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How Do You Build a Basement Man Cave?

In Basement Remodeling by Adam Jensen / August 27, 2020

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Create that one of a kind space you have always wanted by designing a basement man cave.

Has there always been a missing space in your home? Your kids have taken over the living room and your dining room is being used for home schooling? You need a place to simply relax and entertain family and friends. That is when a basement man cave comes in. The basement of your home can be transformed into the space of your choosing. In this case, a dedicated man cave. Since it is a separate space in your home, you can design the man cave to be a one of a kind space.

What is the purpose of a man cave?

A man cave is a space that is dedicated to the adults. Man Caves are an escape from the other areas of your home. A place dedicated to your favorite hobby, watching the big game with friends, and entertaining guests. Typically created within the basement for extra space, a man cave is the go to spot for relaxation.

Over the years man caves have developed into more of a multi-functional space for the entire family, but the traditional man cave still exists. Being the most likely room in the entire house that you have complete design control over, we will be sharing some of our knowledge to create the perfect man cave.

What every man cave should have?

When it comes to creating a man cave, there are a few things that no space should go without. Lets call this the Man Cave Starter kit:

  • Large TV
  • Comfortable Seating
  • A Home Bar Area
  • Pool Table or Ping Pong Table

Those items will get your man cave started. You will be ready to host the next get together or enjoy your own space.

From there, you can go as far as your imagination takes you. We have worked with homeowners to create everything from indoor hockey rinks, to dedicated home theaters complete with multiple rows of seating.

basement sports bar with detroit themed lights and tv

How big should a man cave be?

There is no minimum or maximum size for a man cave. Although, the size of the space will need to be big enough to fit everything that you want. We suggest creating a must have list before starting any project. List out your top priorities that need to be in the space, that way when you’re working with a designer, they can lay everything out to create a floor plan. Having your priorities in place will ensure a smoother process when it comes to design.

Keep in mind the requirements of certain spaces. Bars and bathrooms will need plumbing hookups. Does your home theater space need extra wiring for speakers and multiple components. Will you need to keep any space unfinished for storage?

What color should I paint my man cave?

This is completely up to you! Personalization is one of the best things about having a man cave. You can choose a color scheme to instantly emphasize the overall design theme or use decorations to add design. Many homeowners will choose a neutral color such as grey or light beige for the basement, then decorate the space to add pops of color.

How do you decorate a man cave?

One of the best things about a man cave is that it is completely up to you when it comes to decorating. Having a completely separate space from the rest of your home can make for some fun decorating styles! Of course, there are trends that we see when it comes to man caves. Below of some of the more popular themes for basement man caves that we have created over the years.

The Sports Enthusiast 

Sports memorabilia, plaques, and large screen TV’s make up the majority of the design elements in this space. The basement revolves around a large sectional for unlimited viewing angles of the TV.

The Sports Enthusiast basement man cave

Bringing the Theater to Your Basement

This basement features a large projection screen with a cozy sectional surrounded by movie posters. Movie night is ready to be had in this comfortable space. Surround sound speakers and dimmable LED lighting help create the perfect atmosphere for watching your favorite movie.

basement with home theater set up projection screen and movie posters

Rustic Modern Farmhouse Design

This basement continued the design features from the upstairs of the home. Rustic elements mixed with modern features creates a modern farmhouse design. Incorporating metal and wood fixtures for decorations and storage, this space comes together to become an inviting space.

rustic farmhouse inspired basement

Modern Contemporary Design

Keeping a very clean design style throughout the space, this basement uses a neutral color palette and furniture with clean lines to decorate the space. Geometrical wall art and mid century modern chairs all work together to establish this design style.

modern wood and metal basement design

What kind of man cave are you looking for? Our designers can work with you to create everything from the ultimate sports room to the comfortable family area. Utilize the existing space available in your home by adding a man cave!

Our specialist are ready to meet with you to discuss your dream space! We work out of Northville, Rochester, Novi, South Lyon, and surrounding areas. Schedule your free consultation today to see what we can do for you and your family.


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