What's In A Man Cave? (Some You Won't Believe)!

Man CaveIs your man cave looking a little blah or do you just feel the need to escape?

Man caves have come a long way in terms of design and technology. You don’t have to stick with the traditional dark, dreary space anymore. With the right furniture and accessories, your man cave can be the ultimate entertainment space. Add a big-screen TV, gaming console, and wet bar, and you’ll never want to leave home again ;)

Traditionally, a man cave has either been in the attic or basement inside your home, however, outside spaces such as small summerhouses and cabins are becoming increasingly popular. But what exactly is in a man cave?

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What Is a Man Cave? 

A man cave is an area in a home or garden building where guys can go to unwind, watch sports, play video games, or just hang out with their pals. It’s a place where they can be themselves and escape the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

Your man cave should reflect your personality and interests: It’s a space where you can let your guard down and be yourself.

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Where Did the Term Originate From? 

The first documented usage of the phrase is from March 21, 1992, in the Toronto Star by Joanne Lovering. Some say that the term originated in Australia in the early 1990s.

The term “man cave” is now so popular that it has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Man caves became increasingly popular in the United States in the 2000s - as more and more men started to create their own personal space, the man cave trend took off.

Now, man caves are more popular than ever. With the help of social media, men are sharing their man caves with the world and inspiring others to create their own.

So, what’s in a man cave? Let’s take a look at some of the must-have items for any man cave.

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Small Man Cave Ideas: 

  • BBQ.
  • Beer Fridge and Bar.
  • Display Shelves.
  • Entertainment Centre.
  • Firepits.
  • Man-Sized Couch with Reclining Seats and Cup Holders.



I bet you didn't think your man cave could get any better, but it can! Add a BBQ and you'll be the envy of all your friends.

With a BBQ, you can entertain guests and cook up some delicious food. There's nothing quite like enjoying a cold beer and a juicy burger fresh off the grill.

If you're looking for something a little more unique, opt for a smoker BBQ. Smoked meats are all the rage right now and they'll taste even better coming from your very own smoker.


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Beer Fridge and Bar 

No man cave is complete without a beer fridge and bar. This is the perfect place to store all your favourite drinks so you can enjoy them in your man cave.

If you don't have a lot of space, try a mini fridge or beer dispenser (these are great for small man caves).

And don't forget the bar stools! You'll need somewhere to sit whilst enjoying your drinks.

You can even buy purpose-built wooden cabins that are designed for the sole purpose of being an entertainment bar in your garden!

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Display Shelves

Show off your prized possessions with display shelves. This is a fantastic way of personalising your space and truly making it your own.

You can use shelves to display anything from sports memorabilia to books and magazines.

Get creative and have fun with it!

Entertainment Centre 

Every man cave needs an entertainment centre. This is where you'll watch the big game or play video games with your friends.

A big screen TV is a must-have and of course, you'll also need a comfortable place to sit. A reclining couch or armchair is the perfect spot to kick back and relax.

And let’s not forget the sound system - you'll want to be able to hear every crunching tackle and explosive gunshot.

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Fire Pits

Fire pits are another great way of adding ambience to your man cave. They also come in handy when you want to roast marshmallows or make s'mores.

If you don't want the hassle of building a fire pit, try a portable one; they are easy to set up/take down, and they're excellent for small spaces.

Man-Sized Couch with Reclining Seats and Cup Holders

Every man cave needs a comfortable place to sit, and there's no better spot than a man-sized couch. This is the perfect piece of furniture for kicking back and relaxing.

Make sure your couch has reclining seats and cup holders. That way, you can kick back and relax with your favourite drink in hand.

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How About an Extension? 

If you're thinking of buying a man cave cabin, then you might as well go all out and get an extension. This way, you'll have plenty of space for all your man cave essentials.

An extension is a great way to add value to your home, and it could also be a lot of fun to build. You can even get creative and design your own man cave from scratch or you can purchase purpose-built ones.

Man Cave Wall Ideas 

So, you've got your man cave, you've got your built-in BBQ, your beer fridge and bar, your entertainment centre and sound system, but what about the walls?

Your man cave should reflect your personality, so get creative and have fun with it.

Here are some man cave wall ideas to get you started:

  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Tapestries
  • String Lights
  • Neon Signs
  • Posters

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Sports Memorabilia 

One of the most popular man cave ideas is to display sports memorabilia. It is a great way to show off your team spirit and show your support for your favourite athletes.

If you're a die-hard fan, you might want to consider framing your memorabilia - this will help to protect it from damage and keep it looking its best.


Another popular man cave wall idea is to hang tapestries. Tapestries are a great way to add colour and pattern to your space. They also help to absorb sound, making your man cave more comfortable.

There are a wide variety of tapestries to choose from, so you're sure to find one that suits your taste.

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String Lights

String lights are a great way to add ambience to your man cave. They also come in handy when you want to watch TV or game in the dark.

There are loads of different types and styles of string lights; they are not just for teenage bedrooms and YouTube video backgrounds! Look out for the larger lantern-type or beer/spirit bottle ones. 

Neon Signs

If neon signs are more your speed, they are a fantastic way of injecting personality to your man cave. They come in a variety of colours and styles, so you'll absolutely be able to discover one that appeals to you.

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Posters are another great way to add colour and personality to your man cave. They come in a variety of colours, shapes, and sizes, so you'll be able to discover one that suits your preferences. Plus, they're easy to change out if you get bored with them.

Key Takeaways 

  • A BBQ is one of the most popular man cave ideas.
  • A man cave should be a reflection of your personality.
  • Sports memorabilia, tapestries, string lights, neon signs, and posters are all great man cave wall ideas.
  • When it comes to man caves, the sky's the limit! Get creative and just have fun with it.

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  • If A Man Has A Man Cave What Does A Woman Have?

The female equivalent would be what they call a "she-shed" which is basically the same thing as a man cave but gender-neutral. It's a space where women can go to relax, unwind, and escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

  • What's a wet bar? 

A wet bar is a type of bar that has a sink and running water. This is a great addition to any man cave, as it allows you to mix drinks without having to leave the comfort of your own space.

  • How big should a man cave be?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as it depends on your personal preferences and needs. However, most man caves are typically between 200 and 400 square feet.

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  • What's the best way to soundproof my man cave? 

There are a few different ways to soundproof your man cave. You can use soundproofing materials, such as acoustic foam or soundproof curtains.

  • What are some other man cave ideas? 

Other popular man cave ideas include game tables, pool tables, and poker tables. You can also add a mini fridge, a wine cellar, or a cigar humidor. Whatever you choose, make sure it reflects your personality and interests.

  • What do you put on a man cave shelf? 

The items that you put on your man cave shelf will depend on your interests and what you want to display. Some popular items include sports memorabilia, tapestries, string lights, neon signs, and posters.

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