April 2015 - Man Cave Master

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sports man cave ideas

Sports and man caves go perfectly hand in hand, just like cold beer and pizza.

Whether you are desirous of your own personal sports bar or a gym, or perhaps a way to showcase your memorabilia, a sports-themed man cave will give you this and more.

Here are some ideas on how to spruce up your man cave with a sporty theme:

hanging basket ball light

1. Hanging basketball LED

What better way to lighten up your sporty man cave than with a basketball shrouded with sparkling LED lights?

It is pretty easy to put this together—you just need a string of LED lights, a ball and a way to hang your ‘ball of light’, and you’d be good to go.

If one piece does not adequately light up your den, you could add a couple more, may be two or three for that added light and extra sporty feel.

basket ball holder for your mancave

2. Ball Holder/ Display

This ball holder is a handy way of displaying your balls, whether you are into soccer, basketball or football.

This is also another easy project that you can finish in a couple of hours. Simply pick up a nice piece of wood, something that will look stylish in your cave; then, buy some triple-tonged handles and fix them onto the board.

Your balls should fit snuggly in the handles - making you the REAL court master , if you catch my drift!

ideas for your man cave sports bar

3. Sports-Themed Bar

Ask any man who has dreams of owning a man cave and they will tell you how much they just desire to have a sports bar of their own.

Hanging out at the sports bar in your favorite venue is cool, but having your own bar where you can hang out with your boys is something that is utterly exciting.

So, go all out and pimp your own sports bar with your favorite team’s memorabilia from the bar stools and table down to the flooring. While you are at it, take a look at our write-up on bar ideas!

indoor putting green for your man cave

4. Indoor Putting green

There was a time, maybe a decade ago, when the idea of playing golf inside your house would sound outrageously crazy. Just thinking about the cost of building a golf course inside the house was enough to put off the regular Joe.

But, all that’s changed thanks to affordable, easy to assemble putting turfs. Whether you have plenty of space in your basement or you are working with a small space, you can now enjoy a game of golf with friends on those wintry days. Lay down a putting green in your den and you just might not get any work done! Don't forget to check out our indoor putting green reviews.

entertainment center in a man cave

5. perfect entertainment center

What’s a sporty man cave without the complete entertainment center? It is not enough to just have a sports bar and a couple of framed memorabilia of your favorite sports team. How will you watch your favorite games?

A real man cave needs plush, comfortable seats plus a good home theater. What’s better than watching your favorite game while chilling out in your cushy recliner? Another idea is to have your recliners emblazoned with your favorite team's logo.

glove chair with a retro touch

6. Sports-Themed Furniture

If recliners are not your thing, why not have some of these unique and comfortable football themed benches. These are especially cool if you are looking to bring that casual, relaxed and whimsical atmosphere to your den.

Add a complementing table and you create a cozy hangout joint for you and the boys.

If you'd rather get something similar to the awesome glove chair on the picture, take a look here!

great gym man cave-style

7. man cave gym

Who said you cannot go all out with your man cave? After all, it is your space. If you are a fitness freak, adding some gym equipment is the perfect way to spruce up your space.

Don’t forget to decorate with your favorite sports memorabilia and secure a place where you can chill and watch your favorite games. Talk about the ultimate manly experience.

framed memorabilia in a basement

8. Framed Jerseys And Memorabilia

Framing and displaying memorabilia is a classic way to bring that sporty feel to your man cave. The best part is that you can preserve your keepsakes without breaking the bank or actually partaking in activities that can give you embarrassing sports injuries.

All you need is some good frames and in a couple of hours, you’ll be proud to display your treasured mementos.

show off all your gaming consoles in style

9. gaming console

A sports-themed man cave is incomplete without a game console!

If there is nothing particularly interesting to watch on TV, then a game console will be the perfect substitute and your pack of buddies will love you for it.

Just beware that once you start playing, it could get too sweet to stop.

get a fridge with your favorite team 's logo

10. sports-themed fridge

Since you have started with the sports theme in your man cave, why not go all out and even have a team-themed refrigerator? This super classy fridge will add to your décor while keeping your beers cold, just as you like it.

This particular fridge is 1.7 cubic foot and has a holding capacity of 60 beer cans, that’s surely more than enough for a whole team!

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beer sign

Your man cave is the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of work and family life. You could slump on the couch and watch games all weekend long but the experience would certainly be much better if you were sipping on some delicious beer in the company of a couple of friends.

In comes the man cave bar…

With a little creativity, you can have a snazzy bar where everyone will love to hang out. Even if you are on a small budget, that stylish bar can still be yours. Here are some great ideas to get you started:

imagine your manc ave with a bar located behind the couch

1. the bar behind the couch

What’s better than having a theatre and a bar all rolled in one? You can set up your man cave such a way that the bar area is snuggled behind the comfy recliners so you can eat and drink while watching your favorite game without spilling food on those posh leather seats.

All you need for this set up is a little bit of creativity—instead of locating your bar away from the big screen, just organize your basement in a way that allows anyone sitting at the bar area to see the screen.

kegerator

2. Kegerator

Call it a beer dispenser or a 'kegerator', your man cave bar will not be complete without one of these bad boys! Sure, you can opt to just buy an actual beer dispenser but if you are on a budget and you want something unique, you could just make your own kegerator.

To make one of these, you need an old working fridge, a conversion kit, a CO2 cylinder with gas, power drill, screw drivers, 1⅜" and ⅞" hole saws, hacksaw, measuring tape, a keg of beer. 

Build Your Own DIY Kegerator In Four Steps:


  1. Find a fridge. When looking for a fridge, you will need one with an interior space measuring 28" x 18"
  2. Drill a hole through the door to fix the tap
  3. Install the tap
  4. Connect the CO2 cylinder
  5. Tap the keg

For more detailed instruction on how to build your own man cave kegerator, take a look here. And if your wife asks you why you're so into your brewskies, just tell her it's because beer is surprisingly healthy

light fixture made from a drum set
mason jar light ideas

3. Creative Lighting

Drum Light

The right lighting can add depth to your basement and can creates a relaxing ambiance. There are hundreds of ways to customize your lighting.

To wow your crowd of buddies, you could go all out and repurpose an old drum and use it as a lamp to add depth to the bar area.​​

Mason Jar DIY Light

Using glass jars or beer bottles is another innovative way of creating a chandelier effect that will bring that rustic, stylish aura without taking away the masculine feel... it is a man cave after all!

barrel bar

4. barrel bar

This particular ice barrel bar needs very little work—it already has a fantastic shape so all that is required is for you to trim it to a suitable size, build a foldable top, fill it up with ice, store your drinks in there and let the party begin! Wine barrels are incredibly versatile.

You could use them as countertops, for outdoor décor and of course: you could transform a good ol’ win barrel into a rustically elegant bar where you can store all your favorite whiskeys and wines.

You know how appealing those barrel bars usually look in the photos? You can make your own in just a weekend. You will need an old wine barrel, sand paper hacksaw, hammer, buzz saw cardboard, plywood, drill & drill bits, measuring tape, screws and hinges, door handles, cello tape.

beer sign

5. Marquee

Marquees are all the rage right now…well, they’ve always been. These shining signposts are a great way to customize your man space and to mark your territory.

To make your work easier, you can buy chipboard 3D letters from a craft store to spell out any crazy combination of words you want for your man cave bar area.

Other things you will need to make your own marquee include several strings of round light bulbs, spray paint, box cutter and an exact-o knife.

Build Your Own BEER Light Fixture


  1. Use the box cutter to remove the front part of the letters
  2. Cut up to ten, evenly spaced holes in the back of the letters using an exact-o knife Ensure that the holes can fit the base of the light bulbs.
  3. Spray paint the letters using a color of your choice
  4. Insert the base of the light bulbs at the back of the letters and screw them from the front of the letters

If you rather buy your way to marquee signage perfection, check out this massive selection!

table with ice box built-in

6. Table With Built-In Iceboxes

Tables with built in coolers are very popular especially during the Summer. But did you know that such a contraption makes for a versatile and less expensive alternative to a full blown bar?

Just picture you and your boys seated around the table watching your favorite game, with cool drinks easily accessible from the middle of the table so no one has to keep getting up to grab a drink from the fridge…if that isn’t paradise, then what is?

transparent pool table

7. transparent pool table

No man cave is complete without some sort of game and a pool table is just the perfect addition. A constant supply of drinks coupled with a stylish pool table will officially make your man cave the best place to hang out.

A transparent billiard table is modern yet functional and will add a dash of elegance to your cave.

bar stools with bottle cap shapes

8. stylish man cave bar stools

No one wants to hang out too long in a basement that has old uncomfortable seats and décor.

Don’t embarrass yourself with those hand-me down seats from your great-aunt! Instead, grab a set of beverage brand stools for your bar area!

This selection of giant bottle cap barstools come in a great variety of beverage brands; from the classic Coke to Coors Light and Miller. Their height can be easily adjusted to fit even the shortest of your buddies. One major advantage: they will go perfectly with your well-stocked retro fridge!

pub table for your authentic man cave

9. pub table

Every time you head out to a pub, do you usually envy the branded, silky smooth pub tables?

You can actually have one of these in your cave! This particular one is made from a smooth branded melamine board for the tabletop and sports a disco style steel base with leg levellers and foot ring. Each table top  is coordinated with the team's colors. With this type of table in your bar, you and your buddies can sit around, sipping your favorite drinks as you chat away or watch a good game.

Verdict

You now have no excuse not to pimp out your man cave bar with quirky, unique and stylish accessories. Remember that a complete cave bar needs a constant supply of cold drinks, comfortable sitting, some entertainment and throw in a personalized sign to mark your territory.

For more inspiration, make sure to take a look at our awesome Pinboards:​

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man cave gaming and dj setup

I've come across a lot of different work space and gaming room setups over the years, but this one tops them all by a long shot! This man cave style Gaming Setup / Music Studio has every possible gadget a guy like me can dream of - down to the graphic novel hero posters on the wall.

I took the time to list out every single gadget used in this room below the video - Yes, I am THAT nice. Enjoy!

List Of Products You See In The Video:

alienware gaming system

Alienware Aurora R4

A gamer's wet dream!​ Literally (it's liquid-cooled!)

  • Intel i7 3930k 6-core CPU OC'd @ 4.5ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 690
  • 32 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 2x 240gb SSD RAID 0
  • 2x 2TB RAID 0
PlayStation 4

Sony Playstation 4

Not much to say here. You love 'em or you hate 'em. I'm on team XBox, there you have it! I'll leave the reviews to others.

apple imac 27 2012

27" iMac (2012)

I admit it: I'm a Mac fanboy! Anything Cupertino puts out, I want! I've been working on one of those suckers for years myself and I'd buy another one in an instant. 

  • i7 CPU
  • 16GB RAM
  • Hybrid Drive

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A selection of must-haves for man cave domination!

man cave gaming room setup

The old-school man cave was probably not a sight to behold—an old, buzzing fridge that struggles to keep the beers cool, a dusty, tattered sofa and a hand-me down tube television—not a pretty place to bring your boys and hang out the entire afternoon.

Who needs this sort of dinginess anymore?

Classy, cozy, state-of-the art man caves have become living, breathing entities within the family home. Your man-space should be a place where you are proud to bring your buddies and your family for fun afternoons. Whatever style you choose for your space, these six essentials must be present:

flat screens can never be big enough

1. A Big Elegant Flat Screen TV

The bigger you go with the television, the better. Entertainment is the only reason why man caves exist in the first place—so go big or go home. One of the most common post-TV purchase regrets people have is not going big enough with the screen.

Purchase at least a 50-inch TV if you really want to enjoy all the sports and movie action. Obviously, if you have the space and the budget, you can buy something bigger. Look out for the picture quality; if you are buying a high end TV, you will probably end up with one that is Ultra High Definition and provides great picture quality.

the real man's sound system

2. A Badass Surround Sound System

What’s more exhilarating than watching the latest movie, music video or sports game and hearing every sound byte as if you were present and right in the middle of the action? If the TV is the focal point of the cave, then a good surround sound system will make the cave come alive.

Even the best, high-end TV will only come with a modest speaker, making a sound system a very important part of the cave experience.

A home theatre in a box will come with a receiver, a set of speakers (between 6 and 12) and a sub-woofer. You also have the option of purchasing the woofer, speakers and receivers separately. Install the speakers into the walls for the perfect acoustics.

Other cool features you could add to your sound system include a streaming box such as the Apple TV connected to the internet to watch a wide array of sports, TV programs and movies on demand.

sporty furniture for the sports cave

3. furniture

Where in your house do you get to have your own special seat? A comfy, plush, cushy haven that you do not have to share or fight over with anyone? The cave only! Next right to a good TV and a surround sound is a good, high quality chair for the cave owner.

Plush leather recliners are universally popular but you can get as creative as your own style allows you to. It is also a good idea to invest in equally comfortable seats for guests—after all, your friends and family will occasionally come out to keep you company and you want them to feel comfortable in your space.

awesome aquarium bar idea

4. bar

No cave is complete without a bar or at least a constant source of drinks. Just like the TV, you can go all out with the bar depending on your style, budget and space availability.

Setting up a full-blown bar is certainly costly but you could go for other affordable yet classy options such as investing in a good refrigerator, a stand-alone bar with in-built coolers, a stylish liquor stand/cabinet or a kegerator to keep the drinks flowing.

show off all your gaming consoles in style

5. all things gaming

Most guys would rather watch a movie or a sports game while sipping on their favorite drink. But of you are an Xbox fanatic, your cave is the best place to get away and get lost in your video game fantasies.

Investing in a video game console could just be the most fun way to spend your afternoons with your buddies especially on those weekends when there is nothing interesting to watch.

Other than video games, you could include additional recreational features if you have the space and the budget for it. A Foosball table, Ping-Pong table, an indoor putting green, a chess table, darts—all these would intensify the excitement and entertainment level in your cave.

avengers wall decals

6. man cave art

Is your style rustic, modern, sporty, quirky? Art and memorabilia are a great way to personalize your space with artifacts that express your style. You could decorate your cave with anything ranging from memorabilia from your favorite sports team, movie, video game, to quirky signage, posters, and lights, just to mention a few.

If the force of The Avengers​ is always with you, take a look at our roundup of awesome Avengers Man Cave items!

After all, it is your space so you can go as wild as you want to. So there you are, a home entertainment system, drinks flowing, chilling out on your swish leather recliner, surrounded by your favorite memorabilia and comforted by the laughter of your buddies or family…it’s paradise, your cave, isn’t it?

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We have compiled another massive resource for you where we talk about the different ways you can save money by choosing the right streaming packages for your viewing habits - cable-free!

For more man cave material, take a look at our Pinterest boards:

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how to choose the best miter saw

The Complete Guide to Choosing the best miter saw for your home improvement projects

A miter saw provides precision and speed for large woodwork projects. For, example, when renovating your man cave, you will definitely need a miter saw given all the pieces of wood you will be cutting. You will be amazed at how much this machine will cut down on the amount of effort and time needed to move your project forward.

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There are a couple of quick, but important questions you need to ask before settling on any one of the available miter saws currently on the market.

  • First, what do you need the saw for; what are your specific project requirements?
  • What type of cuts will you mostly make?
  • How large is your project or how much material will you be cutting?
  • Which one is more appropriate for you, a corded or a cordless miter saw?

The Four Types of Miter Saws

Overall, miter saws come in four different types. The differentiating factor between each saw is the type of slide, bevel capabilities and the diameter of the blade. So for example, a standard miter saw will not have a bevel or a slide but will come with a smaller blade, while a sliding compound miter saw will have a slide, a single or dual slide and a much larger blade size.

We’d like to emphasize the importance of considering the nature of your present and upcoming projects so you can buy a saw that is versatile enough to accommodate those project requirements. In summary, the four types of miter saws are:

We’d like to emphasize the importance of considering the nature of your present and upcoming projects so you can buy a saw that is versatile enough to accommodate those project requirements. In summary, the four types of miter saws are:

Basic/Standard Miter Saws

These have a blade with a fixed pivot point forcing the saw to take a default vertical position. The position can be changed if the table is placed at a horizontal angle.

Compound miter saws

These come with a flexible pivot that can move vertically. The table can also be moved to a horizontal position, allowing you to cut both vertically and horizontally.

Dual compound miter saws

This type of saw works like the regular compound miter saw but the blade and motor can be positioned on a right or left angle position. Dual compound miter saws will come in handy when you are cutting wood at complex angles.

Sliding compound miter saws

These also work like the typical compound miter but feature extra arms for the blade head which can be placed at a horizontal angle. This type of miter is excellent for cutting wider pieces of wood or whichever material you are working with.

Each of these miter saws can be either corded or cordless depending on the reliability of power supply in your workshop. The cordless type is obviously suitable if you cannot easily access a source of power.

However, even a fully charged battery is unlikely to last more than a day; after all, this is a heavy machine that draws up plenty of energy. You might want to stock up on your battery supply and keep them charged if you want to work throughout the day in cordless mode. Another great alternative is to buy a miter saw that is powered by lithium ion; this type is substantially costlier but it will last longer than the battery-powered type.

The 4 Types of Woodwork Cuts

Remember, one of the factors to think about before going out to buy a miter saw is the type of cuts you will regularly work with. Each saw is designed to make a specific cut, so buying the wrong saw makes it almost impossible to attain the precise cut you need. The cuts include:

Miter Cut

This type of cut is made at an angle across the width of a piece of wood. A miter cut can be done to the left or to the right by placing the blade at a 900 angle along the length of the material. This type of cut is typically done when making joints.

Cross cut

This basic cut involves cutting pieces of wood to a desired length. This is a typical 900 cut and is applied when framing or decking.

Bevel cut

This type of cut is made at an angle across the thickness of the piece of wood. You need to use a compound miter saw so the blade can tilt at an angle. If you use a single-bevel compound miter saw, you could tilt the blade to the left to cut at angles lesser than 90o across the width of the material.

A dual–bevel compound miter will let you tilt the blade at a right or left angle so you can make cuts at an angle larger than 90o. This type of cut is mostly used on door and window trims.

Compound cut

This type of cut is angled across both the thickness and the width of the material simultaneously. You will frequently use this type of cut when doing crown molding.

Below is a table summarizing the types of miter saws and the types of cuts that each saw is suitable for:

Type Of Saw

Suitable Cut

Bevel Capability

Advantages Of Saw

Basic Mitersaw

Cross cuts and miter cuts

No, the blade cannot be tilted at an angle

​More accurate and faster than a handsaw,

Lower investment for smaller DIY projects​

Single Compound Miter Saw

Crosscuts, miter cuts, bevel cuts

Single bevel

Highly versatile as it makes basic cuts as well as the complex ones.

Dual Compound Miter Saw

Compound cuts which include bevel and miter cuts, crosscuts, miter cuts and bevel cuts.

Dual Bevel

No need to turn the work piece around as blades can be adjusted horizontally or vertically to make bevel and compound cuts simultaneously

Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Compound cuts, bevel cuts, miter cuts and crosscuts

Single and dual bevel

Easily makes basic and complex cuts.

Simultaneously makes bevel and compound cuts without the need to turn around the work piece.

Sliding head allows for wide-angled cuts.

What is Bevel Capability?

Depending on the complexity of your project, you may require a miter saw whose blade could be tilted at an angle. This is especially important for bevel cuts and compound cuts (which include a simultaneous combination of miter and bevel cuts).

Saws that have single bevel capability such as the single compound miter saw can be tilted to one side while those with dual bevel capability can be angled to the right or left. A saw with dual-bevel capability allows you to make angled cuts without needing to turn your work piece around. This type of saw is also excellent for cutting large pieces of wood. The main advantage of saws with a single-bevel capacity is that they are lighter and are less expensive compared to the dual-bevel types.

Why Cutting Capacity Impacts Your Choice of Miter Saws

Two things will determine the cutting capacity of a miter saw: the blade diameter and the ability to slide the blade. Miter saws typically come with a blade that is either 10 inch or 12 inch in diameter—whether you need a 10” or a 12” will largely depend on the types of projects you usually undertake.

If you are an occasional DIYer who takes up small projects in the house such as making picture frames or cutting small pieces of wood, then a 10” blade would work just fine. On the contrary, professionals who work on big projects and handle larger pieces of material would definitely require a 12” blade.

Sliding capability is equally important because, compared to a non-sliding miter saw, a sliding one allows you to pull the blade forward when you are working with wider pieces of wood.

So, other than the type of saw, the type of cut it makes, the bevel capability and the cutting capacity, are there other things you need to be on the lookout for? Yes. The best miter saws come with these additional features:

  • Miter and bevel indexes that are easy to read as you use the machine.
  • Positive miter and bevel stops that make it easy to adjust the piece, to cut at common angles.
  • Wide enough miter range that can cut pieces that are wider than 60”. The wider the miter range, the more versatile the miter saw will be for your projects.
  • Flexible handle so you can position your grip for comfort and utility.
  • Sliding fence to offer vertical support when making miter cuts.
  • Stands provide the necessary support for your miter saw. Stands that can be extended or adjusted are excellent if you typically work with longer pieces of material. You might also want to buy one that has wheels for easier mobility.
  • An electric brake is essential for safety purposes as it stops the blade from rolling soon as you let go of the trigger. Laser guides allow you to see if the blade is in accurate alignment with the cut line. A miter saw with two lasers allows you to see the whole cut line and blade alignment. Easy blade change allows you to rapidly change blades and to waste less time especially if you frequently change blades.
  • Dust management system allows you to keep your workspace clean by attaching dust bag or vacuum to the saw.

Here you go, forget about handsaws or manual miter boxes. A power miter saw will minimize downtime, allowing you to complete your projects in the shortest time possible.