10+ badass sports man cave items you should have if you’re considering creating your own sports man cave. Every sports fan needs his own space to indulge his passion for the game.
How to create a man cave for a sports fan. The basic principles are the same regardless of where you want to build your sportsman cave. Choose a sports theme for your party. It’s all about the furniture and furnishings once you’ve settled on your sports theme.
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Locations for a sportsman’s cave
It all begins with the environment.
You need to make some plans before you start imagining all the cool stuff you’ll put in your man cave and how you’ll spend great nights socialising in it or just relaxing by yourself. The first step is to choose a venue.
The first step in creating a killer sports man cave is to decide where it will be constructed. It should preferably be in a location that provides privacy while still being readily available.
The following are some ideas for converting a man cave:
The basement is where it all happens.
The garage, to be precise.
A shed is a form of outbuilding.
A spare space or the attic in your house.
Let’s take a closer look at these choices.
In the basement
If you’ve decided to make your sports man cave in the basement, make sure it’s livable. Look for leaking pipes, water damage, and damp.
Minor damages, such as cracks, are normally inexpensive to repair, but be mindful that it can cost up to £500.
However, if drains, gutters, and pipes must be constructed, the cost will reach £10,000.
Begin by cleaning the basement with soapy water and making sure there are no bugs crawling about, as abandoned basements are often home to small creatures. To get rid of pests, you may need to contact a fumigation company.
Ascertain that the basement has adequate access to utilities, especially electricity. Although it will almost certainly have at least one lamp, a man cave conversion does not have enough light fixtures and electrical outlets.
If you don’t have enough electrical sockets in your basement, you should be able to get some built for a few hundred dollars. If you need to instal light fixtures as well, the price would obviously go up.
Remember that basements are dark spaces, and you’ll need to take action to brighten them up. To help reflect the sun, begin with bright white paint and colourful decor.
You’ll almost certainly need to install extra lighting, and it’s a smart idea to use daylight bulbs like these for the main lights. While that article segment is about a female “she shed” basement conversion, the lighting information is equally applicable to a basement man cave conversion.
You would also need to add some kind of climate control, even if it’s just fans for cooling in the summer and electric heaters in the winter.
If you properly prepare a basement and ensure that it is well lit and airy, it can be an ideal place for a sports man cave because it provides plenty of room and privacy.
a parking garage
Since most garages are connected to the house and already have service connections and are weatherproofed, they are an excellent place for a man cave.
Many garages, on the other hand, suffer from the same lighting issues as a basement does. As a result, the same guidelines apply: soft reflective furniture and clear light-reflecting paint are the way to go.
Apart from the furniture, converting a garage into a man cave is typically a simple process. If your garage was previously used for car or other repair work, you will need to clean it with harsh chemicals to remove grease and oil stains.
A garage, like a basement, would almost certainly need some kind of climate control.
Another common place for a sportsman cave is a barn.
You can make a man cave out of an existing shed or create one from scratch. This article describes how to transform an existing shed and is well worth reading if you intend to take this path.
This article would be useful if you want to create a new man cave shed from the ground up since it details the steps from beginning to end.
Preparing a shed for a man cave conversion primarily entails weatherproofing it and ensuring that it is safe to spend extended periods of time in.
It’s important to make sure the roof is waterproof, and to use weatherproof paint on the outside and damp-proof paint on the inside. I’ve outlined the best method for doing this here, as well as the paints to use and how to waterproof the roof yourself.
A shed, like a garage or a cellar, would need to be temperature controlled.
Attic or spare room
When it comes to making a man cave, converting a spare room has both advantages and disadvantages.
Since it lacks the same degree of privacy and separation from the main house as the other alternatives, a spare room in your home is the least common choice for a man cave.
Due to the fact that most spare rooms are also the smallest rooms in the building, converting this space restricts your choices.
Of course, as I explained in my article How to Make a Man Cave in a Small Room, you can turn a small room into a man cave, but having more space is always preferable, particularly for a sports man cave where you would undoubtedly want to display a lot of sports-related decor.
Since not everybody has the space or the financial means to build or convert a shed, barn, or basement, a spare room is a perfect substitute.
On the plus side, a spare space in your house would almost certainly have electricity and be close to other facilities. As a result, it stands to reason that in such a room, a man cave conversion would be the most straightforward.
A spare room would also be fully weatherproofed, well-lit, and almost certainly already connected to your home’s HVAC system.
And you already have an attic conversion in your house, you will need to plan the attic in the same way you would a garage or outbuilding for your sports man cave.
Converting a man cave
It’s time to get started on your man cave conversion after you’ve chosen the location and planned it.
Before you buy something, make sure you measure the room.
A sports man cave is made up of a variety of sports-related objects, but it must include a few essentials like chairs, sports memorabilia, at least one large television, and sports decor.
A gaming table is another object that is often found in such a man cave. If you’re going to have a gaming table in your man cave, I suggest getting one that can be converted into a variety of games, such as the ones mentioned here.
Before you start decorating your sportsman cave, you should first determine how much room you have (width and length of the room).
Make sure you measure the door as well so you know what will fit in the room. You’d be shocked by how many people buy furniture only to find out later that it won’t fit through the door or is too large for the bed.
A large sports man cave shines, but as I previously said, you can still build one in a smaller room, though the furniture you can put in it will be reduced.
Please keep in mind that
A sports man cave is founded on the same principles no matter what sport you enjoy.
Ice hockey, rugby, wrestling, basketball, football, and other sports are all possibilities.
All you have to do now is choose the right decor, add souvenirs or memorabilia, and choose furniture that matches the sports theme.
Sports-themed furniture and themes for man caves
Here are some examples of different types of sports-related layouts to consider.
The sporting goods store
As a sports enthusiast, you undoubtedly watch several games. As a result, you should seriously consider placing at least one large screen TV in a prominent location in your man cave. If you have the budget and the space, a centrepiece of four TVs, each facing a different area of the room, such as the one seen in the featured image at the top of this post, is a great option.
Currently, watching sports and drinking a beer go hand in hand. As a result, you may want to build your own man cave bar.
While you can store your bottles and cans in a fridge, getting beer on tap and optics to pour your hard liquor completes the look and feel of a sports man cave bar. And, contrary to popular belief, constructing your own bar is not as costly as it seems. In reality, as I demonstrated in a previous article, a man cave bar can be built on a shoestring budget.
You can also get sports-themed bar stools, such as these, to go along with your man cave’s sports theme and even your favourite team.
The following step is to decorate the room.
Put up posters of your favourite teams or stars on the wall, and buy some sports mementos.
The sports stadium
Of course, not every sportsman’s cave is devoted to sports viewing. To play sports, some guys build a sportsman cave.
Obviously, the sports you will participate in will be restricted. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to play baseball in your cave, but believe it or not, you can play golf, as I illustrated here!
Aside from that, you can add other gaming equipment such as a pool table, foosball, table tennis, or darts board, to name a few.
Sports memorabilia typical of a man cave
There are several items that can be used to build a sports theme in your man cave.
I’ve mentioned the most common types of man cave sports products below, but if you’re stuck for ideas, check out the article 100 man cave gift ideas, which contains a plethora of sports-related items that you might enjoy.
Football shirt for sports
Hang a football shirt from one of your favourite teams on your wall. It’s even cooler if you can afford to have a signed football shirt.
A few home and away coloured football shirts with player names framed and hung on the wall together, on the other hand, would be more than enough to prove your allegiances.
Show cases with souvenirs and memorabilia
Show off your trophies or autographed footballs, basketballs, baseballs, gloves, and shirts in glass display cases.
Get mugs with your favourite team’s logo etched on them, as well as beer and shot glasses with your team’s logo ettached on them.
Consider displaying souvenir posters, videos, or wall art that represent your passion for the game. You can get pictures of famous names from previous decades and put them next to today’s best players.
Wall decals and a wall sign with the team’s logo
This will be felt by die-hard sports fans. Purchase a wall sign of your favourite team and position it in a prominent location.
There are several different shapes and colours of wall signs on the market, so choose one that complements the colour scheme of your man cave.
Sports wall decal
Wall decals are a simple and inexpensive way to dress up the walls of your sports man cave.
You can get decals of your favourite players, teams, or just decals that represent your passion for a particular sport.
Wall art decals are a cheap way to make the walls in your sportsman cave look amazing, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes in a variety of sports, including these incredible ones.
Guy cave suggestions for sports fans
There are several different ways to design a sportsman’s cave. Of course, the most important goal is to fill the room with things that represent the sport you’re most passionate about.
While a sports man cave that represents multiple sports is feasible, it will be difficult to pull off unless you have a significant amount of room to work with.
It’s far easier to focus on one sport at a time. The theme of your sports man cave will be based on this sport.
Here are some suggestions for sports-themed man cave designs.
With these football man cave furniture and sports designs, you’ll score a touchdown.
If you’re a die-hard football fan, you’ll need some one-of-a-kind pieces to decorate your sports man cave and transform it into a football sanctuary.
Of course, you can get the standard football shirt and signed boots and footballs, medals, posters, and even retro football t-shirts like this Brazil one, but the more rare pieces can give your sportsman cave that extra something.
Why not display your true colours with these cool Levitation LED Ornemants?
All teams are available, and you can wear a hover helmet that defies gravity and floats in mid-air to show your support for your favourite college team.
Sports man Cave Items – Ideas
Plastic Football Case
Do you prefer the Premiership or foreign football? Why not get this plastic football case so that you can show off your favourite ball type or maybe you’ve already got a football signed by the players from your favourite team?
To decorate one of the empty walls, get some wall decal or even pictures and photographs of your favourite team and players throughout the years.
Why not have a wall filled with your fantasy premiership dream team for the season? Or even have a wall dedicated to the best players you think existed, like the likes of Pelé, Maradonna, Ronaldo, Messi and more.
Even if you don’t want to watch the games, these framed pictures will look badass on your wall or in a display case in your football-themed sports man cave.
Sofa throws and rugs
Why leave a drab old sofa in its original hues when you can drape it in your favourite team’s colours?!
These football team blanket throws are a great way to add a sports theme to your sofas and lounge chairs.
While at it, rather than having a bare floor, deck it out with some football team rugs.
Before or after the game, why not share some fun with a Subbuteo game?
Nothing better than have a 2 v 2 or 3 v 3 game of Subbuteo before a derby game. Get the beers flowing and the flicking going.
String lights for sports
For added effect, hang some sports-themed string lights on the walls or around your man cave bar.
Different types of string lights are available for a number of sports, including football, basketball, and golf.
You can also get a pack that includes a variety of sports.
Ideas for a basketball man cave that are a slam dunk
If you’re a big basketball fan, your sports man cave should obviously represent that, with basketball wall art, signed basketballs, NBA posters, and so on.
Here are a few basketball-themed man cave pieces to help you put together the ideal sports man cave for a basketball fan.
NBA Michael Jordan 5 Panel Canvas – Your man cave’s aesthetic appeal is enhanced by wall art.
Despite the fact that there are several different styles of basketball-themed wall art, these 5 panel canvas’s are striking and one-of-a-kind.
If you’re decorating your sportsman cave in a basement or another area where bright white is needed to reflect light, black colour art can provide a striking contrast.
This neon sign is a perfect way to express your love for the game by hanging it over your man cave bar or on the wall.
It comes in a variety of shades, so choose one that complements the interior of your man cave.
These signs, of course, can be used for any sport and come in a range of designs and types. Here is where you can get one.
Many sports-themed signs are available as well.
Install a small basketball hoop and use a small basketball to practise your shots.
You can also get kits like this cool mini basketball hoop with ball that are perfect for a basketball man cave.
Mugs for basketball
Large enough to hold soup or, even better, hot chocolate and marshmallows.
These cool football mugs will make a perfect ornamental addition to your football themed man cave even if you don’t want to use them.
Here’s where you can find them.
Make a baseball-themed man cave that is out of this world.
Use any of the following ideas to add a baseball touch to your man cave, and you’ll be sure to hit a home run.
You can decorate with posters, helmets, balls, and bats, among other things. Don’t stop there, though.
To make your cave truly come alive, add super cool things like baseball neon signs, 3D baseball gloves, baseball glove seats, and more.
Here are a few interesting ideas to get the creative juices going.
Ball, baseball glove, and chair
This brown chair is shaped like a baseball glove and is ideal for watching the game in front of the television.
all your visitors will know who is the king of your baseball man cave.
Non-lamp 3D baseball
Neon lamps come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them ideal for a baseball-themed sports man cave.
Any of these 3D images will help tie your man cave’s baseball theme together. Their nature is special and glows thanks to the use of batteries. As a result, you won’t have to think about any dangling wires.
I’ve included some examples below, but you can browse the different types and designs here.
Cushion Cover for Baseball
A baseball player smashes the ball with a bat on this cushion.
To help build the baseball feel in your man cave, put these cushions on sofas or chairs.
There are a variety of designs to choose from, ranging from ball-styled to gloves.
The one seen in the adjacent picture is available here, but it’s a good idea to change it up with a few different models.
Baseball decor that is exclusive and entertaining.
Of course, there are a plethora of other great decor pieces available, ranging from baseball bat stands to baseball-themed lamps.
Taking a look at these things will really help you come up with some decorating ideas for your baseball-themed man cave.
To get some ideas, take a look at these baseball decor pieces on Amazon.
Read this article for more ideas about how to make a baseball-themed man cave.
Stick to your guns with these ice hockey man cave theories.
Do you have a stick?
If ice hockey is your thing, then these cool ice hockey man cave pieces are the way to go.
Hokey ice rugs
A themed rug, like other sports man cave themes, is a perfect way to complement the rest of your man cave.
Ice hockey inspired rugs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, so finding one that matches your overall colour scheme and decor shouldn’t be too difficult.
Here you can find a large variety of ice hockey rugs.
Ice hockey cushion covers
See how you can dress up your hockey cave sofa and chairs with these ice hockey cushion covers.
Mixing things up with various covers is a smart idea.
Hokey ice wall decor
You can even display your favourite team’s posters and souvenirs on your walls.
Removable decals, wall art, posters, and clocks are all examples of wall decor.
Check out the various styles of hockey wall decor available.
Hockey on the table
We all know that you don’t get the shots you don’t take, so why not add a fun ice hockey table game to your sportsman cave?
This cool NHL Stanley Cup rod hockey table will bring the game to your man cave.
The Cup of Hockey
In this cool hockey mug, you can drink soup, hot chocolate, or coffee.
This 14-ounce mug is 7 inches long, 5.25 inches wide, and 4.75 inches tall, with a small net attached.
Perfect for a good cup of coffee in the morning after a night of watching the game and drinking beer with the guys.
Here’s where you can get a hockey mug.
Costs associated with constructing a sportsman’s den
Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of making a sports man cave now that you’ve decided you deserve your own dedicated area for sports.
The costs will be identical regardless of which sports theme you pick.
I discussed the costs of building a man cave in this previous post, as well as how to construct a man cave on a budget, but for the sake of readability, I’ll go through them again here.
The price of the shed
Expect to spend between £17 and £24 per square foot to get a shed constructed in the backyard if you’re going to create your sports man cave from the ground up. You can also take a look at this post, which explains how to do it.
Obviously, the larger the shed, the higher the price. Other costs, however, would rise as a result of the operation. Additional costs for wiring, plumbing, and paint will also rise.
Protection from the elements
Obviously, if you are using a spare room in your house, these costs would not apply. However, it would be a factor in the majority of other conversions.
I’ve already discussed the costs and steps involved in weatherproofing an outbuilding, but here’s a short rundown of what you may expect to pay.
A gallon of good weatherproof paint costs about £30. As I mentioned earlier, you can save money by painting the inside of the man cave with different damp-proof paint.
Read this for a more detailed breakdown of the costs associated with weatherproofing an outbuilding.
Connections to utilities
If you use a spare room in your house, these expenses will not apply. If you want to build your sportsman cave in an outbuilding or garage that doesn’t have electricity, you’ll have to pay for utility connections.
As I stated in the article How to Create a Backyard Man Cave, an outbuilding can typically be connected to the electrical grid for £500 or less, and it is a fairly routine and straightforward job for an electrician.
If you want to have running water but don’t have any water pipes, expect to pay a plumber about £150 per hour.
Insulation is a term used to describe the process
It is relatively inexpensive to insulate the space.
Simple insulating kits are everything you’ll need, or you can hire a specialist to do the job if you have the funds.
Batt insulation and loose fill insulation are the most common types of insulation in the United States.
Soundproofing the man cave is also a good idea. Both of these measures are outlined in the insulation and soundproofing costs section.
Controlling the weather
Any man cave needs to be able to regulate the temperature.
An HVAC system can be installed for about £6,000 (£4,000–£8,000 for the HVAC system, £2000-£3000 for installation).
However, you can do this for a lot less money if you use basic electric or propane heaters and fans.
Parts of furniture
Sofas, beds, a television, and a table are the most common pieces of furniture you’ll need.
Obviously, the cost of furniture is determined by the pieces themselves and where they are purchased.
This article contains more detail about man cave furniture as well as a guide to selecting it.
Memorabilia and decor
Your largest outlay will most likely be on decor and memorabilia.
Here are a few easy examples of what you should expect to pay, ranging from the poor to the outrageous.
£9 for a licence plate sticker (team/player).
£12 for a wall decal; £11 for plastic decor
£27 for your favourite team’s blanket
£30 for a wall sign with the team’s logo.
Neon is a neon colour. £32 for an LED team sign
£35 for a lamp made out of a football helmet.
£50 for a large favourite team flag.
£100-£150 for a round table with your favourite team’s logo.
£200-£300 for a hardwood coffee table with an NFL logo.
Sports chair with a theme: £200 – £300
£150 – £300 for a signed football
Fight Gloves of Muhammad Ali: £1.1 million
Some memorabilia can be very costly. A Lionel Messi football shirt, for example, was recently sold for £1.275 million.
For the most part, a replica Lionel Messi football shirt will suffice (as long as you are a football fan).
The key to finding the right decor for your sportsman cave is to follow two basic rules:
Keep your furniture as close to your theme as possible (though if you like it and its unconnected use it).
Put only stuff in your sportsman cave that you like, not because you feel obligated to.