A man cave is a sacred spot: it is man’s escape from the real world, but as we all know, a man cave must be as cool as it is calm. A man cave is the kind of place you might find, for example, a refrigerator that has been converted into a chilled-down beer keg, as you can see above. So, click on to discover 20 more of the most awesome man-cave hacks on the internet.
20. Huge Hammock
If you’ve got the space, this hack is a must. Using a vast sheet of netting and a network of bungee cords, you too could have your very own monster hammock. We wouldn’t suggest using it as an indoor trampoline, though.
19. Pallet Bar
Nothing quite grunts “man cave” like a recycled pallet, and the guy who created this beauty was undoubtedly inspired. With a bit of a sand and varnish, the pallet has been given some real character, while the copper tube keeping the bottles safe is a great finishing touch.
18. Wrench Hooks
When a handy tool becomes a different handy tool… Indeed, all you need to create these wrench hooks is… well, a wrench or three, plus a lot of brute force and a few screws. We’d also suggest putting the wrench in a vice and using a hammer to hit it into shape.
17. Fish Tank TV
Every man cave needs one of these cool, retro aquariums. Keep on the lookout for an old TV set – garage sales are a good place to start – then gut the thing and put a fish tank where the wires once were. Of course, you need to make sure the stand is strong enough to take the weight of all that water.
16. Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher
Now why didn’t we think of that? This particular specimen is available to buy on Etsy, but with a few planks of wood, a vintage iron bottle opener, a couple of screws and some wood glue and wood stain, you could easily create your own.
15. Beer Keg Lights
You’ll need a particularly strong-roofed man cave to handle this hack. It will require some pretty hefty cutting to get the bottom of the keg off and a solid cord to keep it in place – and unless you’re qualified, this might be one for an electrician, too.
14. Giant Bean Bag
At first you might think a bean bag isn’t all that manly – but this is the daddy and the king of bean bags. In order to create this beast you’ll need enough styrofoam filling for nine regular bags, a ton of fabric, a steady sticking hand and a man cave big enough to handle it.
13. Liquor Bottle Soap Dispenser
Having just seen off a bottle of Jack, a good squirt of soap is probably exactly what you need the following morning. This neat little hack is refreshingly simple and effective. Indeed, all you need to do is simply replace the lid of your favorite liquor bottle with a screw-on soap dispenser.
12. Beer Barrel Bed
You may well have woken up on more than one occasion smelling like you slept in a beer barrel – but now you can do it literally. This one is located at a hotel in Germany and uses a 19th-century barrel, so a fact-finding mission is probably in order…
11. Sticky Remote Holder
If you haven’t got one of those universal remotes that can power literally everything, then you’ve probably got a bunch of remotes strewn across the floor of your cave or, worse still, missing. This genius hack is so simple: just attach a bit of Velcro to the back of your remotes and stick the other part to your coffee table, and the problem is solved.
10. Pipework Bookshelf
Why settle for wooden book shelves when you can build them out of industrial pipe work? This solid, man-cave-friendly bookshelf was created by designer Stella Blue, but a handmade version would work just as well – although you’ll need to be pretty handy with a welder.
9. Football Jersey Pillow Covers
Okay, so you don’t play as much football as you once did, but there’s no reason you should hide the glory days from all who enter the cave. So, turn your tired old jerseys into pillow covers. It’s quick and easy, and the end result looks awesome.
8. Six-pack Coasters
There’s only so many times you can get away with “borrowing” cardboard coasters from your local bar. These are far more permanent – and totally legal, too. Simply cut out squares from your favorite six-pack, stick them to ceramic tiles, and add a bit of felt to the base and lacquer the top.
7. Cork Dartboard
You’ll need to drink a heck of a lot of wine in order to complete this manly DIY project, but it will be worth it. In fact, the guy who made this specimen managed to create the hefty frame using just scrap materials.
6. Beer Bottle Shot Glasses
The shot glasses here are made and sold by a Swedish firm, but you can easily make your own. Indeed, there are numerous videos available online that can show you how to safely and smoothly remove the neck of an empty beer bottle.
5. Comic Book Coffee Table
Well, now you know what to do with all your old comics. This coffee table would make you the envy of all your buddies, and it’s really straightforward to make, too. Indeed, the guy who created this one simply glued down the pages to an existing table and covered it in three layers of varnish.
4. Beer Keg Bar Stools
Whether inside or outside of your man cave, these beer-keg bar stools look fantastic. These were created by designer Jake Moss, but for a DIY version it might be easier to leave out the post at the base of the bar stool.
3. Baseball Bat Banister
Can you imagine the kudos you’d get from your buddies if this was how they descended into your man cave? It’s a relatively simple case of replacing the spindles you have on your banister with baseball bats, but the effect is amazing.
2. Baseball Bookends
The antique baseball on these bookends looks great – and with just a few bits of wood, a few screws and some old baseball pics, you can make your very own. You might need to hone your decoupage skills, however.
1. Rolling Tire Footstool
Keep your old tire moving with this rolling foot stool. Super-easy to put together, this. To make the stool you will also need some coasters, two circles of wood for the center, and some padding to keep your tired feet comfy. Of course, color choice is optional.