Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 · Written by Hannah Fester
A Man Cave is the ultimate guy-space, dependent on the individual. It can serve whatever purpose the occupant intends and can be themed to whatever suits the personal preferences of the man himself! With maximum optionality for Man Caves though, it can be a little overwhelming deciding what direction to go in in terms of theme, furniture options and nifty accessories. If you do your research though, you will naturally lean into certain themes more so than others and find those must-have accessories and unique pieces of furniture that you can foresee being part of your newly created Man Cave!
Before deciding on a theme or the purpose of your Man Cave, it must be understood that Man Caves should be created with liveability in mind. That’s right, Man Caves aren’t meant to just look good, they should be designed to be habitable spaces where the cave meets the requirements of a livable condition as per the requirements set by your local council.
We spoke to Jonathan Hay from Tailored Construction Group who says; “A proper Man Cave should still be meeting all Australian standards and adhere to local council approval processes. For instance, garages – a common option for a Man Cave - don’t actually constitute a livable space. Livable areas need to have window space that is equivalent to 20% of the floor surface area, as well as ventilation that is 10% of the floor surface area – many garages don’t have this. It’s not just about the space looking good, but it being a functional area too.”
Beyond the space just being liveable, you can really set a cool theme for your Man Cave, depending on your interests and the purpose you want your Man Cave to service. Some themes to give you food for thought include:
The best part about deciding on the theme of your Man Cave is that there are no hard and fast rules. After all, it’s your space! Tailor it to suit you with consideration around what it will be used for the most. You can also incorporate different elements from each theme to make your Man Cave multi-purpose!
Now to deck out your Man Cave with some unique furniture options. Here are out picks!
A palette bar: What better way to make your Man Cave feel like your own than with a bit of DIY furniture! Bunnings has on offer a do-it-yourself wooden palette bar, perfect for housing, making and serving drinks. A rustic and charming bar can be the focal point in the Man Cave, adding character to the space. The best thing about investing in a palette bar? It’s inexpensive and will take less than a day to put together! You will also feel pretty accomplished knowing the bar where you make your drinks is one built by yours truly.
A good lounge: if you want to sit down to hours of escapism through video games or a movie, you’re going to need a comfortable lounge! Our advice? Choose a lounge that is supremely comfortable, looks good, is functional and easy to clean. A decent leather lounge with incorporated drink holders tick all these boxes! Leather is soft, easy on the eyes, can be wiped down if any spills occur and many options now have places to hold drinks (with some even having mini eskies in the arm rest!).
A functional desk: if you’re planning to make your Man Cave a space to get work done, you’re going to need a good desk. You want your desk to be as visually appealing as it is functional. What makes a desk functional is a decent amount of work space. To tick both the aesthetic and functional boxes, go for a live-edge wood desk that occupies the entire length of one wall within the Man Cave. Live-edge wood desks are uncrafted pieces of wood attached to the wall, creating an organic workspace with ample work room. Tick and tick!
Poker table: whether you’re a poker fanatic or not, when thinking of a Man Cave, a poker table comes to mind. The best thing about having a poker table in your Man Cave is that it doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture in the room. You can now easily find fold-out poker tables that quite literally fold out and sit atop existing tables. This means, once you’ve finished playing a round, the table top can be packed away revealing the ordinary table underneath. This is a great space saving solution too, especially if you need another table to have drinks and food.
A Man Cave is nothing without the accessories that decorate it! Again, it all comes down to personal preference and there really is no right or wrong way to accessorise your Man Cave. But here are some cool ideas that you can implement, to really add those finishing touches to your space.
A dart board: even if you’re not a bonafide dart player, a dart board is a fun addition to any room. Dart boards and darts can now be purchased in magnetic form, saving you countless holes in the supporting back wall. It’s a great game to play casually while waiting for a footy game to start, or for drinks to be made!
Framed sports memorabilia: have you got some pretty epic sports memorabilia around the house that is collecting dust? Why not get them framed and hung in your new Man Cave? Whether it’s signed jerseys or game balls, each item will look a lot nice behind some glass and within a nice frame! It also adds nostalgia to a room that is solely yours, not to mention is a wonderful conversation starter!
Fine drinking glasses: if your Man Cave is going to be the hot-spot for a few beverages amongst friends, you’re going to want some fine drinking glasses. When they’re not in use, they can also make for sophisticated decorative pieces! Be sure to buy them in a set and have a dedicated spot for them to be on display, like a shelving piece behind your new palette bar!
A personalised sign: you’re never too old for a personalised sign that indicates who’s Man Cave it is and what purpose it serves. It can be a simple DIY job, where you paint your name and Man Cave name on an unpolished piece of wood! Hang it on the door and let people know this is where the good times begin!
A wall mounted bottle opener: sure, you could have an ordinary bottle opener that lay in a draw, but why not mount one to your wall, for convenience and aesthetics! Wall mounted bottle openers are inexpensive to buy, easy to use, and look pretty darn cool! Have one close to the bar and make it an easy task cracking open your beverages!