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How to create your 'man cave' on a budget

You're a man. Your basic human rights include football, beer and LCD TVs. And all of these fine pursuits should, ideally, be combined in a super-slick man cave. Here are eight canny ways to reduce the cost – but not the style - of the ultimate manly retreat.


Make the ultimate boy-den without spending a fortune (© Getty Images)

LCD TV - £240
Every self-respecting man cave needs a foolishly-big TV. While showing off your flat-screen, remember to conceal the fact it's second-hand from Preloved, a UK website full of high-quality, little-used tellies available for loads less than normal. Full members pay £5 a year for first refusal on the best new treasures. At the time of writing, a 42" - everyone knows 42s are the new 32s - Phillips HD LCD costs a bargain £240. You'd be looking at over £500 on the high street.
Catch the latest offers on LCD Tvs via Preloved

Conran iPhone Speaker Dock - £99.99
Next on your shopping list is the soundsystem. Owners of a Bluetooth-enabled device are directed towards this dock, all suave good looks and reduced by a cool 60% at Firebox (to £99.99), from Conran. The design gurus at Studio Conran have allowed the gizmo to stream wirelessly via Bluetooth or hook up to a radio or CD player via an auxiliary input.
Buy the Conran iPhone Speaker Dock at Firefox

Clock - £18.85
Few things in life are more important than knowing when Match of the Day is on, or how long until the pizza delivery man arrives, so getting a clock is a must. Via the amazing craft site Etsy, Pixelthis make unusual and often-cheap timepieces from strange recycled goods, including Apple keyboards, bicycle crank shafts and old turntables. This striking conversion of some magnetic tape reel is only £18.85, for example.
Get this clock from Etsy

Phone - £65
You'll need a way to order that pizza, of course, which means a telephone. Heals has some very cool blowers for surprisingly small prices, such as this retro Wild & Wolf 1950s Silver Dreyfuss 500. Despite its bygone look, this cool piece of hardware does all that crazy modern stuff, too - last-number redials, and so on. Steady on...
Authentic classic phone from Heal's

Mini fridge - £189.99
The kitchen's miles away, and you can't wait until half-time to guzzle some beer. Step forward a mini-fridge. This one by Husky has two things going for it: firstly, it's reduced by £60 - or a dozen six-packs converted to man-money - and second, the wine and champagne racks are half the size of the beer shelves.
The Husky undercounter wine & drinks fridge

Star Trek electronic door chime - £19.13
Man caves are incomplete until kitted out with a pointless gadget. Ticking that box neatly is a Star Trek door chime. Not only will it dish out a 'swoosh' sound or red-alert alarm whenever any Borg or Romulan enters your terrain, but it even looks like the original Star Trek communicator panels. This source of endless amusement costs £19.13 from the US-based website Think Geek (the name says it all).
Door chime for fans of sci-fi everywhere

Pool table - £99.99
Despite being a man of leisure, you are clearly also at the thick-end of sporting prowess. This pool and snooker table is amply-sized at six foot long and also folds up, which means you can neatly tidy it away if space is an issue. It's also currently half-price and no-one needs to know you bought it from Argos, do they?
Hy-Pro 6ft folding snooker and pool table

Sofa - £355
Loafing is one of the fundamentals of any man cave, so you'll need a quality place to sit back and do nothing. You have three options: a) trawl the likes of eBay or Gumtree for second-hand sofas needing a new home; b) sign up to Trade Secret, which sells cancelled high-street stock at discount prices; or c) quickly snaffle this three-seater from Sofaland, currently knocked down from £600 to £355.
Get comfy on the Italia three-seater sofa

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