How to Make a Man Cave

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How to Make a Man Cave
A pool table can provide hours of enjoyment in a man cave. (David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether you're a single man who wants to relax at the end of a long week, or a married man with children who needs time away from the family, a man cave can provide you with the kind of "home away from home" that men crave to hang out with friends, play games and spend hours pretending they have no responsibilities. A man cave can be designed in any manner that fits your style and sensibility.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Select a location. If you're in a house with a basement, call dibs on the basement as the site of your man cave. If you lack a basement, then find a room you can commandeer as your own.

  2. 2

    Choose a decorating style. Outfit your man cave with decor that suits your tastes. If you're a sports fan, array your man cave in your favourite team's colours. Hang up jerseys and posters of favourite players and put team helmets on display. If you're a movie fan, create a theatre-like atmosphere by buying dark shades to cover the windows and putting up posters of your favourite films. Bring all those odd collections out of storage such as hat collections, beer mugs, bottle tops and old comic books, and create a little museum in your man cave.

  3. 3

    Select essential items. By definition, a man cave must house things most men can't live without such as a television -- preferably a flat-panel -- video-games, a big comfortable sofa or enough bean bags to seat your friends when they come over to hang out and watch the game. If you don't have enough furniture and your budget is tight, get creative and use old storage boxes as makeshift chairs. The one item you must have is a refrigerator, either a full-size or a mini-fridge, or at the very least a big cooler filled with ice.

  4. 4

    Stock the man cave with snack items, beer, soda, candy and other favourite foods. Make sure you have action and comedy DVDs and plenty of video-games for hours of uninterrupted enjoyment.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider insulating the walls of your man cave to make it soundproof, which allows you to blast music and carouse with your friends without disturbing your wife or the neighbours.

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