Everyone needs somewhere to retreat to, and when done right, a “man cave” can be just the place. A man cave is typically a spare space at home (basement, extra bedroom, garage) that crosses relaxation with recreation for the ultimate hangout spot. Our gripe with the standard idea of this space is that it can be reminiscent of a college dorm or frat house. That’s not to say that your man cave can’t pay homage to your university days, but we’re here to show how design can suits both your personal sentiments and contemporary style. We’ve broken down these spaces into three categories: comfort, recreation, and style.
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Ditch the futon; invest in a sectional
You (and most likely your buds) will be spending a good amount of time lounging, watching the game or binging films. Toss the backache-inducing futon and put your money into a quality seating option, such as this leather sectional shown above. This sofa features five power-reclining seats, built-in cupholders, and USB charging ports so you have access to your cell as it powers up.
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Ditch the red cups; invest in a mini fridge
Whether you prefer H2O or IPA, think about the way you consume your beverages. Keep a mini fridge stocked at all times with options for guests who do (or don’t) share your personal taste. If you have the real estate (and the demand), go big with a full size fridge and sink for accessible washing.
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Ditch themed bean bags; invest in a sleek rocker
You’re never too old for a video game sesh. You are, however, too old for cheap bean bags that lack back support. Skip the formless seat and get a sleek gaming rocker. This wired gaming chair connects with most consoles and audio systems and also has a headphone jack and two headrest speakers. Even when not playing music or a game, a modern chair like this is a great option for a more sophisticated hangout.
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Ditch the portable speaker; invest in a sound system
A legit hangout space needs serious sound capabilities. Set up your space for surround sound with a 5.1 system, such as the one pictured on the upper right. The set includes a soundbar, subwoofer, and remote control or Bluetooth capability for the best movie nights and pre-games.
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Ditch the dart board; invest in a game table
Instead of furnishing your place with a dart board that’ll most likely serve as a decor piece rather than an activity, set up a versatile game table. This table plays double-duty with a removable top that transforms from a dining buffet into a game night surface.
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Ditch the loose weights; invest in a dumbbell set
Instead of dropping miscellaneous weights on the ground (a stubbed toe waiting to happen), invest in a set that will stay organized after a workout. Bonus, it looks less unsightly when not in use.
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Ditch the tacked jerseys; invest in a framed display
As previously mentioned, you can still rep your favorite teams inside a man cave, just do it with design in mind. Rather than pinning garments to a wall, display jerseys in an attractive case that locks up and keeps out dust.
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Ditch the hanging fish; invest in a hanging planter
Bring in outdoor elements such as natural wood finishes, granite table tops, stonework, and neutral color palettes. Trade corny memorabilia for something that adds just a bit of style, like a planter.
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Ditch the stacked magazines; invest in a bookshelf
A little organization goes a long way, and a sleek bookcase will provide plenty of space for magazines, books, movies, or a music collection.
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