Articles in: Man Caves

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Man Caves

Posted by: on June 11th, 2013 | 3 Comments

Father's Day Man Cave Infographic


News flash. Your father really doesn’t need (or want) another blue button-down shirt, or a tie, or more boxers for Father’s Day. And besides, is that any kind of way to honor the guy who’s always been there to fix things you’ve broken, solve your problems, and give you his old car when he trades up? We don’t think so.

What’s the one thing almost every father could use more of? A space somewhere around the house he can call his own, where he can keep his stuff, and do what he likes.

So, if you’re trying to show dear ol’ dad some love this Father’s Day, get him something for his man cave. And, if he doesn’t have one yet, find out what kind of cave he’d like to build and help him get started.


If you need a few more suggestions, check out The Home Depot Gift Center. You’ll find a ton of great gift recommendations for dads and man caves of all types. From grills and power tools to the latest HDTVs and and more, you’ll find a special gift that dad’s going to love you for (even more).

Man Caves is an exploration of cool spaces guys have created for themselves: everything from living rooms and bedrooms, offices and workshops, and media and game rooms, to garages, outdoor grilling areas, gardens and more. We dispense tips on décor, equipment, storage and organization, as well as share ideas, know-how and product info to help you hook up your own manspace.

Man Caves: Building the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by: on April 5th, 2013 | 2 Comments
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: The Garage

Posted by: on January 20th, 2013 | 5 Comments
Image of a car enthusiast's garage

Image via 12 Gauge Garage


The garage is the quintessential man cave. Before boys got too cool for school to hang out in the garage tinkering with their fathers or grandfathers, it was the place many of us learned to use tools and make simple household repairs. It’s where we built our first go-cart, worked on Boy Scout projects and fixed our bicycles. Still today, the garage remains a mythical fortress of solitude where men get away to think and create.

Jack Olsen built this immaculate 20’ x 22’ LA garage we see above. He wanted a reminder of the time he spent working in the shop with his father. He calls his man cave the 12-Gauge Garage, where he does some welding, woodworking and the occasional home or auto repair. It’s equipped with great lighting and multiple workbenches. And with all the tools and equipment, he needed excellent storage. Olsen opted for heavy-duty steel cabinets he dug up on eBay. If you want your garage to be tidy, organized and looking good, you can’t go wrong with steel cabinets. And check out the garage floor. When he noticed Home Depot had a great deal on ceramic tile, he says he jumped on the opportunity to teach himself how to set tile and give his garage a more polished look. We think it’s a pretty sweet job.

If you’re looking for more ideas to help you turn your garage into a better organized space, where you can work and perhaps pass on the love of making and fixing stuff, you should check out the rest of these garages.

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Man Caves: Christmas Gifts For Men

Posted by: on December 1st, 2012 | Make A Comment
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Images via (clockwise): Car Pool Tables, Tabby Inc., Bicycle Taxidermy and Etsy


If you’re planning to build a man cave or you’ve been eyeing some unique pieces for the one you’re currently holed up in, it’s time to get your Christmas list ready. After all, Christmas is the time to splurge a little to get one or two things we really want. Whether it’s a 1965 Mustang pool table, or a lamp made from vintage motorcycle parts, or a cool beer bottle chandelier, we hope Santa brings you everything you ask for this year – and a few surprises, too.

Lest you end up with another stripey, plaid shirt, V-neck sweater or tie you won’t ever wear, we thought we’d help you (and Santa’s helpers) out with a few ideas on Christmas gifts for men that would look awesome in a man cave.

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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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Best Of Man Caves Roundup

Posted by: on July 22nd, 2012 | One Comment
Man Caves Roundup: Image of the Operation Man Cave at Decorex Design Winner 2012

Image via Aidan Bennetts


We began this series of Man Cave columns looking at spaces created by famous men from history and how each reflected the unique passions and interests of the inhabitants. Let’s fast-forward and bring you a roundup of some current Best-in-Class man caves.

The Operation Man Cave winner at South Africa’s 2012 Decorex Design Show shown above starts off our roundup appropriately enough because it is not an actual space at all. Designer Aidan Bennetts created this room concept according to the man cave specification of brothers Bobby and Dan Skinstad, a former international rugby team captain and a professional adventurerer, respecitively. It doesn’t get any manlier than that.

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