So, what’s keeping you from getting your own man cave? If you say you ‘don’t have the perfect space, you might be in for a surprise. What if we told you that there’s a spare room in your house that you’re just not aware of? The attic could be a nice space for a man cave. Granted, it may need some effort and you might not have enough space to fit a pool table. Nonetheless, we’ve compiled a few pointers as well as a comprehensive list of man cave ideas to help you get started — especially if it’s your first time building your own man cave.
How to Build an Attic Man Cave
First things first, let’s get this over with. This isn’t going to be easy or inexpensive. An ultimate man cave will be a labor of love, and let’s be honest, if it were easy, everybody would have a man cave of their own. So you think we’re onto something and are thinking of building a man cave? Here are our short and easy man cave ideas, along with some pointers on how to start.
Take a Look Around the Attic
You’ll need to understand what you’re up against. If your man cave loft is anything like ours, you’ll undoubtedly find a pile of dusty insulation, no ‘floor,’ and last year’s Christmas decorations. We have a lot of work ahead of us to get the perfect man cave ideas up and running.
Consider What You Desire
You’ll want to think hard about what you can accomplish once you realize the size and scope of your attic. Your options in building a man cave will be limited by two factors: space and budget.
Consider what you might be able to do with the attic space based on your personal man cave preference. Will it be a peaceful man cave in which to work? Will it be a personal space where you can just relax and watch a big game and movie on a big tv screen or play on your man cave pool table, dart board, or even a foosball? Is there going to be a theme for your man cave with your favorite things on it? At the end of the day, the sky is the limit when it comes to man cave ideas.
Begin Making Preparations
First, consider the ‘larger picture.’ Here, we’re talking building man caves in broad strokes. It’s a good start to be certain you can stand on the attic floor without smashing through the bathroom ceiling.
As previously stated, unlike basement man caves, the attic is likely to be crammed with junk which makes it impossible to fit a pool table (or even miniature pool table) without clearing out the clutter beforehand. That garbage must be removed if you want to build man caves worthy of your time. It can be rather soothing to have a good old purge. After you’ve gotten rid of all the old junk, you can start thinking about what will live there in your future man cave. If you have exposed brick wall in the attic then you’ll want to make sure it’s properly insulated as well especially if you have thin floors rather than a solid wood floor.
Ease of Access
We recall how we used to enter the loft. A chair and a muscle-up were involved. We hate to break it to you, but an unexpected ‘CrossFit session isn’t the best way to start a calm session. You’ll have to make things simple for yourself. As a bare minimum, folding or telescopic ladders are the way to go.
This next step may be simple for you if you are a man cave DIY master. However, we ordinary mortals, who are more accustomed to asking prefer to employ pros. Before you spend any money on expensive gadgets to build your man cave, get these things in order:
- The floor coverings
- The partitions
- Electrics, lights, and wiring
This could take months and cause disruption in your daily routine. This guide is a must-read for anyone looking for advice on how to sell the idea of an awesome man cave. So, you’ve got a perfect place that’s warm, has electrical outlets, and is simple to get to. Now it’s time to see what you can accomplish on the idea of a man cave you have in mind.
Attic Man Cave Ideas
Games Room in the Attic
This one doesn’t appear to be too difficult to complete. It is, if anything, a little too conservative. It does, however, have a few clever features. The usage of a corner sofa has helped to maximize the available space. They’re wonderful for creating a sense of space because they don’t make the room long and thin.
Putting circular pieces is a better way to break up the room’s straight lines even more. The sloping roof is one place in attics that is usually challenging. A TV was mounted on a flat area of the wall to solve this problem. Also, the sofa is somewhat low. There isn’t enough natural light in the space. Large circular ‘globe type’ lighting with brilliant bulbs has solved this problem.
This isn’t so much a ‘lads’ gaming paradise as it is a ‘girls’ gaming room. It’s a little more sophisticated now. As a result, the man cave lacks a focal point. But, in the meantime, here’s what we’ve got.
The man cave is made cozier by the softly lighted oak-paneled walls. This is complemented by a dark rug, which really helps to make the space appear smaller. Because the desk is adjacent to a large window, it should get enough natural light during the day unlike a basement man cave.
This, on the other hand, is a unique man cave situation. When you get right down to it, this room doesn’t have much to offer. However, it looks fantastic thanks to some creative lighting and a few other ideas. The stars in this room are most likely projected. This is a simple and inexpensive way to add atmosphere. The neutral colors appeal to us (we aren’t usually fans of beige).
If weight and wiring are an issue, they’ve devised an ingenious method. It isn’t television at all. It’s a projector, after all. This is a terrific method to acquire a widescreen picture without needing to put your property up for sale. Something else to think about in this room. People’s eyes prefer regular shapes and forms with virtually perfect symmetry, so the same concepts apply when designing a man cave.
There will be no GTA V here, thank you very much; it will be simple and effective. But, if you want to unwind with a glass of brandy, we believe it’s one of the greatest we’ve seen. It’s simple, yet it gets the job done. The cream leather looks excellent with the rug, and the pouffe is a great place to put your feet.
If you can’t get comfy seating into your man cave, a similar effect can be created with a bean bag. The books make excellent use of the empty room behind the shelf, and the edge units keep the room from feeling too cramped, soiling your man cave ideas.
Hopefully, the preceding has provided you with a plethora of ideas for attic man caves. First, determine how much area you have, how much money you have, and what you can reasonably expect to accomplish.
Even if it’s simply a bean bag rather than a comfy chair, once your attic is useable, you’ll have plenty of options and solutions. What do you have in mind? Do you have any man cave photos? Why don’t you leave a comment and we’ll include it on our list?