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Welcome to Man Cave Basics

What is a Man Cave

A Man Cave is a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.

Where is a Man Cave located at?

The most common locations for a Man Cave are in the basement, garage, an extra bedroom, or even a shed. If you’re single or living by yourself, your Man Cave is usually your entire living space. It’s your bachelor pad by another name. If you’re married or live together with a female, your Man Cave is usually one space, if you’re lucky.

What do Men do in their Man Caves?

Whatever they want. That’s the beauty of it. The most popular activities tend to be hanging out, watching TV, and drinking beer. Some others include playing cards and Poker, shooting pool and billiards, working on hobbies, displaying collectibles, exercising, working on cars, playing music, working in a home office and storing wine in a wine cellar. There are hundreds more that we could list here.

Why does a Man need a Man Cave?

We believe that every Man has a basic, primal, instinctual need to have a space to call his own. It’s his territory. Furthermore, we believe that space should be used to enjoy his favorite activities, whatever that might be. If you ask most Men why they want a Man Cave, they’ll tell you they’d like a place where they can recharge the batteries after a long day on their job, and a place where they can hang out with their buddies.

Isn’t a Man Cave anti-female and/or anti-family?

Our experience and research shows the 100% complete opposite of this. A Man Cave is always a fun place to be. If it wasn’t fun, why would anybody want one? Believe it or not, we’ve found that most women will embrace the idea of a Man Cave. If there’s a disagreement over space and usage rules, there is probably a much larger issue that the couple should have a good long talk about. Just as each Man Cave is a unique space, so are the rules of the household in which it is located.

How much does a Man Cave cost?

You can do a Man Cave for a few hundred dollars, or as high as the stars. It all depends on your personal budget, personal style, favorite activities and the size of the space you have to work with. You don’t need to be a multimillionaire with a 20,000 square foot palace. We’ve seen 5 x 5 feet storage sheds that have been made into Man Caves that any guy would be proud to own! If you’re a DIY-type guy who is handy with tools, you can also save money by doing the work yourself.

What if I don’t know how to build anything?

Just do what you can. Ask friends and family members for help. You will be surprised the amount of knowledge is at your finger tips.

The Man Cave: What Guy Dwellings are All About

It doesn’t take much to make a guy happy -- just his own private retreat

By Michael H. Yost

Welcome, Cave Dwellers, to the world of the Man Cave! You are about to embark on a prehistoric journey from the darkness and dampness of the earliest cave to the more modern -- but not necessarily any more glamorous -- Man Cave.

So let’s start with the most obvious question: What is a Man Cave? The dictionary defines it as “a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house, to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.” Simply put, a Man Cave is a place where a man can be a man!

Do we really need a Man Cave? Most people would say no. But in truth, having a place where you can go and “recharge” is very healthy for any relationship. From my experience, most men who own a Man Cave are usually married. Single guys will tell you their whole house is a Man Cave. But that doesn’t really fall within the definition of the term.

So, what makes a Man Cave a sacred place for men? Well, to be honest, it doesn’t take too much. Men are very simple creatures -- it doesn’t take much to make us happy. Give us a recliner and that old TV (you know the one) in the basement or separate room of the house and we’re content. Most Man Caves start out very small and continue to grow as space allows. Man Caves are never completed; they are always a work in progress. That is what makes having a Man Cave so much fun.

Now to dispel one of the most common myths associated with Man Caves: “Women are not allowed.” This statement could not be further from the truth. Women are allowed (although some insist it’s by invitation only); they just do not have decorating authority. After all, the Cave’s primary purpose is to provide a place for the guy and his friends to socialize and unwind, free of female influence.

To my mind, there is no such thing as a bad Man Cave. The decor is a true reflection of the owner’s personality. Walk into any guy’s self proclaimed cave and you can read him like a book. A sample of every aspect of his life or interests can be found tucked away in the darkest recesses of his dwelling.

It doesn’t take much money or space to get the ball rolling. Just start out small and let the power of the Man Cave community be your guide.

Build it and enjoy it! Cave On!

Like this article? Get more by following us @WorkbenchLife or friending us on Facebook at The Workbench Life. Michael H. Yost is co-author of The Man Cave Book and founder of ManCaveSite.org. Michael is also a frequent contributor to The Workbench Life.

Items you should consider for your man cave:

Neon Signs

Decorative Signs (Old or New)

Man Cave Sign

Bar/bar stools

Big Screen TV

Stereo System

Game System

Pool table, Poker table

Arcade machine/Pinball/Fooseball Table


Put table/bar stools



Wet Bar

Ice Maker


Dart Board

Popcorn Maker

Hot Dog warmer