Sep 22, 2020

How to create a cozy game room in your basement


A game room with a billiards table and table soccer

Whether you have just moved into a new home or you suddenly find yourself with some extra space in your basement, having a game room in your home is always great. Not only will it provide a place for you to relax but also to entertain and create some great memories. No matter how old we get, a part of us will always remain a child at heart, and this is why game rooms are so much fun. Let's take a look at how to get the most out of your basement and turn it into the perfect game room for you.

Create enough space

Whatever type of games you enjoy, be they board games, table games such as pool, various card games, or video games, you will need to create space. To do so, you will probably have to remove some of the items that are currently occupying space in your basement. We all have boxes filled with items we rarely use but do not want to get rid of.

Now is the perfect time for you to consider self-storage and exactly what the best option available to you is. Storing these items in a safe unit will mean that they are protected and accessible when needed, but with the added perk that they will no longer take up precious space in what is soon to be your new gaming room.

Adapting the room to your favorite games    

The type of games you enjoy will play a defining role in the setup of the room itself. For example, pool, billiards, and snooker tables need to be placed centrally in a room with enough space around them to allow players to play undisturbed. This means that rooms intended for these purposes should have a minimalistic design, with little furniture or sofas.

At the same time, video game rooms require a bit less space but will call for good Internet connectivity, including a strong Wi-Fi signal. In addition to this, you will need comfortable and ergonomically adaptable seating areas.

Game rooms intended for board games should be family-oriented with the decor in the room reflecting that. There are many cool ideas to help you create a fun and colorful space for you and your kids.

Friends playing a board game, which is something you could enjoy once you create a cozy game room in your basement.
Share a few laughs and enjoy your favorite board games in your new cozy game room
If you have space and your budget allows for it, you can have an all-inclusive game room ready for just about any game. There are pool tables available that can be covered, turning them into large tables you can play board games on. Such a table could be placed centrally with an HD TV set mounted on the wall to save space on one side of the room and a sofa to satisfy those wanting to play video games.

If, on the other hand, you enjoy games that require you to move a fair amount, such as table tennis or air hockey, you will need to ensure that you have plenty of room around the tables. Also, it is important to note that any rugs or carpets should be removed from under these tables or their vicinity as you could slip and injure yourself.

All of the easy ways to cozy up your home can also be used to bring a feeling of warmth to your game room. Just because it’s in your basement doesn’t mean it cannot have a warm and welcoming feel.

Consider the lighting

Keep in mind that different games require different types of lighting. While the room needs to be well lit for the board and card games, pool and snooker tables require specific lighting placed above the tables themselves. Video gaming enthusiasts often complain about the glare from lights reflecting on TV screens, and this is something you should take into account when creating your game room. Don't forget that specific lighting can also brighten up your mood. Consider all your requirements and then decide on specific light features.
A few teardrop-shaped light bulbs.
Having adequate lighting can improve your mood and the overall experience of your game room

Protect the room

If you are a fan of darts, as many of us are, you should perhaps consider lining the wall behind your dartboard with cork. This way, if you miss, the darts will stick in the cork rather than chipping small holes in your wall.

Pool balls have been known to bounce off the table as well, meaning that you should avoid having any fragile decor or glassware in their vicinity.

Keep any drink stands or countertops away from your games to avoid damage from spilled drinks. It is easy to get carried away in the heat of the moment and knock over a drink.

Make sure your game room is functional

There are a few small tips and tricks that can make a lot of difference. Make sure that your game room has good ventilation and plenty of fresh air coming into it to avoid it getting musky. Games like table tennis can cause you to work up a real sweat, and if the ventilation isn’t adequate, there could be a few unpleasant odors after some time.

Having a chalkboard in your game room is a great way to keep score. It also adds a bit of competitiveness to any game with the winner's name proudly written on the board. You might even want to consider using special paint that allows you to write on the walls with chalk and wipe the writing off with a cloth when done.

Enjoy the moment and give it your all

No matter what your game of choice is, remember that the point of a game room is for you to have fun and feel young, so give it your all and enjoy every minute, every laugh, and every game you play here.

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