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When it comes to games, gaming, and having the ultimate game night with your friends, most people just host the event in their living room, but what if there is more out there? There are many options to make your space the ultimate game room. Whether you just want to add some game room furniture to your living room or set up your own game room, here are some of the best ways that you can kit yourself out to play your game of choice:
If you are the type of host with a relatively large amount of space to share and lots of friends. Game tables are an excellent option if you are looking for game room furniture to spice up your space.
Whether it’s for family or inviting friends over for a night in with a few drinks (or dry if that is your style), there is a wide variety of styles for you to enjoy, depending on your tastes.
Pool or billiards tables aren’t just a mainstay in bars and pubs and make a great addition to a games room. Whether it’s for friends or family if you want to practice playing pool on your own or have someone to compete with, a pool table is a great choice. The only caveat is that a pool table takes up quite a significant amount of space, but if space isn’t an issue, it’s a great addition.
Another excellent game table that takes up less space than a pool table is a shuffleboard table. The rules of a shuffleboard table are easy to learn and grasp, making it an excellent pick for casual games with an opponent or teams, and its narrowness makes it an excellent choice for adding to a game room that doesn’t have too much extra space.
There is a reason that almost all college hangouts and youth centres include foosball tables. It is because they are a ton of fun, and having one just takes any game room to the next level. Nothing quite like the fun of playing a miniature match on the table and the hype of winning. Additionally, the game can be played anywhere between two and four players (or even eight if you feel brave and everyone can coordinate!).
If you really want to get serious with your friends and elevate your game room to the next level, it would be complicated to think of a better way to do that than adding a poker table to your gaming furniture collection. I’m not condoning turning your garage into an illegal gambling den or anything. Still, there are few card games quite as interesting as poker. Think about it: With low or high stakes, a little chance and having a great poker face are the perfect ways to spend game nights with your friends.
If you are strapped for space and want to transform the space you already have into a suitable game room, table covers are the perfect pieces for you.
Depending on the game you plan to play, there are many outstanding options for table covers. Some more popular game covers are high-quality heavy table clots that help play card games such as poker and make an excellent surface for building puzzles.
Another great option is a table topper that slots onto your table, possibly extending the size. These kinds of toppers are usually custom-made for your table and can have many great features. With options like a hardwood top or a felt-lined top, it should be no surprise that they are a favourite in the Dungeons and Dragons community. A raised lip helps prevent any dice from rolling off the sides. At the same time, the table’s border can often be enhanced to keep items like dice and minis safe while you are focusing on your game. These enhancements could be anything from a dice tray to built-in shelves that keep your notes and sheets safe while playing the game or even cup holders to keep any dangerous and spillable liquids away from your precious equipment.
This suggestion is more on the extravagant side, but one of the best things you can add to your game room is a home bar. If you have a sizable game room with some of the features mentioned above, what better way to bring friends into the game room than with a home bar? This is perfect if you are trying to replicate a pub feeling for your friends right in your home.
There are so many ways to make a home bar special, from bar stools that allow friends to chat at the counter but also function as seating for friends who want to take a seat while waiting their turn on the pool table or the shuffleboard table, to a counter that is kitted out for gameplay, the options are endless. It’s also always nice to not have to leave the room to get a drink while in the middle of a game.
Turn Your Game Room Into An Arcade
One of the staples of a game room used to be arcade games and game booths that featured everything from a pinball machine to Pac-Man.
Since the rise of digital gaming, arcades have fallen by the wayside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your game room the perfect space with neon lights, arcade games and more.
Getting your hands on an arcade machine these days is a bit tricky, what with the booths being more often thought of as vintage and the value increasing, but I can’t think of a better way to make a statement and turn your game room into the best on the block than by turning into a mini arcade.
Video Game Room
Nowadays, when a person says or thinks of a game room, there is little distinction between “games” and “video games”. It is rare to find people getting together to play games in person and offline than it is to assume that people are playing video games together.
So far, we have considered some great in-person and tabletop options, but what about video games?
In the video gaming sphere, there are two types of gamers: PC and console. PC gaming is usually a one-person affair, and while there are stunning setups out there, it is only essential to kit out a whole game room for PC if you don’t have an office and want to make the room unique. When it comes to console gamers, there is more of a need for auxiliary furniture like a TV to see what you are gaming and a place to sit. Consoles also give you the choice of multiplayer with the addition of couch co-op if you have enough remotes and a game that supports it. A comfy sofa is a must to house everyone you will be playing with. Having a plush sofa with enough space for everyone to sit and that you can sink into can transform your gaming experience from sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation to sinking into the cushions for a cosy night with a game. Suppose you need a bigger sofa. In that case, there are always other comfortable seating arrangements for friends that can be made, like a plush ottoman or a cosy bean bag to sink into.
Where there is a sofa, you will always need a place to put things like your snacks and drinks or even just to put your controller while waiting for the next game.
Technology and innovation have come so far that you don’t need to settle for any end table or surface. Opt for more classes, like an end table with a drawer or doors to hide snacks, controllers, or games in your space. There are even great options for hiding cables and charging apparatus in the end table, so you don’t have to see pesky wires cluttering your space.
There are many great options and essential furniture items that can be added to any game room to make it perfect, whether for video gaming, tabletop, card, or even dedicated game tables like pool and shuffleboard. Elevate your space to take your gaming to the next level!