12 Man Cave Ideas and Essentials To Upgrade Your Space

Article by BlissLights LLCMon, Sep 26, 22
12 Man Cave Ideas and Essentials To Upgrade Your Space

A space to yourself, a place to retreat after a long day of work, a room of your own – a man cave is your escape. It’s where you can enjoy your passions, savor some much-needed relaxation, or hang out with friends (all genders welcome). To truly make the most of your space, you’ll want to explore man cave ideas that can take things up a notch.

Keep reading to find awe-inspiring suggestions for the ultimate man cave. Here, you’ll find man cave decor ranging from bar stools and a foosball table to vinyl records and a home theater for everyone to enjoy. Your man cave is more than a cave – it can be whatever you want it to be.

What is the purpose of a man cave?

Traditionally, a man cave is a space in a man’s home where he can go to hang out and watch Sunday night football. But a man cave can be a place of respite for anyone, regardless of gender. It can even be a shared space for the whole family. You can opt for the usual basement or garage style, but a man cave can exist anywhere in your home.

If you’re working with a small space – perhaps an unoccupied part of a room – you can still carve out an inviting man cave. Just shift your perspective and open yourself up to opportunity – your man cave’s design is entirely up to you.

What should you include in a man cave?

A man cave should include everything you want to enjoy in your sacred space. You can add a pool table, an entertainment center, plenty of seating, and a bar area. When you fill the room with games, lights, and a splash of personality, you can open up a world of possibilities.

Ultimately, what you add to your man cave depends on your vision for the room. So think about what you want from your man cave and imagine how you can make the space as versatile as possible. With the perfect setup, you can go from game night to classic movie night in the blink of an eye.

man cave with pool table and ark aurora light

9 man cave must-haves

Here, you’ll find nine man cave must-haves you can shape to fit your style, wants, and needs.

1. Entertainment center

When you create a man cave, you’ll likely want an entertainment center, so you can watch movies and sports, play games, or listen to music. After all, the entertainment center is often at the heart of a space dedicated to relaxation.

Entertainment center lighting ideas can be a great way to enhance your man cave. When you illuminate your TV with movie-theater-inspired lighting or hang wall sconces around it, you can take your man cave to new heights.

2. Smart home

To enhance your man cave’s ease, comfort, and cool factor, you can include smart home features. This way, like magic from across the room, you can use your phone or computer to change your lighting or music. For example, you can control the glowing, colorful BlissRadia from your phone or via voice control. You can effortlessly switch among every rainbow color or set stunning gradients, striking the right mood for the optimal occasion.

blissradia smart ambient mood light in ocean blue
blissradia is an led ambient light with app control that shines in multiple colors

BlissRadia Smart LED Mood Light


From desktop to bedside, light the way to concentration, stimulation, or relaxation.

3. Gaming rig

Cool man caves often feature arcade games, pool tables, and the ultimate setup for playing video games. When you include a gaming rig or a gaming computer, you add another area dedicated to entertainment. It’s a must-have for a great man cave.

You can set up your gaming computer on a spacious desk with a big monitor and the perfect chair. To further elevate your gaming experience, add some gaming room lights and gaming desk lights. You’ll transform your surroundings with colorful hues as you immerse yourself in the gaming experience.

4. Adequate seating

You’ll need the right amount of seating to accommodate your guests – and your seating can elevate your space even when you’re there alone. If you’ve always dreamed of having a bar to practice your mixology skills, then find bar stools that match your man cave. You can also add comfortable lounge chairs in clusters surrounding a coffee table. The more seating you include, the more your space can evolve.

5. Sound bar system

If you opt for a bar or an entertainment center, you’ll probably want music to set the mood. To further elevate the experience, you can synchronize your light display with your tunes. Sit back, relax, and let the sound and music transport you elsewhere.

6. Poker table

If you’re looking for a casino vibe, then a poker table is a great addition to your man cave. It’s also a great choice if you’re going for gaming vibes in general.

When you’re ready to rest your eyes after a video game battle with friends, you can switch to poker to keep up the fun. For larger spaces like a garage man cave or a basement man cave, your poker table’s signature look can add a touch of sophistication.

7. Recliner with cup holders

The recliner is the quintessential chair of men and dads everywhere. So for your man cave, take the seating up a notch and add a recliner with cup holders. Or you can add a reclining couch to kick back and relax with your best buds. With a comfortable couch, you can sink right into every movie night and game night.

8. Billiards table

A pool table, like a poker table, can take your man cave design above and beyond. It’s another classic game that instantly elevates your aesthetic and allows for countless hours of friendly competition. If you can include both a pool and a poker table, then go for it. Or, if you go for a folding poker table and a full-size billiards table instead, you can still have the best of both worlds.

billiards table

9. Fridge or bar area

If you’re envisioning a full-service bar area in your man cave, you’ll want a fridge to accompany it. You can opt for a mini-fridge to store your drinks out of sight or go for a full-size fridge where you can stash your snacks. Plus, a fridge is a blank slate. Cover it in magnets and memorabilia, and you’ll feel like you’re exactly where you belong.

How to upgrade your man cave

To make the most of the above man cave ideas, here are some tips on how to upgrade your man cave.

Add wall lights

When you add wall lights, you can shine a light on all your fun and relaxing activities. You can also find fixtures to match your man cave aesthetic. For example, if your man cave leans industrial, you can add metal or minimalist fixtures.

Wall lights are also a great way to showcase all the sports memorabilia you’re hanging on the walls. The right lighting can enhance your surroundings – you’ll see your man cave in a whole new light.

Don't neglect the floor

You might not be thinking about your flooring options when pool tables and gaming rigs are front-of-mind. But your floors are a big part of your man cave’s comfort and style too. If you’re interested in hardwood floors but you want to warm the room up a bit, try incorporating area rugs into your design. With an area rug, you can bring a pop of color to your otherwise neutral man cave design, adding a splash of creativity.

Take it out of this world

While lighting can be practical, sometimes, you want it to be more. For example, on nights when you want to completely transform your surroundings, try a galaxy projector.

The Sky Lite Evolve can project an entire galaxy onto your man cave’s walls, ceiling, and floors. You can shine the Evolve in pastel reds, blues, pinks, and purples for a transformative experience. You can rotate, point it, and adjust it to your liking to enhance your sacred space however you please. Plus, you can change your galaxy’s brightness, colors, and effects from your phone or via voice control. In just seconds, you can take your man cave out of this world.

man lying on couch with blue galaxy lighting

sky lite evolve smart multicolor galaxy projector

Sky Lite Evolve: Smart Galaxy Projector


The latest evolution in smart galaxy lighting.

Enhance your man cave with BlissLights

When transforming a room into your man cave, you want it to have everything and more. Lighting can help you take your man cave to the next level. You can shine your lighting where you need it most or put on an out-of-this-world light show. Whether you want movie theater lighting or changing colors that sync with your party music, BlissLights can set the perfect atmosphere. Browse the BlissLights collection now to bring your man cave to life.

About BlissLights

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