17 man cave ideas – awesome rooms to make you want your own

Be inspired by these man cave ideas and create a space that can become the perfect retreat...

Man cave ideas
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On the hunt for man cave ideas? Yes yes, we know that the term 'man cave' is not the coolest in the world of interiors, but we do think it concept is a great idea. A stylish space to escape to where you can crack on with hobbies or DIY or just chill out away from kids and pets and... the rest of the world. 

So we have brought together loads of stylish man caves that will make you want to instantly add one to your home. From dark and moody decor ideas, to ridiculously comfortable seating choices and drinks storage that will make you the envy of all your friends, here you will find ideas to suit any man, any style and any budget.

Don't miss our living room ideas page too for plenty more ideas to incorporate into your man cave.

Where should you locate your man cave?

Before we get into our man cave ideas, where exactly can a man cave go? Well, man caves can come in all shapes and forms (the least probable option being in an actual cave). If you want to include a space like this in your home, then you need to think carefully about location. 

You'll either need to sacrifice an existing room (like an underused spare bedroom), convert existing space (like a loft room or garage conversions) or add space on (through extension or adding a garden room). 

1. Pick out the perfect decor for your man cave 

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The right decor can make or break the man cave look. Think deep, earthy tones of blue, grey, green and brown and tactile materials like wood, metal and leather (real or faux) and you won't go far wrong.

The size of the space and the level of natural light available will all play a part in your decor choices (as will your personal taste) but take inspiration from the options below.

Homeowner Rhys Mann turned a dilapidated outbuilding into an uber-cool American-style man cave. The signs, wood-effect walls and a colour palette of earthy tones are great ways to create a masculine-style space.

2. Chose a masculine, yet stylish wallpaper

Mini Moderns Pluto Wallpaper in Lido and Copper, from John Lewis. £55

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This Mini Moderns Pluto Wallpaper from John Lewis in the Lido and Copper colourway has a striking geometric print that would be perfect as a feature wall when paired with deep blue walls. 

The copper accents in the paper are enough to add a touch of brightness without distracting from a cosy, cave-like feel and would look great when paired with copper toned industrial-style accessories.

3. Embrace exposed brick for an industrial vibe 

How to use exposed brick: cosy rocking armchair in front of fireplace with exposed brick, and a grey and white rug and round mirror

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You can DIY and exposed brick wall if have the right set up to do so in your home, just check out our guide to exposed brick walls for a step by step.  But if you're not lucky enough to have an exposed brick wall in your man cave, then create the illusion with brick-effect wallpaper. 

Arthouse wallpaper from Wilko (from £8 per roll) and there are plenty of brick-effect options are available in the range, depending on the tones and style of brick you prefer.

4. Layer up different tones for a cohesive look

Vintage interiors aficionados Emma and Karim yearned for a mid-century house, which they found in this Essex renovation project – now their unique new home

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If you are looking for easy man cave ideas and a simple place to start, picking our a simple colour palette is a good first step. Choose various tones of the same deep shade of green, brown, blue or grey to keep things feeling cosy but still fresh and choose a multitude of textures to create a sense of depth.

5. Create displays with open storage systems

Shelving unit from Skandium.com, prices from £42

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This String storage system from Skandium in walnut and black is the perfect man cave idea if you are looking for stylish but practical storage. It touches on the industrial and Scandi trends, but is also minimalist enough to not feel too imposing in smaller spaces.

6. Always have some space for drinks

Dutchbone vintage French-style wine cabinet from Cuckooland. £589

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If you want your man cave to have wine cellar feel, then you'll need a sophisticated wine storage system. 

This Dutchbone vintage French-style wine cabinet in solid fir wood from Cuckooland is perfect for those who want their man cave to feel a little more grown up. You could also add one of the best wine fridges too. 

7. Or get a drinks trolley for easy access to night caps

Lily Pickard house: wooden drinks trolley

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Not all man caves have space for their own built-in bar, but a compact drinks trolley is a great alternative and a staple of a sophisticated man cave. Copy this man cave idea and make your drinks trolley so stylish is becomes a feature of the room – decorate the top with nice glasses and even prints and houseplants if you have room.

You can find a similar drinks trolley to this at Argos

8. Add some personality with funky lighting 

Neon Hell Yeah light from Rockett St George

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There are some trends from the 1980s that are better best forgotten (like shell suits and oversize shoulder pads), but neon lights are back and make a great style statement and are a great man cave idea. 

This Hell Yeah LED Neon Light from Rockett St George looks great against an exposed brick (or brick-effect) wall and feels quirky, fun and stylish.

9. Embrace industrial style

Hurricane Metal Floor Lamp from Cuckooland

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The industrial style and man caves just go hand in hand – it's the best vibe to stick to if you want to create  a really contemporary space that isn't fussy and won't look cluttered. The key to the trend is lots of metals and clean lines but all mixing in natural fabrics like wood and leather to soften the space. This nook shows how it's done. 

This edgy Hurricane Metal Floor Lamp from Cuckooland would complement any colour scheme and is super-stylish without being fussy.

10. Turn a man cave in a cinema room 

Man cave with large TV

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If you want to use your man cave as a home cinema, then it’s worth investing in the best home theatre system for a truly immersive cinema experience. You can really up the experience by hosting movie nights, you could even go all out and a popcorn machine to your man cave. 

11. Create the ultimate games room in a man cave

Room design from Barbara Genda

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Now this a man cave idea that surely everyone will like. Add a space for games, whether it be classic pool or some retro arcade games will take the space from basically a glorified garage to a proper chill out space.

12. Invest in the right seating for serious gaming 

Gaming Chair from XT Racing

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If you’re planning to use your man cave for some serious gaming, then a gaming chair is a must. The XT Racing Prime Series Premium Gaming Chair reclines, features a removable head rest pillow and back cushion and is height adjustable. Offering comfort and support for the whole body, this chair will help to achieve a completely immersive gaming experience. 

13. Incorporate an at home office

Ann Kronheimer’s garden studio in Stoke Newington is the perfect artistic hideaway for the illustrator

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But not all man cave ideas have to be about play, a man cave is a great spot to add an at home office. Especially with so many more of us working from home now, a workspace away from the rest of your house is a great addition. All it need be is a desk and a chair and maybe some storage for papers and stationery. We have loads of inspiration over in our home office ideas gallery, but our top tip would just be to keep your work area cohesive with the rest of the room so your man cave doesn't just turn into and office. 

14. Use pin boards for practicality and style

Pin Boards from Oliver Bonas

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Mix wall art with functional pin boards like these from Oliver Bonas. Available in rectangular, circular and semi-circular configurations, these boards will add visual interest to bare walls, and provide a useful way to organise reminders, notes and photos.

These boards also provide great colour palette inspiration – every room scheme has to start somewhere!

15. Add in a sofa for comfort 

Balboa three-seater leather sofa from DFS

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If you are looking for man cave ideas for a larger space, then it’s worth considering a sofa. It will make a larger space feel homely and inviting, while offering extreme comfort. You can check out our round up the best sofas for some shopping inspo. 

Choosing muted, earthy tones will help to achieve a masculine look, and going for a leather option will help to add texture to the space. This three-seater Balboa sofa is from DFS and is the perfect man cave sofa.

16. Create more seating with some grown-up bean bags

Faux leather bean bags from Cuckooland

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No longer just a design trope of teenagers’ bedrooms, beanbags are perfectly stylish additions to a grown up scheme and a really easy man cave idea. Go for a leather look in tan, black or grey, to really play up the stylish masculinity of a man cave. These Extreme Lounging Mighty B Faux Leather Bean Bags from Cuckooland are comfy, versatile and cool and are available in varying shades and materials.

17. Go bold with a statement design piece

Egg chair from Maisons du Monde

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Create a real designer feel in your man cave with a statement armchair. This Coquille Leather Egg Chair from Maisons du Monde is comfortable, quirky, and is gently distressed for a worn-in, vintage look.

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.