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A Cool Home Games Room? Here’s how!

13th August 2017
Home Games Room

As a family we love playing games. And I’m not just talking about board games on a cold, wet day. We play them in the car to pass time, just for the fun of it in the house (usually Hide and Seek or Tag) and even, dare I say it, to help educate the kids. There are plenty of games to be played and new releases every year.

Now most of us can’t afford to have a games room as such, but if you do have some space and you’re up for turning it into a useable space for everyone – and I’m talking adults as well as kids, then here’s some tips to putting together a cool home games room…

Consider A VR Area – Seriously

We may as well start with talking about virtual reality, because it’s the next big thing in gaming whether we like it or not! The trouble with it is that if you’re wearing a headset that’s putting you in a virtual environment that doesn’t exist, your body can be in a precarious position. i.e. moving around a room with your eyes covered isn’t usually a good idea.

One write-up published by Wired went into detail about how to set up a room for VR. It suggested clearing some space (obvs), dimming the lights and getting a swivel chair to move around on. This is a pretty good start, but I’d add that you might want to close off a set physical boundary for VR gaming.

You could rig up some sort of guardrail so that a given portion of the room is meant just for VR, with soft boundaries (so you don’t get a sore head) and maybe that recommended swivel chair.

Consider A Combo Table

Now this I’m all over the idea myself, but if you’d like to designate your games room for some in-person games with friends or family like billiards, poker or ping-pong, you might want to think about splurging for a combination gaming table.

They make pieces of furniture that work for all of these games depending on what surface you use, and in some cases they can also transform into ordinary tables where you might sit and have a few drinks or play a card game – I’m thinking of a great evening of cards with friends à la Desperate Housewives style! Either way, it’s a nice way to expand your gaming options without cluttering the room or altering the aesthetic too much.

Build On The Poker Element

If you want to have a poker table, or at least a table that allows for card games, why not go all out with the casino theme? It’s actually easier to do these days, and you don’t have to buy tacky, clunky slot machine arcades to do it.

Instead you just need a few affordable tablets with an internet connection, maybe lined up along a bar counter or even kept in a drawer until you need them.

These tablets can let you and your guests enjoy additional casino games like slots and jackpots; SlotSource explains that there’s an extensive range of options to suit all players. That means you can offers visitors an endless library of gaming options if you wind up hosting your own casino night or game party. Sounds like a whole heap of fun, right?!

Home games Room

Control Lighting

Of course I can’t talk about creating a cool home games room without mentioning the lighting; it can make or break the whole feel of the room.

Unless you’re building a whole home addition or you’re doing extensive remodelling you probably have limited control over the structure of the room. But you can still control how it feels, largely through lighting.

As a huge gadget fan myself, CNET points out that there are now loads of LEDs that allow you to control lighting from your smartphone, including changing brightness and even altering the colour of the light. Disco lights anyone?

Okay, so you don’t want to have too much fun with these, but some careful tweaks can bring about an awesome game night atmosphere.

Opt For Comfortable Furnishings

This may be a no-brainer, but it’s still worth mentioning. Comfortable and welcoming surroundings go a long way to creating a space that you’ll want to visit again and again.

And if the goal is to use the room for recreation, you should. Whether you plan on sitting around a table, lounging on a sofa playing video games, or even sitting around as people take turns with VR, you’ll want comfortable seats and couches. This is an area to prioritize if you’re working on a budget.

So that just about sums up the main pointers to creating a home games room. Other smaller considerations might include:
  • A bowl of sweets/mints
  • A mini fridge so refreshments are ‘on tap’
  • Score sheets/pens – no hunting around for loose bits of paper!
  • Blankets – to snuggle up under in the colder months!
If you had a games room, what would you want to put inside it? 

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63 comments

Lisa 21st August 2017 at 7:07 pm

Love the idea of a games room. My husband would love it too but he’d just want computer games! Whereas I’d prefer board games, darts, pool etc

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LaurettaCWright 21st August 2017 at 7:14 pm

I think I’d want a pool table! it would have to be a big room for that!

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Dannii 18th August 2017 at 9:50 am

I would love room for a games room. I think those combo tables are really good value.

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LaurettaCWright 18th August 2017 at 10:10 am

Thanks Dannii – I don’t think there’s one person who wouldn’t say no to a games room 🙂

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Stephanie Usher 18th August 2017 at 7:28 am

My other half loves funky lights, so that would definitely be the first thing he’d do! xxx

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LaurettaCWright 18th August 2017 at 8:31 am

Fabulous – bet that would look great. You could rent out the space as a disco! 😉

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Hayley Warren 18th August 2017 at 12:27 am

When I eventually get my own place, I would love a games room!

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LaurettaCWright 18th August 2017 at 6:40 am

You could try a ‘Games Table’ for now! 🙂

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nicol 17th August 2017 at 8:17 pm

if I was to ever get a games room, a mini fridge/freezer is at the top of my list! full of drinks and ice cream haha

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LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 at 8:28 pm

Now you’re talking!

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London Mumma 17th August 2017 at 7:12 pm

A perfect gaming room setup for the whole family .

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LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 at 8:07 pm

That’s the dream!

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 17th August 2017 at 12:10 pm

This sounds like such an amazing idea. We are a bit limited for space so couldn’t do it here but it’s something to think about if we move somewhere larger.

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LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 at 8:06 pm

Wouldn’t it be great to have a casino room! I’d have a blackjack table with blackjack sweets on the side! 🙂

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes 17th August 2017 at 6:36 am

Wow what fab ideas! A games room would definitely be fun for the whole family!

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LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 at 6:42 am

Thanks Jemma- and definitely!

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Rani 16th August 2017 at 8:38 pm

I wish I had the room/money to build a fully equipped game room!

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LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 at 6:51 am

Yes, I think most people do Rani. We’ll have to settle for a games corner for now… mine is usually on my bedroom floor as it’s the largest space I have!

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Chloe Ciliberto 16th August 2017 at 8:33 pm

Oh wow a games room sounds amazing. I can see why this would be a dream for so many kids. It would be such a fun space for the whole family. Some great tips here! x

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LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 at 6:42 am

Thank you Chloe – really chuffed you like them!

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Claire 16th August 2017 at 4:47 pm

Oh wow, my husband and kids would love this 🙂 It would be amazing.

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LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 at 6:43 am

Mine too! I wouldn’t be able to keep them away… we’d have to bribe them ha ha

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Mummy Times Two 16th August 2017 at 2:38 pm

This looks like so much fun! I’m not sure whether my Other Half or the kids would love it more!

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 2:46 pm

Probably both if it’s anything like my house!

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Gareth Torrance 16th August 2017 at 2:00 pm

We’re hopefully going to move house in the next few months, to our first house that is ours… And we are definitely getting a games room! 😀

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 2:48 pm

Wonderful news Gareth! Just make the most of it! 🙂

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lisa prince 16th August 2017 at 12:37 pm

we used ot have our spare rooms s games room now theres 8 kids and its a 5 bed house we dont have the space no more

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 1:01 pm

8 kids?! Wow…the girl done good! High fives Lisa!

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Clair 16th August 2017 at 11:55 am

My bf would love to turn our spare room into a games room. I may be swayed if I can install disco lights!

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 12:15 pm

Ha ha! then it could be multi-purpose!

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Jess 16th August 2017 at 10:57 am

Love, love, love the idea of disco lights haha! Controlled lighting is sucha good idea.

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 11:00 am

Thanks Jess – it could become a games room come disco/party room! Ha ha!

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Rhian Westbury 16th August 2017 at 8:58 am

I know if we had a games room my other half would want a d&d style table with shelves underneath for phones etc so they don’t get caught up in all the gaming bits x

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 9:18 am

Ha ha! I can tell you’ve gone and thought about this before! Good tactic!

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Sophie's Nursery 16th August 2017 at 7:27 am

Great ideas! Sadly we don’t have even an inch of free space at home at the moment! Maybe one day… 🙂 X

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 7:31 am

Thanks Lauren – I will keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂

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Ana De- Jesus 16th August 2017 at 1:07 am

OMG I WOULD LOVE A VR ROOM THAT WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN!!! Control lighting sounds great too xx

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LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 at 5:58 am

Controlled lighting does sound great doesn’t it? I’m a big tech fan and love how tech makes our lives easier!

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Sarah Bailey 15th August 2017 at 9:31 pm

Honestly in my dream home I would have a games room, sadly here we hardly have the room to even play a game, but one day I will get more room and have a table at least haha!

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 10:14 pm

A girl after my own heart! Thanks Sarah 🙂

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Jenni 15th August 2017 at 7:38 pm

I would love to have a home games room one day! Mine would be FULL of board games! I am a board games nerd 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 9:18 pm

Ah me too! I actually found a board games place near Rochester a few weeks ago and went to visit to get inspiration! It was called Playopolis!

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Emma 15th August 2017 at 7:36 pm

It would be amazing to have enough space for a games room! What a warm and welcoming space.

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 10:19 pm

Thanks Emma – certainly would!

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Mandi 15th August 2017 at 6:27 pm

Sounds perfect, my husband and eldest son were having a go of VR at Comic Con and I can definitely see the appeal of a room far away from anyone else!

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 10:22 pm

Ha ha! That’s right Mandi – and a VR space with no delicate items or valuables to knock into would be great!

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Baby Isabella 15th August 2017 at 1:51 pm

We’d love to have the space for a games room. We have to make do with our living room floor to play board games, but we love playing them which is good!
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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 6:25 pm

I always find games are a bit of escapism from the real world – probably why I like playing them so much!

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Talya 15th August 2017 at 12:57 pm

What a cool idea! My other half plays poker so he would absolutely be in heaven if we had our own games room….one day one day….!

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 1:39 pm

I’d love to learn to play Poker – I’m quite partial to BlackJack though! 🙂

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Stephanie 15th August 2017 at 11:19 am

Love the idea of having a games room in the house – just wish I had the space! x

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 10:20 pm

Like most of us Stephanie…I’m working on a ‘games corner’ at the mo!

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StressedMum 15th August 2017 at 11:02 am

Wow wha an amazing games room, we love games in our house, have always played whether out in the car or walking and our games table is our dining table.

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Lucie Aiston 15th August 2017 at 10:44 am

Wow!!! My older kids would never leave a games room… I don’t think hubby would either lol. I would love to have the space for one but our house is tiny 🙁

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 10:26 pm

I’d also have to bribe my son to get out of a games room – he’d hog it all day given the chance!

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Rachel Neal 15th August 2017 at 8:06 am

Omg how I wish we lived in a house big enough to fit in a games room. We do have a play room for the kids which kind of counts but its not an adult space ha ha!!

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 8:19 am

Ha ha – you and me both Rachel! Great you’ve got a play room though – it all helps!

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Jen 15th August 2017 at 7:47 am

I love the idea of a games room. Unfortunately our house just isn’t big enough to accomodate even a games corner. We tend to make room when needed. Think I’d have to go for Kerry’s sons idea, and have a games cabin the the garden. I imagine the husband would love it.

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LaurettaCWright 15th August 2017 at 8:19 am

Ah yes, the man cave – the thing that all men crave over!!

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Vesna 14th August 2017 at 10:20 am

Amazing ideas! Wish I could have some more space! Thinking of moving soon enough looking for an extra room for kids to play and later to have room for projects!

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LaurettaCWright 14th August 2017 at 5:04 pm

Oooh there’s an idea … a space for projects as well as games… I like it!

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LaurettaCWright 14th August 2017 at 8:32 am

That’s great at you’ve got a cabin for the boys to enjoy… sounds like an idea!

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kerry 14th August 2017 at 8:18 am

Oh how amazing would it be to have a huge games room! We have a cabin in our garden that my teenage sons want as their games room, (I use it for work) but I can see the appeal.

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