5 Common Man Cave Themes
A man cave should be the manly inner sanctum of every guy’s house- a dream playground for men that is perfect for sipping scotch, smoking cigars, and watching the game with the guys. Because every guy’s dream is different, their man caves will be unique and personalized too. While each man cave is unique, chances are they will fit into one of 7 different man cave themes.
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The Cowboy Man Cave
Every man fantasized when they were young about being the lone ranger or lawless vigilante, with a six shooter on their hip ready for the next draw. The western dream of adventure and freedom fades for most, but a cowboy themed man cave is the perfect way to keep it going.
Full of cow hides, leather, and aged wood, wild west man caves aim to look like the town saloon where one too many bar fights have taken place. The centrepiece of the western styled man cave should undoubtedly be the bar. For an authentic saloon look, check out local antique shops for old armours or build your own bar out of oak barrels and a reclaimed wood bar top. Don’t forget to fully stock with whiskey!
Classic Arcade Man Cave
What guy doesn’t reminisce over the days being a quarter warrior at the local arcade when he was younger? High scores were a badge of honour and “Continue?” was a taunt for more. Guys now-a-days love having a room in their house were they can escape the work reports or home improvement projects, and go back to a simpler time where all that mattered was extra lives and power ups.
The main characteristic of a classic arcade man cave is, of course, the games. Console systems are OK, but to really make an arcade escape, you will need to find some full size pinball machines and stand up video game systems. For bonus points, make your own skee ball area. Since this is an adult arcade, adding a full bar (complete with a pizza warmer) is highly recommended. Just make sure to accent your bar with neon lights to give it that retro 80’s vibe! A good way to set your bar aglow without having to spring for custom neon is to install some led bar shelves.
Cabin Man Cave
Man’s true place is in the wilderness, but unfortunately, as we move in droves into the city we begin to lose this appreciation for “roughin’ it”. The cabin man cave is perfect for the suburbanite or city dweller that wants to hold on to their connection to the wilderness.
Cabin man caves should be focused on having a very natural, wooded look. Chairs, stools and furniture should all be constructed from either bark covered wood, or unfinished carved wood. The centrepiece of a cabin man cave should be your prized game trophy. A high point buck, elk, or other large game animal is best. Another great idea is to find a vintage leather photo album, fill it with hunting pictures, and put it on display. For the master-level hunter’s lodge man cave, add a small room addition to serve as your personal armory showcase, and put your collection of rifles, shotguns, and handguns on display. Just make sure to demonstrate proper gun storage safety and store guns unloaded and locked up.
Classic Car Man Cave
The only thing that can steal a man’s heart away quicker than a beautiful woman is a polished firecracker red ’69 mustang. A classic car themed man cave celebrates the timeless relationship between man and driving machine, and allows guys to reminisce over the objects of auto-lust they had as a child.
The ideal look for a classic car focused man cave includes retro 50’s style diner booths, complete with checkered flag tops. These man caves are perfect to convert your garage into, transforming a standard garage to a classic car mechanic shop. To really rev up your man cave, find a classic 50’s car body from a junkyard, cut off the trunk, polish it up, and attach it to your wall for eye popping man cave wet bar.
Sports Fanatic Man Cave
For sports fanatics, having a man cave is a must-have. Devoting a room to your hockey, basketball, football, and baseball watching obsessions not only proves to your buddies that you’re a super fan, it also will solve a lot of arguments with your wife. Instead of fighting for TV time between the Jets game and the finale of Project Runway, you have a dedicated area to watch all your games.
This man cave should be covered with gear from your favourite teams, and the furniture layout should centre solely around game watchability. The focus of the room should, of course, be the largest TV you can afford. You want to be able to see the individual blades of grass that determined if that catch was in or out of bounds with this TV. Extra points if you make sure all the couches and recliners have an electrical socket close by- your watching buddies will really appreciate having somewhere to plug in their laptops to keep tabs on game stats and make crucial fantasy league trades. Make sure you don’t forget a decent sized beer fridge to keep your Saturdays and Sundays fully stocked.
Trevor Nelson is a content writer for GreatGiftsForMen.com and HomeWetBar.com and is eagerly waiting/planning for the day he has a spare room to deck out as a classic arcade man cave.