Man Caves: Small Man Cave Ideas

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

of The Home Depot

The first rule of Man Caves is you have to build it. No matter how limited you think your space is at home, find room. If you’ve just added a new kid to the family: Congratulations. Moved to a smaller place: Put your big boy pants on. Working from home now: No excuse. We’ll remind you here again of the advice we shared from the author of Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory in our very first Man Cave column – find a space, one that reflects who you are and what you love, and get into it.

Now that we’ve dispensed with the tough love, here are a few fascinating (and wacky) ideas for you to consider while you’re working on the designs for your own unique space. Derek Diedricksen built this one above in his back yard using mostly scrap wood and old pallets for less than $200. So what are you waiting on?

Image of a small home office manc cave combo

Image from Matters Of Style via Elle Decor

Some guys over at NYMag asked the question: Does it count as one if it’s featured in Elle Décor? Well, if you build it in your home office and they come and want to take pictures — we’ve got no problems with that. Just send us a few pics, too.

Image of a Small Garage Man Cave In Amsterdam

Image via Garage Journal

“Land is scarce and expensive over here so we live (in Amsterdam),”  ThomFr told fellow readers on the Garage Journal. Even after the arrival of twins and all that came with them, he was determined to have a space to pursue his passions. After insulating the garage to make it a more comfortable workspace, he built a retractable workbench out of an old table and used metal shelving and a rolling tool cart to create his man cave right next to the washer and dryer, amid all the domestic bliss.


Image of a mini camper converted into a mobile man cave

Image via Design Boom

Just when we thought this post couldn’t get any better, we stumbled across Paul W. Elkin’s traveling man cave built for surviving a one week at the Burning Man festival. Weighing less than 100 pounds, it’s equipped with a kitchen, ventilation system and a washroom. You can check out more pics of this incredible small man cave for inspiration over at Design Boom.

Man Caves is an exploration of cool spaces guys have created for themselves: everything from living rooms and bedrooms, offices and workshops, and media and game rooms, to garages, outdoor grilling areas, gardens and more. We dispense tips on décor, equipment, storage and organization, as well as share ideas, know-how and product info to help you hook up your own man space.