How to Build a Man Cave

Need to escape the estrogen? Create a man cave for yourself with the help of this Howcast video, which tells you how to pick the perfect spot and what to put in it.


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You Will Need

  • Suitable space
  • Large TV
  • Video game consoles
  • Media devices
  • Audio system
  • Bar or cabinet
  • Mini-fridge
  • Bowls and glasses
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Sodas
  • Athletic equipment
  • Gadgets (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Find the perfect spot

    Find the perfect spot. Pick somewhere relatively secluded with enough elbow room for you and your pals. Tool sheds, garages, basements, and back rooms are ideal.

  2. Step 2

    Decorate it

    Center your inner sanctum around your interests. Incorporate a space for barroom games, and a nook for your hobbies.

  3. Step 3

    Get your A/V on

    Get your A/V on; like all things masculine, size does matter. So get the biggest TV possible for the space and your budget. Connect it to video-game consoles, media devices, and an audio system.

  4. Keep a ready supply of seemingly useless gadgets on hand to entertain you and your guests.

  5. Step 4

    Set up food and drink

    Dedicate space to food and drink. Nothing is worse than having to venture out of your sanctuary for refreshments. Build a bar or just use a cabinet to store spirits, glasses, snacks, and bowls. Set up a mini-fridge for beer and soda.

  6. Stock up on a variety of manly periodicals to peruse.

  7. Step 5

    Get an athletic corner

    The man cave can't be all fun and games. Reserve some space for the physical activity of choice to keep you fit, strong, and above all -- manly.

  8. The size of the average American home has more than doubled since the 1950s to 2,349 square feet.