Game rooms are great for families who enjoy spending time with one another, or individuals who entertain friends often. It is a separate room in the house dedicated to playing games (and sometimes other activities), where you don’t have to worry about annoying others or getting in their way. Are you wondering where to begin with your ultimate game room design? Once you get started, the rest will be a piece of cake. Let’s get started.
1. Design around your favorite activities. You may not have the room to accommodate all of your favorite games, so determine which are absolute must-haves. If you have a large room, or an entire basement space, you may not have to worry about running out of room. Those of you with smaller game areas will need to narrow it down a little. Are you a pool aficionado? Do you love to play card games? Then that is a great place to start.
2. Consider space and size restrictions. Remember, pool tables take up a lot of space–plus, you need a considerable amount of room on each side for playing. If you don’t have enough room, perhaps you will need to reconsider. Some games, such as foosball and darts take up less space, so you can fit them in after making room for the larger activities.
3. Leave room for traffic flow. Again, you will need to leave space, not only for game play, but for the flow of traffic–other people walking–throughout the room. Make sure there is space between each game that doesn’t include play space or chair space around the game table itself.
4. Game rooms aren’t just for games. This may be your ‘man cave’, or just a place where friends can gather to have a drink and watch the football game, while others keep busy with organized games of pool or darts. Consider incorporating a bar into your design or a small sitting area where guests can watch movies or television.
5. Make sure the room is well-lit. Although you may be going for a dim, bar or club-type effect, some games require a well-lit space. In this case, consider layering the lighting. Provide plenty of general lighting. You might want this lighting to be on a dimmer. Also, add task lighting above tables and under cabinets that will help while you are playing cards or mixing drinks.