Granted, design isn’t usually the top consideration for these spaces. Each man has his own cave priorities. These may include comfort, socializing, relaxation, escape, fitness, nostalgia or a specific set of activities that engage him. There’s no such thing as a generic man cave, the way you could say there’s a generic kitchen or bath.
That being the case, I’m going to gear these thoughts toward the sports fan’s man cave. He’s going to want…
Comfortable worry-free seating
Leather is a great, comfortable option. A deep sofa and/or recliners make perfect sense for a man cave, depending on your room size.
|Deep leather Lancaster couch from Restoration Hardware creates a comfy football watching environment|
|Buster Leather Recliner is another football fan favorite from Restoration Hardware|
I'm not making recommendations here as it's not my area of expertise, but there are plenty of experts who do. Find the one(s) you trust and bring your room dimensions with you for optimal size for your space.
Something to put it on and hold related components
Your TV size, room size and the number of components will dictate the storage you choose, as well as what else you might want to hold. A custom built-in is always an option but may not fit your budget or long-term needs. There are some very nice freestanding models on the market.
|Choose a TV stand -- possibly this Vetrina 60" Media Console from Ballard Designs -- that fits the size and number of components and the room's decor|
Beverage fridges come in multiple sizes and configurations, including stainless or panel-ready. Capacity, space and budget will dictate what you go for. They also fit great into built-in storage for the best effect.
|3000 Series Beverage Fridge from U-Line holds beer, soda and more|
Mementos featuring his team
Everyone has their own preference, of course, but a grown-up man cave won't have posters tacked to the wall. Framed collectibles and artwork make for the best visual effect. Be sure that whoever frames a valuable item has experience with preservation techniques.
|Collectibles, like this framed Tampa Bay Buccaneers Superbowl photo from the NFL Shop, add personalized style to a man cave|
More man cave tips
Lighting will be important for this space. I suggest energy-friendly, dimmable LED ceiling lights and table lamps close to outlets so no one tips over a cord when his team makes a touchdown.
Window coverings are key if TV watching is the focus. There are two ways to go here. One would be drapes with black-out liners. If this is the approach, a stain-resistant, easy-care fabric that will stand up to greasy fingers opening and closing them is one option. The other would be faux wood shutters or blinds, but they will typically allow in slivers of light.
Flooring should be easy care, too. It could be easily-replaceable carpet tiles or low maintenance engineered, distressed-look wood.