Stylish Man Caves

Forget about dark and dingy. From sleek home theaters to a haven for wine lovers, these rooms put a whole new light on the way guys hang out.
By: Colleen Sullivan

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Made to Order

The owner wanted a man cave that resembled his favorite restaurant and hotel bar, says Norm Lecuyer, president of Just Basements in Ottawa, Canada. "A custom barrel vault ceiling with recessed wood panels, oil-rubbed bronze pendants, and a cherry bar with a quartz countertop were all specially ordered for this room." Billiards, a gaming area, and a theater with leather chairs and a 120" movie screen keep the men entertained.

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.

Sitting in the Driver's Seat

This man cave theater showcases the client's love for cars and racing, says Brad Zoerb, senior technology advisor at VIA International. "The black and red leather chairs were designed to look like race car seats while pinstripe fabric on the walls resembles road tracks." A bonus: The three screens make it possible to watch multiple sports at one time.

Sneak in Some Stogies

This hangout room is where the owner and his friends relax and enjoy cigars, says Jim Morgan, owner of Morgan Construction, Scottsdale, Arizona. Red damask chairs and a diamond patterned light fixture give the space a retro feel while two televisions keep guests entertained. "The rosewood and Brazilian cherry woods throughout the room give the space a warm, cozy feel," notes Morgan, "while the custom glass door has an impenetrable smoke seal."

Move It On Up

Man caves don't always need to be in the basement, says Phil Kean, principal, Phil Kean Design Group, Winter Park, Florida. "The goal here was to create a first floor entertainment center that included a billiards table, wet bar, three television screens, and a media room." A colorful Ron Woods painting sits over a ledge created out of black mosaic granite ("a great place to relax while waiting your turn at the billiards table," notes Kean), while the glass fixtures are contemporary interpretations of old billiards lights.

Step Up to the Bar

The floor is made of a tempered frosted glass that lights up from below, says Kerri Foreman, an interior designer at Vallone Design in Scottsdale, Arizona. A mercury glass light fixture made in Italy hangs over the lacquered cherry bar along with two televisions framed in an embossed ceramic tile. "Ten comfy red velvet chairs provide seating near the glass enclosed 2,200-bottle wine cellar," adds Foreman.

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 Study in Caves

Abstract art, red leather chairs, and darkly 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.

No Reason to Go Upstairs

"There's no reason to schlep upstairs thanks to this man cave's wet bar, sink, refrigerator and dishwasher," says Justin Schopp, co-owner Moss Building & Design in Chantilly, Virginia. A gas fireplace near the 118" movie screen adds ambiance to the space.

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.

No Caving to This Wine Cellar

"The goal was to create an open wine cellar where the guys could hang out and drink when they weren't lounging by the adjacent pool," says Horst Noppenberger, principal, Horst Architects in Laguna Beach, California. The reduced height lacquered table (24") and multiple hanging pendants give this man cave a lounge-y feel while the porcelain tile floor recalls the look of wood without the maintenance.

Accessorize in Style

This man cave doubles as a private office and library, says David Scott, principal of David Scott Interiors in New York City and a Zillow Digs Board of Designers. Concealed lighting in the shelving along with swing arm sconces on each side of the chenille couch illuminate a room filled with glamorous accessories like a Roy Lichtenstein painting and ceramic Hermes trays. "The stair models on the table were purchased from the estate of fashion designer Bill Blass," adds Scott.

Hide Out in the Attic

The goal was to convert unused attic space into a man cave with lots of entertainment options, says Robert Bliss, founder & CEO, Bliss Home Theaters & Automation in Westlake Village, California. Included: a bar, poker table, air hockey table, ping-pong table, shuffle board and billiards table. "The media screen has an 84" LG display and the ceiling is covered in ultra- suede to help with the acoustics," notes Bliss.

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