RULE #2: Get a good rug.

There’s a reason why some designers select a rug before anything else when designing a living space: they anchor a room and can serve as a roadmap in picking colors and textures for your home. For the mancave, we suggest area rugs that are large enough to frame your main furniture (couch, side chairs and coffee table) and withstand heavier traffic. Here are some we’re fond of:

The Jorun from IKEA is optically stimulating and would look great under a black or grey sofa. Made of wool, it will hold up well against stains and foot traffic.

IKEA JORUN Rug 7’10” x 5’7”, $179

Nothing says “I’m a man” like cowhide, which just so happens to make an awesome floor covering. Hides are easy to maintain and look better and better with age. This Argentine hide is from Horne.

Cowhide Rug 6’ x 7’, $365 + free s/h

For the more sensitive type, try the West Elm Zebra rug. Chic zebra print adds flare but is 100% wool.

West Elm Zebra Rug 5’ x 8’, $199

Woven sisal is incredibly durable and versatile, so if you’re having a hard time choosing a rug, this would be a safe and stylish choice. The Sunset model from Natural Home Rugs has a nice border and is an excellent value.

"SUNSET" (FUDGE) SISAL RUGS, $99 for 4'x6', $199 for 6'x9' plus free s/h

For something more playful, there’s CB2’s Letterpress Rug, designed by the normally pricey textile designer Liora Manné. This is a great rug for spaces in need of a ‘pop.’

CB2 letterpress rug 5' x 8', $299

ABC Rugs (not to be confused with the exquisitely high-end ABC Carpets) sells rugs from all over, including this funky Medallion Rug.

Traditional Medallion Black Rug 5'2" x 7'6", $179



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