Articles in: Man Cave

Man Caves: Building the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by: on April 5th, 2013 | Make A Comment
Image of a rustic outdoor kitchen

Image via Manland

 

The first rule of man caves is you gotta have a man cave. It needn’t be anything big or fancy, just a place you create to enjoy the things you like to do. And there’s something about grilling over an open fire that for many guys feels a bit primal and essentially man cave-ish.

So, we thought it would be cool to look at some outdoor kitchens that might serve as inspiration for men who enjoy nothing more than firing up the grill year round and preparing great meals.

Whether you want to keep it simple and homey, like Paul’s outdoor kitchen above that we spotted on Manland, or you’d prefer to cook up something special, we encourage you to just do it.

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Man Caves: Outdoor Retreats

Posted by: on March 15th, 2013 | 3 Comments

 

Man caves are more than just places where men retreat to get away from the constraints of day-to-day life. They’re about a state of mind, too. And finding a space where you’re free to play, create or just do nothing often requires some magical thinking. It calls for a willingness to overlook spatial limitations, or in many cases, a temporary suspension of disbelief.

Take, for example, this unimaginably cool outdoor theater, equipped with a DLP projector, a Blu-ray player, a 40-foot screen hand-constructed from PVC pipe and fittings, and seating for about 400 of your closest friends.

Some might say you were dreaming if you proposed building a theater like this in your back yard. But it wouldn’t exactly be science fiction to conjure up a slightly less fanciful space.

So here are a few more outdoor man cave ideas for you to consider. We hope you’ll find that the man cave you plan to create for yourself isn’t so far-fetched after all.

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Man Caves: Small Man Cave Ideas

Posted by: on February 6th, 2013 | Make A Comment

 

The first rule of Man Caves is you have to build it. No matter how limited you think your space is at home, find room. If you’ve just added a new kid to the family: Congratulations. Moved to a smaller place: Put your big boy pants on. Working from home now: No excuse. We’ll remind you here again of the advice we shared from the author of Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory in our very first Man Cave column – find a space, one that reflects who you are and what you love, and get into it.

Now that we’ve dispensed with the tough love, here are a few fascinating (and wacky) ideas for you to consider while you’re working on the designs for your own unique space. Derek Diedricksen built this one above in his back yard using mostly scrap wood and old pallets for less than $200. So what are you waiting on?

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Man Caves: DIY Home Gym Equipment

Posted by: on November 11th, 2012 | 2 Comments
Image of a home gym in a basement

Image via Home Gym Body Building

 

Anytime we decide to take up a new sport or activity, be it volcano bungee jumping or whale kayaking, most guys almost reflexively start to research all the latest, coolest gear we might need. The same thinking certainly holds true when we’re thinking about building a home gym. And we’re here to convince you that you don’t need a room full of expensive store-bought equipment to furnish your own personal workout space. Take a look at some terrific ideas for DIY home gym equipment that we found on the Internet.

You can build this home gym equipment using simple, manly materials such as plywood, galvanized pipe and, of course, duct tape. Never forget the duct tape.

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Man Caves: Bachelor Pad Essentials

Posted by: on October 7th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Image of a loft space with a giant hammock net

Image via Jeremy Person

 

The very concept of the bachelor–the independent living single man–is a fairly new one. In fact, up until the 1600s, there wasn’t even a name for young, single men, and they were generally lumped into the same category with women, children and servants. And men in colonial America were divided into two groups: masters and dependents. Masters were men who had achieved a certain mastery over their lives and career, owned property and were generally contributing members of society. Dependents were sort of bro’s in training.

Today, guys are apt to be bachelors for longer than at any other period in our nation’s history. For you lucky bachelors, these are glorious times too, and your life may never again seem filled with such freedom and promise. You could actually have a hammock built into the floor if you wanted and no one would complain. So, we thought you might enjoy this as well as some more practical advice to help you in your mastery of the most important rooms in your new bachelor pad–the living room, bedroom, and the bath. So follow along, take notes, and if you learn nothing else, it should be this: Use nothing more than is needed. Keep it clean, simple and stylish.

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Man Caves: HDTV and Football Edition

Posted by: on September 2nd, 2012 | Make A Comment

Inside a football stadium on game day

It’s time for FOOTBALL. In stadiums, bars, living rooms and man caves across the country, people are wearing the team colors again and dreaming anew of undefeated seasons ending in the glory of championships won and tickertape parades. The excitement and energy everywhere is palpable.

And guys, if you’ve been eagerly anticipating the start of the season to invite your boys over for the game, you need to ask yourself one very important question – will my TV make the cut? Because no matter how ballin’ you think you man cave is, if your television doesn’t make the grade, guess what, it ain’t happening bro. No one’s coming to watch the big game on your whack little analog television.

Fortunately, it’s not to late to man-up, replace your old set with a new bigboy hi-def flat screen and get in the game. And to help you make the right call, we’ve put together a playbook to coach you up on the things you need to know to score the right flat screen TV before the season kicks off.

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Man Caves: Masculine Detail

Posted by: on June 24th, 2012 | 5 Comments
Image of a large black and white photograph of Bob Dylan

Image: Photograph by William Waldron via Elle Decor

 

If you’ve spent any time browsing the internet searching for ideas to step up the design your living space you’ve undoubtedly seen a lot of amazing photos of immaculate homes blinged-out with very pricey furnishings and accessories. Thinking of working your style easily and affordably may leave you feeling much like Bob Dylan appears in this monumental photograph we found on Elle Decor. But take heart guys, we have some ideas on how to raise the interest level of your crib without dipping into your Ferrari fund.

If you really want your space to say something about who you are and what you’re about, the design is really in the details.

Take a look at what we found to upgrade your living arrangements.

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Man Caves: Mad Men Style

Posted by: on April 26th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Mad Men Style Season 5 image

Image via AMC

 

We looked the historic spaces a few famous men created for themselves in an earlier Man Caves column, and saw how each reflected something of the character and passions of the men who hung out in them. And like great men in the past, men today want control over the look and design of their space, fuelling the great popularity of manly retreats in home.

The challenge for many guys is how to create a unique space with a masculine vibe that goes beyond your average converted basement. Traditional man caves with the flatscreen, kegerator, autographed sports jersey and pool table are no problem. But how do you put together a sleek, modern look for a cigar/wine room, or a bar/poolroom/study, or a living room?

Take inspiration from Mad Men, we say.

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Man Caves: Famous Men And Their Spaces

Posted by: on March 5th, 2012 | 3 Comments
Hemingway's writing studio image

Image of Hemingway’s Studio via The Art of Manliness

It’s been at least 10,000 years since men purportedly lived in caves, and no man should live that way today. But the idea of having a man cave – a place to escape when you want to think, play, work, create, hangout or do whatever – is one that many of us still crave.

Sam Martin, the author of ManSpace: A Primal Guide To Marking Your Territory, believes the true beauty of a manspace is that it is yours to define, control and inhabit as you like (though, in certain real-life situations, getting two-out-of-three of these should be considered a win). And, whether you have full run of the entire house, share a space with family or others, or only have control of one corner, he highly recommends men find a space, one that reflects what they love and who they are, and get into it.

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The Perfect Man Cave: Top 10 Accessories for Your Manspace

Posted by: on January 15th, 2011 | One Comment

Here are the top ten accessories and top ten colors to get those man caves spruced up and ready for watching your favorite team in action. Check out these hot accessories to take your man cave up a notch:

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