Game rooms are all about fun, but creating the perfect space for recreation in your new house is serious business. In this digital age, a lot of parents are opting to feature a game room in their homes in order to promote family time that doesn’t involve a screen. It’s also ideal for social occasions, as guests will love relaxing and enjoying some friendly competition.
Rack ’Em Up
Pool is perhaps the most popular table game around. It’s not only fun, but it also takes real skill, making it a game you can really dive into. It can take years to master the game, but playing as a novice is also enjoyable, and there are many books and videos devoted to games like 8-ball, 9-ball and Bank Pool. There also are options in terms of cost and quality.
Other Table Games:
f you’re interested in something that’s a bit easier to play and is more kid-friendly, there are other games to consider. Foosball is a popular table version of soccer that is fast and fun, and kids love it. Other options include table shuffleboards games, high-end air hockey and dome hockey setups.
Arcade Action, No Quarters Necessary
Many like to go retro with their game rooms by featuring a pinball machine or classic video games. Used pinball machines can be found on eBay at various price points. Also available are video games, such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Asteroids and Donkey Kong, and some arcade units offer multiple games. Put some thought into your choice; these aren’t cheap so you want to be sure the machine will be used often.
Darts is a great option for a game room because quality boards can be found at reasonable prices. And if you become passionate about the game, you can buy pricier, more precise darts and other equipment. There are even digital and electronic dart boards that keep score for various dart games.
Pick a Theme
One of the fun things about creating a game room is choosing how to decorate it. Sports is a popular theme that allows you to hang posters, signage and photos of your favorite team. You can also make your game room a shrine to movies, music, games or your favorite travel destination.
Games and entertainment go hand in hand, which is why many game room retailers also sell theater-style seats. If your game room is sizable enough, consider adding a TV with comfortable seats. And for music, how about a jukebox filled with everyone’s favorite hits?
The right game room could turn out to be the most popular space in your house, because the family that plays together, stays together.