Man cave ideas can turn under-used spaces into dedicated hideaways that you don’t have to go to the man-cave shed at the bottom of the garden to access. The room you choose for your man cave will depend on how you – or your man – want to use the space. Do you fancy creating a home office, library, dining room, TV or games room? Do you want to convert a conservatory or make use of a cellar or basement?
Decide if your man cave will be for work, rest or play – or a bit of each. Perhaps you’d like to be able to use the space to work from home, but would also like it to be useable when you fancy a break from work too. May be you want a relaxing bolt-hole away from the hubbub of the rest of the house, or like the idea of a broader man cave entertaining space that you can use with friends.
Let the function of the space direct your choice of man cave furniture. Don’t hold back: seek out a traditional gentleman’s desk and chair, bookcase storage and lighting. Consider low-slung, laid-back modern seating or library-style leather Chesterfields. Create a man-cave reading space with a classic winged armchair and standard floor lamp, or go for modern designer seating with low-hanging pendants for glorious task lighting.
Create a man-cave entertainment hub with wall-mounted TV or home cinema and seating designed for relaxed easy viewing. And what about including a man-cave bar and – of course – man-cave signs? How you use your man cave will suggest colour schemes and textures while personal preference will determine the feel and ambience.
Create a cocooning effect with dark toning shades and rich natural materials for TV and film watching. In a home office, look for pieces that will invigorate and inspire you: modern streamlined desks and seating, clean-lined organised storage and decorative artwork. Most of all, enjoy the freedom to create a look and feel that is totally different from the rest of your home.
This artist's studio is chic, smart and inspiring. It is also practical and a pleasure to use. Whitewashed walls keep the compact space bright and cheerful, with the desk positioned opposite a window for maximum natural light. Wall-hung lighting is easily adjustable for any task, whether working at the desk or browsing the bookshelves. Built-in cabinets above eye level provide ample storage that is easily accessible while not taking up any floor space.
Channel the gentleman's club look with a man cave featuring parquet flooring, bookcases, leather armchairs and - why not? - a piano... This library space, with its deep grey walls, warming woods and time-worn leather, is the perfect place for relaxed reading, playing or contemplating. The decorating scheme is calming and comforting and produces a very special atmosphere in the space.
Nimmo & Spooner
Use a touch of industrial style in your man cave and bring a sophisticated edge to a room scheme. In this compact space a stone floor, wood and metal furniture and pared-back lighting bring a masculine edge to a comfortable Chesterfield-style sofa and patterned rug. A neon light, canvas print and antlers are the game-changers here.
Make the TV the star in an entertainment-hub man cave. In this space, painted battens have been used to create a feature wall that functions to frame the set and centre the furnishings. A smart corner sofa in mid blue creates a cosy sitting area with handy side tables, while a media unit at the window also incorporates handy storage. The combination of muted shades creates a relaxed feel.
Solid wood and wood veneer, stripped or varnished, makes a fabulous material for a man-cave home office. In this cabin-style room, the metal finishes on desktop, lamp and storage are the perfect companion pieces to the wood.
Desk, chair, lamp
One World Trading Co
Keep a space clean and simple for a man cave designed for chilling out. The white walls, undressed windows, stripped floor and dark seating in this smart living room create the perfect retreat from the everyday. A smiley cushion shines out from the centre of the scheme, while a traditional overmantel mirror helps keeps light levels high.
The French Bedroom Company
Turn a garden room into study area by placing a desk in the lightest, brightest spot. A garden building is the perfect spot for a getting-away-from-it-all den that provides an inspirational working space away from the busier parts of the house.
Turn a conservatory into a man cave with a wall-hung wine store, refectory-style dining table and bench seating. This side-return extension is the simplest of settings with its painted brick walls, glazed roof and easy garden access. A wall-hung adjustable lamp is a brilliant solution to the problem of glazed roof lighting.
Bare brick walls have the feel of a cellar or basement space, but you can get the look with brick-design wallpaper in any room in your home. A linear design in this atmospheric space is achieved by a long, impressive table and rows of designer chairs, mirrored above by a trio of pendant lights.
Create a man-cave space by mixing metal, wood and leather. It's a combination of materials that creates an industrial-style den with all the benefits of well used, time-worn leather, practical pared-back storage and scrubbed wood. This is a space for lounging, storing and entertaining and the chess set is an inspired addition.
Sofa and shelving