Games rooms come in all shapes and sizes and are a welcome recreational area for any family home, bachelor pad or even student lets. You may even find yourself designing a games room for a hotel, youth club or school.
The beauty of games rooms is that they can come in a huge variety of colours and sizes. A games room may feature a single large focal point like a pool or snooker table, or many smaller items such as a foosball table, gaming machines and a TV. The size of the room and your own personal recreational tastes will dictate what you put in it. But whatever the size, the decoration you choose can be carefully selected to reflect your lifestyle.
Seating is important in any games room as this is a place to relax and enjoy at your own leisure. This is your room, so the type of seating you choose should reflect what you plan on doing in it. If you have a TV and games console, comfortable seating is a must. Here, you can choose anything from curved, low-level gaming chairs to cosy beanbags and even a comfortable couch. You could even combine all three for a playful, ad hoc look in your room.
A dividing line
Chairs are useful dividers in a room, again, depending on the size you have to work with. If you have the luxury of space, chairs can mark the gaming area as separate from the pool, snooker or football table.
There is no need to have seating near a pool table if your room is small. However, for the larger games room you may wish to include chairs lining the walls around the table or bar stools and tall tables in corners. These provide a useful area for spectators to relax and watch ? and also keeps them out of the way while you play or compete.
Remember, when you’re planning a games room the amount of space you have is imperative to your planning. There is no point putting a pool table in a room if there’s not enough room to manoeuvre your cue. Similarly, ping pong tables require more space than you might think; or you could find yourself playing miniature squash up against the wall.
Remember your audience
If you’re planning a games room for the kids, you will probably be inclined to daub it in bright, exciting colours ? and why not? This is a fun room for your kids to enjoy.
However, if you are planning a more adult space, there is no reason you should stick to a garish colour palette. Some of the most sensational games rooms are tastefully decorated in either a traditional or clean, contemporary style.
There is one more thing that distinguishes an adult’s games room from a child’s playroom… a small beer fridge or even a bar. Although kids’ rooms can be designed with snack storage facility or vending machines for a truly exciting experience ? healthy snacks of course.
The most important thing to do when you plan your games room is to browse until you find the right equipment.