(Last modified on March 24th, 2020)
Finding man cave products is a huge hassle. Unfortunately, there isn’t one set store to find everything you need. Fans of sports need to find specialty stores, nerds need to find a local comic shop, and picking your furniture without aim requires a visit to way too many places. What can you do about it? Learn where to buy man cave products ahead of time, of course! Narrowing down the list of places to go makes your buying process that much faster. Going to the most important places first helps reduce the number of trips you need to make.
Knowing what to shop for helps, and you can figure out what sort of things you need on my post here. In the meantime, let’s talk about what to look for with man cave decor, where to buy man cave products, and how to fill in whatever ‘gaps’ you may have in your arsenal at the end of the day. The goal is to get all your shopping done in one day. You might need a truck for furniture ahead of time, but it should be doable! Let’s get started.
The first thing you want to do is make a list of stuff for the cave. You can read about all the essentials on my post here, but let’s go over the basics. First, you’ll need a place to sit. Common sense, right? A couch or a recliner is perfect for the job. Next, you want a coffee table and some sort of entertainment setup (usually involving a huge TV). After that, you’ll want to think of your satellite equipment. This can include the stuff for a bar, a pool table, custom furniture, and so on. Getting these bulky items out of the way helps you understand what sort of budget you have.
You are making a budget, right? No matter how much money you have to spare, it’s wise to figure out an expected price ahead of buying. This makes shopping much simpler. Use online stores and local listings to figure out the value of the items you’re going after. Try not to purchase anything above this preset value. With any remaining budget you have, think about the necessary objects. A man cave sign helps distinguish your space as a true man cave. Posters, lamps, custom signs, and trinkets that match your theme should all go into this list. While you don’t need to completely stock the cave from the get-go, you should buy enough to at least make the walls look occupied. Otherwise, it’s little more than a living room.
To find the first things for your man cave, you’ll want to check out the local antique stores. These stores sell all sorts of miscellanea, but you’ll be searching for the cheap and durable furniture. Modern furniture tends to be mass produced and fall apart after a while. The things you find in an antique store might have a few nicks and scratches, but they’re durable and will last for ages. If it looks like crap (which, admittedly, many of them do), you can just get them reupholstered. It’s still cheaper than purchasing new furniture and allows you to customize it to your man cave theme a tiny bit.
While browsing around for furniture and your other big pieces, take note of the weird stuff you encounter. Don’t be afraid to add stuff to your list if you see something you adore. Even if you don’t want that horrifying Singing Bass they stuck up on the wall in an antique store, maybe it reminds you of putting up a deer head mount in the cave for that classic rustic look. These odds and ends are so varied that you’re bound to get a ton of ideas while browsing.
This is only day one of shopping, so don’t feel obligated to buy anything right away. You can leave these stores without purchasing anything if you think stuff is overpriced. At the same time, if you don’t know if something fits into your budget, wait until day two of shopping. If you do this back-to-back, it’s highly doubtful that your object of affection will be sold off.
With your antique browsing out of the way, it’s time to hit the big stores. These include supermarkets that sell a crazy huge selection and home improvement stores that help you with building supplies (which is especially useful if you’ve learned how to build a shed for a man cave from my other blog post). Crafting stores aren’t out of the question, either. They can sell a variety of knickknacks that capture the heart, even if they’re not as durable as the antique stuff from old stores or the handmade stuff you find online. By looking at their standard aisles, you might even realize you’re missing something crucial in your setup.
Go through your list in order of price and see what you can scratch off. Once again, don’t buy anything if you can find it online for cheaper. Find as much as you can while you browse the aisles. You might be tempted to compromise on things—such as simple a three-cushion couch instead of that reclining leather one you saw online—but I advise against it. Furniture lasts for ages, while your love for something ‘cheaper’ won’t last quite as long. Don’t downgrade just because getting your stuff elsewhere is a hassle. If needed, take a break from shopping for a while until you get in the mood again. If you cut corners with your man cave, it will show! Be careful about that.
When you’re finished shopping at all the prime locations, it’s time to fill in the holes. You’ve been crossing off the things you need as you go, right? Grab your list and hit up Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, and whatever your online store of choice is. Lately, I’ve been getting man cave gadgets from Newegg and Best Buy, but that’s neither here nor there.
Start with the priciest things on your list. This helps you figure out your remaining budget and whether or not you want to go back to a store on day two of your man cave shopping spree. A lot of times you can find the exact same products for cheaper online. It cuts out the middle man (the big box stores) who needs to cover shipping, employee wages, company taxes, stock fees, and so on for quite a number of things. Skipping that corporate stuff gets you serious savings while netting you the same product. Find as many of your ‘wish list’ items as you can online.
After that, check out your remaining budget. With your important things either budgeted or out of the way, plus a lot of your decor already accounted for, the budget is probably tiny now. You can either save up the remainder for things you forgot—because, yes, everyone forgets something on their first shopping trip—or pick up some of the smaller items on your wish list. A unique couch cover, a custom man cave rules board, and a video game console are all things that come last. They’re cheaper online and much more personalized.
Use your last bit of budget to make your man cave truly represent you as a person. Simply pick up what you missed on Day Two and then wait for the rest of your stuff! Voila, you’re finished shopping!
I try to be impartial when it comes to decorating the cave—especially where money is concerned. I don’t want to come off as a salesman by any means. There are many sites and many places other than mine that can offer you ‘deals’ and ‘discounts’ on their products. My point today was not to sell a particular item, but to point you in the right direction. While I do sell a couple things on the site, finding something individual to you is much more important than supporting my little blog. It’s tough work, and even if you do like the stuff I peddle, I imagine you’ll be looking in dozens of other places!
Hopefully, this blog post made the task seem less daunting. Learning where to buy man cave products is less about finding stores and more about figuring out decor. Once you have that down, you can figure out exactly where to go. It’s not all about online sales or finding the perfectly branded man cave products. It’s about finding what’s right for you. A true man cave revolves around what makes you a man. Finding these objects is an adventure unto itself, and it will take you to places you never dreamed of. Good luck, and have fun!