Guide to Designing a
Perfect Game Room in Your Home
How to design an experience game room at
|New games require a new approach to designing
your game room at home,
or using an existing game room and updating it.
Games are an essential part of life.
They keep the mind young and provide a healthy excuse to bond with others. And, of course – fun. Hours and hours of
fun. But, at a certain point, real-life starts to take over. Jobs drain us of energy, and chores clutter our
schedule. When that time comes, we slowly begin to ignore the child within. And this is the perfect moment to start
designing a perfect game room in your home. Because, although you might not have too much time to
play, that excellent experience will make every minute worth
it. So, let's see what you can do to elevate your
hobbies to a new level.
What game are you playing?
Designing a perfect game room in your home always starts with the selection of
space. The first thing you need to keep in mind
is the type of games you'll be playing. Different games demand different setups.
|If you lack space at home, any spare corner might
do, as some of games
don't require much room, making it more informal and
For example, maybe you dream of a billiard room. In that case, you need a lot of
space for swinging. Otherwise, you risk holes in the walls or windows. On the other hand, maybe you're
into miniature wargaming.
That means that you'll need a huge table and a lot of storage space for miniatures and supplies.
So, choose a room in your house that
will let you play without obstacles and worries. The best options
room – always the best choice. It's already in the house, and all amenities are within
• Attic – this can be a great option, provided that accessibility
isn't an issue. A bit of cleaning, and you will have a fantastic spot for gaming.
• Basement – Ah, the classic! Lots of space, and semi-detached
from the rest of the house. Just mind the humidity, and you're golden.
• Garage – if you're not using it for cars or tools, you can turn
it into a perfect game room. And without too much effort, at that.
Enlist professional help for difficult
Not all games have the same setup requirements. Wargames or RPGs are relatively easy, as you'll only have to assemble a table, and you're good
to go. However, some games are challenging to set up correctly. The pinball machine
and billiard table should be handled by
experts to make sure nothing gets damaged. They seem sturdy
at a glance, but they are incredibly fragile and easy to break during transport or moving around. So, if you're
passionate about these games, be sure to enlist professional
help. It will save you a lot of time and nerves.
A theme makes the experience memorable
Sure, it's easy to stick a foosball table in the middle of the room and call it a
day. Still, when you start playing, you will find the whole experience lacking. What is missing is a suitable theme. The gaming room is
not only a place to pass the time. It's a reflection of your inner self or a memorable moment from your life.
And the theme is what will make the experience truly
Here are some ideas:
Escape to a pub – in your own home
“Pubs are the only establishments in the world where you can enter not knowing
anyone, and come out with three best men and a godfather.” – unknown,
but a brilliant author.
It won't take a lot of time or resources to make a small personal
pub. A small bar, a few bar chairs, and a fridge are all you need.
For maximum enjoyment, add some dim lighting and some easy jazz or blues – et voila! Atmosphere
|Game arcades used to be all the rage in the 90s,
but now they're back!
With new games and new technology, they're better than
A blast from the past
Playing video games in a retro-arcade room will bring you right back to your
childhood. Neon lights combined with black lights will add to the
overall feel of the place. Blast some retro-electro or synthwave on your
speakers for an authentic 80's feel. Of course, a popcorn machine is a must!
To slay the dragon!
Fantasy role play games are all about imagination and
immersion. A suitable gaming environment will boost
both, and a basement is an ideal place for this. You can make it look
like a real castle dungeon, with torches (electric ones!) and a paper-mache dragon head on the wall. Add a few
hanging flags/tabards for good measure, or wallpaper prints of great outdoors, fantasy coastline, or elven city.
All of these will make sure that all players are in the mood from the moment they step in. The best thing is
that your dungeon can also be an amazing hobby room. After all,
imagination, arts, and crafts all go hand-in-hand.
Video games room – the perfect showcase of all the
Over the past few decades, video games have become real works of
art. Worlds you can immerse yourself into are becoming more realistic.
Characters more real and relatable. To experience video games to the fullest, you will need
to make a setup that will expand and elevate the
A big bonus: Your video game room
doubles perfectly as a media center. With a few additions (i.e., a few more chairs), you will have a proper mini theatre in your
Room layout as a starting point
First, determine where you'll place a monitor/TV. It will be the centerpiece of your gaming room. A focal point, if you will, where all lines of
sight and sound will converge. It is always a good idea to have a
dedicated shelf that will provide easy access to consoles, as well as act
as a storage place for DVDs.
Even if you don't have much space at home,
there's always the living room,
which can serve as 'sometime game room',
where the main ingredient is fun.
However, if you lack storage space, you'll have to think of other options. To this
end, sites like highqualitymovingcompany.com can be true lifesavers. There you can find a variety of useful guides on proper packing
and ideas on how to store your precious items
Comfort is a must
A gaming room will be a place where you'll spend
hours. Therefore, it has to be comfortable in every way.
If PC gaming is your passion, consider investing in a good gaming chair. These have an
ergonomic design that provides good lumbar support, essential for your
PC gaming is mostly a solo thing. However, consoles are almost always party-oriented. So, everyone
will need a comfy place to sit. A quality sofa is always a popular
choice, but, as it can be pricey, you can opt for budget
options. Lazy-bags are comfy, inexpensive, and easy to move
around. They are awesome if you like VR or AR games, such as Wii
Sports on Nintendo Wii or Dance Central on X-Box Kinect. You know, those that require a lot of jumping, swinging,
Cable management is a nightmare – but it’s
Consoles, monitors, TVs, PCs – all of them come with many
cables. Tangled cables scattered all-around break the immersion and the
look of the room. They are also a potential health
hazard. So, cable management is an essential part of designing a perfect
game room in your house.
There are many ways you can keep the cables out of the way. The most popular ones
are nailing them to the wall or the very edges of the
room. Do note that cables that come with electronics are usually
relatively short by default. In most cases, you'll either need to use an extension cord or do some construction
work to move the outlet to a more convenient place.
|For a total immersion, a good sound system
is a must, to elevate your
gaming experience. Get some basics right, and you're on!
Sound is half the experience
To immerse yourself in the digital world, you will need a good sound
system. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant in the beginning. For
starters, a basic 5.1 surround will be more than
enough. Setting it up is quite easy, but you need to keep certain rules in
- Four small speakers (a.k.a. “Satellites”) should
go in four corners of the room. They need to point at a place where you’ll be sitting for best
- Central speaker (a.k.a. “Monitor”) should
be directly in front of you, at the head height, or slightly above.
- Subwoofer (a.k.a. “The Big
One”) has the best effect
if placed on the ground, directly in front or behind
Be mindful that, to set them up, you'll once again have to deal with lots of
cables. But once you're done, you'll not only play your games. You
will live them.
A gaming room is an investment you’ll never
No matter how much they try to deny it, the gaming room is a dream of every adult.
It provides a necessary escape from the tribulations of the real world and a safe and cozy place to hang out with
friends and family. But most importantly, it keeps that spark of
childhood alive. And that's something every one of us needs in these
hectic times. So, don't think that designing a perfect game room in your home is a missed investment. Quite the
contrary – it's one of the best things you can do for your mental health.
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