Inspiring Man Cave Ideas
Here are 100 man cave ideas to inspire even the most non-creative, manliest guy to being acting like a woman with a new diamond ring.
We highly suggest going over many man cave ideas to get your creative juices for designing a man cave flowing. We have put careful attention into finding some of the most common, to the most unique man cave ideas to spur your imagination.
Pro Tip: Some of these man cave ideas may take a diamond ring and potentially a “She Shed” for the wife to make some of these happen. Depending on your wife’s personality and the type of man cave you want to make, you might want to factor these items into your budget…
Man Cave Design Tips
A man cave is a space for us men of the house to fulfill the daily need to retreat, relax, and restore through whatever we desire.
The man cave is a sanctuary of sorts, where we can treat ourselves to our guilty pleasures. Your man cave design should be tailored to your hobbies, interests, and personality. Every man is different and the possibilities when making a man cave are only restricted by creativity.
If I have done my job, the 100 man cave ideas below will inspire you on how you can design a man cave for you. Maybe one of these ideas is exactly what you want. Or, maybe you find several items from a few of these that you would like to compile to make a custom man cave catered to your desires.
Either way, I have placed links to more information below each of the man caves. This will help you with finding more inspiration, furniture, decorations, and more for the specific man cave type featured.
Without further ado, let’s dive into our 100 man cave design ideas.
Man cave sheds are increasing in popularity. Sheds can cost less than renovating a basement and you can get out of the house! If space is limited inside your house, a man cave in a shed may be a good option.
The bar is arguably the main attraction in a proper man cave, so you need to make sure your bar is at par with a full stock of alcohol, seating, and other amenities. Many of the man cave ideas in this article feature some bar ideas that you can also pull inspiration from.
The basement is often times the ideal place for a man’s hangout spot. This picture above is a literal take on a cave for a basement man cave, but there are many ways to take building a man cave in the basement.
One thing I want in my garage man cave is an in ground car lift. I would gladly take the Ferrari, too. The Ferrari might take me a few more decades. A car lift is a bit more realistic. Every garage man cave needs a car lift, either for show like this one or functional to work on the car.
If you are looking for a calm hideout for entertaining guests, you might want to go the rustic man cave route. Soothing wood, antique inspired lights, and natural colored stone are things you want to make sure your rustic man cave ideas incorporate.
An office man cave needs to have that masculine feel when you are trying to stand your ground in a negotiation or pound away on computer work. This man cave office has it all – industrial metal features, calming fish tank, a fireplace for those long winter work nights, and an inspirational picture of the wife above the mantel.
This is more like a sports man cave theater! Having multiple TVs to watch the overlapping games, a fully stocked bar, and comfortable chairs set up for watching games all day. See the sports ticker at the top of the wall, too?! Top if off with displaying your memorabilia and you have an ultimate sports man cave.
What is an archery man cave without a home archery range? This is obviously ideal if you have an area that you can dedicate 20-40 yards of clear path to shoot so you aren’t sending arrows through the wife’s Christmas decorations. Unless you are sick of them, then by all means…
If you are a Star Wars fan, then you probably just felt the force and your eyes lit up! Even if you are not a big fan of the Star Wars enterprise, this is one well done room that you have to agree is studio or theme park quality.
Converted Pole Barn
This is one of the most amazing pole barn ideas I have seen. The use of reclaimed wood on the walls and tin on the ceiling makes it feel rustic and old, but it is clearly new and fresh. So much character! Let alone space for the entire family reunion.
This is proof that you don’t need much space to build out a nice garage with some Harley-Davidson home decor, orange and black paint. This guy went above and beyond with the black and orange garage tiles! Just make sure to get the Harley-Davidson bar and shield logo wall decal. It’s a must have for any Harley man cave!
To me, this one screamed luxury Las Vegas night club. This looks like a great style for those looking for more room, less items, but spending all that extra cash on expensive architecture and furniture.
What is a hunting themed man cave without a bunch of trophy mounts? Yet, I think one of the best parts is the custom glass gun case built in to the room. If I had a collection of antique guns, this looks to me like the best way to show them off – without necessarily being a show off.
If this room does not scream baseball fan, I am not sure what would – aside from my buddy who gets too drunk at the ballpark and is literally a screaming baseball fan. The baseball glove chair is the icing on the cake, while the authentic score board is definitely the cherry on top.
This is honestly a picture perfect bathroom. A sink. A urinal. And a speed limit sign to not only warn you to check your speed if you are stumbling too hot into the bathroom, but also to remind your friends to keep an eye on their speed on the way home. Truly the perfect man cave garage bathroom.
The shipping container or storage container conversions have always interested me. They would make perfect little offices or workshops! Let alone storage buildings for all the toys. They really are not expensive considering they will outlast most of us, depending on where you live.
2 Car Garage
Doesn’t this look like the perfect hide out when things get rough inside the house? Well this is actually a garage converted into a home by a couple, but to me – this looks like the perfect escape. “Honey. I’ll be in the garage. See you in a week!”
All this place needs is a great stereo system with in-wall speakers and a giant fridge. Call all the buddies and have BYOB party. That’s bring your own beer for those of you who have been out of the party scene for awhile. or boose… Whatever medicine suits your taste buds!
Golf Home Simulator
I’ll be honest, I shank golf balls like I had a goal to smash car windows passing by on the highway behind me. I honestly would love a golf simulator to practice driving without the embarrassment of going to a golf range. If you are into golf, a man cave golf simulator should be on the priority list. They actually aren’t too expensive these days.
If you grew up fishing like me, you have to appreciate this set up. Pretty much all the supplies at your fingertips to make the jigs you need to get the ultimate catch. The retro fridge right there for your necessities; bait and beer. What more could you need in fishing themed man cave?
You know you are a cigar connoisseur if you have a temperature controlled room housing a closet full of cigars. I imagine Kevin O’leary from Shark Tank having a room like this in his house, stocked with his fine cigars – right next to his extensive wine collection in the cellar.
A hockey locker man cave. If you are a hockey fan, you probably appreciate this, too. I have a feeling my nephew, who is currently two years old and more hockey gear and has been to more hockey games than anyone I know, will have this one day in my brother’s basement. They are already getting a full set of synthetic ice to practice hockey in the basement of the house!
This is a literal take on the word “cave” when it comes to build out a man cave. This is a really cool underground cave concept. I would just hope that is a cover on that couch and there is a hidden hot tub under there…
This one goes to show you don’t need much to create a little space of your own. A nice work bench, a few stools, a beer sign, and a mini fridge are all the bare essentials. The one benefit is less space to clean, but it can also get cluttered up pretty fast if you do not stay organized.
This is a really nice table to host up to 8 people for playing cards or really any type of game. Then you have shuffle board over to the right, some TVs in the back for watching the live games, and you could probably fit a nice pool table in there, too!
This is probably the smallest mini bar, but if you are truly limited on space – this could be the perfect addition to any room of the house. Stake claim to your wall and mount a mini bar!
This industrial vibe reminds me of a bar out in Santa Barbara located in the “Funk Zone.” Dim the lights, put on some chill music, and you have the perfect hangout to relax with good company and a custom cocktail.
This workshop to some might looked packed or cluttered. To us who love cars, motorcycles and anything else that revolves around an engine – this is as close to heaven on earth as we can get!
This retro modern room is the perfect place to have some friends over to hangout, play some cards, and maybe convince them to play the slot over there in the corner that you rigged to never hit.
This NFL football room is decked out! The field on the floor, jerseys, even the deer on the wall way in back there is decorated with gear. That platform right there? It turns to face the back wall where the projector screen is down, and back toward the center of the room. A twist on the normal home theater.
My goal some day is to have a car garage like this where I can hangout and overlook my line of show worthy cars through the crystal clear glass wall into the spotless garage. It’s a nice touch to have the cars match the accent color inside the hangout room.
This one might seem a bit dark, but to those who are steam punk – it is on it’s way to perfection! I agree it could use some more obscure contraptions made of pipes, colored glass, and gages – but it’s a start!
This room probably houses every known gun ever used in military combat. To those who have served, these are not merely guns hanging on the wall or set up in the middle of the room. It’s history. Each piece has untold stories behind them – why they were made, who made them, where they were used, who used them, what happened with them. This is a true military fanatic’s room.
Now this is a kitchen for men! Stove? Fridge for food? Who needs this? A drink fridge, 55″ TV, and some glasses. We could use a microwave for popcorn and maybe a pizza oven, though.
Tactical gear room. Command center. War room. Call it what you want, this room is sweet! I personally love having security cameras that get views of every angle for security and documentation in-case someone does try to do something. Couple that with the arsenal of guns, tactical vests, backpacks, gloves, and other gear lined up ready to go – true inspiration.
This dark room has custom built collectable superhero action figure cases that house over one hundred action figures. The lights in the cabinets go unseen, but shine perfectly to display the collection. This is the perfect room for the hardcore superhero fan.
If you are into sci-fi, this room probably looks like the perfect lab for hanging out. Robots, aliens, even a giant eyeball hanging from the ceiling. That’s not even the creepiest part… do you see the random arms coming from behind the couch?
A father and son actually built this over a 3 year period to better organize the comic collection. This almost looks like a comic library room or a really clean comic collector shop. This is a job well done in my opinion. Much different than the many other comic collectors that stack boxes on boxes of comics in a small room…
Most people these days are building a tiny house to live in – but what about to just have a man cave? It’s almost like building a man cave shed, but a little more structurally solid. Keep it on wheels, or build it on a foundation. A tiny house man cave is flexible, but you can really make these a great path to take if you don’t have space in your house or in your garage.
If you want to go for the medieval theme, this guy’s cave featured above is probably one of the best medieval themed cave’s out there – aside from those people who have untapped money pits to throw at building out castles. This was a guy in Utah who spent $50,000 over 3 years to build this!
Even my fiancee who love’s basketball said “this one is cool!” What a calm, warm half basketball court inside a home with a rock climbing wall in the back?! This is such a cool space, especially if you have family that comes over often. Imagine all the possibilities with a basketball gym in a house.
When you are turning a loft into a man cave, you have to make sure to design it so it is not too dark to where you just fall sleep all the time up there. Keep it bright and designing it like this one – warm and a place you could bring any member of your family – is a good idea.
Nascar Man Cave
This garage might looks like an ultimate Nascar man cave, but that’s because it belongs to Mike “Gunslinger” Skinner – former Nascar driver. It also makes sense as to why his two boys, Jamie and Dustin, both went into Nascar racing, too.
This might look like a bigger hangout spot and not too “minimalist” in terms of space, but there really isn’t much distraction in this room. It almost looks like you would see this in a hotel somewhere – clean, crisp, and well designed with a focus on entertainment and hospitality.
When I saw this library man cave, I was speechless. This is a different way to design a garage, but if you are designing a show room for your sport car or muscle car, you could take a classy route and do something like this guy did. Yet, even if you take the car out of the picture, this is a masculine approach to design a man-library!
What makes a geek different than a nerd? A geek is an enthusiast in a particular topic. Nerds have a studious intellect in a particular topic. See the difference? Often times, geeks are collectors of things (i.e. video games, stamps, and art), where as nerds are collectors of knowledge (i.e. books, magazines, and intangible knowledge on a topic). Sometimes you can be both. In this case above, this is a gamer geek man cave – the collector of old computers and video games!
A music room should be warm enough to create the vibe for creative playing solo, while being able to have people hangout and listen from time to time. A large couch, bean bags, and a nice amplifier set up if you plan to play an instrument that needs to plug in. But, it doesn’t have to have only one purpose. Like the room featured above, incorporate some additional hangout features; a table for cards, TVs to watch music award shows, or an occasional sports game.
Any type of motorsports room that has a platform that spins to show off motorcycles, cars, trucks, snowmobiles, or any other type of nice ride catches my attention. Of course, the room should have other items on display. The guy’s garage featured above lined his wall with his motorcycle collection. Tool boxes for housing all your tools and gadgets are a must, but maybe even a TV to two to watch the races in the background. Also, deck it out with memorabilia from your favorite drivers and teams!
If you are going to allocate the space and put in the effort to build a home theater room, you need to make sure you have theater quality projector, a large screen, good speakers. Those are a must. Add in other features that will help create the movie theater feel, such as dimmable indirect lights and comfortable luxury theater chairs. If you want to go all out, include a mini bar, a snack cabinet, and a popcorn machine!
A luxury RV man cave?! If you have the extra money and want a man cave that you can travel with, or even just park on a property, an RV might be a good option for you. There are several options for luxury RVs to buy, in varying lengths and with a wide variety of features.
Above is a modern take on a soccer man cave, but you could do your man cave in many different ways. The table is cool, and the old phone booth is a nice feature in this one. Make sure you get good jersey displays for signed jerseys. Also, maybe set up an area for you to kick around or juggle a ball!
The sign says it all! Honestly – how nice would it be to wake up after a long night and hit the sauna to get a good sweat in and detox? They actually don’t take up too much room. This one is built into a larger, walk-in closet sized room. A sauna spa like this could be incorporated into any other man cave design!
With being a Marvel maniac, you have too many design ideas you could do. Think about all the different superheros and villains. This Avengers decor is a not-so-subtle add to a modern space. A quality wall decal can really begin to change the room and make the space feel bigger if it looks 3D.
Looking for a camo man cave? This is a literal camo man cave featured above – the ultimate man cave camo closet to be exact. Look at all the space! It’s enough camo for an army in there! Obviously, you could take it the other literal route and deck out an entire room in camouflage. Just don’t forget your ghillie suit to scare everyone else that comes in once in awhile!
Imagine a pirate man cave where you decorate the entire room as if you were on a pirate ship. This family took it to the extreme, with sails wrapped on the wood beams above, ropes lining the wall, backlit windows, and custom wood to look like planks on a ship. Down to the barrels, wood flooring, and classic pirate chairs!
When I buy a house in Florida, this is all I want. A piece of land with an outdoor patio man cave with a grill, mini fridge, fire place, and a TV. Oh yeah, some lounge chairs for passing out from being exhausted from relaxing too hard. A man can dream!
If you go to bars often, you know how the vibe doesn’t change too much from the hip hop/rap type bars, to the country bars. Loud music, too many people, and sticky floors are all common. The music and decor might change, but that’s about it. Then, you walk into an Irish pub. Everyone is hanging out with a stein or Irish coffee, having a good, relaxing time with friends. That’s a vibe I would want to have in my man cave!
I bet you didn’t realize this was a kitchen at first, unless you saw the title first and stared questioningly at the picture. Hopefully I didn’t strain your eyes. If you look closely, you can see the oven is in the back center, sink to the right and fridge to the left. If your family is into watching TV at dinner, or maybe having a board meeting style family meeting, this is the kitchen for you! Obviously, take the ideas from this and use it for your media man cave… it doesn’t need to be a kitchen.
This saloons style man cave shows one thing – how to use a small corner space in a garage, basement, or other open area to create your own man space. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive. You could learn how to make your own bar, buy old whisky barrels, a few man cave signs, and cool lights and you got a man bar. Oh yeah, don’t forget the mini fridge.
Mopar Man Cave
A simple man cave design, but effective. This Mopar guy put together a room dedicated to his blue Plymouth Barracuda. Rightfully so – it is one sexy car! But this one goes to show, amongst all the other fancy caves we featured, you don’t have to over do it to have an awesome man cave.
This might look like a picture from a Hollywood movie scene, but it is a real man cave. I was not able to figure out how the car got parked there, unless it was lifted up from underground on the platform it sits on. This is one luxury gentlemen’s man cave!
I am perplexed at how they hung this huge propeller in this man cave, but it fits! It was between this and an aviation man cave that had a small plane hanging as if it was a Kamikaze nose diving into the living room. I went the classier route. A mix of industrial with aviation decor is a good way to style a man cave if you are into aerospace!
Museum of boxing history or man cave? It could be both with the amount of historic leather hanging everywhere. I would love to work for a day in this room, although I bet I would be too distracted taking in all the history.
This is one massive couch! I counted conservatively and you could easily fit 12 people on this couch! Anyway, look at all the jersey’s lining the wall! One large TV front and center for the feature event of the night, with two smaller TVs to the side to keep on eye on other games going on, Might not be NBA, but this would be a sweet spot to host a March Madness party!
Superman Sky Bar
This room has to have been professionally done. The life size figure of Superman to the right, with the Metropolis neon sign! Did you see the huge chrome metal Superman sign on the wall!
A more classic, contemporary look – this man cave will even impress the wife! I personally would replace the painting in the back of the kitchen with a TV. The wife may have been a little too involved with this one, but it still looks comfortable and warm. The exposed brick is awesome.
The perfect room to rewatch 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea – or any nautical movie really. Jaws. Deep Blue Sea. Even Pirate’s of the Caribbean would fly in this nautical man cave. The submarine doors are what make the room come together for me.
Hidden Door Speakeasy
Speaking of Al Capone and hide out, this hidden room speakeasy themed man cave can be an unexpected added touch for guests. Make sure to have a nice card playing table back there!
I bet if I would have showed you this picture without context, you would have never guessed it was a tree house. It is! A huge tree house. Ever since watching Tree House Masters on HGTV, I’ve always wanted one of these. This one has 2 floors and every detail flows together. Look at that bay window!
Chevy guy? I would love this truck for a daily driver, then that Bel Air up there for Sunday cruising. This is a mechanic man cave garage. A huge car lift, a wall of tools, and nice natural light to work all day!
This is the ultimate card playing room. The pool table and poker table match and are nice natural colors, which make this room a bit more elegant. The high ceilings make it feel like you are in a classy resort casino, when really you’re just home playing cards with the boys.
Which one did you like the most?
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A man cave is a man’s sanctuary, where he can go to relax, explore hobbies, and enjoy some space in a room that is designed, decorated, furnished, and littered with his favorite items. A man cave is a place for a man to escape to get some space and reduce stress.
There are many things you should put in a man cave, but a few essentials are below:
- Car Lift
- Gym Equipment
How much it costs to build a man cave depends on the man cave you build. Here are some typical man cave costs:
- Small Spare Room: $5,000+
- Outdoor Kitchen: $16,000 – 20,000
- Shed: $16,000 – 25,000
- School Bus Conversion: $20,000 – 60,000
- New Room: $40,000 – 52,000
- Garage: $25,000 – 100,000
- Detached Addition: $30,000 – 80,000
- Van Conversion: $35,000 – 120,000
- Barn: $40,000 – 80,000
- Basement: $50,000 – 80,000
- Tiny House: $60,000 – 80,000
Building a man cave can be expensive. A few ways to save money is to phase your man cave build over a few years to better budget the build and take advantage of holiday sales over time for different items. Another way is to do all the labor yourself, or to hire friends who are professionals to help you build your man cave.
For a complete guide on how to save money building a man cave and increase your home value by the largest amount, check out our guide on How to Build a Man Cave to Increase Home Value and Make Money.
A woman’s man cave is a called a she shed. A she shed is a place for women to decorate and hang out to do crafts, gardening, have animals, workout, meditate, and several other activities. A she shed is often very clean, glamorous, and can cost more than a man cave shed, but not as much as other types of man caves.