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15+ Stylish Man Cave Ideas That Defy All the Clichés

Everything you want from a home-base hideaway, just chicer.
IMAGE TREVOR TONDRO, NICOLE HILL GERULAT
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When you think of a man cave, what comes to mind? Aggressive deer heads slapped above the mantel? Unsightly sports paraphernalia scattered across the walls? Bulky suede sofas taking up half the room? While these style-deprived clichés are all too familiar, they certainly aren’t necessary for achieving that quintessential look. With the general conventions of a man cave in mind, there are plenty of ways to make your home-base hideaway both traditionally cool and full of style.

Read below for 15+ brilliant man caves that overflow with great design.

Cool-Toned Camo

Photo by ALISON GOOTEE.

An explosion of pattern and color—grounded in a moody blue palette—gives this space a fun and sophisticated feel.

Wood-Clad Walls

Photo by TREVOR TONDRO.
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Wood paneling, dark decor, and window shades render this man cave irresistible, with plenty of room to relax, pick up a book, or enjoy a good sports game.

Rocking Out

Photo by LISA ROMEREIN.

In a sprawling Bel Air mansion designed by Lonni Paul, this area was built for the musically inclined. A wall of stylish guitars serves both form and function, while a gorgeous pale blue drum set is made for jamming out.

Statement Art

Photo by SIMON UPTON.
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Courtney Cox's private retreat goes bold with a painting by Arsen Roje; the perfect backdrop to an energized game of pool.

Smart Seating

Photo by MIKE SCHWARTZ.

Rounded furniture and an elevated banquette makes for the perfect movie-watching experience in this luxe Lincoln Park Home.

Keeping a Low Profile

Photo by WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ.
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In an L.A. home designed by Tommy and Kathleen Clements, the man cave leaves no room for excitement-induced spills, with a cocktail table made from a circa-1880 slate slab.

Futuristic Feel

Photo by LISA ROMEREIN.

A contemporary take on the classic pool table creates a striking centerpiece to this monochromatic home bar area.

Sporty Bar Stools

Photo by CHRISTOPHER STARK PHOTOGRAPHY.
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A man cave's lounge area boasts a sultry and sophisticated masculine design. The black leather tufted bar provides a contrasting backdrop to the bright red bar stools, and the spirits are displayed on deep wood-clad shelves.

Youthful Eclectics

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This eclectic and playful seating area begs you to have fun; an oversized Hush sculpture sits behind the teal quilted couch, while a massive red Baxter lamp hangs above. The old-school gumball machine reinforces the room's youthful vibe.

Custom Billiards Table

Photo by CHRISTOPHER STARK PHOTOGRAPHY.
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In Colin Kaepernick's sophisticated California bachelor pad, a former dining room was transformed into a sleek man cave anchored by a gorgeous custom pool table.

Built-In Bar

Photo by THOMAS KUOH.

If you don't have space for a full man cave bar, adding a built-in alternative can be just as effective. In this vibrant San Francisco bachelor pad, a bar painted in "Very Green" by Benjamin Moore is accented with a funky fish eye mirror, and topped with classic liquor decanters to mature the youthful space.

Movie Theater Amenities

Photo by NICOLE HILL GERULAT.
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This man cave is equipped with the amenities of the movies and all from the comforts of home. With Slurpees on tap and a professional-grade popcorn maker, game day and movie nights become even more fun.

Modern Media Room

Photo by CHARLES SMITH, AIA, PROVIDED COURTESY OF FAISAL HALUM.

A clean-lined, monochrome media room has seating for the whole crew. An assortment of elevated TV dinner-style tables are perfect for enjoying food and drinks from the comforts of the couch.

Custom Caged-in Bar

Photo by SIMON UPTON.
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Midcentury chairs in Romo velvet frame a seating area, where a custom glass-and-bronze bar cabinet holds a variety of artisan liquors. The bar is topped with a 19th-century Nigerian helmet.

A Sophisticated Descent

Photo by DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN.

The descent to your man cave can be just as exciting as the space itself. Here, a custom glass, walnut, and steel staircase lead to a verdant and lacquered hang out area, with vintage French club chairs from Blackman Cruz.

Ping Pong Centerpiece

Photo by WILLIAM WALDRON.
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Keep the energy of your man cave high by grounding the room in a fun game. A ping pong table not only encourages guests to get up on their feet, it also adds a sporty element without overwhelming the space with paraphernalia.

Rolling Bar Cart

Photo by THOMAS KUOH.

While most gravitate towards wood and leather when crafting a traditional man cave, branching out can lead to an equally alluring area. In a mid-century modern bachelor pad, contemporary finishes are layered with more eccentric accents, and a rolling metal bar cart allows for transportable serving.

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