How many guys do you know in Wisconsin who are diehard San Francisco 49ers fans? Now, how many of these guys are actually bigger fans than their Green Bay Packers counterparts?
Darin is one man who fits the description and has the 49ers man cave to back it up.
He has not held back anything in forging the ultimate man cave to make him feel closer to his team. From a ton of framed jerseys, a chair shaped like a football helmet, and all the man cave accessories you could possibly imagine.
We could talk all day about Darin, but you need to see the photos to believe his dedication!
Feeling intimidated? Whether or not you are a 49ers fan, it’s easy to get the chills walking into this Hall of Fame-esque man cave. Filled with mannequins, an absolute ton of framed jerseys, and virtually any 49ers man cave accessory you could possibly own, you can’t argue the sheer impressiveness.
Imagine walking down the stairs for the first time, not knowing what to expect. Kaepernicking your way down to the ultimate spot to watch the game!
Hanging out on the couch with some of the all-time 49er greats. If I sat down here on a Sunday, I don’t think I would ever get up. 49er throws, pillows, and even a lamp.
Awesome barrel table paired with a bit of controversy for any Packers fan visiting. Gotta love any fan who is willing to go all out for his team, especially in the land of cheeseheads!
Looks like Darin ran out of room on the walls, so he moved this 49er man cave party to the ceiling. Having too much 49ers gear is an awesome problem to have.
Great tribute to the Million Dollar Backfield. Any true 49er fan knows what we’re talking about here…and also bleeds red and gold!
What self-respecting man cave exists without an awesome bar? This bar is particularly special to Darin…you can read just why in our interview with him below.
Yes, I do believe that is a SF 49ers pinball machine. Can’t say we have ever seen that before and probably never will again. How does it feel to have such a unique man cave accessory? Amazing.
A chair shaped like a football helmet? Why not! Great look at the room as a whole…anyone in the Bay Area getting the itch to “redecorate”?
Nothing says “Man Cave” like a giant rug that says just that. Does your entertainment center have a giant trophy case?
Part 2: Interview with the Creator
1) How does it happen that the biggest 49ers fan lives in Wisconsin? What is your story on becoming a 49ers fan?
I became a 49er fan when I was 14 and my sister brought me to my 1st game at the Stick in 1980. I remember how electric the stadium was and have been a fan ever since.
2) We feel that it takes some deep devotion to live out-of-state and still be a diehard fan for your team. Does your 49ers man cave help you feel closer to San Francisco and your team in some way?
Yes being in my Niner Cave definitely makes me feel closer to the team. I love game days down in my man cave; it almost makes me feel like I am there as my son and I sit in the stadium seats from Candlestick and Levis.
3) What do your family and friends think of your man cave when they see it for the first time? Shocked? Amazed? Humbled?
As for what people think the first time they step into it is probably what I get the biggest kick out of seeing; their expressions. Especially when most of them are Packer fans, they are amazed at the stuff I have and how it is displayed. I love decorating it and coming up with different display ideas; mannequins seem to be one of the biggest hits to date.
4) Was this room always designated to be the man cave or did it evolve over time? Which pieces did you begin with and what are you focusing on adding currently?
We built the house in 2003 and I finished the basement myself. Yes it was in the plans from Day 1 that it would be a Niner Cave. The first thing I received was the bar that my dad help me build when he was alive in '94. The bar was when we lived at our previous house and is one of my most cherished pieces and a memory I will treasure forever. My first piece of memorabilia was the autographed Montana jersey that I also bought in '94 and it has evolved from there.
5) Considering your 49ers man cave is EPIC, we don't see how you can possibly improve it further, but you probably do. Are there any big projects or pieces you are planning for the future?
My next big project is going to be putting artificial turf throughout the whole Niner Cave complete with painted yard lines and numbers and logo in middle, but that will be awhile down the road. I want to say how humbled I am for people reaching out to me after the 49ers were here a couple weeks ago.
We know your man loves you. But he also loves his man cave; it is his pride and joy that he has hand-crafted and designed over the years. It is his ability and desire to express himself artistically (although he still draws stick figures). Do you need some man cave furniture ideas? Which types of items are considered man cave accessories? Don't fret, we'll help you out.
His birthday, or Father's Day, or Christmas, or any other holiday is coming up and you are not quite sure what to get him. Why not feed the fire and help him in his quest to forge the ultimate man cave? A place where he can retreat, refuel, and enjoy his guilty pleasures of sports, action movies, enjoying a few craft beers, and jamming on the guitar.
Here is a list of 10 of the Best Man Cave Gift Ideas we have come up with, so you can be the gift-giving hero:
1) Man Cave Recliners
What is the most common activity in a man cave? Sitting. In a really, REALLY comfortable chair or recliner. Does it have your man's favorite team embroidered onto both the headrest and footrest to let everyone know how much of a diehard fan he is? The answer should undoubtedly be "yes". When you see the biggest grin when the proud owner receives his gift, you know he is picturing spending hours cheering on his team on gamedays, sitting back with friends, beers, and chicken wings.
2) Man Cave Bar Stools
What kind of guy does not want to own and operate his own man cave bar? Having your best buddies coming over for some brews or specially mixed cocktails, watching the game, or hosting a poker night. Sounds like a great time...unless you don't have bar stools so everyone has a place to sit! Bar stools punctuate that "bar" feel and can turn that boring basement into a super cool man cave.
3) Neon Man Cave Sign
Nothing says man room like a man cave neon sign that lights up the room. You can light up his "dungeon" with any number of colors, logos, and designs for a pretty reasonable price. Even though it really isn't THAT cool to you, a man and his friends never get tired of turning off the lights, checking out a neon sign, and saying "Whooooa, so cool...". You just need to trust us on this one.
4) Pub Table
It's gameday, kickoff in 5 minutes. You have the wings, pizza, beer, napkins, and plates. But wait, everyone is looking for somewhere to eat without spilling all over themselves and setting their drinks on the ground, where they will inevitably be knocked over...every single time. A pub table is the perfect man cave seating idea and a solution to one of man's easiest problems. It will look awesome with his favorite team prominently displayed on the top and the clean up is so much more simple than shampooing the carpet, yet again.
5) Man Cave Dart Board
The best bar games are those that only require one hand. The other will more likely than not be holding a refreshing beverage. Darts is one of the cheapest man cave games available and offers endless hours of entertainment for a man and his buddies. Easy to get a few rounds in during commercial breaks and perfect for the "competitive" type of guy who needs a lazy sport to get good at!
6) Custom Bar Mirror
Every man aspires to own a custom bar mirror in his man cave bar. Not only can he check himself out when he is feeling like a winner after his team scores a touchdown, run, 3-pointer, or goal, but he can also watch his friends cheat at the poker table and keep on the lookout for assassin ninjas sneaking up behind him (hey, we ALWAYS need to be prepared for this scenario!). Get one with his favorite team's logo and you will be covered in the gift arena for quite some time.
7) Man Cave Accessories
Maybe your guy already has the man cave furniture, TV, pool table, and signs covered. There are several man cave accessories that you haven't considered yet including: neon clocks, billiards cues & accessories, pool table covers, and canvas wall art. These are fairly inexpensive and will keep a man entertained for years (literally). You can come up with a new addition to the cave every single year and never run out of ideas this way!
8) Man Cave Coffee Table
What's the only thing better than a man cave coffee table? How about one that reverses to a plain design once your guy is done watching the game and you have guests over? Yes, reversible coffee tables do exist and is the perfect compromise for you who wants the house to NOT look like a frat house and for him who just wants to make sure his team is displayed in every single nook and cranny in the house (what else is a house for after all?).
9) Custom Pool Table Felt
You can buy a Denver Broncos or New York Giants pool table for thousands of dollars, but you already have one! A cost efficient approach to showing your team pride on your pool table is simply replacing the pool table felt. Not only will this look really, REALLY cool, but is also a great excuse to replacing the worn and scratched up felt that you have been meaning to for years now. Seriously, years.
10) Man Cave Games
Football season is over, what do we even do in the man cave now? Only turn it into the most awesome game room ever. Man cave games can be as simple and cheap as poker cards and chips, but you can also look at other items like dart boards, putting greens, shuffleboard tables, and even air hockey!
Are you a diehard gamer and RPG enthusiast, but are fresh out of man cave ideas? Have you ever wanted to re-create the fantasy worlds you have dreamt of?
One man has achieved greatness in the realm of video game man caves and isn’t afraid to show off his ultimate game room to the world. Meet Tyler, the king, Jarl, and ruler of the Elder Scrolls man cave. He has forged the world of Tamriel to manifest itself in the mountain village of Utah.
Every aspect of this man room replicates elements from the Elder Scrolls series to the point that you will most likely forget where you are, especially if you have had a bit too much mead. From the Alchemy Lab to the Practice Yard to the medieval weaponry used to vanquish his foes, Tyler derives his inspiration directly from the epic open world RPG series.
If you thought your Skyrim Breezehome was a sweet setup, you are going to be thoroughly embarrassed and in shear awe of this gift from Tamriel that Tyler has blessed us with. And don’t forget to check out the insightful man cave advice he has provided to all of us aspiring man cavers!
Part 1: The Ultimate Video Game Man Cave: Elder Scrolls Edition
Welcome to the ultimate gamer man cave and Elder Scrolls-inspired lair. After a long day of slaying dragons, forging weapons, and hardcore questing, there’s nothing like taking your steel gauntlets off, sheathing your broadsword, and relaxing on your man cave furniture with some TV.
Yes, this is Breezehome on steroids. How was this in-game purchase not an option? We don’t see any logical reason why you would not go from brewing up concoctions at the Alchemy Lab to hustling your NPC follower in billiards.
With the balance of the world’s fate in your hands, you will need to be well equipped with some hardy food, mead, and Alto wine from your kitchen to ensure you have the energy to keep up with your daily responsibilities.
Say hello to Jarl Tyler, first of his name and ruler of his domain. Cool and confident that he has one of the most epic man caves through any and all of the Ages.
What kind of gamer man cave exists without a GIANT projection screen to game on a near-real size scale? How much Magicka will it cost me to conjure up a screen this size? Even for just a couple hours…please…
In case the fortress is overrun by enemies or hostile Dragonborn, a secret passageway leads to shelter until the threat passes. Simply pull the inconspicuous book and flee to safety, lest ye be looking fer trouble. You never know what can happen in Tamriel, best be prepared for the worst!
Hurt in in a skirmish and need a healing potion? Need to temporarily up your Alteration or Destruction game? Tyler has all your potions and rare ingredients needs covered, no matter what your ailment or affliction.
There is no better place to hone your combat skills for that next elusive level up than the practice yard. Better to figure out you are not strong enough to yield that hefty battle axe BEFORE you start trying to hack away at a Frost Troll around Winterhold.
Let’s be honest: there is not a ton of hygiene-related activities in Tamriel and you smell like you have been exploring Dwemer ruins for the last 6 weeks. Time for a warm shower at the inn to cleanse yourself, so the local townfolk can tolerate your offensive odor.
There is no better quality lighting than the traditional Whiterun sconce. While we are out of stock of these due to recent Thieves Guild ransacks, check out our other man cave lighting options!
Awesome photo credits above and exclusive video coverage of Tyler’s man cave courtesy of Barcroft TV.
Part 2: The Build Process
Building the ultimate man cave takes blood (from battling vampires, ogres, and rogue mages), sweat, and tears. However, Tyler had to have a clear head during the process to ensure he always thought ahead and stayed align with his vision. You cannot expect to build something this amazing without a lot of effort, patience, support, and some help from family and friends. Thinking about the value and purpose that each element of the man room delivers can bring clarity to the decision making process and ultimately aid you in forging your dream man cave. Tyler shared some “Before” photos so we can see the work that he put into the final product!
The infrastructure is definitely on its way to completion, but does not give you the man cave feel without any of the Elder Scrolls furniture, gear, and decorations.
This wall looks pretty awesome by itself, but would appear random without all the other elements and décor surrounding it. Tyler was clearly thinking ahead when he thought about each of the walls!
Did he just run out of bricks? Not at all! This wall was planned out very well, as you can tell from the finished product earlier. Very cool idea that stays true to what a deteriorating or damaged wall would look like in the Tamriel world.
Photo from the very beginning of the whole build process. It is totally unrecognizable from the final product. Is this the kitchen? Hearth? Dungeon? Just shows how far this Elder Scrolls man cave had to come!
Part 3: Interview with the Creator
1) Was there a specific moment or experience that inspired you to start designing and building your Elder Scrolls man cave? Did the entire process seem overwhelming at first?
Yes, we had just built our house and moved in right before the release of the game Skyrim. We had an unfinished basement that we knew we wanted to finish at some point. I brought the idea up to my wife about doing a medieval tavern style basement that had an Elder Scrolls theme. We went to Europe for a month for my work and after seeing the old architecture with exposed wood and stone everywhere, we were sold on the old world idea! The process was never really overwhelming, but there were times it was hard to get my vision across to my dad and sub-contractors.
2) There is no question of where you got your inspiration for design and the attention to small details is pretty much immaculate. Did you constantly have Skyrim and other Elder Scrolls games playing during the design process to ensure the quality of each design element?
Yes, it helped that I was putting hours into the Skyrim game during the whole process. I showed my wife, dad, and a plaster guy we hired a lot of stuff from the game. For example, each door down there is custom and unique. I took screen shots of the game to show the guy creating the doors, so we could get some of the specific details on the doors. One door has dragon hinges right from the game!
3) Many guys would say $50,000 is way too much to spend on a man cave. In our opinion though, you can't put a price on happiness and creating your ultimate comfort zone, particularly for your passion and career. As an artist, does this inspiration for your work also help justify the price tag?
People will say "how did this cost 50 grand?" It’s one of those things where they aren't thinking of the full process. The behind the scenes costs. Like lumber, sheetrock, insulation, electrical, heating HVAC, plumbing, appliances, theater equipment and such. This wasn't an existing room we just decorated. It was just 2x4's when we started. A blank canvas!
4) Your man cave is absolutely one of the most impressive works of art we have seen. What would you say is the element, piece, or aspect that you are most proud of in this accomplishment?
I'm very proud of the DIY projects in the space. From the custom hanging Skryrim crested shield, the old scrolls, and Whiterun wheat/grain sacks. The custom throne chairs, wood work we salvaged from an old barn and, fence to use on the walls and cabinets. People think the coolest thing is the hidden book case that opens with the pull of a certain book. My dad and I built and rigged the whole thing up.
5) To other RPG fans and guys who would love to begin forging their man cave around their passion, what advice would you impart to help them get started?
Make sure you wife and family are on board. Be prepared to spend a lot of time working on the space. Always think ahead. We have an HDMI running from our theater room to the TV in the main space. So we can stream the same movies, games or sporting events. Glad we thought to do it, because it’s not something I could add now. The most important thing though is think about resale. I could take all the Elder scrolls and Fantasy elements out of the space and it would just be a rustic basement that could appeal to more buyers.
Are you tired of all the sports mancaves diluting the integrity of design across the internet? Are you fresh out of cool man cave ideas to implement? Are you worried that the man cave of your dreams doesn’t represent who you are and your passions?
Just like a man cannot be described by what he does for work 8 hours a day, most men cannot be portrayed by a single sports team. While a room dedicated to your favorite sports team can be extremely awesome, not every guy wants to appear that one-dimensional. Tom Jelke is a man who cannot be represented by one single theme, so he decided to go against the grain and create the ultimate man cave that better describes the kind of guy he is.
It may be overwhelming at first with many different motifs, colors, and types of memorabilia, but if you check out our interview with Tom below, you will see there is a method to the madness. He gets very creative and is picky with the different pieces he juxtaposes together. We think it turned out AWESOME.
If you’re not purely a “sports guy”, hopefully you can score some design tips and cool man cave ideas from Tom and his man room that represents who he is.
Part 1: Man Cave Essentials: Does Your Man Cave Represent You?
Awesome shot of the theater style seating and all the memorabilia in the back. So much going on, but when you look closer, it all comes together quite nicely.
In case 4 of the most comfy seats known to man aren’t enough, Tom provides bar style seating for even more friends and family to enjoy the main event, whatever it might be that night!
A great man cave idea and tribute to Doctor Who with a professional-looking TARDIS (for time traveling of course). Time traveling in case the kegerator runs out of beer, obviously!
Is that a unicycle? And rollerskates? And a guitar? And tennis racket? This is one of our favorite walls, so many interesting things going on here!
While this isn’t a sports man cave, Tom does love his Marlins, so he had to dedicate at least some space to his team. The framed jersey, bat, and balls look awesome together!
Some classic references can be found all over this man cave, but the Bull Durham LaLoosh jersey has got to be one of the best in any room!
At first glance, these items may not appear to go together, but the various colors and dimensions create a very intriguing section of the room. Lots of cool and probably hard to find gear!
Part 2: The Build Process
Since Tom’s man cave was built from scratch, there wasn’t any major infrastructure work that needed to be done. He was able to focus on the creative design and décor of his man cave, and the results really show. He owned most of the items in the beginning of the process; the real challenge was putting the all different pieces together and have it look both logical and artistic.
Barren and boring at first, lots of planning needed to get all the gear in the right places. Tons of space to work with though.
Not exactly the perfect spot to watch the game or a movie, but it gets much, much better.
What are we going to do with all of this stuff? Unbelievable Tom started out with this and ended up with his man cave.
It’s pretty close to getting up on the wall….just not today. A man cave like this does not come together in a single day!
Part 3: Interview with the Creator
1) We love the overarching retro theme to your cave that contains subthemes around the room. Did this start because of a passion of yours and how did you decide where to put your myriad of decorations?
It is funny that you see the theme as “retro”. I never really envisioned a retro man cave. I really just wanted a man cave that reflected who I am through stages of my life, things I like, places I’ve been, and connections I’ve had. In a way, that does end up taking on a retro theme and that word ties up the place quite nicely. The inspiration for the look and feel of the man cave came from one of my favorite places to eat when I was in college: TGI Fridays. I always thought it was cool how they had so many different things hanging on the wall and I used to spend time checking out all the decorations. I wanted people to walk around my man cave and spend time looking at everything and wonder what everything meant or find some kind of connection to the items themselves. I even included some “easter eggs” on the walls: decorations that can be deciphered if the person looking at them is also a passionate fan. One example is a snapshot of the partygoers in that last scene of one of my favorite movies, The Shining. Another one is a King County, Georgia Sheriff’s badge which only real fans of The Walking Dead would recognize. My two favorites, though, are the Durham Bulls #37 jersey and the Tardis door that leads to the bathroom.
As for how I decided to place the myriad of items, I started by placing the larger items (pogo stick, unicycle, etc.) in prominent places on the walls. Then I just let it organically grow from there. I tried to keep some things that were similarly themed (sports, entertainment, alcohol) near each other, but didn’t feel like I had to always stick to that rule. I wanted a three-dimensional feel to the decor on the walls, so I made sure there weren’t too many flat items clumped together, and hung up some clear display shelves to add volume in certain places. I wasn’t too concerned with line precision since part of the charm of the place is “organized chaos”. Nothing is too orderly on the side and back walls. I did give some more structure to how I hung things on the front wall since that would be where most of the attention went during a ballgame or movie. I purposefully left some wall space open so that I could add things over time.
2) There is a little bit of everything in your man cave. Is this a reflection of who you are as a person?
I am a complicated and passionate person. I love many different things: sports, movies, TV shows, video games, travel, etc. The room is meant to be a reflection of my passion for all of those things. I love man caves that are focused on just one team or a single theme, but that just wasn’t me. So, I decided to not limit myself and let my personality be reflected on the walls. Even the main colors (purple and red) are my fraternity colors. The room is a representation of my stream of consciousness if you will.
3) Where did you find all of the signs, memorabilia, and sports gear? Are there boutique stores out there that specialize in these items or did you need to scour estate sales to find these gems?
The beauty of this man cave and its theme was that I had many of those items already. They were in my attic, or collecting dust on a shelf in the garage. The TRS-80 computer manual was something I kept for a long time because it was the first computer I had as a kid. The Marlins bobbleheads were ones I’ve collected over time as a season-ticket holder. Some of the other things, like the unicycle, I actually found online at discount stores like shopgoodwill.com and auction sites like eBay. I even found a few TGI Friday’s restaurant decor auctions online. About halfway through the project, I posted pictures of the man cave on Facebook and something cool happened: friends and family started sending me things to add to the man cave. Most of those fit the theme and made it to the wall.
4) In the midst of everything, you have re-created a home theater/sports bar look with seating for all your friends. Are you typically the host in the group, because of your awesome man cave?
We actually just built this home recently and moved in 2 weeks ago. That being said, my wife and I are typically the hosts for dinners, parties, and get-togethers for friends and family. For example, we host the annual Super Bowl party every year for my friends and family. Now, we have the perfect room in which to host it. We had a housewarming party a few days ago, and the man cave was the topic of discussion amongst the partygoers and the place where most of the men decided to hang out. I take pride in that and know it is going to be well utilized when we have people over. But it is also a great place when we are by ourselves. My boys and I have watched a few ballgames and cartoons in there. My wife and I watch movies when the kids go to bed. I also pop in there for some relaxation time and play Xbox after work. It really is a versatile room.
5) Every guy wishes he could have a man cave like yours, but you obviously put time & effort into it. What is one tip you would give aspiring man cavers looking to just get started on their projects?
I have two pieces of advice for anyone thinking of creating a man cave:
1. If you let the theme reflect who you are, it becomes a labor of love. It took me a while to put it all together, but it never became a chore because I loved everything that was going onto the walls.
2. If you are having trouble nailing down just one theme, think creatively about how to incorporate more than one. Once I made the jump from just a baseball theme to more of a hodge-podge theme, the concept took flight and the room practically made itself.
What happens when a St. Louis Blues fan’s wife tells him he can have the basement?
Man cave ideas begin formulating inside the brain of a mastermind and dedicated fan. But where to start for inspiration? How expensive it this going to be? What can I do to make it different than other man caves?
Meet Kris, diehard Blues fan since the beginning of time. In order to forge his ultimate man cave, he has to get creative in both design and finances. Most importantly, he did not compromise and build a mediocre cave. Kris was extremely resourceful, imaginative, and made sure that his room made a lasting impression on any who basked in its glory.
Kris shared his Before and After photos with us and also answered some questions we had that every DIY man cave fan will want to see. Check it all out below!
This is what your first impression is when you walk into Kris’s Blues man cave. Did I just get transported into a different dimension where this world revolves around the Blue? Yes, yes you did. And it’s awesome.
Our personal favorite: the to-scale megatron from the Scottrade Center, hand built by Kris himself. He has transformed his TV into the actual megatron, what an awesome man cave idea! But what until you see the detail in the last photo in this section…
Definitely one of the coolest parts of the room, the Blues bar. Notice the attention to detail on the cabinet graphics and the awesome quote on the mini-fridge. Super clean design, not cluttered at all despite all the different elements here!
Another angle of the megatron. You can tell he wanted it to look as much like the real thing as possible. I could definitely watch 82 games sitting right here each season.
Amazing paint and design job on the coffee table. Definitely looks like this was purchased for hundreds of dollars, but Kris did it himself!
Hilarious sign at the man cave entrance. As you walk down the stairs, you have no idea what’s in store. Prepare for the ultimate Blues man cave!
Custom Blues whiteboard surrounded by photos of a bunch of iconic players from the decades. Even a Blues clock just to prove that there is nothing Kris didn’t think of!
Huge Blues logo and hanging jerseys to go with it. In our opinion this is a must have in any sports man cave. Gotta love the stripes on the top of the wall though, makes it much more interesting than just the one shade of light blue.
You can read more about this in the interview below, but these graphics are professionally done, look at the St. Louis skyline in the background. Great idea that makes the megatron even cooler than it already is!
Part 2: The Build Process
You have seen the end result of months and countless hours of planning and elbow grease. The lesson learned here is that what you put in is what you get out. Kris’ attention to detail and staying dedicated to his vision has clearly paid dividends. Awe-inspiring would be the best way to describe your experience if you walked down the stairs and took one look at his work. Now take a look at what this “man cave” was before Kris got his hands on it.
Definitely a nice looking basement before, but man cave? You can hardly call it that. The transformation from this to the Blues man cave is almost unbelieveable.
No megatron, no blue, no hockey. No sign of a hardcore Blues fan here.
Of course every DIY project needs to start somewhere. Here is the frame for all the megatron pieces. Great craftsmanship results in the amazing final product!
The next step in the build process. You can see how much work really went into taking a standard basement to the ultimate Blues man cave!
Kris started with a good-looking, sturdy table and painted it to look like one of the best man cave tables we have ever seen.
Part 3: Interview with the Creator
1) What was the event or point in time when you knew that simply being a Blues fan was not enough and you knew you needed an entire man cave dedicated to your team?
I have been a Blues fan my entire life, so when my wife said that I could have the basement for my man cave, I knew right away it had to be Blues themed and it had be over the top. Having the large space helped me to use all of the elements without the clutter and make it more enjoyable not only for me, but for anyone who comes down to watch a game or just relax.
2) You have some amazing custom pieces, most notably the Scottrade Center megatron that has become your TV. Did you build this yourself? And did you know it was going to turn out so professional-looking?
More than half of everything in my man cave was designed/created by me, including the player wall pictures and rink diagram, the coffee table, the bar cabinet, the refrigerator cover, the championship and retired number banners, and of course the scoreboard.
For the Scottrade Center scoreboard I built the frame and designed the boards myself, using the size of the actual Scottrade Center main video board and the size of the TV to create a ratio to make sure everything was to scale of the real thing. But I never could have imagined it would turn out so great. It took months of planning for me to be comfortable making the first cut, but all that planning and making sure everything was just right definitely helped make it look as good as it does.
3) What do your family and friends think of your man cave? Did they support you in any part of the design or motivate you through the build process?
Everyone seems to love it so far. A good friend and Blues fan was actually left speechless the first time he saw it, which was a great compliment. It’s fun to watch people seeing in person for the first time, because they tend to stand at the bottom of the stairs just looking around in amazement.
I definitely owe a lot of thanks to my family for everything turning out as well as it did. The help I got from my mom in building the scoreboard is a huge reason it turned out so professional looking. And of course, my wife for talking through all of these big ideas, and helping me make everything fit in just right.
4) What does your Blues man cave represent to you? How has it become a part of your everyday life?
For me it shows what creativity, in both design and financially, can do. I think the biggest issue you run into when building a man cave is getting exactly what you want, without spending a fortune. Creating many of the designs myself, let me make sure I got exactly what I wanted, and I found a company that printed everything in great quality at a low price. The cabinet, coffee table, and counter were less than $50 combined from the ReStore and St. Vincent de Paul. The framing for the scoreboard cost about $50 to make, and add in the foam core signs and it was still just over $150. So, by doing it myself and shopping around to find the best price for what I need, I was able to build the man cave of my dreams. Now when I am down there watching a game or just relaxing at the end of the day, I can look around and have great pride in what I was able to do with some elbow grease and a little creativity.
5) Do you have any man cave ideas you want to work on in the future? Is there a project that you have been thinking about that seems overwhelming or might be too expensive?
Eventually, I want to have one of every version of Blues jersey since inception hanging, and I want to add a Blues pool table at some point. Who knows what ideas I will come up with beyond that, but for now I’ll be happy if I have to add a few more championship banners.
Are you tired of coming up with new man cave ideas from browsing 100’s of photos, but not actually gaining any insight on man cave design principles?
We love sharing photos from our community of fans to help inspire and motivate you to forge your dream man cave, but recognize that it’s not enough! We aren’t certified experts in design, but we reached out to someone who is to help us out, Edwin Tofslie, owner of BUILT.
One important aspect that we both understand is that every guy’s man cave is completely different and the same design principles do not, and should not apply to any two unique rooms. Whether your theme is sports, contemporary, steam punk, gaming, hunting, cabin, or any other myriad of awesome passions, you need to make it your own and be proud of the end product representing you.
First, we’ll take a look at Edwin’s personal office space, specially designed to fit his style. Then, we had a chance to ask Edwin some questions about his take on what it takes to make design personalized. We hope that you are able to apply his thoughts and principles to your own dream man cave!
You can clearly see that Edwin and BUILT’s office design not only reflects, but inspires their style for themselves and their clients.
Our personal favorite part of the office is accented by brick, stimulating both the creative side of thinking, but also giving off a sense of toughness that is needed through the hardships and obstacles that one runs into throughout a career.
A very different feel on this side of the office. Many different themes come together on this wall, including some retro gear as well as a personal locker to add some flare to the mix.
All pieces from Edwin’s past, longboards and hats among other relics. When it doesn’t seem like you could fit these into the theme of the rest of the office, the way he places them and the colors he uses blend in perfectly.
In our opinion, this explosive box is the epidome of adding your personal history to your design style. Edwin hails from Montana and makes sure to emphasize a Western touch on a more contemporary canvas.
And if he’s working late, this is motivation to get the job done. Very comfortable space with accented lighting in strategic spots. Not a bad place if you’ve gotta pull an all-nighter!
Part 2: The Interview: Personalizing Your Man Cave Office
1) How did you choose this style for your office and how did you bring it altogether?
The design really stems from about three key things.
1. The space of course. Starting with a great framework of raw but sealed wood floors, great old beams and structure along with the great brick wall. The building is actually the oldest wooden business building in Hood River. Even though there have been renovations the character left over is great. When I searched for an office, I really wanted to try and find and older updated place that had these characteristics. This was a great find.
2. My upbringing in Montana and the West in general. Lots of the design choices and general collection of items have the western but modern maker feel. Old wood tables, explosive box side table, antlers from Montana, Indian artifacts etc. That combined with many of the things that I have been involved in over the years in my design career. The Longboards, art, vintage movie posters, designs, my hats from my hat company (gasolinecaps.com) and other various things seen. Nothing is right or wrong, but they are personal and when brought together make a great canvas.
3. Most importantly I believe the design of an office should be built over time. Collecting, adding things through experience, things you pick, find and are given over the years provide the best canvas for a Man Cave office, or any Man Cave in general. Some of the best inspirations for offices have been of old office pictures from people such as Steve Jobs and other greats, as well as past inspiration such as the Ray & Charles Eames office.
2) Why is personalizing your office so important?
Many of the offices designed nowadays are pre-designed with amazing interior design concepts, clean ideas, great materials, but I usually find them to lack personal character. They are almost... fake cool, meant to attract employees with bling and cool. Then when you get there you end up at another plain desk, maybe a group working area, in a sea of others. The interior designers honestly do an amazing job, but I like the designers that allow for future design stemming from the work and people that grace the company over the years.
I prefer an environment maybe to collaborate in close quarters, but give everyone their own space and let them do what they want with it. All the people in my office make the area their own. Their own desks and whatever else they want to bring in. Even though much of the stuff has been brought in by myself, it is very important to let everybody influence the office and just make it a second home away from home. Many of us unfortunately spend just as much time at work as we do at home. So we might as well make it a place you want to be. Not just a cool flashy design.
3) What expert advice do you have for the regular guy (like us) trying to forge his Man Cave Office?
The best offices I have seen have been a combination of great bones of a building along with years of work, experiences, and time painting the floors, bookshelves, walls and desks of those who work there. These three things make the space your own. Bringing in an interior designer is not a bad thing at all, and will result in a great space, but the best spaces are built with time and experience.
My advice is to start with a great framework, cool finishes you like, colors, nice floors, beams, whatever. Then as you work and live, keep bringing in more things you love, bring in things you have made, created, built at the office or your home, or found through experiences. These will yield an office with personal character and in this case... a sweet Man Cave Office.
Out of man cave ideas? Don’t fret, we have got your covered with an awesome DIY man cave from one amazing Seahawks fan.
Every guy dreams of having his own man room one day. But not every man acts upon his desires to reign over his domain and relish in team memorabilia while shooting pool, crushing his opponents in ping pong, and of course, watching the game on Sundays.
Interviewing Mark about his epic man cave taught us that while you do need to start with some vision for your room, you can tweak the details along the way as you learn more about what you like through the process. We hope the photos below and Q&A section inspire our fellow man to stop trying to plan the “perfect” cave, but just start building and change your strategy as you go. Sometimes us guys can run into the “analysis paralysis” syndrome and never get started on a project we so badly want to pursue. Don’t let this happen to you!
We know each guy has a different style, so we try to feature different types of man caves on our blog and all over our website. But for now, check out Mark’s masterpiece below!
Wide angle lens view of the custom man cave furniture. You can’t buy a couch like that in stores!
The legendary Russell Wilson shrine in all its glory. Not only is he really REALLY good, he’s also a great guy!
What is a football man cave without a giant flat screen to watch the game with all your family and friends?
DIY ping pong pool table topper, perfect man cave idea for saving space and having multiple game tables.
Another look at the Russell Wilson shrine and a glimpse of the Lombardi trophy. Can you tell Mark is a diehard Seahawks fan?
You know you are in Seahawks territory as soon as you walk in the door.
Why limit your man cave to just one room? Welcome to the Seahawks hot tub, first time we have seen one!
Part 2: Interview with the Creator
1) You are obviously a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan. At what point, did you realize that building a Seahawks man cave was no longer a "wishlist" item and was a feat you needed to accomplish?
I was preparing for the garage/man cave long before it was created, as we were lucky enough to build our new home from the ground up. I already had a lot of memorabilia, but I began to acquire specific pieces to create the different themes on the walls such as the Legion of BOOM shrine and the Russell Wilson shrine.
2) Did you start your build process with a specific vision in mind? Did that vision change throughout the process?
The vision was always there, but during the process more details and little projects arose to make the man cave more epic. Examples are the Seahawk mini helmet pool chalk holders and the ping pong table topper.
3) Besides being the absolutely perfect place to watch every Seahawks game, what does your man cave mean to you? Do you feel as though your life is any different?
My man cave is my sanctuary. Anytime I'm gaming or just watching ESPN, I'm surrounded by my favorite Seahawks and I can always look to the replica Lombardi trophy for inspiration (I ordered it the day we won the Super Bowl).
4) In your opinion, what's the best man cave idea you have come up with so far? Do you have any crazy ideas you want to implement in the future?
It's tough to single out one idea as the best and I'm sure there are plenty things I'll be wanting to implement in the future. But for now, my favorite portion is a toss-up between the Russell Wilson shrine and the Legion of BOOM shrine. Lots of effort went into the planning of those.
5) You mentioned that you did a lot of custom work. Did you do this to add your own personal touch, save money, or simply because there was nothing on the market that you thought would work, so you decided to man up and do it yourself?
Most of the custom work was done, because most of the stuff out there on the market is too basic. They just slap a small Seahawk logo on a regular couch and call it a Seahawks couch. Not me man. A Seahawks couch must be better than that. And my mother-in-law is a seamstress, so we were able to bring my visions to life with a little fabric and some time. Plus it's nice to know that it's all unique. There isn't another couch out there like mine or most everything else in my cave. One-of-a-kind fan cave here. Hoping maybe one day I could have Russell Wilson and the gang over to play some ping pong or pool and admire the several Lombardi trophies on the wall. Should be two up there now, but we'll have to wait until Super Bowl L.
What does owning a kegerator say about you and your manliness?
Are you a beer connoisseur, a rebellious post-grad who can’t give up the fraternity lifestyle, or simply the Costco bulk buy-loving guy who just wants a really good deal on some beer?
Simply owning a kegerator does not mean much, other than the fact that you really enjoy your beer. However, the TYPE of kegerator you own definitely says something about you. Not sure what color, size, or features will fit you best? Man Cave Authority has spelled it all out so you know what to look for in the ultimate man cave kegerator!
1. Color & Material
Stainless steel kegerators are by far the most popular because of its sleek appearance, easy cleanup, and popularity (they are easy to find everywhere!). This type of material looks great in a contemporary man cave and clearly demonstrates your refined style to all who gaze upon this beautiful beer dispenser.
Black Cabinet or Vinyl
Utilitarian is your middle name. A slick black fridge blends in with your surroundings and creates an environment that isn’t centered around your kegerator. Maybe you want your sports man cave to bring attention to all of your team memorabilia and your diehard allegiance. Just as useful and with the exact same features, a blank cabinet body will cool and pour beer just as well as any other material!
The Mecca of beer dispensing machines: the elusive homemade or DIY kegerator made out of wood. You can make this look rustic, modern, or just plain over-the-top awesome. If you have one of these babies you are the Tim “Tool Time” Taylor of beer drinking, the Michelangelo of beverage preservation, and the Ralph Lauren of Man Cave Feng Shui. While you will still need a refrigeration unit on the inside, surrounding it with wood is the perfect touch for your cabin or basement.
We only mention this, because it is flat-out unacceptable. You do not have a man cave (if it’s a Woman Cave though, go for it!). Short of a very elaborate April Fools joke on your friend, there is no reason to purchase or sport the color pink on any beer-related gear. While kegerators aren’t solely reserved for male use, they do represent a distinct sense of manliness. We apologize for even bringing up the idea that a kegerator can be pink and hope that this does not give anyone ideas of any type.
2. Number of Taps
For the straightforward guy who knows exactly what he wants. You know which beer you want to drink and don’t see any reason to stray from the tried & true. If you wanted to overcomplicate things, you would become a tax lawyer. But you know what you like and only need one keg of beer at a time to satisfy your craft beer cravings.
Two or Three Taps
You are a man who likes choices and is a solid decision-maker. With two or three taps, you can offer your guests both heavy and light beers to accommodate both your fellow man and possibly some beer-appreciating ladies as well. You also like to mix things up every once in a while and want an Imperial IPA for poker night, then prefer to switch to a Porter or Stout for those cold nights in front of the fire.
A Gander of Taps (Four or more according to National Geographic)
You are possibly an insane person, totally indecisive, or you just straight LOVE beer. Either way, we applaud your dedication and your awesome beer collection. Hopefully you are sharing your passion with some friends or it could be a really rough night for you. You are obviously a beer connoisseur and whether you are choosing your career, your soulmate, or your next meal, you wish to be presented a menu to choose from to make the immaculate selection. You might just be a perfectionist and the beer you are drinking is not exempt from the rule.
3. Kegerator Features
Let’s be honest, you have not spent the last 20 years refining your beer tasting palate and you are certainly no engineer. But if your only features include “keeps beer cold”, “pours beer”, and “works”, that is good enough for us and we respect your desire to keep it simple. The perfect beer temperature varies for every single variety and even each brand of beer, so a difference of 5 degrees is not going to make a difference for the majority of us. You want a lot of cold beer for a good price. Let’s cut to the action and get to drinking!
Digital Temperature Control or a Blower
With kegerators, temperature and consistency is the name of the game. You are a man of reason. You are also a man who lives in the details. You wouldn’t go skydiving without a parachute, so why would you enjoy beer at the wrong temperature? You can safely enjoy an Irish Stout at 46 degrees without causing harm to your delicate palate. In all seriousness, you don’t see any reason to do things the wrong way. And if you are going to invest in a kegerator, why not drink your beer the way it was meant to be consumed?
KegBot is the tech-savvy kegerator master’s tool to measure view how much beer is remaining on an unlimited number of taps, when a new keg is tapped, and the amount of beer each one of your friends (or patrons) has consumed. As a proud owner, you love to have control over your domain, and are always prepared like a beer-drinking adult boyscout who needs to know when the keg will run out so he can have another lined up.
You would think that the closer the fan is to his team, the greater the man cave…right?
Like us when we wrote the above thesis, you would be dead wrong. In fact, some of the best man caves we have seen have been from fans out of the state of their beloved team. Or in this case, out of the country!
A Red Sox fan since he was 15, Greg was not able to watch as many games as he would have liked to at Fenway. Solution: build a mini-Fenway in your own home and call it your domain! If you need some great man cave ideas, look no further. Greg has thought of it all: brick paneling, a scoreboard, a replica diamond and outfield, and even foul poles. He doesn’t leave any detail out!
Can you say incredible? Did he steal the scoreboard from Fenway and hire the grounds crew to lay the grass and dirt? Greg said no, but we don’t believe him by looking at this.
Just a man in his cave. Who wouldn’t be proud to call this his own?
Great view of what you would be looking at while watching the game. Don’t worry if you get confused when your friends tell you that you aren’t actually at Fenway.
Dramatic lighting over the iconic Fenway sign. No better way to bring attention to (in our opinion) the most creative and awesome man cave design!
And what’s a Fenway replica without the Green Monster? Nice addition to round out the cave!
Part 2: The Build Process
Fenway was not build in one day, and neither was Greg’s man cave. If you think it’s easy to forge your domain, it’s not. The good news is it’s definitely doable. Greg helped us understand that every man who wants to take on the challenge of building a cave needs to begin with a vision. Once you have that vision, it’s only a matter of turning your man cave ideas into a reality. He visualized something really, incredibly awesome and pushed through each hurdle with determination. Just check out what he started with compared to the photos above!
Looks like some major construction needs to happen before we can call this “Fenway Jr.”, but at least we know where the TV is going!
If you’re building your own ma cave and it looks like this, don’t be discouraged…we’ve all been there! Just keep pushing it look forward to the results.
Now that the brick paneling is in and there’s some paint, we can see the finish line in sight.
So close! Just need to add the infield and it will look like the awesome finished product above!
Part 3: Interview with the Creator
1) You obviously were inspired by something mighty to begin forging your Red Sox man cave? What was the moment when the lightbulb went off and you just knew that you had to begin this project?
I've loved the Red Sox since I was about 15 and like every sports fan I knew, I wanted a place to sit, relax and watch games in a space that represents my team. I knew I wanted to do something unique, wanted people to come downstairs and have that "WOW" factor. Wasn't sure what to do but when my girlfriend and I went to a Sox game in 2012 they were celebrating 100 years of Fenway.
2) We assume you have watched many a game at Fenway Park, by the looks of the details that mimic the colors, signs, and styles of Fenway. Did you do your research on all of this at the park or did you use other resources?
I've been to about a half a dozen games, Since I live in Ontario, Canada, I can’t always go and catch a Sox game. I got some ideas from Fenway, but did a lot of time Googling other Red Sox rooms. In the end I kind of did my own thing, the brick wall is just 4x8 paneling that I got from Lowes, but I did paint the grout lines to make it stand out more and look more realistic.
3) Many sports man caves we see simply have memorabilia all over the place. Why did you decide to take it a step further and make your cave look like you were actually at the game?
The history of the park has always intrigued me: the brick, the steel beams and of course the Green Monster! When my girlfriend and I got pictures taken in front of the brick wall "Americas Most Beloved Ball Park" inside Fenway, I knew I had to have more than just memorabilia. I had to recreate a mini Fenway Park! When I first told my girlfriend she wasn't really into painting green walls and turf. She said I was crazy, but you have a vision so you go with it…and she loves it now.
4) What is your favorite Red Sox memory?
My favorite memory would have to be the ‘04 ALCS against the Yankees, being down 3 games and getting killed in the 3rd game was so disappointing. But winning the next 4 games was so amazing, then sweeping the Cards to win the World Series to break the "Curse of the Bambino" and an 86 year drought! Awesome.
5) Any future plans for adding to your man cave? It's got so much already, we can't think of anything that could make it better!
I will be adding the retirement numbers and maybe a pool table or a baseball pinball machine. Plus like every guy…a bigger TV! I might need a bigger room to expand, but don't tell my girlfriend!
How did one fan forget that he was not actually at the Air Canada Centre watching the Maple Leafs game?
We think it’s ridiculous too, but when you will change your perspective once you see the photos of one of the most awesome man caves in the history of hockey. Once you add in life-size photos of screaming fans, boards with the same sponsors you see at the rink, and even a real flashing red goal horn (seriously check it out below), the confusion becomes very real.
We also had a chance to interview the crazed Maple Leafs fan, @touchincotton, about his one-of-a-kind Leafs man cave. Not only is this an impressive man cave, but is just as amazing in craftsmanship, even if you choose to forget the endless amount of Toronto blue and white adorning the entire room.
Finally, we were ecstatic to see some of the custom Toronto Maple Leafs man cave gear we sell at Man Cave Authority in its natural domain…inside the cave!
As a hockey fan, have you seen a better bar? Check out the accents and custom Leafs bar stools!
Wait, are there real fans in his man cave? Sure feels that way, what an awesome man cave idea.
There’s no better place to watch each game and spend the intermissions than in Steve’s man cave! You’ll never forget who you’re rooting for.
Seriously, is that a goal horn? This is just getting ridiculous. I wonder if it’s synced up with the one in the Air Canada Centre…I wouldn’t be surprised!
Any diehard hockey man cave needs boards to check anyone into who spills a beer. Two minute minor penalty for sure!
Even if your top line isn’t on the ice (or in front of the TV), you need a bench for the rest of your team (or friends!).
Part 2: The Build Process
This Leafs man cave was not built overnight. Steve mentions in the interview below, that the build process took 2 full years to complete. But the 2 years was not spent endlessly toiling away. Enjoying the transformation process and seeing ideas come to reality can be extremely fulfilling. Especially when you are the creator of your domain and then you get to appreciate the end result for years to come with your friends and family!
If you took a look at this out of context, you might say “There’s no way this is going to be the most epic Maple Leafs man cave I have ever seen”. But then again, you don’t know what Steve is capable of!
We can’t believe this is going to be the “iced” bar. But can’t you see how each part is perfectly planned?
Nice execution! We love the “ice” accents on the bar to make it even more of the ultimate hockey man cave.
Not much of a bathroom so far, but you know it’s going to have a urinal, and nothing says “man cave” like that!
Now that’s what I call a man’s bathroom. If only every bathroom was like this (and of course had a urinal for us guys!)
Part 3: Interview with the Creator
1) What first inspired you to build a man cave? And even more so, what inspired you to put the level of detail and craftsmanship into the project?
My Man Cave took me around two years to create. The blank slate of my basement and my almost 47 years of passion for my Leafs inspired me to create my ultimate Toronto Maple Leafs Man Cave. Inspiration comes with the first step of just telling and motiving yourself to put up the first piece of drywall and that first coat of paint. The second step was to have a plan and my plan was in my head from the start.
2) Your Maple Leafs man cave has some elements that make it look like a real ice rink (boards, photos of fans, and even the red siren light!). At what point during your build process did you decide you wants to make your cave feel like you are actually at the game?
My original plan was for my man cave to look like the inside of a hockey rink and for my bar top to look like the ice. The rest just took off from there.
3) Did you have help building some of the more custom aspects of your cave like the bar and lighting?
I would say to others: don't be afraid to spend a little extra on more complex custom work. As for me, I had custom work done for my Bar Top and my corner banquette seating. I used an electrician and plumbing professionals for that kind of work. I am far from being a construction pro, but doing it yourself and using your creative ideas along with a little professional help will inspire you to build your own ultimate Man Cave.
4) What tips would you give to fellow sports fans who may be intimidated by the work that goes into building such an awesome and detail-oriented man cave?
I would like to encourage other men wanting to create their own Man Caves to start with their own ideas but also take advice from others. Look outside your own box of ideas and imagination to create your own genuine room. I would say to other men when spending on material is to first look through your local area for used building materials as I did for my room. Finding those materials will save you a lot of money.
5) Do you have plans to continue adding on to your Maple Leafs man cave? We can't possibly think of anything that can make it better!
As for more additions to my Man Cave, well…the time now is for me to enjoy it with my family and my friends.