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Designing a movie-based man cave: here's 6 ideas to get you started
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If you have the space available to you to build a man cave, first of all – congrats, that’s awesome.
However, before you dive straight in and buy every dartboard, table football table and beer fridge under the sun, take your time to think about how you want your space to look and feel.
If you particularly see yourself as a bit of a film buff, for example, why not utilise your wealth of movie knowledge in the design of your man cave?
Whether you’re more of a Tarantino, Spielberg, or Snyder fan, there are a number of highly effective ways to transform your space into every movie lover’s dream, six of which we have highlighted in further detail for you below.

Posters... and lots of them
If you have a lot of wall space available, you’re going to need to invest in a movie poster or five.
Whether you decide to design, print and frame your favourite art prints, or create some kind of movie poster wallpaper yourself, nothing will capture your love of films more than having some of the classics to adorn your man cave’s walls with.
From firm favourites to modern classics to awesome animations to indie masterpieces, here are a few of our movie poster top picks to give you a little inspiration:
- The Godfather
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- The Dark Knight Trilogy
- Any of the Star Wars films
- Any of the Harry Potter films
- Any film by Marvel (i.e. Avenger’s Endgame)
- Any film by Studio Ghibli (i.e. Spirited Away)
- Any film by Disney (i.e. The Lion King)
- Any film by Taika Waititi (i.e. Hunt For The Wilderpeople)
- Any film by David Fincher (i.e. Fight Club)
- Any film by Christopher Nolan (i.e. Inception)
- Any film by Steven Spielberg (i.e ET)
- Any film by Quentin Tarantino (i.e. Pulp Fiction)

Embrace the cinematic atmosphere
If you’re looking to give your man cave a bit of ‘lights, camera, action’ energy to it, why not consider utilising the cinematic experience to design it?
Everyone loves going to the cinema, after all. In fact, it is one of the key things people are looking forward to reopening once the lockdown restrictions are finally lifted.
From the dimmed lighting to the smell of popcorn in the air, listed below are a few effective products to help bring the cinematic atmosphere to your space, creating the ideal binge-watching room for you to enjoy:
Smart lighting. While brands like Philips Hue may steal the limelight, there are a number of other smart lighting products currently available, each of which designed to not only keep energy costs down but also make it effortless to control the look and feel of your man cave’s lighting.
Projector/large TV. You won’t go very far with recreating the cinematic experience without a large screen so, to combat this, a projector or huge, 75-inch-plus TV is the best way to go. Whether you mount it to your wall or ceiling is up to you, but having a projector or TV this size will allow you to get that big-screen experience whenever you want it.
Speakers. While you might not be able to get either the IMAX or Dolby Atmos experience at home, investing in a decent set of speakers is a must-do. That way, you’ll be able to ensure the sounds are all correctly levelled out, the dialogue between characters is crisp and clear, and you’ll feel as though you’re a part of the action.
Popcorn/slushy machine. No cinematic experience would be complete without a snack or three so, depending on what your preference is, it could be worth purchasing the equipment to make them with. While Tango Ice Blast machines are currently unavailable for personal use, unfortunately, slushy machines and popcorn makers are a great alternative.

Pick up some memorabilia & merchandise
While you may not be able to get your hands on the actual DeLorean they used in Back To The Future, or the dinosaur props they used in Jurassic Park, there are a ton of alternative ways to invest in some cool merchandise and memorabilia from your favourite films.
You could, for example, buy replica props like Boba Fett’s helmet, the Ghostbusters proton pack or a film-focused novelty lamp, like Thor’s hammer protruding out of the wall.
Alternatively, by simply showcasing a wide range of DVDs, Blu-Rays and VHSs in a large show cabinet, this will demonstrate how much you love your films to anyone lucky enough to visit your film-based man cave. Plus, it’ll always provide you with a great selection to choose from.

Final thoughts…
A man cave is defined as ‘a space used to relax and pursue hobbies away from the rest of the family’. Therefore, if films are a particular passion of yours, you could be doing yourself an injustice by not implementing some kind of cinematic focus into its design.
However, as the points above should now prove, designing a movie-based man cave can be done a lot easier than you might think. The only problem you might have is persuading yourself to leave it once it’s all set up. Popcorn, anyone?

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