Do you love gathering friends or family together for a game night? Or just love the idea of having a space in your home that’s solely dedicated to having fun? Then it might be time to consider adding a game room design to your home!
Game rooms or recreation rooms are fun, secondary spaces in your home devoted to playing games—whether that’s board games, cards, billiards, video games, or even watching sporting events! These spaces are all about hanging out with friends or family, relaxing, and having fun.
But when creating gaming areas in your home, it’s important to consider the design of the space. It’s a fun space, so you don’t want it to feel bland, but you also don’t want it to be cheesy. You also want it to be a practical and comfortable space that’s large enough for the groups you like to host.
Ready for some game room decor ideas? Keep reading for our designers’ best tips for creating a game room ready for entertainment and fun!
How Will You Use Your Game Room?
Before you start designing your game room, you’ll want to consider how you’ll use the space. What kind of games and activities do you want to design for? Are you a tabletop game or cards person? Or does your preferred gaming involve billiards, foosball, or table tennis which requires at least one larger piece of furniture? And we can’t forget about the video gamers, who need a place for their game consoles and a large screen for individual and group games!
Identifying how you’ll use your game room helps you assess the furniture pieces you need to include—ensuring your game room is both functional and stylish. Perhaps your game room is also a rec room for your kids. Or maybe it doubles as a home gym. Is this also the space where you want to have friends over to watch the big game? These secondary purposes will help you further hone in on what you might need to include in this space.
Now that you’ve thought through how you want to use your game room, you can get to the fun part: designing your space! We’re sharing some of our best tips and game room decor ideas to help you bring a rec room to life. (And if you don’t have a full game room, don’t worry! We’ve got tips for you, too!) We’ve broken down the tips by the 3 core types of game rooms, which will help you find the game room ideas that are most relevant to your needs.
The Grown-Up Game Room
We love the idea of creating a sophisticated lounge space, either in a finished basement or a large bonus room toward the back of your house. The idea of this space is to give you room for several different activities, making it a bit more multipurpose (but still with gaming at the heart of it).
Here, we have space to watch the TV from a comfortable and casual sectional sofa. This is perfect for watching sporting events or hosting a movie night! And the coffee table is large enough to play board games and cards. A foosball table allows for more active competition within this space. And bar seating means snacks and drinks can always be close at hand!
The design of this space is perfect for having friends over to watch games or movies, hosting a casual game night, or just hanging out!
1. Prioritize Comfortable Seating
If you’re watching sports, hanging with friends, or playing tabletop games, you definitely want somewhere comfortable to sit. So, choose furniture that’s plus and that you can sink into, in an upholstery that’s durable and easy to clean. (We love leather for these reasons—plus it adds to that lounge-like vibe.) And make sure the sectional you choose has a good seat height for playing board games.
2. Add a Bar Area
Having snacks and drinks readily available is a must in a game room setting. Adding a narrow bar-height table offers a practical surface for a spread of snacks, and tucking a beverage fridge underneath means a cold drink is always on-hand (while conveniently saving on floor space.) Bar seating adds to the fun, casual atmosphere while also creating a few more seats for game day TV viewing.
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3. Make it Sophisticated Rather Than Themed
Just because you’re designing a game room doesn’t mean it needs to feel like a dark basement or bachelor pad. (Translation: it doesn’t have to be a sports-themed room, even if it’s where you watch sports.) You can elevate the room with sophisticated yet casual decor and furniture. Here, we designed the space with a mix of modern industrial and desert southwest styles, with the clean-lined leather sectional anchoring the space and setting the tone. Finishing touches like wall art, layered lighting, rugs, and decor will give personality and style to your game room while making it feel like a more intentional space within your home.
The Family Playroom-Game Room
A space like this is intended to cater to the whole family. There’s a space for younger kids to play with simple games and toys, a pool table for teens and adults, and accessible storage for all.
This space has a fun and bright design, but it still feels elevated and stylish enough to make everyone feel welcome and at home. Just make sure you use our kid-friendly design tips when creating your family game room!
4. Cater to Your Hobbies
Game rooms are personal spaces, and how you design and use them depends on what you like to do! If you love playing pool with your teenager, include a pool table. Or if ping pong is more your speed, swap out the billiards for table tennis. If your family is constantly playing board games, maybe you want to prioritize a full-size game table over a coffee table set-up. Does your kid love hosting video game tournaments? Make the TV the central focus, with storage for game consoles. The idea is to personalize the space to the needs of your family members, then focus on finding the right tables and seating to meet your needs!
5. Opt for Flexible Seating
In a family game room like this, we love the idea of having seating that can easily be moved around the space—like a modular sofa, chairs on casters, or even low-profile bean chairs. This allows you to use the space for multiple purposes, and adjust seating depending on the activity at hand and the number of people using the space. Here, we opted for modular and comfy bean chairs gathered around a low coffee table, which creates a space for your family to play board games. But the chairs can also be pulled back and pushed together for movie nights!
6. Have Some Fun With the Decor
This isn’t a serious space—especially if it’s a place for kids to play or the whole family to play. So, keep the design light and playful! Add bold or unique design elements that you perhaps wouldn’t include in other spaces of your home, like graphic wallpaper, colorful poufs, or a whimsical chandelier.
The Board Game Nook
You don’t always have a full room to dedicate to gaming. If this is the case, you can still carve out a small corner of your home for a gaming area! Your gaming nook could be a corner of your living room, family room, or three-season porch; your day-to-day breakfast nook that transforms into a gaming space on special occasions; or the far end of a multi-use space within your home.
This is the perfect spot for hosting weekly card games, working on a puzzle, or gathering friends for a tabletop role-playing game (we see you, Dungeons and Dragons fans!) where all you need is a flat surface to get rolling. Generally, a round table is best for tabletop gaming. And even if you opt for a round dining room table, upgrade from dining room chairs to something a bit more comfortable—especially if you plan on being around the table for hours!
7. Create a Design That Fits Your Space
This gaming nook proves that you can still have a game room, even if it shares the space with another room in your home. As long as the essentials are there, you can make it work. But don’t try to fit more into this space than you have room for. Keep the game table proportionate to the nook, while keeping in mind that you’ll also want a bit of room for nearby storage.
8. Choose the Right Storage Pieces
When it comes to storage furniture, what you need depends on what types of games you tend to play. If you’re more of a cards and dominoes person, you don’t need as much storage space. But board games can be bulky, so you’ll want to buy storage that comfortably fits the boxes. In any game room—but especially in a shared space—concealed storage is great, as it keeps the space tidy and less visually cluttered. (Though, this design proves you can make open storage work, too!)
9. Align the Design With the Rest of Your Home—But Also Have Some Fun
Unlike a sporty lounge or a playful family game room, you don’t want to be as bold with the design of a gaming nook, since it’s a shared space. Use similar furniture styles and colors as you do in the rest of your home to create a cohesive space. But have some fun with a bit of cheeky accent decor that gives a nod to the game theme and adds a note of playfulness.
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