A lot of us have the issue of wanting a man cave but not having enough space to create one. There are some out there who convert whole basements into man caves, some with a man shed, and others who convert a garage into their man cave – but what about those of us who don’t have that option?
There are a variety of small man cave ideas out there that can help you convert a small area inside your home into a man cave of your own. These can be something as small as a large walk in closet, to a converted laundry room, to a smaller office or bed room. Whatever option is available to you, we have a few steps that will help you get started on creating your very own mini-man cave!
Lay Out Your Floor Plan
With limited space, the first step you need to take is to measure out how much room you actually have. If you have a bedroom or office for your man cave, you have a bit more room than others here, allowing you a few more options that we will dive into in a bit.
Those of you without a full room to work with, perhaps using a converted laundry room, attic, or large closet style rooms will have to measure out the exact room dimensions to work with, as there will be limited space for all you can include.
Once you have your dimensions set, you must decide what you deem as necessities in your man cave. If you “must have” a bar in your man cave, there are a variety of options out there that can fit any size room. For smaller rooms, there is a great bar on my bar reviews post that has a modern look without the bulkiness of a large wooden bar.
Most smaller man caves have to give up space on their entertainment center, as there are far more important things you can invest in besides bulky entertainment centers. If you are willing to sacrifice a bar for a smaller entertainment center, be sure to get one that includes storage options so you can free up space elsewhere to use on other accessories and decor.
Now that you have determined the dimensions, layout, and accessories that you must have, let us take a look and the second step of man cave creation!
Choose Your Theme
We have talked about theme options on a few of our posts on this site, but we will touch on some of the best ones I have seen for smaller man caves for you.
Some of the best smaller man caves I have seen have revolved around two themes: gaming and comic related themes. If these fall into your realm of man caves, then you should be set. Imagine walking into your man cave, taking a seat in your custom comic or gaming chair, looking around at all of your memorabilia, and flipping on the TV to escape the stresses of reality. This is all plausible – in fact, this is all extremely do-able with the correct layout and decor options of your choice.
If gaming or comics isn’t your style, sport themed man caves are the next popular option. Mini-bars, sport themed chairs and coffee or end tables, and various memorabilia across your walls are some quick and easy options that will allow you to set up your man cave in no time at all. Add it a few signed options and you are sitting happy.
There are so many options for you to choose from in relation to choosing a theme – if you are undecided or looking for more options within a given theme, take a look at a few of the posts on this site:
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Decide On Your Seating Options
In smaller man caves, you do not have the luxury of having multiple couches and seating arrangements that larger man caves can provide. Depending on how your dimensions and how much space you have, determining how much seating you can have is a major factor.
A lot of people with small man caves only want seating for one to two people, as these man caves are typically getaways for men to have a place to themselves without guests or others interrupting them. In some occurrences, a second seating option is added so you can have a friend to watch the game with, play a game with, or simply have a drink and bask in what you have created.
In all the man caves I have seen and provide insight for, I recommend having seating for two people, as there are always instances where you might want a friend, brother, or dad to talk to in private without having to deal with others around. Personally, I like the idea of a man cave so I can sit down with the old man and watch our favorite football or hockey team without having to worry about the kids or wife interrupting us. Side note: my dad also loves this!
Room layout – check. Theme chosen – check. Seating – done. Now we look at how to spruce up your wall options!
The first thing people see when they walk into a room is what is at eye level. Deciding on what wall decor you place on your wall is the main concept in terms of making your man cave something special. Small man caves are not necessarily about attracting the eyes of others, but you too have to have appeal towards your man cave.
If you are going with a sport themed man cave, having autographed photos of your favorite players or signed game balls can make your man cave above many others. Comic or movie theater man caves can have posters or photos that idolize your favorite characters or actors.
If posters or photos are your thing, you can always get miniature memorabilia that you can place on a shelf, creating the best eye candy imaginable. Star Wars fans can put a little tie fighter, millennium falcon, or characters on a shelf and create a little piece of the movie in their own man cave.
Whatever concept you are going for, find the right items and make it into something a bit more. Rather than having generic flee marker memorabilia, find that something extra and make your small man cave feel bigger than it is.
With a larger man cave out of the question, setting up a foundation for smaller man caves is a necessity. After getting your layout and dimensions set, you should have an understanding of what accessories you want in your man cave, the seating options you want (whether it is for one person or two), the theme you want, and what wall decor options you want as well.
If you have a smaller man cave or have any suggestions for fellow readers, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!