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How to Set Up Your Ultimate Game Room

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How to Set Up Your Ultimate Game Room

The creature comforts that make life more enjoyable and comfortable are expanding and increasing as people design their homes for the ultimate experience. Even game rooms are becoming more important to homeowners who want to have it all under their own roofs. When your lifestyle demands a game room, go the full distance to make it amazing.


When mediocre and average won’t do, set up your ultimate game room for the most comfortable and enjoyable recreational space in your home.

  1. 1.Define Your Room

    Define Your Room

    Many different types of games and activities can fill a game room, so it’s important to define your room and think about how you plan to use the space. If your family enjoys vintage video games, then you’ll need to find the room for some large arcade equipment. If your family prefers pool, foosball and air hockey, these hands-on games will require center stage in the middle of a game room where there will be ample space surrounding each large table. On the other hand, if video games are the genre of choice, you’ll need the electronic equipment and the space needed to enable your family to use these game components. Think about who will be using the game room as well – do you envision mostly kids and teens or will a cross-generational group be hanging out in your game room? Older folks will need more comfortable seating, while the younger set might not care as much.

  2. 2.Choose the Location

    Choose the Location

    Location is everything – for game rooms, too. If you have an unused space in your home that’s begging for an overhaul, this might be the ideal solution. A basement, attic or spare bedroom could fit the bill perfectly. You could also get creative with designing a game room and bump out from your existing home or convert a screened porch into an all-season game room. Make sure the space you create is large enough to accommodate the gaming components you plan to set up in the room. For example, to house a 4-foot by 8-foot pool table with 52-inch cue sticks, you’ll need a space that is at least 12.5 by 16 feet.

  3. 3.Electricity Planning

    Electricity Planning

    The majority of the games in a game room will need three-prong 110V electrical sockets. As you can imagine, it will be imperative to have enough sockets to power every component in your game room. Don’t forget about top-notch surge protectors for every piece of equipment. If you plan to power over 10 games on a single circuit, use a second circuit or consider a higher amp circuit breaker to give your game room the safe power it needs. A professional electrician should install this circuit breaker if you decide to go this route.

  5. 4.Lighting


    UV rays coming in through windows can do damage to a variety of components in a game room. Sunlight can fade woodwork, graphics and artwork as well as damage electronics. Consider using UV protection film on windows or use window coverings to control UV light exposure in your game room. The lighting for your game room is an important feature that needs planning, too. Task lighting will illuminate specific areas of the room where you need direct and effective lighting. Don’t forget mood lighting that will add to the pleasant atmosphere of the room. You can also add other types of lighting like pub lamps around the room to add ambiance.

  6. 5.Humidity and Temperature Control

    Humidity and Temperature Control

    With the high dollar value of the components in a game room, it’s important to have adequate humidity and temperature control in the room. Generally, aim for temperature to stay between 10 degrees and 130 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity always under 90 percent. Avoid temperature or humidity levels falling or rising above average numbers for an extended period of time.

  7. 6.Storage


    Storage will be an integral feature in any game room to hold the necessary equipment in an orderly and organized fashion. Consider cabinetry, shelves and drawers to hold items. DVDs, CDs, video games, gadgetry, accessories and components will all need a specific spot in the game room or chaos will naturally result. With a place for everything, your game room will appear neat and attractive and spending time in the room will be more pleasant.

  8. 7.Features


    Features vary for game rooms, depending on how you wish to use the room and the components you install. A traditional game room might feature a pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table, air hockey table, a dart board on the wall and a poker table in the corner. Don’t forget to add a topnotch video game system with flat screen television on the wall, surround-sound system throughout the room and ample space for players either sitting or standing to play the games. An ultimate game room might feature one area for video games and another area as a home theatre complete with reclining seating. Don’t forget to add a computer system, sound system and arcade games to round out your ultimate game room. Finally, don’t forget about the food. No game room could be complete without food and beverage service conveniently available. Consider adding a small kitchenette area with cabinetry, countertops, a refrigerator, microwave, sink and even an oven for baking warm eats. A stocked bar with barstools might be the perfect touch for your designer game room.


    The options for a game room are many, so pick and choose the ones that fit your needs and your budget. If you are creating a game room on a shoestring, you can do much of the work yourself to make a pleasing room. If price isn’t a concern, fill your room with the biggest and the best of everything you’ll need to create an ultimate game room.

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