29 Incredible Man Cave Ideas On A Budget

Who among us doesn’t find himself daydreaming about having a man cave one day?

Not just any man cave…

No, you want the man cave that all your buddies will be talking about. The one everybody wants to come to and watch the big games.

But, you’ve got a problem.

You’re broke.

Maybe you’re not completely broke, but you don’t really have the extra money to turn your basement or garage into the ultimate man cave right now.

Here’s some good news for you: it may still be possible.

We’ve scoured the web and found some of the best man cave ideas on a budget that will have your place looking top notch, without spending top dollar. Some of these are things you can make yourself out of old stuff you probably have laying around, or could find free on Craigslist.

1. DIY BASEBALL BAT TABLE

baseball bat table

Obviously the length of the bat determines the height of the table. See step by step instructions here.

2. A CHEAP, BUT AWESOME MAN CAVE SIGN

Man Cave Sign

A sign on the door or the wall will make sure that everyone knows exactly which room they are in… via Amazon

3. A FOOSBALL COAT HANGER

Coat Hanger

Got a broken down or unwanted foosball table? Tear that guy up and make a coat hanger out of the soccer players on a stick. Via Fancy

4. CONVERT A MINI-FRIDGE INTO A KEGERATOR

5. TURN OLD SCHOOL TENNIS RACKETS INTO MIRRORS

Tennis Racket Mirrors

via Viral Nova

6. MAKE A DIY CUSTOM SIGN FROM A PALLET

The good news? You’ll get to use a circular saw in the process!

7. TURN OLD BEER BOTTLES INTO GLASSWARE

8. CHEAP WALL MOUNTED BOTTLE OPENERS

Bottle Opener

via Amazon

9. HIDE A RIFLE BEHIND AN AMERICA FLAG

Hide A Gun Behind A Picture

Because you need to show off your guns, right? Full tutorial at DIY Ready.

10. MAKE SHELVES/TABLES OUT OF CINDER BLOCK

Cinder Block SHelf

I’ll admit, the picture above is a little less-than-manly… but you could easily take the concept and man it up a little. via Dwell

11. MAKE CHAIRS FROM OLD TIRES

Tire Chairs

via CleverBirdBanter

12. DIY BEER COASTERS

beer coasters

via Post Grad Crafting

13. MAKE A MAN CAVE TABLE FROM A PALLET

Perfect for setting snacks, drinks or just a foot rest. Here’s how to make it:

14. MAN CAVE LIGHTING VIA SKATEBOARD

man cave lighting

via Apartment Therapy

15. LICENSE PLATE LIGHTS

license plate light

via Hammer Like A Girl

16. DIY FOOTBALL FIELD RUG

DIY football field rug

After all, don’t football and “man cave” go together like peanut butter and jelly? Tutorial viaChicaandJo

17. FOR THOSE JERSEYS THAT NO LONGER FIT…

If you’ve spent a little too much time in the man cave and not enough time in the gym… you might have some jerseys of players from the 80’s that fit a little snugly these days.

Why not turn them into DIY pillows for your man cave? It’s a very budget friendly project, viaKenneth Wingard

Man Cave Pillows

18. MAKE A ROLLING FOOT STOOL FROM A TIRE

We looked at making a tire bench seat earlier, but if you happen to pick up some extra old tires for free (or cheap) then why not make an awesome rolling foot stool for your man cave? via Wikihow

Tire Foot Stool

19. MAKE A PENDANT LAMP FROM A DRUM

If you are a musician with an old snare laying around, check out this DIY man cave lighting project from the Randolph family

DIY drum lamp

20. USE TREE STUMPS FOR TABLES

Does it get more manly in a Paul Bunyan sort of way?

tree stump table

via The Art of Doing Stuff.

21. TURN AN OLD TV INTO AN AQUARIUM.

TV into acquarium

You might still have one of these dinosaur TVs sitting in your garage. If not, you’ll find them sitting on curbs for free all the time. Why not turn that baby into a fish tank? It’ll light up the man cave and make for a conversation starter. via Viral Nova

22. BRAND YOUR STEAKS WITH YOUR FAVORITE TEAM LOGO

For about $10, you can have every piece of meat served in your man cave displaying support of your favorite team:

Sports Man cave ideas

via Amazon.

23. VINTAGE POOL BALLS IN A VASE

Vintage Pool balls - man cave

via Pottery Barn, but could also DIY with an old set of pool balls you have on hand.

24. HOLD YOUR BOOKS WITH A SWORD

If you’re displaying books in your man cave, do it awesomely with these book ends:

katana book ends

via Amazon

25. MAKE IT SMELL MANLY

Enter man candles. Have your man cave smelling like fresh cut grass, dirt, bacon, and many more manly scents.

manly candles

26. USE PALLET COASTERS

You can make everything else out of pallets, so why not coasters in your man cave? Get a set for under $20

Pallet coasters

27. USE A BIG-ASS BRICK OF SOAP

Don’t screw up the man cave by letting your wife take over the nearest bathroom. Besides decor that fits your man cave theme, man-up the soap with something like Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap modeled after the soldiers soap in Vietnam.

Big Brick of Soap

28. GOLF GRILL SET

Want to store you grilling tools in the man cave? Then you need something functional and fitting. Check out this golf themed grill set with legit grips. Even if you don’t display it in the man cave, when you come walking in from the grill with these babies, your friends know you mean business.

golf grill set

29. PLUNGE YOUR TOILET WITH A SHOTGUN

Did I mention that the bathroom of your man cave matters? You’ve already seen the brick of soap, now if things get clogged, make sure you’ve got this guy handy:

shotgun plunger

Hopefully you are leaving here inspired. Having a killer man cave doesn’t have to cost a fortune – it’s really about being creative and mixing in some “upcycling” with some other budget items that really make a statement.

Now get out there and make it happen!