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Ideas to Turn an Unused Closet into a Man Cave and Give Him his Own Space

Updated on April 7, 2016

Convert a Closet to a Man Cave

This storage closet is now a cozy man cave.
This storage closet is now a cozy man cave.

Don't all men want a space in the house to call their own - where they can be as messy or neat as they want- with whatever furniture or artwork or sports items they'd like to use? A place to hang out with no interruptions or responsibilities? Oftentimes, homes just don't have the extra room to create such a space. My husband came up with the idea of using one of the closets for his man cave. We had a decent sized walk-in closet that had become a catch all for all kinds of miscellaneous junk. With a coat closet just around the corner and the garage a few steps away, we were able to clean out the closet, getting rid of unwanted items and relocating others to the coat closet or garage. This idea may not work for everyone but, then again, it might be just the ticket.

Before - all white shelving in the closet.
Before - all white shelving in the closet.
Clothes rods were removed but shelving remained.
Clothes rods were removed but shelving remained.
Shelf supports were painted to blend in with the wall color.
Shelf supports were painted to blend in with the wall color.

We were already having some electrical work done on our house so we had the closet light replaced with a small ceiling fan and a light kit. There was an electrical outlet on the other side of the wall, so we asked the electrician to pull the wires through and put an outlet on the inside of the closet.

We assumed that whomever buys our house down the road, when it's time to sell, would most likely prefer that the new man cave be turned back into a closet. So we kept the existing shelving and hardware and simply removed the clothes rods and put them in the garage. They just have to be popped back into place when the time comes.

We wanted to make the closet feel more like a room so we painted the walls a warm khaki color and contrasted the shelves by using glossy black paint. Because the closet is under the stairs, part of the wall and ceiling are at an angle. To minimize the various lines in the room, all of the shelving support was painted khaki to match the walls and to make everything all one color except for the shelving boards.


While the space in the man cave is narrow, we were able to find a great leather chair that rocks, swivels, and reclines. There was room for a tall, narrow pole lamp and two small touch lamps on the book shelves behind the chair. One end of the man cave has a tall ceiling and the shelving there makes great display space. There was enough wall space to hang street signs and artwork. While there obviously is not room for a big screen TV, an iPad docking station makes listening to music or watching TV possible. The next addition is a small fridge under one of the shelves.

Space to display artwork and sports memorabilia.
Space to display artwork and sports memorabilia.

My husband's Man Cave isn't big enough to invite the guys over to watch football or shoot a game of pool, but it's big enough to have a private space to read, listen to music, or watch TV. Don't tell him, but I've snuck in there myself a time or two for a little peace and quiet. Check out other ideas at www.arkatexrenovations.com

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      win-winresources 5 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Raniwrites-

      My fear would be that my wife (of almost 36 years) would simply wall me up in there. (Think Poe's Cask of Amontillado.)

      Some key plumbing might also be nice...

      -DW

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      raniwrites 5 years ago

      Well we wouldn't want that!!! I didn't include it in the article but there is a full bathroom adjacent to the room - so once we get the fridge in, he can stay for days!

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      FreeBird2k 5 years ago

      Hi, I too have the same closet like your picture with the ceiling slope. I have thought about turning that to man cave and did research online and found this picture and its the only 1. I plan to put my gaming computer in there but there is no outlet and I have concerns about my pc and monitor putting out alot of heat if the door was closed.

      I thought about making a small hole on the wall and attach air vent venting out from PC, then the cool air would come thru under the door.

      Heh, I told my wife about that and she seams kinda disapproval but she letting me do it as long I keep it clean cuz she may want to use it for peace time.

      Thanks for sharing this pics, I'll try to get my project goin and snap few pics and I'll post it. Im gonna name my room "Micro-Man-Cave".

      -FreeBird2k

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      raniwrites 5 years ago

      Like the name! Good luck on ur man cave - I bet it will turn out great! Look forward to seeing the pics.

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