would be around Black Friday if you can wait for it. When shopping for your TV, you’re going to notice four main variations:
- LED – These are ideal for a brightly lit room or with normal lighting conditions because they stay bright despite the other lights.
- LCD – Much like the LED, you’ll want this if you need to place the TV in a brightly lit room
- Plasma – These are ideal for dark and dimly lit rooms. The deep black will stand out, along with the many rich colors when you’re watching in a dark room.
- OLED – Ideally, you want this TV if you’re in a dimly lit room or under normal lighting conditions.
Obviously, there are many different screen sizes available to choose from. I rarely hear of people wishing they’d gotten a smaller TV, so it’s true that bigger is better. The nice thing is that as technology comes along more and more, even the larger TVs seem to take up less space. This is because of the innovative and sleek designs they now use.
LG Flat Screen TV
The option most people go for in a media room is to grab a TV that is at least 65” if you want an immersive experience.
Some of the top brands to look for are Samsung, LG, and Sony.
I also noticed that if you’re willing to purchase a model from a previous year, such as this LG Flat Screen TV, you could save yourself a lot of money.
Media Room Décor
You may not think that the décor of your media room should matter much, but it is important. Take for example the man cave lights you choose to use. The main purpose behind the media room is to create an atmosphere that cultivates immersion into whatever you’re watching. For this reason, it’s important that the right man cave lighting is chosen for the room.
You don’t want to experience any distractions right in the middle of the heated action during a movie. Lamp lighting and suspended lights are going to reflect on most TV screens. This will create a shadow which will be distracting. You want to go with more of a low-profile feel. Here are some options you might consider.
Candle Impressions Wall Sconce
Globe Electrical Adjustable Lighting
Either of these man cave lights will create light for safety, but avoid unnecessary shadows and distortions on the media.
Maybe you’re hoping that your man cave is going to have more of a game room feel to it!
That’s certainly going to bring all your friends over for a good time.
There are many options available to make this happen. Obviously, if you have the room, a great place to start is with a pool table. If you want to incorporate several games into one, there are great tables that feature multiple games.
Fat Cat Original 7 Foot Billiards
I was able to find a product that features air hockey, pool, and table tennis all on one table.
It is the Fat Cat Original 7 Foot Billiards.
Mini Table Pool
If you don’t have the room for a full-size table, you can still have a blast.
There are some great tabletop versions available, and they aren’t expensive at all. Let's take for example the Mini Table Pool.
You can just get the game out when you’re ready for some fun and then store it away for later when it’s not being used.
Deluxe Foldable Poker Blackjack
When the guys come over, why not take a little of their money? I mean, you are providing the awesome man cave, right?
Play a friendly game of poker on an awesome new poker table and they can chip in for the room without even knowing it!
Because I don’t plan on playing poker all the time, I think the best option is a portable table top, like the Deluxe Foldable Poker Blackjack.
This way, when the game is over, it can be stored away for next time. The nice thing about an option with a carrying bag is that you can take it with you to other people’s homes as well.
Winmau Blade 4 Bristle Dartboard
Large game tables aren’t the only option for fun in a man cave. Consider a dart board, which requires just some wall space and a place to stand.
There’s nothing better than a competitive (and friendly) game of darts. Personally, I like the Winmau Blade 4 Bristle Dartboard which is a highly rated board.
You could even get a little crazy and set up a little arcade in your man cave. Consider all the options available for pinball machines and arcades in your home.
You could choose to go old school and find some Pac-Man and Space Invaders games or choose the newest fads on the market. I’m thinking a skeeball game would also be a great addition to a man cave. I can’t think of too many people that wouldn’t love to have an arcade right in their basement!
Man Cave Décor
I briefly touched on media room décor above, if you’re focusing on just creating a space for media, but there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to general man cave décor too.
Man Cave Flooring
Let’s start from the bottom up and discuss man cave flooring options. It’s relatively easy to install a simple hardwood floor, which tends to be the easiest to clean. Most people aren’t fond of the upkeep needed with a carpet, so you’ll probably want to avoid this option if you’ll have dirt on your work boots. If you’re dealing with space in a garage, you could always create some amazing man cave flooring by simply painting it your favorite color. You could then get a large area rug to mask the roughness of this outdoor space.
Man Cave Rugs - Outdoor Mat Man Cave
This is where you get to start having a lot of fun in the decorating process.
Pick the best man cave rugs based on your favorite sports teams or whatever interest you have.
You can even put something special by the door. With dedicated man cave rugs at the door of your cave, everyone knows what they’re getting themselves into! It seems like you’ve given them fair warning before entering with this mat; especially those females!
Wallpaper - York Wallcoverings
You may think that picking out man cave wallpaper would also seem like an insignificant aspect of the planning process and you might even consider skipping this section. Don’t!
If you’re designing something to reflect your personality, it’s essential that the man cave wallpaper is a priority.
For something a basic, but manly, you could choose an option such as the York Wallcoverings with rustic brick wallpaper
But it doesn’t stop there. Instead of just purchasing a man cave wallpaper that other men might have on their walls, why not create something of your own!
For example, you could hang a bunch of license plates on the wall for a real conversation piece. I’ve even spotted men using framed comic books on the wall as their wallpaper. Anything that reflects who you are and what matters to you is what should be on your walls.
If weapons are your thing, then be sure to decorate the wall with weapons; primitive to modern. If you prefer animals, maybe this is the time to show off some taxidermy. I’ve even seen many guys hang fishing rods and lures around the walls to remind them of their love of fishing.
Like I’ve said before and I just can’t say it enough, this is your space. It needs to be all about you.
Personalized Name Cave Wall Decal
When you’re ready to take the walls to the next level and start decorating them, something I’ve found helpful is man cave wall decals.
You can find personalized man cave wall decals with your name in them.
3D Light FX Marvel Hammer
You can also choose something that just reflects what you enjoy.
The 3D Light FX Marvel Hammer for example can make a great impression especially to those Marvel fans out there.
With everything that’s available on the market today, grabbing a bunch of man cave wall decals and creating a personalized space is low cost and fun to do. They also tend to come off the wall easily if you ever want to put something else up instead.
Achim Window Shades
There’s only one big thing to avoid on your walls – a window! That’s right, this is a cave isn’t it? You don’t want light coming into your cave and ruining that manly vibe.
If you have no choice but to have a window in your space, be sure you invest in an Achim Window Shades which is a good set of room-darkening shades.
Billiard Light Pull
Decorating your space goes beyond the floors, walls, and furniture. Be sure you’re paying attention to every detail, all the way down to your man cave ceiling fan pulls.
I spotted a huge variety of man cave ceiling fan pulls but obviously my favorite was the 8 Ball - Billiard Light Pull, perfect for installing over the pool table.
When you’re looking to find some small decorative objects for your room, consider the overall theme of the things you love. For example, there are lots of options you can make out of old whiskey bottles that would be great decorative pieces.
Let’s Talk About Food
When your man cave is all set to go, you need to get stocked up with the best munchies and beer so all your friends can come join in. Let’s start with the mancave meats. You can’t have a true mancave unless you’re going to sit around and eat some meat.
Not everyone has the capability to cook in their man cave, so bacon might be out of the question (although you could make it in a microwave), but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy mancave meat.
You can grab some lunchmeats like roast beef, jerky or order lots of pizzas topped with pepperoni and sausage.
EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator Cooler
Food isn’t the only important thing happening in the mancave.
You and I both know you aren’t going to get the party to your house without the right beverages.
Stock up on the soda and water for any designated drivers, then consider EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator Cooler.
Your man cave is sure to be the place to be during the next game with this gem. Or if you have an old fridge lying around, you could actually make your own kegerator.
GoPong 8 Foot Portable Folding Table
You can’t stop there though; you need a beer pong table to create some crazy action. Check out the GoPong 8 Foot Portable Folding Table.
The nice thing about a beer pong table is that most of them are foldable and can be stored easily when not in use.
This way, you don’t have to worry about taking up more space in your man cave.
Overall Do’s & Don’ts
As the article nears its end, I thought it would be important to share with you some quick do’s and don’ts of your man cave. These are simple guidelines to fall back on when in doubt.
- DO – Make sure your space is separate from your living area. It isn’t fair to your family if your stuff starts to overtake the living space. Use any space that can be completely your own and make it everything you’ve hoped for.
- DO – Be sure to choose a theme for your room. It doesn’t need to be a specific theme, anything broad and general will work. Consider sports or cars, something that you love.
- DO – Ensure that you have the right lighting for the room. You’ll need brighter lights for playing poker and reading and dimmer lights for watching media. Have a balance of what you need and continue tweaking the settings until it’s perfected.
- DO – Pick the best furniture you can afford. You will be spending a lot of time in this area and you don’t want to be uncomfortable. Thick, plush seating is ideal when watching the big game. You’ll also want something supportive to enjoy your favorite movies or games.
- DON’T – Avoid making your cave, look like a cave. Decorating with high-quality furniture and fun accessories is going to make this a place everyone wants to visit.
- DON’T – Be sure you don’t get crazy with the theme you picked. You don’t want to bombard people who come over for a relaxing night. It should be subtle and pull the room together, but should never go overboard.
- DON’T – Just because you can afford the biggest TV imaginable doesn’t mean you should buy it. Not all rooms are going to look good with a 90” TV hanging on the wall. Be sure you choose a size that fits the room and looks great in your space.
That was quite a lot to take in all at once, wasn’t it? Between man cave seating, décor, and food, there sure is a lot to discuss. Whatever your plans, remember one thing; this is your space!
You need to be comfortable and happy inside it, and it doesn’t matter if anyone else is. This is the moment to be just a little bit selfish! You create this area based on your needs and what’s going to give you the peace you need to live a happy and successful life.
We all deserve a little place for ourselves, no matter how big or small.