While the whole idea of a man cave is to have a space where you can feel free to do whatever you want, letting your whims run wild can easily result in a space that’s overwhelming and busy at best, and tacky at worst. Using a more restrained approach and a consistent colour palette will yield a space that’s tasteful and relaxed, without sacrificing the masculine aesthetic you’re after. The key to this is picking timeless furniture and decor in muted tones, and accenting these with occasional pops of colour and personality.
Reclining chairs are great inventions, but they aren’t usually the nicest looking pieces in the showroom. Instead, go for pieces informed by the clean lines and simple shapes of midcentury modern design. Colour-wise, keep it low-key with black and brown upholstery and natural wood accents, saving colour for your choice of wall decor (see below). For your main seating, a sofa
Because all of the relaxing you’re going to do here can be thirsty work, in addition to a small bar fridge (ideally hidden under a table unless it’s something cool looking like
Now that you’ve got your seating in place, you can start building the rest of the room around it. For the floor,
While it may be tempting to cover the walls in vintage gas station signs and beer ads, if you don’t want your space to feel like a garage or a bar, a more curatorial approach is in order. If you’ve got the budget for artwork,
A big TV and an audiophile sound system are a no-brainer, but don’t let your entertainment options end there. Whether or not you have room for a regulation-sized pool table, classic rec-room games should be part of any man cave. Table tennis is always popular, and while a standard green table does the job,
Jeremy Freed is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto. His writing about fashion, travel, food and design appears in Sharp, Harry and re:Porter magazines, among many others.