Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Essential Ingredients Of An Epic Games Room

If games are for kids, then why do pubs and bars all over the world include games at their venues? It turns out that our love of games doesn’t end when we hit 18, 21, or any other age traditionally associated with adulthood. And yet, when it comes to designing our homes, we often forget about playing games altogether.

Take a look at the average home design blog. The majority of blogs are about kitchens, bathrooms, bedroom, decor and possibly technology. Very little space, if any, is dedicated to the importance of entertainment in the home. And yet, for many people, entertainment costs take up a big chunk of their budget. Gaming is important, though few want to admit it.

Right now, you’ve probably got space in your home that is doing nothing for you. Your basement or attic is likely just being used as storage areas and failing to fulfil its potential. It’s time to change all that. You can remake these rooms into incredible gaming dens, full of all those games that you love to play at the arcade. They can be great spaces for entertaining yourself or playing alongside members of your family. Especially popular with younger people, games rooms have the potential to add a whole new dimension to home living.

So what do you need to know when thinking about building your own games room? Take a look at some of these essential ingredients.

Make Sure It’s Soundproof

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Things that are fun are rarely quiet. Think about parties, roller coasters, and playing live music. Games rooms are rarely quiet either. Because of this, consider soundproofing your games room. Soundproofing might sound like a considerable outlay, but it turns out that reducing noise levels is cheaper than you expect. Soundproofing materials, especially those derived from petrochemicals, are surprisingly affordable and do an excellent job of taking the energy out of sound waves so that they do not travel out of the room. Soundproofing, according to Quiet Rock, also helps to insulate your games room so that you can spend less on your heating bill too.

Of course, as with most home upgrades, there is a wide range of soundproofing options, from economy to premium. Speak with local contractors to discuss the options further and find out which are best for you.

Focus On The Games/Sports You Love

Games rooms can contain table tennis, table football, and a darts board if you want them to, but not necessarily. In fact, it may be better to ditch some of these traditional options in favour of something a little more personal.

Are there any sports that you love to play? How about hockey or squash? If there’s something that you like, try to include it in your games rooms. There are plenty of examples online of people converting basement spaces into hockey pitches and squash courts - sports that they love - encouraging them to use their games rooms more often.
Building a games room around your interests ensures money well spent. You’re much more likely to use it if it contains games that you actually want to play.

Ensure That You Have Space First

Pool tables, air hockey tables, and pinball machines are large. So it’s best to research everything you need to know about buying a pool table, air hockey table, or other large items before you buy. A particularly important consideration is size. Remember, not only do you need space for the objects themselves, but you also need to consider the room you need around them so that people can play them without crashing into walls. On average, you need about 7 feet of space around a pool table in all directions so that players have space to draw back the cue.

Add A Scoreboard

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In a games room, you need to keep score for all kinds of different games. But while most people will settle for a handwritten scorecard, you can do much better. Go with a professional option - the official scoreboard. You can buy a digital one if you’re feeling extra fancy, or if you want to keep things traditional, a chalkboard will do.

Make Furniture Flexible

The setup of games rooms is likely to change frequently as different games are added. On top of that, guests may want to move furniture to make space for new games or even use furniture to play them.

As a result, the furniture in your games room needs to be flexible and satisfy two criteria. Firstly, it must be easy for guests to move. Instead of buying a large sofa, buy modular seating instead. With modular seating, you still get the comfort and luxury of big couches, but without the inflexibility and large size.

Second, furniture must double up as a playing space. Ottomans, coffee tables, and low-level seating are ideal because they can be used for various games, especially board games or cards.

Finally, you may want to create spaces in the middle of the room for particular games. If you do, then consider folding chairs or furniture that neatly stacks away at the side of the room. Stackable or foldable furniture will allow you and your guests to create new spaces quickly and easily.

Use Furniture To Create A Gaming Vibe

Games rooms are supposed to be fun. And so they offer you an opportunity to go a bit crazy with the interior design. Because games rooms are usually out of the way - in the attic or basement - there’s no need to stick to a formal design language. You can be interesting or wacky in your choice of furniture.

So what exciting furniture ideas could you try out? Egg-cup gaming chairs, popcorn machines, bean bag chairs, theatre-style seating, bar furniture, and themed gaming room posters can all help to create an entirely different atmosphere in the games room.

Wall-Mount Your Media

Even if space isn’t limited in your games room, you may still want to wall-mount your media. Why? Because things like TVs and sound systems can easily be damaged by a stray ball or dart, especially if they are sitting low on a desk or stand.

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Wall mounting also helps to create a different feel in your games room. Because many bars wall-mount TVs, you immediately get a sense that you’re in a social environment.

Create A Plan For How To Use Your Available Space

Before you begin filling your games room with different games, you need to create a plan which details how space will be used. Many amateur DIYers will eyeball an area to find out if they have room for their games. But this method can often lead to disaster, especially if you overestimate the space you have.

The first thing to do is to take a tape measure and measure the volume of the room: length, width and height. The next thing is to create a floorplan where you specify where each game will go. Table tennis tables need at least 5 feet of space around them to allow players to move to hit the ball. The same applies to air hockey tables.

Once you’ve got an idea of the space you have, think about whether you have enough height. For most people, height won’t be a problem, but if you are setting up a games room in an attic, you’ll need to consider the awnings. These can reduce the total area available considerably.

Now you know what you need to consider before you build a games room, you can be confident going forward.

xxo
Kim

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