Whether your man cave is all about you or all about fun, man cave signs are very important for making your space feel personalized without any outside influence. Your wife can’t get her decorating little hands into your cave, so you get to take the opportunity to adorn it however you please. Once you’ve decided on a place to convert into a man cave and have already done any necessary structural work, it’s time to get down to business with the fun part… decor.
Signs are very typical features of man caves because they can evoke plenty of interesting feelings; you can create an aura of a vintage biker bar, or you can outline “house rules” for your friends so they have a clear idea of what can and can’t go on in the cave. A clearly visible sign in front of your man cave is an indication to all the uninvited guests to stay out of this zone of debauchery and fun.
Selecting an isolated space in the house for the man cave is a simple step, but just because it’s sequestered doesn’t mean kids and wives won’t try to butt in and interrupt you when you’re watching the World Series. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to maintain the privacy and secrecy of your cave.
If you don’t want interference from anybody else, it’s up to you to set the tone of the environment of your choice and only include the people and things you allow. It’s your personal sanctuary where you are free to do what is on your mind. So, while signs make great decorations inside the cave, they also serve as a welcoming (or detracting) element right outside of it. If you’re looking for some ideas of man cave signs you can install, keep reading. If all else fails and you just can’t find the right sign then what about using a mirror instead?
Right outside the man cave’s entrance is a great place to hang a sign, as long as everyone else who lives in your house is fine with it. This serves as a final warning to all who are about to enter that things just beyond the door might get a little crazy.
If this is the look you’re going for, try a tin sign emblazoned with the phrase, “Warning! Man Cave! Enter at Your Own Risk!” It looks like those old signs you see in laboratories and other forbidden areas in movies, so it’s a fun and striking invitation to undercover fun. If you want to keep things a little friendlier or need something that better matches your home’s décor, try a personalized man cave sign that looks like a street sign. It is not as “in your face” but it still indicates that this man cave belongs to you.
The signs you choose for the interior of your cave can be all about enhancing a theme if you already have one picked out. If your cave is the primary spot where you and your buddies gather to drink beer, a shiny neon sign neon sign that proudly proclaims “Man Cave” in flashing lights will give the cave a tavern sort of feel. Or, you can bring actual imagery of beers into the area with a fun Man Cave Rules.
Man caves don’t always have to be about beer. Sometimes they focus on sports, especially if yours is the weekly gathering spot during football, basketball, and baseball seasons. Enhance the sporty theme with a large wood sign that features your favorite NFL team’s logo and colors along with the phrase “Man Cave Fan Zone.” You can also keep things sports-related without having team gear everywhere (although that’s perfectly normal for a man cave).
Try a vintage-inspired that doesn’t scream “man cave” but still brings about laughs with the slogan, “I’m a good example of how golf creates so many beer drinkers.” Or, check out a personalized option that includes your name and your favorite game’s ball printed on a weathered-wood background for a toned-down look.
Men and cars go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you love collecting cars or revamping projects out in the driveway, installing some automotive-themed signs adds a cool touch to your cave and speaks to your hobby as well. Create a retro theme with some old-fashioned gasoline signs made of tin. Or, bring things into the modern day with a light-up LED sign of your favorite design. This creates a cool vibe and also looks great in a bar area. Old hubcaps also make excellent signage, especially if you hang up a collection of them.
Lastly, fishing is another common hobby for guys, and if you spend time doing a little fly tying in your cave, why not deck the walls in signs that remind you of your favorite activity? To really make a statement, try a large featuring the words “Man Cave” in cursive letters and a fish that’s just about to bite leaping next to them. Fishing signs also work well with outdoorsy themes, so you might want to consider a distressed-finish Gone Fishing sign to give the room a more rustic look.
Whether you have a theme or not, selecting a few neat signs for your man cave can really do wonders to enhance its look. You can evoke almost any vibe you want to enjoy, from a woodsy cabin feel to a sports-lovers’ haven. Consider some of the options above for yourself or for a friend who’s decorating a man cave of his own—the personalized options make great gift ideas. Most importantly, the signs you choose should be ones that you like. After all, it’s your special space, and you want to make it as inviting and cool as your wildest dreams can envision.