Where to Build a Man Cave

Man caves. Those glorious refuges from partners, families, friends, work and everything else life has to throw at us!

If you’re in the lucky position to be at the very beginning of your man cave journey then you might be wondering where to build a man cave. For those without options the choice is simple, anywhere you can!

For those of you lucky enough to have a choice, maybe we can help. Read on and all will become clear…

Where to Build a Man Cave

Garage

Garage - Where to build a man cave

The garage is a classic man cave spot for multiple reasons. The first reason is generally because your family absolutely hate it and steer clear at all costs. This is primarily because they believe the garage is cold, dirty and filled with spiders and other creepy crawlies. The second reason is because, for most of us, the garage is completely detached from the rest of the house and as a result usually gets ignored.

All of the above creates man cave heaven. Think about it! This is a place that your family, and anyone else visiting your house, actively ignores or doesn’t even think about.

Starting to sound good, right? If you’re thinking about going down this road then check out our how to man cave a garage guide here!

Pros:

  • Unwanted/ignored by family
  • Private

Cons:

  • Needs cleaned before use
  • Generally needs electric and heating installed

Spare Room

Spare room - where to build a man cave

The spare room is probably the most obvious choice for anyone out there lucky enough to have one.

The most common spare room man cave dwellers are usually men without kids or men who’ve had kids who have grown up and moved out. Whatever the situation, having a spare room primed to be turned into a man cave is the dream. Use it wisely.

This will usually involve picking a general theme (and sticking to it as best you can…), adding to it over time and always, always, always focusing on the man cave essentials!

Pros:

  • Ready to use
  • Quick turnaround time

Cons:

  • Very few have spare rooms available

Attic

Attic - where to build a man cave

For many of you wannabe man cave dwellers out there the attic might be the best space you’ve got in your quest to create a true space to call home.

In countless houses up and down the land attics sit empty, under used or simply filled with crap and used as glorified storage spaces. If you don’t have a spare room or a garage big enough, and don’t fancy converting a shed, then the attic represents a great man cave opportunity! Take it and use it while you can!

You never know when another child might come along that needs it converted into a bedroom…

Pros:

  • Underused/ignored
  • Connected to main house for heat, electric etc.

Cons:

  • If you convert it, it might eventually be stolen by annoying kids and partners…

Shed

man cave shed

When we say man cave shed we don’t mean your grandad’s old shed filled with gardening tools, old bags of soil, one seat, a few newspapers and his tobacco pipe.

When we say man cave shed we mean a proper man cave in a shed. No messing about!

This might be over stretching it for some out there but, if you’re desperate or simply have zero other choices, then check out our how to man cave your shed guide here.

Pros:

  • Unwanted/ignored by family
  • Private

Cons:

  • Needs cleaned before use
  • Generally needs electric and heating installed

Apartment

man cave essentials

The apartment man cave, also known as a bachelor’s pad, is probably for all you single or unmarried guys out there.

We might be generalising a bit but the likelihood of you being allowed to man cave an entire apartment if you live with your partner is unlikely, in our experience anyway…

With that in mind, if you have complete control over every aspect then check out our guide to building man caves in smaller rooms. That should help get you started if you’re working with a slightly more confined space.

Pros:

  • You can do what you want

Cons:

  • Enjoy it while it lasts…

Existing Room

 

Last but most certainly not least is to use an area or corner of an existing room within your current house. This option is really for those without a useable garage, attic, shed or spare room and although it’s not great it can still work.

We hate to say it but, with this option, you’ll never really get the true man cave experience because that experience includes a sense of freedom and privacy that just won’t happen in an existing family room.

However, with all that being said, you have to make the most of what you’ve got so get cracking and stop crying. Focus on the man cave essentials and you’ll be fine!

Pros:

  • Quick to setup

Cons:

  • Not a real man cave

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