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5 essential items for the perfect man cave

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The man cave—the apple of every man's eye. Whether used as a retreat, storage ground for sporting memorabilia or simply a space to call his own, the man cave is the one room where your other half can totally have his say about the interior decorating scheme—maybe. Today on homify, we are going to look at the 5 most essential items for putting together the finest man cave. None of this backyard shed stuff—we're talking about elegant and polished spaces that are reserved for the truly debonair gentleman and his guests. Let's take a look…

1. Luxe accessories

Flock carpets made in 100% Laneve, a premium wool sourced from Wools of New Zealand:  Walls & flooring by Flock Living
Flock Living

Flock carpets made in 100% Laneve, a premium wool sourced from Wools of New Zealand

Flock Living

Moody accessories and decorations are essential in a man cave, because, without trying to sound sexist, heavy wooden furniture and deeply stained leather tones are always seen as more masculine and robust. Flock Living in partnership with Wools of New Zealand, has put together the quintessential Englishman's study, finished off perfectly via the tartan rug. There are so many elements in this space that ooze charm and mystery—from the misty painting of the ships in the background, to the blue electric guitar tucked away in the corner, this room makes for the perfect space to jam with some friends, chill out or even light a cigar. 

2. A retro sideboard

Three door oak credenza:  Living room by muto

Three door oak credenza


For those who were into the acclaimed T.V series Mad Men, would know that every office had an absolutely amazing wooden sideboard present in the 60s interior decorating scheme. Whether it was to host an extensive collection of whiskey and crystal tumblers, or to house holiday trinkets and family photographs, a sideboard was a very important element in hallways, lounge rooms and studies. For a time when built-in wardrobes didn't exist, sideboards were an artisan way to store belongings. Thankfully, in the last 5 years, they've made a solid comeback. This three-door oak sideboard from Muto embodies retro charm and quality modern design practices—an essential for any serious man cave.

3. A well stocked bar

Acacia/Teak Furniture:  Wine cellar by Mango Crafts
Mango Crafts

Acacia/Teak Furniture

Mango Crafts

Going hand-in-hand with a retro sideboard is a retro wine or spirits storage system. Crafted from solid wood, this wonderful system of storage is so neat, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. There is literally a space for everything—the only boundary is your imagination and how much you can fit! Mango Crafts have created this stunning piece that is sure to withstand even the most rowdy of man caves, and hopefully be passed down through the family line as a much loved family heirloom. 

4. A velvet sofa

Dom Edizioni Harris Sofa:  Living room by We Style Homes
We Style Homes

Dom Edizioni Harris Sofa

We Style Homes

There's something about velvet. We can't quite put our finger on it, but it just has this incredibly alluring and sexy appeal about it. We Style Homes brings us this incredible sofa which is sure to be the crowning glory of any man cave. Designed by Dom Edizioni, the Harris Sofa in this stunning shade of midnight blue is sure to have your friends and family green with envy. 

5. An organised bookshelf

His Study:  Study/office by Meltons

His Study


To finish, any debonair gentleman needs a well sorted and organised book shelf.  Whether it is full of family albums, leather bound books or a collection of novels acquired over the years, you can show off so much about your personality and deepest thoughts to your guests based on what you enjoy reading. Ok, you can fool everyone into thinking you are a master of philosophy and arts, but whatever the case, the aesthetics provided by a classic brown bookshelf cannot be denied. This space was created as His study in a charming Westminster Apartment by Meltons, and encompasses everything your man needs to retreat away from the pressures of daily life to have a moment to himself.

To see more man cave ideas, check out the following ideabooks:

Building the ultimate man cave

Man caves

What do you think are essential items in your man cave? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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