10 Best Design Ideas For A Study Themed Man Cave


A Man Cave Study

If you think about it, the study is the original man cave. Some men prefer the more traditional and dignified design of the sophisticated gentlemen.

If that is you, here are some great design ideas for a study themed man cave that will be your den of escape from the rest of the world

Fancy Bookcases Or Shelving

What study would be complete without a bookcase full of your favorite books? There are lots of things you can do with a bookcase.

You can buy regular bookcases and line a whole wall, or build your own shelving and use it for your books and other items you want to display.

If you want to take things up a notch, a unique and interesting thing you can do is make a bookcase that opens up like a secret door!

All you have to do is create a large bookcase and cut a door into it, add some hinges and voila!

Fireplace

A fireplace for your man cave

Sitting on a big leather chair in front of a fireplace smoking a pipe is an image synonymous with the word study or den. But what if you don’t have a fireplace?

Thankfully fireplace technology has come a long way over the last few decades. You no longer need to hire a contractor the tear down your wall and erect a chimney.

Fireplaces can now be bought at the store, brought home and set up with very little trouble. There is no reason not to pick one up. They are affordable and come in all different styles. Even if you are low on space, you can find one that hangs on the wall! Isn’t technology great!

Desk

A study needs a desk, just in case you wanted to do some work in your man cave. But even if your only work is to fill out your to-do list of things you want to do with your buddies, you still need a desk to hold your writing supplies.

The options range from elegant wooden desks with fancy leather chairs to a small corner table with just enough space for a laptop.  It’s all up to your budget, the size of your room, and the importance of your work.

Top off your desk with a sign that has your name on it to make it look official. Mine just says “The Man”.

Fancy Writing Pen

Cross Townsend Writing Pen

If you have a big elegant desk, you will want some items on that desk to compliment that elegance. And what better way than with a luxury fountain pen.

High-quality pens can cost several thousands of dollars. But unless you are an enthusiast or a collector, I see no reason to break the bank. You can get a good pen for a fraction of the price. 

My top pick is the Cross Townsend. It comes in so many styles and variations, you are guaranteed to find something you like. There is even a Star Wars design, which is crazy considering this quality and target market of these pens.

Pool Table

A Pool Table

Of course, you need something to relax with, and give your buddies a chance to join in on the fun! If you want a little more than just a library and place to work, the perfect addition to a study themed mancave is a pool table.

There are lots of types of pool tables to choose from and they come in all shapes and sizes. While a traditional sized pool table is the standard, if you do not have space, you can always opt for something like bumper pool. It offers just as much fun.

Be sure to measure the area where you want to place your pool table and remember you are going to need a good amount of space on all sides. 

Comfortable Seating

Comfortable Leather Sitting Chair

To make your study complete, you need a comfortable place to sit. That calls for plush recliners or a comfy leather couch flanked by some end tables or an ottoman or two.

Then you can sink down into your comfy recliner with a beer, grab your remote control and some snacks and enjoy! You won’t want to come out for hours.

If you have a large budget, you can go a bit further and buy the type of couch with a massager built-in. Some even hide a small refrigerator in the middle!

A Bar

And of course, if you are having friends over, you need a place to fix up your drinks. That means putting in at least a modest bar in your study themed man cave. Be sure to keep it well-stocked. 

If you are you are short on space, you can downsize and go with a traditional decanter set. Keep some whiskey or scotch on hand and store the rest of the booze out of the way.

I recommend this set from Amazon. The sleek, elegant style looks both modern and traditional at the same time. It comes with 4 matching glasses and the option to buy more as needed.

World Map

National Geographic Map Of The World

Another way to add sophistication to your study beyond the standard library of books is to add a map of the world to your wall. Whether you are a traveler or not, a map is a resource that no study should be without.

While there are many sizes, colors, and options to choose from, I like this one made by National Geographic.  This map has actually won several awards for its quality and accuracy. Just think of how good it would look framed!

Globe

If you like the idea of a map but want something a little more hands-on, you can always go with a globe. A globe may take up a bit of desktop space, but it is worth it.

This globe by Odessa is hands down the best globe you can find. It has a 12-inch diameter and raised relief mountain.

But the best feature is the illumination. When the globe is turned off, it shows a vegetational view of the world. Turn it on and you get a color-coded political map, with all countries, capitals and major cities.

Whoever thought using this technique is a genius, and the implementation is amazing!

If you do decide to go with a different globe, pay close attention to the size of the actual globe. Manufacturers often tout the size of the housing when the globe itself is a few inches smaller. 

Globe Mini-Bar

A mini-bar inside a globe

If you want the minibar and the globe, why not have the best of both worlds. This bad boy is like something you would see in a movie.

While the globe itself and the stand look great and it is accurate, it is not the most functional (it does not spin). But its what’s inside that counts. This “Old World Globe” opens up to reveal your hidden mini-bar.

There is a surprising amount of space inside to hold several bottles and glasses. If you are not trying to hide everything, the bottom shelf is available to hold even more. Even if you already have a bar or a globe, this is worth picking up for the coolness factor.


As I said at the beginning, the study is the original man cave and because of that, most of the items on this list would fit in just as well in any other themed man cave.

A study does not have to be a boring room with books and a desk. Secret doorways, hidden mini-bars, and a game of pool does not sound boring at all. When done correctly, it could be one of the best themes to choose.

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