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Do It Yourself (DIY) Man Caves

Updated on February 17, 2014

Learn How To Make Your Own Man Cave

Every man has dreamed about having their own man cave, a place were they can relax, watch the game, and feel like king of the castle. In this article we are going to give you all the information you need for making your very own man cave including what a man cave should be, ten things every man cave must have, man cave photos,man cave ideas, man cave designs and pre made man cave plans! Welcome to the Do it yourself (DIY) man cave paradise!

You can find Vintage Man Cave signs for under $10 too!

Man Cave Photo
Man Cave Photo

What a man cave should be

10 Things Every Man Cave Should Have

A man cave should be a place where a man can watch a game, drink a beer, smoke a cigar and shoot some pool without being asked to take out the trash, unload the dishwasher, or feed the dogs. It should be an escape into a world that you have created, so when designing your man cave make sure to think big.

#1 Man Cave Must Have: Big Screen TV - Big Screen TV

Every man cave must have a big screen TV to watch the game or an action flick. The Samsung HDTV is one on the highest quality tv on the market and makes the game or movie feel like its right in from of you. Its crystal clear image is unmatched I would love to have this TV in my man cave. A new 3-D TV could also make a for cornerstone in your man cave

A surround sound system is a must to go with the big screen TV. You don't have to by the worlds most expensive surround sound system to enjoy the game, this simple system puts out great sound and provides optimal sound.

Every man cave has a neon sign,,, make sure you get yours. I like the beer signs for my man cave. There are countless signs available online or at your local lighting store. The lights will remind you of sitting at a real bar relaxing with your buddies. A big plus is you can turn off your house lights and plug in a couple of these babies!

You must have entertainment if there isn't a big game on so get a game table (pool, air hockey, ping pong, foosball). A pool table in your man cave will give you a reason to invite friends over to hang out. Other great options for entertaining your friends are air hockey, ping pong, or foosball. Check out the game table to the right, it has 4 games in only one spot...great price too!

#5 Man Cave Must Have - Full Bar

Your going to get thirsty so you're going to want to have a full bar to quench your thirst. The bar unit is just the start, once that is in place you need to fill it with quality products. Not only can you play bartender with your friends, you can have your wife serve you drinks! Round up some shots!

#6 Man Cave Must Have: Vending Machine - Vending Machine

Men love vending machines so make sure you have one. This particular vending machine is one of the nicer ones available online. You can find cheaper ones but this one will last a long time and it looks really good.

#7 Man Cave Must Have: Nice Seating - Furniture

You need a comfortable set of furniture, you could always pick up used furniture from a garage sale but you can also get great furniture online at a good price. Check out this great set that I have in my man cave. You can never go wrong with leather, especially couches that you can sink your behind into for a good game on TV!

#8 Man Cave Must Have: Posters - Cool Poster

Posters are a must, you loved them when you were a kid but your wife will not let you have them in your bedroom so the man cave is the perfect place for one. Scarface isn't for everyone, sports posters are also a great alternative.

#9 Man Cave Must Have: Kegerator - Beer Dispenser

Owning a kegarator is every mans dream so get one for your man cave. I am the proud owner of one of these bad boys and I have never made a better purchase in my life. It keeps my beer cold and fresh every time.

#10 Man Cave Must Have (MOST IMPORTANT) - Locking Door

You have to be able to keep fun killers out. This lock may or may not work in your door but no matter what you do you need to have one. This will prevent unwanted interruptions.

Man Cave Signs

An essential part of having a man cave is establishing where the boundaries start! Hang up one of these signs on the door to your room to make things clear.

Photo Gallery

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Great man cave with huge projection tvPhoto credit - http://www.marcresearch.com/blogs/merrill/2008/05/Perfect theater man cave Photo credit - http://brandonblattner.com/2009/07/24/taxpayer-funded-man-cave-found-at-ny-capitol/Sports helmet man cavePhoto Credit - http://thejewelboxhome.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-post.htmlThis is a true man CAVEPhoto credit - http://www.cinematical.com/2009/11/05/fan-made-the-ultimate-batman-related-man-cave/A rock climbers dream man cavePhoto credit - http://andrewwales.blogspot.com/2009/08/man-cave.htmlMan cave with full bar and comfortable furniturePhoto credit - http://www.electronichouse.com/article/10_manliest_man_caves/Ice hockey fans man cavePhoto credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.womansday.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/07-hockey-man-cave2Custom glass man cave Photo credit -Coca Cola Man CavePhoto credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img.hgtv.com/HGTV/2009/04/27/RMSGolf Man CavePhoto credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.bonnint.net/seattle
Great man cave with huge projection tvPhoto credit - http://www.marcresearch.com/blogs/merrill/2008/05/
Great man cave with huge projection tv Photo credit - http://www.marcresearch.com/blogs/merrill/2008/05/
Perfect theater man cave Photo credit - http://brandonblattner.com/2009/07/24/taxpayer-funded-man-cave-found-at-ny-capitol/
Perfect theater man cave Photo credit - http://brandonblattner.com/2009/07/24/taxpayer-funded-man-cave-found-at-ny-capitol/
Sports helmet man cavePhoto Credit - http://thejewelboxhome.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-post.html
Sports helmet man cave Photo Credit - http://thejewelboxhome.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-post.html
This is a true man CAVEPhoto credit - http://www.cinematical.com/2009/11/05/fan-made-the-ultimate-batman-related-man-cave/
This is a true man CAVE Photo credit - http://www.cinematical.com/2009/11/05/fan-made-the-ultimate-batman-related-man-cave/
A rock climbers dream man cavePhoto credit - http://andrewwales.blogspot.com/2009/08/man-cave.html
A rock climbers dream man cave Photo credit - http://andrewwales.blogspot.com/2009/08/man-cave.html
Man cave with full bar and comfortable furniturePhoto credit - http://www.electronichouse.com/article/10_manliest_man_caves/
Man cave with full bar and comfortable furniture Photo credit - http://www.electronichouse.com/article/10_manliest_man_caves/
Ice hockey fans man cavePhoto credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.womansday.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/07-hockey-man-cave2
Ice hockey fans man cave Photo credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.womansday.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/07-hockey-man-cave2
Custom glass man cave Photo credit -
Custom glass man cave Photo credit -
Coca Cola Man CavePhoto credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img.hgtv.com/HGTV/2009/04/27/RMS
Coca Cola Man Cave Photo credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img.hgtv.com/HGTV/2009/04/27/RMS
Golf Man CavePhoto credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.bonnint.net/seattle
Golf Man Cave Photo credit - http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.bonnint.net/seattle
Looking man cave door
Looking man cave door

Separate the cave

Your man cave should be like a whole separate living space that you could live in if necessary and it might be once your wife finds out how much you spent on it. That means you will need a refrigerator, comfortable furniture(futon or hid a bed would be perfect), and if at all possible its own bathroom. On a side note there should be a TV visible while using the bathroom. And lastly it must have a lock on the door.

man cave cost
man cave cost

How Much Does A Man Cave Cost?

Do I Have Enough For A Man Cave?

Building your own man cave will not be cheap you need to make sure you have at least $5,000-$10,000 to get started if you want to do it right. Remember you are trying to create an escape so you don't want to sacrifice your dream because you are short on cash. I know you are saying to yourself that is a lot of money, here are some tips to help save some money on your man cave. Find deals, on Craigslist, Ebay and garages sale for some of the items you want. This will help you save money for the more expensive items like the HDTV. Another way to save money is trade services with other professionals. If you are a mechanic, find a painter or carpenter that will trade services to save to save each other money.

Wives or No Wives?

Should wifes be allowed into the man cave?

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      Radom 3 years ago

      Man caves can be cheap all you need is a tv some sports stuff 2 coaches heck you will be set you don't need to blow tons of money unless you want to

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      rnbdesign 4 years ago

      Great Lens! This is really awesome. I really appreciated it. I'm definitely going to recommend your Lens to my friends!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Someday I guess I'll have a man cave - right now, my condo works as one! :)

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      ToolHire LM 4 years ago

      WIth a man cave like that, who needs a house anyway?

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      ToolHire LM 4 years ago

      WIth a man cave like that, who needs a house anyway?

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      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      Haha, I like how you included locks to keep the fun killers out...crucial addition to any man cave.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Tried to make my own mancave here in holland and looking for some props.. :-)

      can't post my url where the pictures are.. :-(

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great lens. All I need is a house big enough for a man cave...

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas for men. Thanks!

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      Eyeballs 4 years ago

      What about a jukebox?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My man cave is in my garage and I just added Green Hinges to seal the garage door tight. Worked great for me. I found a discount code "5online" for 5% off (www.greenhingeofamerica.com). They are on Amazon but their site is cheaper

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      JayRockins 4 years ago

      This is awesome. Just add an automatic beer dispenser to the couch and your set! :)

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      shane85 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Picked up a load of 2nd hand goods for my man cave and it all worked out great, at a fraction of the cost. I could really use one of those neon signs though!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I decided to go with a nice projector rather than hd tv. It is a bit cheaper and can create a waaay larger screen. Only downside is, of course, the picture isn't as nice; still awesome, but obviously not like a Samsung tv.

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      pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      I'm taking notes here because my basement is currently torn apart after some flooding. Now I personally think my wife would kill me if I were to turn it into a full fledged man cave but I'm sure a nice bar could be worked out.

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      CornellMarCom LM 4 years ago

      Every guy has to have a place to get away to....this is a great lens to help get men started.

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      love it for all guys!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This has to be one of the best Man Cave lists I have ever seen. Very well thought out and great product ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Everyman should have a space to call his own. The women usually end up claiming 90 percent of the house anyway. Let us keep the garage and the basement at least! Check out www.RLKBuilders.com to get a great one built for you!

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      Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

      Very nice really makes a guy think of the possibilities.... some day.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      Darts.

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      wagedonkey 4 years ago

      I haven't the space in my house or the money for a man cave yet but I can dream!

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      boldstop 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing! My friend has his walls lined with license plates.

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love that kegorator. Never even knew they existed. Need one now. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent thanks for sharing. I'm hankering after a MAME cabinet myself!

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      spids lm 5 years ago

      These are great! What a fun talent to have!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brilliant ideas! Love it! Thanks.!

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      ScottMckinzie 5 years ago

      This is great!!! I need to make my man cave in garage or shop...Like your Lens, Great Stuff!!

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      This lense is probably my new favorite on Squidoo. Wow! Inspiring, creative, and very original. I'd love to make my own man cave.

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      JakeAnderson 5 years ago

      I love this lens!!! Saving up for my man cave now!

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      davidrwells 5 years ago

      Though it's much costly entertainment but I think it's worth it. I am going to start working on my Man Cave as soon as I get my wife out of the way.It's evident that you have put a lot of thought and effort in writing this beautiful post. I salute you for that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @oztoo lm: thats called the kitchen

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      AnneMarie26 5 years ago

      What a clever, unique lens! Also, it's clear that you put a lot of thought into it and it's beautifully presented. I showed it to my husband who, of course, now wants a man cave. Much thanks

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow. Nice lens. I'm working on my own "man-cave" ... but will have to get much of it past my wife.

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      westinscott 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Enjoyed it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This well-elaborated post is so inviting to read. Continue

      making more articles like this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to have a man cave. It would have the ten things you list here plus a humidor. Enjoyed your lens!

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      I wouldn't go into a man cave, but Iv'e got my woman cave.....no men!

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      nsixx99 6 years ago

      Great ideas! We have a "man cave" and we spend tons of time in it, I absolutely love it!

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      basementideas 6 years ago

      @anonymous: This is really cool for me as I didn't know what a man cave is. I was just searching for a lens to have an idea how much cost to finish basement but this appears :) But it give me the idea...

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      basementideas 6 years ago

      The first time I saw this lens... "What Is Man Cave?" I don't have any idea until read the lens :) A new idea to me, really...

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      Heatherseesthel 6 years ago

      I want a man cave and I'm not even a man! Thanks for the awesome lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this is really cool! i'd love to have one!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thankss for the gratt ideaa. i now officially have a man caveeeee!!! <3 whos down to chill?

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      moskit 6 years ago

      I need to get some cash together coz "I want a man cave!!"

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      Allan R. Wallace 6 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I need a wall for books, a recliner with good lighting, and a full size snooker table. A kitchenette and refer, and a hidden escape hatch to sneak out. For me no TVs is just fine, but several head to head computers for games and writing would be cool. Now wrap that up with a view of my beach and the ocean beyond . . . I don't ask for much.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      I would have a dart board in my man cave, I agree with the big screen TV and surround sound as well. Full bar is a must, but I'll settle for a fridge instead of a vending maching and kegerator. How about a music library and a jukebox.

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      Rod505 LM 7 years ago

      Great Lens. The only man cave I can afford is the one that involves rocks, diggings and some wild animals as a roommate.

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      pumpnut lm 7 years ago

      This is the dream of many,many a male. We need to walk away once in a while.

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      Gail47 7 years ago

      I think it's great that guys have their own space - my husband did, and really enjoyed himself and his friends.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Way too much testosterone flowing on this lens! LOL!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @oztoo lm: It's called the kitchen.

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      TattooAcademy 7 years ago

      The only man cave I own right now is below my wifes belly button, but after seeing this lens got me thinking about creating a BIGGER one! Great Lens..

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      humboldt84 7 years ago

      I have a lot of work planned for my man cave! Great lens! What about arcade or wii?

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      the777group lm 7 years ago

      Man Caves are a great idea. I wish I had the $ for one.

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      lankanwriter 7 years ago

      After going through the picture I wish I had one

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      What a great fun lens for men. Nice work and well presented info. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      bluesocialmedia 7 years ago

      @oztoo lm: sure women can have their own cave but they must be separate

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Ooh, I know a lot of men will just love this. So what about a woman cave? Can we have one too?

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      TeamLupe 7 years ago

      yeah a man cave would be nice. Wish i had one....

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good idea for a lens. No, women should not be allowed in a man cave!!! ;)

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      Kapalbility 7 years ago

      I'd love a to own a man cave!