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7 Cool Ideas to Turn Unused Spaces Into Your Very Own 'Man Cave'

Truly a place for the lads!

There’s something so comforting about having your own space, surrounded by the things you love. But whether it’s Star Wars collectibles, electric guitars, or anime figurines, what you love may not necessarily be what your spouse loves; which makes the idea of a private space – or a ‘man cave’, so to speak – all the more appealing.

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Fortunately, it’s easy enough to carve out a personal space in your home, decked out in the way you – and only you! – want it. Whether you have an entire bedroom or just a tiny nook to spare, these ideas will give you the inspiration you need to create your very own ‘man cave’.

1. Build display cabinets to show off your collectibles

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Sure, women have their own prized collections (think branded bags and perfume bottles), but men have their toys too! No matter how weird or wonderful your collections are, remember – your ‘man cave’ is yours and yours only, so feel free to show off whatever you like.

2. Carve out a home gym

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Having a gym at home allows you to work out and train for your upcoming marathon any time of the day, without the need to step out of the house. No more waiting for your turn for a shared machine, no more “I’m too tired to go out” excuses, and certainly no more “do you even lift, bro?” accusations thrown your way!

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3. Convert it into a music studio

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Musicians rarely jam out at home for fear of facing neighbors’ complaints, but don’t let that stop you from setting up your own music studio. With a dedicated space for your instruments, you can display them in their full glory and rock out as and when you like – but do soundproof the room (or your entire house) before that!

4. Set up a gaming nook

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There’s nothing a gamer loves more than an optimised setup, a comfy chair, and flashy RGB lights – and with your personal ‘man cave’, you don’t have to worry about them clashing with your overall home aesthetic.

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Bonus: you don’t need a whole room’s worth of space, because any unused space (think mezzanines or empty corners) can be used to house your rig.

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5. Create a productive home office

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While the setup is similar to a gaming nook, a home office is where you get down to business. It’s a place for you to hit the grind – attend work meetings, engage with clients, do up spreadsheets, the serious stuff.

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As such, you’ll want a space that embodies the responsible, no-nonsense attitude you wish to give off, and these projects show you some of the many ways to carve out a home office!

6. Transform it into an entertainment room

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On the fip side, a home isn’t complete without some entertainment to take your mind away from the day’s stresses. Whether it’s to indulge in movie marathons or engage in a round of karaoke, feel free to deck it out however you wish – with your favourite collectibles on display, a mini-fridge, and more!

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7. Use a spare bedroom as your personal walk-in wardrobe

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In 2022, gender equality is the name of the game: men deserve their own walk-in wardrobes just as much as women do. After all, you can never have too much space for clothes – and if you’ve got the space for it, why confine your wardrobe to a small, measly corner?

And besides, with that much space at your disposal, you don’t need to limit yourself to a wardrobe – instead, feel free to store (or display) your clothes on clothing racks, pegboards, islands, and more!

So, ready to design your own 'man cave'?

These are just some of many ideas that you can apply to your own little slice of personal space. And, as shown, you don't even need much to create it – all it takes is a little space and creativity! It's well worth the effort, trust us.

If you're keen to see how else you can spruce up your space, these featured bachelor pads may just be what you're looking for:

This article was originally published on 10 April 2015 and last updated on 4 Oct 2022.

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