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Flip through the pages of 1992’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and you’ll find one of the earliest uses of the term “man cave.” In the famous book, writer John Gray claims that men need a place to retreat (as though into a cave) from the stresses of daily life. Nearly 30 years later, in the midst of a global pandemic, the term feels especially dated. Parents (not just men!) have never needed an in-house escape more.

With all the extra hours you’re spending at home, now’s the perfect time to give your basement, garage or media room a little design love—and of course, a modern-day rename (how about fam cave or bonus room?). Whether you’re setting up the space for yourself, your partner or both of you, let these man cave ideas (including 11 themes and dozens of must-have games, art prints, pillows and more) give you major inspiration.

Cozy Canadiana

Think Buffalo plaid, warm wood tones, landscape paintings and animal silhouettes. This warm, casual approach feels just right for celebrating our True North, strong and free.

Cozy Canadiana

Design Art Banff Park Canada Print

This art print on quality cotton canvas honours the gorgeous Banff region of Alberta and is 100-per-cent designed and made in Canada. Plus, it comes with a handy hanging kit.

Cozy Canadiana

Canadiana Antler Wine Rack

A décor piece that’s both useful and thematically on point, this wine rack ticks all the boxes for your Canada-inspired man cave.

Cozy Canadiana

Canadiana Wood Storage Crate on Wheels

Two words: Snack. Box. Okay, it could also hold books, movies, blankets and more, but a snack trolley that can be wheeled around the room? We’re in.

Let’s All Go to the Movies

A home theatre isn’t just for serious film buffs or millionaires (though it’s always fun to look to the big spenders for inspiration). Imagine Saturday morning cartoons with the kids or an in-house date night with your partner. Who says you can’t have the cinema experience at home every day of the week?

Let’s All Go to the Movies

Eclipse Series 3-Seat Reclining Black Leather Theatre Seating

Your very own VIP theatre needs reclining seats. Have enough floorspace for two rows? Build a platform and hook yourself up with stadium seating.

Let’s All Go to the Movies

BenQ 1080P Home Theater Projector

Whether it’s a rainy-day Star Wars marathon or an epic video-game session, your view will be even nicer if you project it on your wall (or go one better and buy a projector screen, too).

Let’s All Go to the Movies

Bullseye Popcorn Maker

No home theatre would be complete without popcorn. And while microwave popcorn is tasty, buttery kernels from an old-school popper are even better. (We have tons of recipes for other fun snacks, too.)

Gamer’s Paradise

If happiness is an afternoon at the arcade, this man cave idea is for you. From stand-alone arcade machines to the latest in video game consoles, there are many game and décor options that will make you the talk of the neighbourhood. Your high scores are waiting!

Gamer’s Paradise

Pac-Man 40th Edition Arcade Cabinet

How many quarters did you feed Pac-Man machines as a kid? Now you can have your very own arcade cabinet with this anniversary edition made to look like the retro original. (One of these sleek gaming laptops may also fit the bill.)

Gamer’s Paradise

Hathaway Sure Shot Dual Electronic Basketball Game

A mainstay of arcades and midways everywhere, this race-against-the-clock electronic basketball game tests your speed and accuracy. Bonus: It easily folds away when not in use.

Gamer’s Paradise

Super Mario Fluffy Pals Pillow

Classic characters like Mario and Luigi never get old. First appearing in 1983, these famous brothers are a vital component of arcade man-cave décor.

Hey There, Sports Fan

Whether you’re a collector who wants to display sports memorabilia, a die-hard fan of a specific team or a passionate lover of a single sport, there are many directions to take a sports-themed room. Your décor options are endless! (One thing is for sure, though: you’ll need a really good TV.)

Gamer’s Paradise

The Sports Vault Toronto Maple Leafs Victory Banner

Banners and bunting are a great, inexpensive way to pull a theme together. You can choose to highlight a single team or collect all of the teams in your favourite league.

Gamer’s Paradise

Hockey Night in Canada Premium Air Hockey Table

No sports-themed room would be complete without an actual sport to play. Air hockey fits the bill, but you can also go with table tennis, darts, billiards and more.

Gamer’s Paradise

Hathaway Hurricane 54-Inch Foosball Table

Because you’ll need something to do during commercials, right? Plus, this foosball table is a steal at under $300.

Wayback Playback

From the elegance and formality of the 1920s to the outrageousness of the 1980s, a retro room is one of our favourite man cave ideas. The best part? Any decade will work as a theme.

Wayback Playback

Boscoman Round Vinyl Beanbag Chair

An ’80s-themed room calls for a bean bag chair in a bright colour. Going ’70s? Get a tie-dye chair instead.

Wayback Playback

Galanz Retro Fridge

Stock this vintage-inspired fridge with bottles of Coke for an authentic 1950s feel.

Wayback Playback

Sylvania Bluetooth Turntable with Stand and FM Radio

A combo record player and radio in cool blue will have everyone bobby-soxing in no time.

Casino Royale

Poker, blackjack and roulette… who says you have to hit the casino to get your fix? A moody coat of paint or luxe textured wallpaper paired with dark wood helps to set the stage.

Casino Royale

Fat Cat Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Chip Set

Get everything you need to host your weekly poker game—including a full set of Big Blind, Little Blind and Dealer buttons—neatly stored in an aluminum case.

Casino Royale

Kingston 3-in-1 Poker Table

This table, which is available in walnut or dark oak, easily flips from a regular tabletop to a poker table or bumper pool table. Just add club-style chairs for maximum casino atmosphere.

Casino Royale

Ovalyon Wooden High-End Roulette Wheel

No one will expect this special casino element in your at-home setup. Leave it on the table as a décor piece when it’s not in use.

Lounge Life

Unwind after a long day with a game of pool. Add a bar (or even just a bar cart) and spend cocktail hour sipping and shooting.

Lounge Life

Hathaway Centerpoint Solid Wood Dartboard and Cabinet

Already have the pool table? Add a dartboard. This poplar cabinet has a regulation 18-inch Sisal fiber Bristle dartboard and comes with pub-style dry erase panels.

Lounge Life

Jupiter 7-Foot Pool Table

This compact red-felt pool table is calling your name—and it comes with all the accessories you’ll need to rack ’em up.

Lounge Life

Gerard Industrial Dark Walnut Finished Wooden Bar Cart

Stock this beauty with glassware and your favourite spirits to get the full billiards lounge experience.

Not Your Average Garage

Think chic Texaco station—yes, it’s a thing! Pair retro signs and mechanic accessories with modern, automotive-inspired wall art to achieve the finished look.

Not Your Average Garage

Design Art Wine Colored Muscle Car Canvas

For major impact, try a multi-canvas piece of art. It’s like the updated version of the car posters of your childhood.

Not Your Average Garage

California Classic Custom Pillowcases, Set of 2

Even a man cave can use throw pillows—especially when they nail the theme.

Not Your Average Garage

Classic Garage Wooden Sign Wall Decor

No need to hunt through flea market stalls for hits of vintage—you can get this throwback wooden sign shipped straight to your door.

Hitting the Right Note

A music room, or in-house studio, is the dream for many musicians and music lovers. It’s a place to jam or to kick back and play tunes you love. Just make sure you invest in some wireless headphones for the sake of the fam.

Hitting the Right Note

Gator Wall-Mounted Ukelele/Mandolin Hanger

Musical instruments can double as man-cave décor when they’re hung on the wall. Hangers like this turn string instruments into art.

Hitting the Right Note

Beats Studio³ Wireless Headphones

Treat yourself to quality sound and save your kids from listening to the soundtrack of your youth.

Hitting the Right Note

Fashion Modern Guitar Music Art Decal Wall Sticker

This decal will look like someone hand-painted a mural for you—plus it’s removeable when you move or want to change up the look.

Wine Not

It might be a while before you jet off to a European winery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a taste of Europe home. Feel like you’re in an elegant wine cellar without heading farther afield than your basement.

Wine Not

Design Art Eiffel Tower Wall Art

Add a touch of France—or any other European country— to your room’s décor. A dramatic skyline shot or atmospheric painting will go the distance to set the mood.

Wine Not

Libbey Glass Wine and Dine Premium Oversized Set

This set comes with eight oversized wine glasses that are perfect for red or white.

Wine Not

Ancona Modular Wine Cabinet

You don’t need a temperature-controlled wine cellar to build a collection. A small cabinet with room for a dozen or so bottles and some glassware is a great start.

Tropical Getaway

What’s more fun than a Hawaii-inspired bar at home? Add some colourful patio lanterns, leafy green palms and kitschy accessories to bring the theme to life.

Tropical Getaway

Set of Four Cat Mugs

You’ll love these colourful cat mugs that are just waiting for a mixed drink and a tiny umbrella.

Tropical Getaway

Hometrends Paper Lantern String Lights

Buy a few strands of these paper lantern lights and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your space transforms.

Tropical Getaway

Aloha Collection Pillow Case

These black-and-white pillows are the perfect addition to your beachy at-home bar—and they won’t shrink or fade. (And if you’re looking for more décor inspiration for other areas of your home, check out these practical tips for creating a study space for your kids.)

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