Men and their man caves. What could be better? A place to escape from the world, relax with your favorite drink, and watch TV. Well, now you can have a man cave in your garden! You don’t need to spend tens of thousands on an elaborate room in the basement or loft. All you need is a garden shed and some creativity.

In this blog post, we will show you 9 outstanding man cave ideas for shed projects that are both cost effective and modern looking. They’re perfect for any guy who wants his own little sanctuary out back.

#1 An Ultraframe Pent Roof Garden Room Creates an Independent Space for You

Garden room

Idea #1 is to install a new Ultraframe garden room. These excellent rooms are simple to install and can fit into any garden. The Pent Roof has a low profile so it can be installed next to a fence or boundary if necessary.

You have options for your doors and windows. French doors, bi-fold doors, and modular double glazed windows can be placed where you want them.

The Ultraframe Pent Roof garden room is perfect for adding space and privacy to your outdoor area without spending the big bucks that you would on traditional building materials.

Inside, there will be plenty of room for a bar, a TV wall, or other manly items. Adding electrics is easy because of the simple design.

#2 An Ultraframe Pavilion Garden Room Adds Height to Make an Impressive Space for Parties

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A man cave doesn’t have to be small and cramped. Instead, you can create a manly place to call your own with an Ultraframe Pavilion garden room.

The Ultraframe design is simple and space-efficient, but it also adds height to make the perfect party spot for friends that come over. You can include four skylights and up to three walls with full-length glass windows and doors. All that glass adds space and light to your new man cave.

Parties will have plenty of room with a maximum size up to 3.6 metres by 6 metres. Because of the higher roof, you may need planning permission for garden buildings like this one.

#3 Add a Lean To Man Cave to Keep Your Home Bar Close to the House

Lean-To Conservatory

When you don’t have a lot of space, or want to keep your man cave close to the house, think of a lean-to conservatory. We usually attach these to the house, but not always. You can include a raised deck with stairs that lead up to your home bar and seating area, making it feel more like you have an apartment on the first floor of your own home.

You can build a wide lean-to conservatory and turn it into a space for dining, entertaining or relaxing. This is not only practical but also looks great from the outside of your home with its varied widths acting as an attractive feature to enhance your garden’s aesthetic appeal.

A long lean-to could create a man cave with plenty of room for a home bar, pool table, or small rec room.

#4 Simple Upgrades Transform Sheds into Man Caves

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If you already have a shed or garden building in your garden, you can totally transform it with the installation of a few simple products.

Adding insulation to the walls and ceiling will keep your relaxation space warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Installing a fan or air conditioner is an easy way to control temperature without having to open windows with mosquitoes coming into your space.

Install some LED lights so you can read comfortably at night, relax by day and enjoy time alone with family members on weekends too.

Double-glazed windows and a modern composite door will improve the look and feel of standard sheds. They’ll also improve the security of your garden building.

#5 Create a Cinema Room with Modular Garden Building Design

9 Awesome Man Cave Ideas for Shed Projects

One group of awesome man cave ideas involves creating a place to use as a hobby room. For your hobby room, you might not want lots of windows and light. Instead, you can control the amount of light with an orangery build.

We offer garden buildings made with the Leka Xi system. This modular design gives you the ability to create a cinema or hobby room with all the features you need.

The Leka system features solid walls, integrated doors and windows, and room for skylights in different sizes. Standard window sizes make it easy to add roller blinds to block out light when you don’t want it.

#6 Turn a Small Space Into a Party with These Man Cave Bar Ideas

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Make a party in a small space with a man cave bar. Even small garden rooms have space for a bar area. Before we give you a few ideas, let’s mention one thing to sort out before you change your small shed into a home bar.

Change your doors and locks if they don’t feature modern security. A composite door, or French doors, will keep your new party cabin secure so you won’t worry about anyone nicking your good stuff.

Now, here are a few quick ideas:

  • Install an outdoor TV
  • Put in a beer fridge
  • Add a bar with stools and cabinets for storage
  • Upgrade to a whiskey dispenser for more refined beverages
  • Fit a wine rack in to add variety and style
  • Complete the look with a dartboard or card table


Picture your new log cabin after installation. You’ll have an amazing space to share with the boys.

#7 Turn Your Man Cave Into an Office for Serious Work

9 Awesome Man Cave Ideas for Shed Projects
Another type of man cave is the working space. What can you do when you need more office room? Man caves in the garden can also be ideal retreats where you can get away from the kids and the distractions and do some serious work. Converting sheds into office man caves means taking care of a few details. You’ll need to add these items:
  • Wi-Fi socket or range extender
  • Electric points for all your gadgets
  • Insulation to keep the temperature comfortable
  • Windows and skylights to bring in light

If you’ll be keeping office equipment, such as a computer or printer, then you’ll also need to think of security. Modern double-glazed windows and composite doors will take care of this for you.

#8 Cook in Style with an Amazing Kitchen Man Cave

Kitchen Conservatory
Take the garden bar a step further and make a complete kitchen. You can design an awesome place for the next barbecue or cookout. You can easily transform your garden cabin or shed into an outdoor kitchen. Here are some ways to get started:
  • Use a design with a pitched roof and a deck outside. The roof will help with ventilation and the deck can host your grill and seating.
  • Install a full kitchen with a gas stove, oven and hob and plenty of storage for food.
  • Use stainless steel appliances to give the man cave an industrial edge
  • Don’t forget about lighting. You’ll need electric points so you can see what you’re cooking clearly.

The results will amaze everyone if you take the time to add in a few extras such as a liquor dispenser, a kitchen sign, and a TV.

#9 An Outdoor Shop is Superb for Those Lacking Garages

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If you’re a man who likes a good project to work on but doesn’t have a garage to work in, then a man cave workshop is exactly what you need. Turning sheds and conservatories into workshops isn’t too complicated. Here are some man cave DIY ideas to create an outdoor workshop.
  • Use French doors or bi-fold doors to make it easy to open up the space for your next project.
  • Add electric points to power your tools.
  • Don’t forget a ventilation system or dust extractor to keep the air clean while you’re working.

While you’re working through your next project, look for inspiration from the tools you use. Work tables with wheels can move power tools, such as table saws and chop saws, in and out as you need them. Now that you’ve got some ideas, let’s cover a few questions we get about creating man caves in garden buildings.

How do I turn my shed into a man cave?

9 Awesome Man Cave Ideas for Shed Projects

You can turn your shed into a man cave by following a few simple steps:

First, you need to make sure that your shed is large enough for the type of man cave you want.

Second, seal it up properly and add insulation. Log cabins and wooden sheds can be fitted with plasterboard on the inside to add more insulation.

Third, review the door and windows. Old doors and draughty windows will suck the life (and warmth) out of your new space.

Once these three things are done, you can start kitting it out to be a cabin retreat, garden bar, or cinema room.

How Much Does it Cost to Turn a Garden Room into a Man Cave?

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It depends on what you’re starting with already. A brand new garden room or conservatory starts at a few thousand pounds. Revamping an existing conservatory with a new roof and doors will cost less than a few thousand pounds.

If you’re changing a few things around in your existing shed, such as upgrading the doors and windows, then the costs will be in the hundreds of pounds.

Of course, we can’t even begin to guess at the cost to kit out your man cave. Your widescreen TV, BBQ, and seats will come in at whatever your budget needs.

What Makes a Good Man Cave?

Space, decorations, and the right tools.

You need a space that works for your purpose. Make sure your floor space is big enough. If you want to avoid a cramped feeling, add a pitched roof or lantern roof to your man cave.

Do You Need Planning Permission for Your Man Cave?

If you are remodelling an existing garden building, then you will not need planning permission. If you are creating a new structure, such as adding on to your home or building a garden room, then you may need planning permission.

You can check out our full planning permission guide here.

Wrap It Up

Now you’ve got some inspiration for your next project. You’re ready to create a design, build it out, and make a statement for your next garden party.

Contact Best Glaze for a free quote to help you plan the budget for a new roof, door, or windows.