Every guy needs a man cave to call his own.  I just recently built my own in the basement of our home.  My wife may have control over the upstairs, but downstairs is my domain.

There are a lot of things you can do with a room devoted to guy stuff, and the more features you add, the pricier it gets.  But you don’t need to shell out an arm and a leg in order to have a stellar man cave.  Below I’ll show you a few ways you can build one on a budget.

Entertainment Center

An entertainment center is likely going to be the biggest expense in your project – but it’s a must have.  No man cave would be complete without an entertainment center, but there’s no need to blow your entire budget on creating one.

The television is going to be the most expensive item on your list for the entertainment center – as it should be.  A TV will serve as the centerpiece of the room.  If you do some good bargain shopping, you’ll be able to find a decent TV at a great price.  Black Friday and the week of the Super Bowl are two of the best times to find a great deal on a TV.

Window Shadeswindow-shades

Whether you’re watching a moving or playing video games, the experience can be ruined if there’s an obnoxious glare hitting the TV.  That’s why it’s important to have quality window shades in your room.  Quality window shades come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices.  If you’re looking for exceptional quality shades at a reasonable price, MannKidwell in Richmond, VA is a great option.  However, if you’re on a shoestring budget then you can find inexpensive shades that will get the job done at places like Ikea.

A Bar

Having a stocked bar is critical when it comes to building a man cave.  A man cave needs to be prepared to serve up whiskey or beer whenever the moment calls.  Fortunately, you don’t need a large selection or drinks or an elaborate display.  I’ve found that a mini fridge with a shelf of liquor above is more than enough to  get the job done.  If you prefer working with your hands, go pick up some wood from your local hardware store and get to work building your own.  They’re incredibly easy to make and are low cost.