When The Spruce included us in their Top 16 Man Caves That Aren’t Just for Men, it sent us down a rabbit hole of some of our firm’s favorite interior design modern man cave moments.  Join us as we revisit spaces in the home made just to lounge, relax with a drink or play a game of pool, showing you 10 Ideas of How to Make a Room More Than a Man Cave.

WHAT IS A MAN CAVE?

Years ago, the idea of a man cave was primarily where a man can hang out and do manly-man things, in a dingy basement surrounded by dark and dated furniture. Boy, have things changed!  Today, these rooms are proudly out in the open, and are more modern, nuanced and sexy – and not just a place for the guys.  

WHAT GOES IN A MAN CAVE?

The idea of this space is really just a comfortable place to get away from it all – a place relax, hang out and have a good time, whether you’re solo or with friends.  We see it as warm and rich in texture, often including a blend of mixed materials that feels like a laid back expression of yourself and your interests. 

 

Here are 10 Tips to make your space More Than a Man Cave:

1.  MAKE A SMOOTH TRANSITION

Lori Dennis Inc Bachelor Lounge Room

Set up visual clues as you get closer to the room.  Introduce the style elements and materials in places like a accessories, seating or art.  

2.  INCLUDE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO

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This is your place to play and leave your worries at the door.  Go to items  include a TV, maybe a pool table, darts, card table or an incredible music set up.

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Be mellow, or play it loud, crank the music and let it go.

3.  COMFORTABLE SEATING

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Comfortable seating is key in any man cave lounge

Designer Tip:  Most people prefer to have their own chair than to share a seat on a sofa.

4.  A BAR

Home Lounge Bar

Nothing says Man Cave more than a custom bar ready to serve up a specialty cocktail or your favorite draft beer.

5.  A ROOM WITH A VIEW

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A man cave doesn’t need to be dark and moody.  Bring it out into the light and give yourself a fresh perspective.

6.  A QUIET NOOK

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Even if there isn’t a designated room to relax away from it all, look around for other opportunities.  In this project, we turned a hall closet into a reading nook.

7.  SOMETHING PERSONAL & MEANINGFUL TO YOU

Classic Furniture Josef Hoffman Cabaret Fledermaus Chair

What makes you feel the most YOU?  Is it a favorite photograph from your travels or a special piece of furniture, like this classic Josef Hoffmann Cabaret Fledermaus chair.

8.  POOL TABLE

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It’s becoming more popular to convert an unused room in the house into a game room.  Add a pool table in your room, or bring it out to the formal living room.  Whatever you do, select a table that matches with your home interior design style.

9.  DRESSING AREA

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Why not have your own space that includes your very own dressing room?  

10.  WINE STORAGE

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A wine room with ample storage is a classy way to elevate any lounge area in your home.

 

 

We love having a blend of masculine and feminine in all of our projects, and creating a casual space like these examples are so much fun.

Are you thinking of designating your own space for something that feels more authentically you?  We hope you picked up a few ideas of what you can incorporate into your room!

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MORE THAN A MAN CAVE | by Sara Plaisted