It is safe to say every man has dreamed of what his man cave would look like. There are plenty of how-to’s on how to create A manly space. But the goal is to make YOUR manly space. Whether you imagine your man cave being something out of a Batman scene, or a place filled with signed sports jerseys, there are several things a man can do to create a personalized man cave that stands out from the rest.
Choose a Theme
The theme is the foundation of every outstanding man cave. Lucky for you, we already thought of tons. If you’re into collecting, having a Collector theme would be a great way to showcase your treasures. If you haven’t missed Monday Night Football since you were seven, a Sports theme would be a great way to show off your spirit. If you annoy your friends with your constant craft beer posts on Instagram, there is no other theme to go with other than an alcohol one. If your idea of a perfect night is waiting in line for a midnight premiere or rewatching Star Wars for the 3,435th time, create a Movie-Lover’s cave. Lastly, if you jam out to “Classic Man” and have no problem hitting up the spa, a Classic Gentlemen theme is the way to go. When you establish a theme, you have established greatness.
Make Your Man Cave Your Own
Now that you have your theme, it’s time to talk décor. Your man cave is your opportunity to decorate however you like. No fancy mirrors, canvases of random quotes, or faux floral arrangements here, folks. Depending on your theme, you can buy posters from your favorite movie or Netflix show, put up your signed sports memorabilia, or include neon beer signs to make the room your own.
Of course, you can always be extra manly and make stuff. Repurposing is a great excuse to get your hands dirty and make something original. Turn those old beer bottles into a wall clock or some coin holders. Upcycle old car parts for perfect pen holders, and then tack a few wrenches to the wall for some easy wall hangers like this. If you have some extra scrap metal or wood lying around, make a few coasters so you and your crew can have somewhere to put your beers during the game.
PRO TIP: If you want your man cave to REALLY represent you, put up your own photos! Get that picture printed of when you won the little league championship, or that time you dressed up for Comic Con and met the REAL Captain Mal, or when you were courtside for that playoff buzzer beater! These photos are what elevates your man cave status, and in turn, reflect well on you as a man.
Stock Up on Snacks
No man cave is complete without delicious snacks and drinks. If you plan on watching movies, invest in a popcorn machine, candy boxes and vintage soda. If you have a sports-themed man cave, popcorn would also work, along with cracker jacks, and lots of beer. If you have a more upscale man cave, local craft beers, delicious cheese or a nut medley would add a touch a class.
Before You Start: Get Inspired!
Before you start tearing down some walls, you’ll need to get inspired. Some of the guys at Fracture helped us make this sweet Houzz slideshow of what their dream man caves might look like.
And of course, the Winner of our Ultimate Man-Cave Contest
We asked you guys to show off your Man cave and here’s our favorite photo we received, from Michael Lapayower. You’ll hear from us soon, Michael, about your prize!
— Michael LaPayower (@BigYankeesFan) October 20, 2015
What do you have in your mancave? Or what does your dream mancave look like?