Calling all gamers, pool sharks, and board game collectors! Do you have a spare room at home? Consider transforming it into the game room of your dreams! Whether your game room design is a Vegas-themed mini casino or an arcade room dedicated to everything ’80s, these 26 ideas will help you create the best rec room and level up your home.
Create a Versatile Rec Room
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Combine all of your favorite games and creative outlets to form the coolest rec room on the block. Play a round of pool or ping pong, jam out on your guitar, challenge yourself to arcade games, and watch a couple of movies all in the same place!
Go All Out with a Game Room Theme
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If you’re super passionate about one game, use it as inspiration for your entire space! Whether it’s PacMan, Pikachu, or Princess Peach, use your favorite video game characters and their worlds as game room wall decor. Don’t want to stick to just one game room theme? Mix and match for a playful variety!
Add Some Theater Magic
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Gaming and movies go together like butter and popcorn. Create a combined space where you can enjoy two of the best activities at the same time. Not only will a theater room provide a big screen for viewing parties, but it also offers comfy seating and a designated spot for your next gaming tournament.
Design Your Own Sports Room
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Love baseball, football, soccer, or golf? Use it for your home game room design. Sports room decor is not for fair-weather fans, so pay tribute to your team by utilizing memorabilia as wall decor, shelf decorations, and even light fixtures. Here’s a simple decor project: create a DIY jersey frame for your favorite players!
Make an Old-School Arcade
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Play pinball 24/7 when you transform an extra room into a retro arcade room. Whether your affinity is for PacMan or taking a ride on a racing simulator, purchase arcade cabinets to make your home the talk of the block. Classic consoles can be hard to track down, so start your search ASAP!
Set Up a Pool Table Room
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Prefer to play billiards? Turn your spare room into the ultimate hangout spot for friendly or competitive pool games. Whether you’re envisioning a rustic theme or a sports theme, be sure to design the game room around the pool table’s style.
Embrace Natural Light
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Looking for small game room ideas? Utilize natural light to open up a rec room of any size. Taking over the garage or repurposing a room with lots of windows will make it even easier to line up your perfect shot.
Add Cool Lighting
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Lighting is an important component of all cool home game rooms! The right lighting will add ambiance, as well as keep any screen glare to a minimum so you can see your video game foes and friends clearly.
Use Game Equipment as Decor
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You won’t have to add game room storage space when you display your game equipment on the wall. Everything from pool cues to board games can be used as game room wall decor.
Have Fun with Color
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Especially if you’re designing a game room for kids or the whole family, don’t go monochromatic. Use a bright color palette or striking accent colors like red, green, black, or purple to give the room some energy. Or paint a scene from one of your favorite games—think classic green pipes, bright blue skies, and fluffy clouds like in Mario, or maybe your favorite Rocket League arena.
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Get funky with your game room furniture! From tables, couches, and gaming chairs to wall art and decor, don’t be afraid to embrace a vintage style to match your beloved old-school games.
Get Multi-Purpose Furniture
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If you’re converting a spare room, invest in multi-purpose game room furniture. You can play poker or Go Fish before removing the cover on your table for a pool tournament. Selecting versatile furniture like a pool table that converts into a dining table is an awesome game room idea for small rooms!
Create a Kids Game Room
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Design a game room the whole family will enjoy playing in! Bright colors, cool gaming chairs, comfy couches, and a large TV can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages. You can go all out with a Mario-themed room or stick to simpler designs to create a cozy space the kids will love.
Utilize Built-In Shelving
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Create a designated area to store DVDs, video games, and board games with sleek built-in shelving. Placing permanent shelving on the walls of your rec room will help with game room storage and organization.
Store Game Consoles Creatively
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If gaming is your favorite hobby, you probably use more than one game system. Give each console a designated space with a TV stand or entertainment center for game room storage.
Mount Consoles on the Wall
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Easily hide wires when you store game systems directly on the wall. Not only will this simplify connecting your consoles to your TV, but it also eliminates the need for a TV stand. Plus, you can save even more space when you mount controllers on the wall, too!
Choose the Right Card Table
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Hoping to host a weekly poker night? Love to play blackjack, craps, and other tabletop casino games? One-of-a-kind game room furniture is an easy way to make your home the hottest casino on the block.
Invest in Gaming Chairs
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Discover a truly immersive experience! Not only are gaming chairs comfy to sit in for extended periods of time, but they have speakers, cupholders, and interactive vibration to enhance the adrenaline rush.
Opt for a Large Desk
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Is PC gaming your obsession? Make sure to have a large desk with enough room for your monitors, speakers, snacks, and more! Don’t forget a laptop cooling pad or fan for your main monitor if you’re planning to log lots of hours.
Don’t Forget Good Speakers
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Be sure to include good game room speakers. A nice sound system is crucial to feeling immersed in your video or computer game experience. You can either build surround sound into the ceilings and walls or set up more standard speakers around your TV or computer.
Make a Game Closet
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One of the best parts of converting a spare bedroom into a game room is that it comes with built-in storage. Create a home for all of your board games and video games by maximizing bedroom closet space. Are all your games digital? You can still use the closet to store gaming loungers, game consoles, and controllers.
Add a Scoreboard
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No rec room is complete without a little dose of competition! Let your guests know the game is heating up with a chalkboard or marker board where you can keep score and track your winning streak.
Set Up a Space for Tabletop Games
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When planning your entertainment room setup, make sure to leave space for board games. Even if video games are your passion, you can create an area for chess, checkers, and other tabletop games.
Save a Spot for Foosball
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Unlike a pool table, a foosball table is smaller, easier to move, and still offers fun for the whole family. This is an awesome small game room idea that works on its own or in a flex room.
Use a Projector
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Become the destination for tournaments when you add a projector to your video game room! If you love to play Mario Kart and other multiplayer games, having a huge screen will maximize the experience for everyone, especially when you go into split-screen mode.
Design a Refueling Station
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Don’t forget to add a bar to your game room to ensure snacks and gamer fuel are always close. A wet bar with high-top stools creates additional seating for guests or spectators and livens up your entertaining space. If you don’t have the space for a full bar, simply add a mini fridge to chill your drinks.
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