How to create the ultimate man cave

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What's the ultimate expression of the evolutionary achievement of man? Your children? Nope, they're probably not going to listen to anything you say (sorry, champ).

What's the ultimate expression of the evolutionary achievement of man? Your children? Nope, they're probably not going to listen to anything you say (sorry, champ). While you can't necessarily control your offspring, you can control the one space in your life that is designed to reflect your personality: the man cave. Here are 5 things every man cave needs...

Amazing entertainment

Whether you're watching football or Battle Star Galactica, every man cave deserves a flat screen TV with surround sound. If you're leaning toward one of the larger TV models, mounting it to the wall is a good idea since it frees up floor space and mitigates the possibility of damage due to uproarious celebrations.


TV and sports aren't the only entertainment available. If you're not particularly into sports, having a quality pool table and/or arcade games is equally cool. The great thing about either of these is that you'll need neighbors and friends, and that's a great excuse to socialize.

Your collections

We don't care if you collect guitars, motorcycles, HAM radio parts or decorative porcelain kittens, your man cave should house the things you're most passionate about.

A bar

Whether you anticipate entertaining for a party, a small get-together, or you just want a place to fix yourself a quality drink, a bar is essential. Give the place a sophisticated feel with monogrammed glasses and a mini keg, or, turn it into a waffle bar every morning if you skip the booze.

A comfortable couch

While we still think style is important, your man cave should be a place you can put your feet up. Try an over-stuffed leather number, or a suede sectional. Skip the tiny, square, semi-disposable Swedish furniture and get something big and comfortable.

A cool atmosphere

Having a man cave is a decent excuse to keep your cardboard cut out of Wayne Gretsksy and your neon bar signs, but take notice of the atmosphere and keep it cool. Man cave doesn't mean “post-apocalyptic bachelor wasteland,” so make sure the space isn't covered in dirty socks (pizza boxes are fine). Ambiance is important, so add lighting, flooring and fixtures to class it up.


If you're not as good with your tools as you are with your fantasy lineup, don't be afraid to call in the pros. Not only can they help with installation, they are a key source of know-how and big ideas.

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