One of the best things about owning a property is having the freedom to transform your space into your ideal home. If you’re an avid gamer, what could be better than creating your very own gaming or recreation room?
Setting up a gaming paradise in your home can be possible even on a restricted budget. Keep reading to find out how to create the ultimate gaming set-up in your home.
Why you’ll want to add a Gaming Room
If you plan to someday sell your home, creating a gaming room can actually be a sensible investment in its future re-sale value. Leisure spaces like gaming and recreation rooms can add value to your property, ensuring that you’re able to sell it at a higher price than it was originally purchased for.
A gaming room is a dedicated space for fun and interactive leisure activities. It’s versatile and it can easily appeal to prospective buyers who’ll be envisioning themselves living in the space. Provided you decorate the room in a modern and stylish way, it’s easy to imagine a home office in the place of a gaming desk, for example. A sofa and screen projector can transform from a gaming set-up to a home theatre, while built-in closets and shelves provide the perfect place to store a vast book library or record collection.
Before embarking on your project to create the ultimate gaming room, there are several practical considerations you need to take into account first. Namely, how much space you have available and your budget.
It might be tempting to dive straight in, but if you’re restricted as far as space goes, it’s simply a case of utilizing what you do have to its best advantage. The ideal scenario, of course, would be to convert a large, bedroom-sized room into your gaming paradise; however, you can achieve a lot in a small space with some clever innovations and thoughtful design. As a starting point, if you have enough floor space for a desk and chair you’ll have enough space to build a gaming room.
While you can get creative with small spaces, it’s not always possible to get creative with a small budget. Gaming, sadly, isn’t the cheapest hobby on the planet and the latest gaming monitors, consoles, and luxury furniture don't come at bargain prices. That being said, it is possible to furnish a gaming room using secondhand or free items, so don’t get disheartened if you’ve had to tighten the purse strings.
Essential Gaming Room Items
There are key items of furniture that every gaming or recreation room needs. Top of the list is a gaming desk and chair.
As a console gamer, you can get away with using something less formal than a gaming desk; however, this is a bit of a no-brainer for all the PC gamers out there. You’ll need a sturdy surface for your keyboard, mouse, and PC monitor, while drawers can be handy to store away all your accessories to keep your desktop clutter-free.
Whatever you do, don’t cut corners when it comes to your gaming chair. If you’ve ever played an 8-hour gaming marathon without lumbar support you know how uncomfortable or even painful it can be. Purchasing a decent chair should be seen as an investment in your health and wellbeing, so get the best one that you can afford.
If you have the budget to splash out, consider investing in an epic gaming monitor. Modern laptops and PC monitors work fine for gameplay, but if you’re after that immersive feeling each time you play, a wide-screen monitor will enhance the gaming experience.
Take full advantage of the space you have available in a larger gaming room by installing an entertainment center. A flat-screen TV, speakers, projector, and comfy sofas create an inviting area for you and your friends to hang out and enjoy some non-gaming activities.
Décor and Lighting
Now that you’ve sorted the furniture and equipment for your gaming room, you can get to grips with designing what it will look like. For those on a tight budget, getting creative with décor and lighting is the perfect opportunity to add more individuality to your room without having to invest in the latest equipment.
For a classic gaming room look, LED strip lighting is the way to go. You can take the reins creatively with strip lighting since it’s customisable and can be added to the edge of your gaming desk, cupboards, or shelving units, or even along the edge of your ceiling. Some LED lights have unique features like strobe effects, customisable brightness levels, and color-changing functionalities.
Along with LED lights, you could add a few neon signs to your game room to add even more personality. LEDs and neon sights are relatively low maintenance, so you won’t need to modify any existing light fittings to make them work.
Blackout curtains are a must for both night-time gaming and those double-feature movie nights that your gaming room is perfect for. For a more elegant twist on the classic blackout sheet, consider installing some blackout blinds instead. Roller blinds are easy to care for, while vertical blinds look stylish on larger windows.
Plants can add some much-needed greenery to a gaming room but, depending on where in your home the room will be, you might want to consider adding artificial succulents instead. Bamboo plants and spider plants can thrive without direct sunlight, but you will need to ensure you water them regularly. For keen but inexperienced gardeners, low-effort plants like Chinese Evergreens and Hoya plants would be worth considering.