So, you have a space for a man cave…now what? Besides the must-have big screen television, the rest of the decor is up to the guy that will be hanging out there. From sports themes to home bars or game rooms, the types of decor that can go in a man cave vary greatly. Some man caves are rustic and rugged, while others might be more refined and upscale. Not sure what that means? Check out some of these ideas that run the gamut from a little stereotypical to luxurious, lavish and different.
Retro Decor Pieces
Lots of retro pieces have a masculine edge that is ideal for man cave decor. Old style lighting fixtures or those that have a little retro industrial feel are easily worked into this type of space. Clocks made from upcycled pieces, old toys and vintage furnishings upholstered in worn leather will add some style to a space that is sometimes more of a mishmash leftover household items. (Or totally devoid of accessories!)
While some might consider an animal head cliché, if there’s any space in the house where it belongs, it’s the man cave. These relics of decades past can be picked up in vintage shops and estate sales. Those who don’t want a dead animal hanging on the wall can opt for replicas made from other materials. Some brands even offer cardboard animal heads that are quickly assembled and hung.
Man caves don’t have to be devoid of art, nor does the art have to be cheesy. (No dogs playing cards on velvet required!) That doesn’t mean the art can’t be fun. Adding some sort of funky sculpture to the space adds a quirky element for no other reason than making people smile. Sticking to the animal theme, these wild animals range from mouflons to boars and represent amazing artistic talent that formed the metallic horns along with the rest of the creature.
Vintage Diner Elements
Neon lights, advertising signs and old-fashioned jukeboxes are ideal for man cave decor. They are colorful pieces that keep the fun vibe going. These can also be found at flea markets and resale shops, as well as auctions. Or, there are companies that replicas of almost all of these elements. Not only are they attractive decor, but they are also conversation pieces prevent the space from truly feeling like a cave.
Darts, foosball, billiards — any type of game is a perfect addition to man cave decor. Let’s face it, the guys can’t just watch TV down there all the time, so game tables add an element that really ups the fun factor. The great thing is that nice tables, like those for poker, for example, are available for a modest sum. Or, with a bigger budget, custom designed game tables of all sizes can be made to meet a guy’s specific desires.
If the man cave has a dramatic feel, it calls for some dramatic lighting too. For the adventurous types, a black feather pendant lamp adds a little saloon-style flair. The contemporary design is a metal ring with individually hung ostrich feathers. Hang it over a bar od in the corner over a chair. For a little-understated drama, a black glass pendant will also do the trick.
A man cave that’s focused on video gaming ought to have a more high-tech look than one that’s all about sports. Getting a stylish high-tech look starts with the furniture, which should have a futuristic feel but still be comfortable for hours of gaming. The Tonelli Naked Glass Chair by Giovanni Tommaso Garattoni is a great seating choice. The glass frame with visible chrome-plated hardware supports a leather sling seat that is just the ticket for a techno feel. Side table and other pieces should echo the tech look.
You might think about cocoon chairs as more for the patio, but they can fit right into man cave decor as well. Ideal for a Saturday afternoon nap, they’re also good for lounging and, situated properly for watching television. While a cocoon seat isn’t likely to be a lot of use for when friends come over to watch sports, it is a wonderful private retreat.
If the idea of a nest-like seat is appealing, it’s possible to go a more whimsical route with one of the seats by Porky Hefer designed to be like an actual nest. From the wool-lined tree nest to Hefer’s funkier animal nest chairs, there are plenty to choose from. The range includes alligators, killer whales and a pelican, among others. Adding this nest chair to a man cave also introduces a major piece of art into the space.
Table and Chair Groupings
Whatever the style of man cave decor, the room will need places for people to sit and set down food and drinks. Sure, a sofa and coffee table are standard with a television, but if the space has game tables and other areas, chairs and occasional tables are a must. Those not paling might want to sit down and watch and everyone will need the small tables. This element is about being functional as well as having fun. Here, comfortable chair is paired with Ilda occasional tables by Poliform that have hand-finished bronze bases and tops of marble or resin.
Some man caves may have a powder room attached or nearby, so keeping it in the man cave’s style is also a good idea. Dark fixtures with dramatic lighting and hardware can carry through the feeling of the main space. Here, the Diamond freestanding sink vanity from Maison Valentina has a wood base finished in high gloss black varnish. Inside, the cabinet is clad in gold leaf, which ties in with the faucet. finishing. This style goes well with man cave decor that is focused on gaming, scotch and cigars.
Sometimes a man cave has to do double duty as a home office space. In that case, it’s important to choose a stylish, masculine desk that has an interesting design because the room should still feel special. The aptly name Mogul desk from Georgetti is a great example because it is spacious, has a unique design and uses a combination of materials. Warm wood surrounds the glass inserts and the main part of the desk is clad in leather. It’s a piece of furniture that is beautiful enough to have sitting out while hosting a poker game in the room or watching sports with friends.
Even if the man cave’s decor includes a sofa and various chairs, there will be times that extra seating is needed. Forget the tacky folding chairs and opt for benches and stools that are far more stylish. Some examples from Oscar Maschera include the Caballito blanco lungo bench designed by Nestor Perkal. the metal mesh base keeps it light enough to move around and the leather covers add comfort for sitting. The smaller leather stool named the Jimmy Sue, designed by Claude Bouchard for Oscar Maschera is very compact and versatile. In fact, you could add a tray to the top for an extra table surface if needed.
These are just some of the ideas for man cave decor that go past the stereotypes that come to mind when considering this type of space. The most important driver for the style of the space is the personality of the man and the way the room will be used. From there, it’s just a matter of sitting down and planning out what you want in the man cave that fits the space the budget. Planning and decorating this special space should be as much fun as using it!