You may have daydreamed about setting up the ultimate “man cave” – complete with a stocked fridge, pool table, dartboard, and big screen TV – but don’t have the space for a room for fun and games. Why not create a room that can serve double duty? A man cave office is a perfect place to work hard and play hard. Here are nine man cave home office ideas and tips for creating your new favorite room.
Set up a workspace that can double as a gaming station.
Obviously, you’ll need a desk in your office, but there are a few things to consider when setting up a desk for a man cave office. First, you’ll need a supremely comfortable office chair for long hours of working and, when the workday is finished, playing video games or surfing the web. Consider investing in a reclining office chair, or an ergonomic, adjustable option.
The next thing to select is your desk. Consider how much space you have in the room, how much desk space you need, and how much time you plan to spend at your desk. If your man cave will mostly be a gaming cave, you may want a large desk to support two monitors, a headset holder, and so on. However, if you plan on spending more time lounging on a couch or playing foosball, you might prefer a smaller desk, or even a standing desk. This option can free up more space for other, more important, man cave activities.
Get some comfortable seating for TV and movie watching.
No man cave is complete without a comfortable couch or chair for melting into while you watch a movie or the big game. Depending on how much space you have in your man cave office, you may want to shop around for sofas, loveseats, or armchairs. Don’t forget to set up an end table nearby for easy access to drinks and snacks!
If you are working with a spacious room, add some extra seating for guests. Getting an invitation to step into your man cave office for a viewing party will be an honor!
Speaking of TV… Invest in a high-quality television!
Whether you’re retreating to your man cave to binge your favorite show or you like to have ESPN playing in the background as you work, you’ll need a high-quality TV in your man cave office. CORT Furniture Outlet has you covered with a wide variety of high-quality televisions to choose from, in sizes that will work for any size man cave office.
If you have space, add a game table.
A gaming table is the crown jewel of a great man cave. If you have the space for it, something like a pool table, foosball table, or ping pong table is the perfect addition to your man cave office. Get competitive with friends on a Saturday night or enjoy it while taking a much-needed work break. (Pro tip: check online marketplaces and thrift stores for cheap, secondhand game table options!)
Tuck a mini-fridge in the corner.
When you’ve retreated into your man cave office, whether for work or for play, you’re in the zone. And, by keeping a stocked mini-fridge in this space, you can stay there. Fill it up with your favorite sodas, adult beverages, and favorite snacks. Another perk of keeping a fridge in your man cave office? You’ve got dibs on everything.
Add plenty of shelving and storage for your office supplies.
It can be hard to relax with a big work project staring at you from your desk. Make sure you’ve got plenty of storage and shelving so that, when 5:00 hits, you can tuck your work stuff out of sight and out of mind. Plus, keeping your man cave office tidy and organized will make it feel bigger. If you don’t have room for extra bookshelves or cabinets, consider multipurpose pieces like storage ottomans.
Make it cozy with accent lighting.
Choosing the right home office lighting is crucial for getting that quintessential man cave ambiance. Avoid all fluorescent lighting, and instead opt for the types of lighting you might see at bars: pendant lights, cove lights, valance lights, and even strip lights. Because your man cave is doubling as an office, look for lamps and dimmable lights. That way, you can keep the room bright while you work and dim the lights after hours.
Weave everything together with a contemporary theme.
Designing your man cave office with a cohesive, contemporary décor theme in mind can transform it from a typical home office to the ultimate masculine retreat. If you don’t have a specific theme in mind, look for industrial, hardwood, and metal furniture and décor pieces, which is a popular decorative theme for man caves. In general, stick to the bachelor pad decorating advice: keep it neutral, masculine, and comfortable.
Incorporate your passions and interests in your décor!
Google “office décor for men” and you’ll get plenty of inspiration, but the most important tip is to create a space that feels like YOU. Choose furniture that catches your eye. Hang up your favorite movie posters on the wall. Put a vintage arcade game in the corner. Your man cave office should be your sanctuary, so fill the space with the things that make you happy.
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