We built a Man Cave! After more than a decade of inspiring Instagram-worthy gaming setups, we're showing you each step of our Man Cave Transformation so you can do it, too!
Step 1: Get Started - We have some great Man Cave ideas that will inspire you!
Tip 1: Choose a Location
You can't start building your Man Cave until you have a location selected. Where do you have some extra space in your home? Many Man Caves are destined for the basement or garage but don't let that limit you -- we've seen some incredible small Man Caves and some just in the corner of a room!
We chose a corner of the warehouse for our Man Cave. The area feels a lot like a garage or basement and offered enough room for a pool table -- #1 on our Man Cave Wish List. The team loves having this as another space to enjoy during breaks and celebrations.
Don’t fear if you don’t have a dedicated room; all you need is a spot you can call your own!
Tip 2: Choose a Theme
The best Man Caves have a theme. What are you into? Have collectibles or sports gear that you can use for Man Cave decor? Take a look at some of your favorite themes and use them to establish your theme.
Some Popular Themes:
- Car Man Cave (muscle car, hot rod, Formula 1 or Nascar)
- Casino Man Cave (poker, blackjack, craps)
- Home Bar Man Cave (pub, sports bar or speakeasy)
- Home Theatre Man Cave (movie posters and popcorn)
- Hunting Man Cave (lodge or cabin feel with trophies)
- Music Man Cave (speakers, recording equipment, guitars and other instruments)
- Sports Man Cave (baseball, football, hockey or favorite team)
- Video Gaming Man Cave (see #afterhideit for inspo)
There are plenty of themes to create a Man Cave; the opportunities are endless!
Make the space your own - recreate a dugout, share your inner nerd or show your favorite hobbies. Use this as an opportunity to create a Man Cave display for those game-used balls, special edition consoles and anything else that defines you!
We knew we wanted to create a Man Cave when we launched our sports mounts three years ago. We went with a sports bar theme with a dedicated bar, pool table and two TVs – essentials for a Man Cave! We also added an oversized couch for relaxing during breaks at HIDEit HQ. We’re sure our Man Cave will provide you with awesome inspo for yours!
Tip 3: Prep Work
Whether you’re cleaning an existing room up or just moving in, the prep work lays the foundation for the space. Start with:
- Clear out furniture and take down wall decor.
- Clean, patch holes, and paint a color that matches your theme.
Does your space need additional prep? You might need to relocate electrical outlets around if you want a cord-free look when mounting your TV or devices. We needed to move two outlets, and since we’re in a commercial building, we reached out to an electrician. In your home, you can do this yourself with the help of this step-by-step guide from Do It Yourself, but we’d recommend getting a professional if you don’t feel comfortable. Many of our partnered installers can help you!
Feeling inspired? We had a lot of fun dreaming up our Man Cave Theme! Since our Man Cave is a shared space, we’re showcasing multiple sports and teams so everyone feels at home.
Next up, we’ll plan the space and bring in some furniture!
Be sure to check out all the steps: