The garage can be one of the most underutilized rooms in the house. Many of us don’t actually use the garage to park our cars in. Some of us don’t have many tools or garden-related items we need to store. It can be fun and rewarding to decide what to do with this big empty space we have. Lately, one of the more interesting trends has been converting the garage into a game room.
The following will explore some of the things you can do to get your new game room up and running in the garage. Of course, everyone’s gaming preferences are different—be sure to include your favorite activities into the mix.
Address The Floor
For many of us, the garage has a concrete floor. Not only is this rough on your knees, ankles, and hips, but it can also be cold and downright uncomfortable. If you live in a climate that gets cold in the winter, this is extra important. Find yourself a nice rug or carpet to make sure that the space is enjoyable to be in. Take your time when making a choice, as a rug can be the thing that ties an entire room together or throws everything off balance.
Start With The Bigger Objects
Once the flooring is acceptable to you, it’s time to look into the bigger items you want. When setting up a gaming room, it’s easy to stock the shelves with board games and collectible decks of cards you’ve gathered on your travels once you’ve got the bigger pieces in place. As you choose these items, consider whether you want them out all the time or want to be able to put them away depending on what’s going on. Game lovers from workouthq.org/pool/best-portable-pool-tables emphasize considering a portable pool table versus a stable one. As a bonus, this can also save you a decent amount of money. If you want a table for playing cards or any other large item, seek that out and put it in the space.
Focus On Storage Space Second
Games are a spectacular hobby; however, it’s far too easy to lose pieces or elements of games if you don’t store them properly. Think about shelves and crates. The amount of storage you have is going to determine whether your space feels minimalist and clean or whimsical and jam-packed with fun. Both of these options can look stunning—the choice is completely up to you.
Once you’ve got your space set up, it’s time to add the decorative elements. This can be especially fun as there are so many directions a game room could go in. You might want to go retro and classic—a room that James Bond might hang out in. You might want to incorporate elements of modern nerd culture with comic books, digital video game memorabilia, and superhero merchandise. Again, all of these options are fantastic and can look spectacular. The choice is completely up to you.
Consider Bar Elements
One of the more classic elements of a game round is a bar area or bar cart. Of course, skip this step if you’re not of age, but this can be a fun way to make your new game room the hangout space for you and your friends. You might even want to commit to the idea of a hangout space so fully that you include a snack shelf or cupboard and a mini-fridge. Think about the kind of things that you like to have around or need when you’re gaming with your friends and include those in the space.
Keep Potential Damages In Mind
We all have that one friend who makes a mess of things when they play a game—the ball goes through the window, or another friend gets hit in the face with a pool billiard. The one that always breaks a bone when we’re playing touch football or breaks the coffee maker every time they try to use it (if you can’t think of who this friend is… it might be you). When choosing items like lights, lamps, and decorative elements, keep in mind how durable they are. Ask yourself what could go wrong if everyone was over and playing an especially competitive rambunctious game.
The above information should help you get your new game room started. Pretty soon, your garage will be the place you and your buddies want to be. All you have to do is add the games you love the most, and you’re good to go.