20 Stylish Man Caves

Forget about dark and dingy. From sleek home theaters to billiards for the boys, these rooms put a whole new light on the way guys hang out.

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April 30, 2019
By: Colleen Sullivan and Melissa Macron

Photo By: Marili Forastieri

Photo By: Toby Ponnay, Design: Aria Design Inc.

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Photo By: Melanie Millner

Photo By: FBC Remodel

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Photo By: Jon Eady Photography

Photo By: Jon Eady Photography

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Photo By: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Hilton & Hyland, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Hilton & Hyland, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Kate Bruuinsma; Design By: Mindi Freng

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Keep It Light and Bright

"Man caves don't have to be dark and gloomy," says David Scott, principal of David Scott Interiors in New York City and a Zillow Digs Board of Designers. Bronze billiard shades illuminate the gold colored pool table while blue grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling and walls add a pop of color and help showcase the owner's signed sports memorabilia. The feet-friendly cork tile floor comes in handy when you're playing multiple rounds of pool, adds Scott.

Party in the Cave

The owner wanted a space where he could do a lot of entertaining, says Horst Noppenberger, principal, Horst Architects in Laguna Beach, California. "We elevated the seating area off the floor to provide a sense of intimacy within this communal room." A local artisan created the 3-tier hand-blown glass pendants near the television and bar.

A Manly Study

Abstract art, red leather chairs, and dark stained bookshelves fulfill the owner's request for a man cave with a library feel, says Phil Kean, principal of Phil Kean Design Group in Winter Park, Florida. An added bonus: the balcony's panoramic lake views.

Pick a Seat, Any Seat

"We took advantage of this room's long and narrow space by creating three levels of seating," says Steve Schill, owner Schill Architecture in Westlake, Ohio. On level one: a pair of armchairs and three media screens. On level two: a conversation area with a suede sofa and ledge stone fireplace. On level three: movie seating and an elaborate bar (not shown). "Gooseneck halogen lights spotlight the signed professional basketball and baseball jerseys throughout the room," adds Schill.

A Knockout Boxing Room

Invite the guys over for a sweat session. This home gym/man cave looks like a professional setup with punching bags, weight equipment and a water cooler. Rubber interlocking tiles look great, add a bit of bounce and are perfect for a gym floor.

Cue Up for This Rustic Space

This room has it all for entertaining: A billiards area, home theater, bar and wine cellar. Warm wood tones and stone create a rustic look.

A Total Home Run

The centerpiece of the man cave is a hydraulic Chicago White Sox professional pool table that rises and descends into the floor with a simple touch of a button. The baseball-themed man cave continues beyond the French doors on to a patio with a wood pergola, brick pavers, an outdoor lounge and an oversized grill perfect for pre-game festivities.

Sophisticated Man Cave

Formerly the attic space, this man cave boasts cool angles and architectural features. The room is accessorized with black and white images of career milestones and nostalgic art that references the homeowner's hometown. There are two seating areas, a game table, a live edge counter with four barstools and, of course, a massive television.

Home Office & Man Cave for Football Fan

"Men need a reprieve from their busy lives," says designer Melanie Millner. "And a space designed just for them is a great way to relax at home." Created for the CEO of a global company, this home office/man cave serves as a shrine to Alabama Football with treasured memorabilia displayed on backlit shelves. The parquet leather floor makes this room particularly special, Melanie says. Dark floors, modern furnishings and football decor keep the look edgy and masculine.

Indoor/Outdoor Man Cave

This spacious basement renovation features a garage door that links together indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing for easy transition between the pool table area and covered patio. The adjacent great room provides additional space for relaxing and entertaining.

Retro Man Cave

"This space was for a client who was a true child at heart," says Project Manager Lead, Olivier Goedert of FBC Remodel. "He was a lifelong pinball machine collector—spot the arcade in the corner—and wanted a space that not only showcased his interests, but that he could entertain in, too. In addition to the 50s inspired diner, one of my favorite features is the curved concept we brought through soffitting the ceiling, bar ledge, and stools."

The Fam Cave

"'Man caves' have become popular over the years, giving the home owner a designated space to entertain. Now, we’re seeing the transformation towards 'Fam Caves,' where we are creating spaces for men, women, and children to use the space simultaneously—whether it be to entertain or hang out as a family," says FBC Remodel's Content Marketing Specialist, Bella Brache.

To serve the family's entertaining needs, designers added a walk-up bar in the billiard area. In the corner of the space, a rustic, elegant wine rack displays refreshment choices, while a mini-fridge, sink and storage spaces make this small bar area complete and accessible.

Workout-Ready Cave

"Clients are often unhappy with the barely-finished basement builders leave them with, and want a space they can use for more than storage. In this case, the clients wanted to turn their small basement into a fully functional gym and entertainment area," says Bella.

"In order to do this, designers maximized the space by adding two hidden doors—one for wine next to the bar, and the other to hold extra gym equipment, and a glass barn door. The gym is additionally fully customized with specialty equipment and a ballet bar."

Man Cave for All

FBC Remodel Division President Erin Van Galder worked to design a space that the whole family could entertain in with the special request of incorporating the home’s beautiful view of the foothills. "The family was looking for a rustic and industrial feel," Erin says, "so we added the garage door, brick, beams, wood and metal elements, and engineered wood floor. All elements help define the spaces and give them the warm pub feel they were looking for."

Erin and team additionally installed zinc countertops for guests to sit at whilst drinking cold beer straight from the tap—a popular request for Man Caves and Fam Caves in Colorado!

Car Enthusiast's Hideout

This all-in-one luxury garage and workshop has enough space for mulitple cars and a secluded workshop area with everything needed to keep things running smoothly.

Vintage Vibe Hangout

This media room has all the allure of a secret hideout with walls covered in vintage memorabilia, shelves for music, books and DVDs—plus four wine refrigerators!

Pass the Popcorn

Check out this 40-seat 4K Dolby Atmos Theater that's housed in a modern mansion. Before you recline your luxe leather seat and watch the big screen, take a look at the golden mural dedicated to James Bond. Truly iconic.

Art Deco Billiards Room

The gentlemen of the house will certainly find this game room and bar up to par. Black walls, ceiling and details make the space feel utterly masculine, while leather stools line the bar as comfortable seating after a round of pool. The pool table's art deco vibe adds another cool element to this uber-sophisticated space.

Colorful, Contemporary Cave

It's hard to believe this showstopping billiards room designed by Mindi Freng was once a garage storage space full of old sports equipment and Christmas decorations. The bold and colorful design creates a dynamic, inviting space with personality to spare.

Get a Leg Up

Forget your monthly membership fees; this amazing home gym comes complete with a challenging rock-climbing wall in its entryway. An array of weights, a punching bag, and a large-screen television round out this totally cool workout retreat.

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