We’re sure everyone can relate to this situation. The entire family is staying over for the holidays, everyone has had a great day but the fun is starting to wind down for the evening. Now, what do you do? Let the games begin that’s what.
For some, a games room is often seen as just an elaborate way to spruce up a house, for those with excess money with nothing else to spend it on. The truth is, it’s a great investment for virtually any property and not only because of the fun a games room can deliver.
That’s because a well-constructed games room will pay for itself not only in real estate value but also in countless family bonding moments.
As opposed to lazily lounging around the living room, a games room will engage the entire family for hours on end.
If a games room is something you’ve considered adding to your home it is important to bare a number of factors in mind. Actually building a games room can be the challenging part and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the possibilities, because of that we have laid out some pieces of advice so you can construct the perfect Bro Zone in your home.
Where to build your games room?
When it comes to finding the space for a games room basements and attics are usually the first rooms that come into consideration. They work well as games rooms due to the convenience of an empty space with A LOT of potential.
If these are your prime choices, do note that these secluded areas are susceptible to overheating on hot summer days, and freezing over during the winter – so insulation is a must! We know, we know, you want to go straight ahead and install your favorite arcade machine from your childhood, but it’s important you get the foundations in place and the logistics sorted beforehand.
If your home doesn’t have either a basement or attic, a spare bedroom with ample space will also serve its purpose. Some even use outdoor sheds, but this is something you’ll have to think through thoroughly as security will also be an issue.
Before moving forward with any plans, talk to a contractor about the necessary renovations. Insulation, electrical wiring, lighting, and soundproofing are some of the key items to be discussed.
Getting Comfy – What furniture should I get?
When looking for furniture, carefully select pieces that give both comfort and functionality. This allows you to save floor space when it gets crowded. If you are thinking of bringing in a game table as the room centerpiece, consider a multi-functional table that can transform into several gaming options.
Coffee tables are also good to have around for younger children to play tabletop games on. Purchase several fluffy cushions and blankets, these can double up as seats for the little tots.
If you will be using your games room for console games and viewing movies, give yourself the freedom to purchase comfortable seats. Several recliners or a plush sofa might sound luxurious to splurge on now, but you’ll thank yourself later.
What games should I add?
When it comes to actually kitting out a games room this comes down to mostly personal preference. However, to get the most out of your games room, you’ll have to build it to suit a huge variety of interests. That means adding games and consoles for kids, teens, adults and anyone in-between..basically fun for all the family!
Several classics that will engage everyone include foosball, pinball machines, and table tennis. For a more mature crowd, a pool table and poker table might be preferred. Young adults will be glad to have a beer pong table for late night weekend parties and have it instantly convert into a ping-pong table the next day. While table top games will keep almost everyone occupied for hours.
To save even more space and accentuate the purpose of your games room, why not place games on the wall? A dartboard, a game of Tic-Tac-Toe and Hookey are wonderful options.
Games to Consider
- Ping pong
- Tabletop Games
- Dungeons and Dragons
- The Game of Life
- Pinball Machine
- Pacman Arcade Unit
- Putting Games
- Dance Revolution Arcade Unit
Games for Young Children
- Candy Land
- Hungry Hungry Hippos
- Chutes and Ladders
More Classic Portable Family Games
Give yourself the time to assess which games you enjoy most and make them the core pieces of your games room.
Remember that interests change over time as well, so prepare ample storage space for games that won’t be played as often. But as long as there’s something for everyone to enjoy, you can’t go wrong.
How to decorate a games room?
Just like the advice previously given, how you decorate your games room depends a lot on your personal aesthetic. Most games room are decked in dark, earthy colors while others have modern arcade atmosphere, filled with neon lights.
The beauty of a games room is because it’s your property you can do pretty much what you want!
If we did have a tip it would be that a games room should be cozy like a kitchen but inviting like a well-furnished living room or bedroom. Remember that you’ll be spending hours in your games room (and so will your guests) so make sure that everything in there is visually appealing.
Also, don’t forget to keep score! Dedicate a portion of wall space for a scoreboard. With a simple chalkboard and small tin of paint, you can quickly make an affordable scoreboard in order to keep track of bragging rights.
Almost done… – What else should a games room consist of?
Your games room is also a great place to crack a cold one after a tiring day, so bring in the refreshments!
This is optional of course but if you want to raise the bar for your games room, this is the way to go. You can keep a minibar, a full fridge or perhaps even a small functioning bar with an assortment of liquor. If you have teens or younger children inside the home, it would be best to keep this upgrade inaccessible to them.
A well-designed games room will draw in everyone – avid gamer or not. Beyond the gaming experience, the room will be great for entertaining family and guests. It can even simply be a quiet retreat for when you want to relax on a recliner and watch a movie.
Make the games room your own and your family’s special place. This also means it’s important to ask for their input during the building phase as the games room will be an extension of the family living room.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to play around in this space – that’s what’s it made for.