The regulations governing gatherings and travel outside of the home that were set in place during the COVID-19 pandemic almost inevitably resulted in a case of modern-day cabin fever for those who were confined to their homes for long periods of time. However, there was a silver lining (albeit a dim one) – those regulations also made people appreciate just how safe and comforting a home can be. They also revealed that we can all have fun – even if we can’t leave the home. This was especially true for those families that had access to a game room.
The use of that game room probably saved the sanity of many homeowners – but it also made them think about how they can improve the game room experience. For most who were going to take that next step and improve the game room experience one of the first tasks was to take a critical look at the furniture in the room – and make the choice to replace it in order to optimize the game room experience.
However – making that choice can be a challenge. There are simply so many styles and types of furniture that will take the game room to the next level. There are arcade cabinets, tables for tabletop gaming and online gaming, the classics such as pool and ping pong tables, bar seating, loungers, countertops – the list seems to be almost endless. However, here are some hints and tips that will help the homeowner make an informed decision – and make that game room into something really special.
Taking a step away from the usual many owners of game rooms have added a bit of whimsy and fun to their game rooms by adding an indoor swing. They can be extra luxurious and put those in the local park to shame. The kids will love it and it also provides a great alternative to traditional seating. Of course, during the lockdown, a game room also provided the opportunity to go online in comfort and socialize and have some fun with others across the globe when indulging in a bit of online gaming.
Tabletop arcade games are a great way to bring that old-school fun to the game room. They take up next to no space and are especially fun if you have a bar in the game room. These miniature arcade consoles can boast hundreds of games – and they are perfect for those taking a seat at your new bar stools.
Here’s a great decor idea. It isn’t strictly furniture – get it lends an air of fun to the game room. rather than throw out those classic board games why not have them framed? You can also pick up bargains at yard sales when it comes to classic board games. If you want to use the same idea for furniture then consider a glass coffee table and sandwich those games between two sheets of glass to provide a great surface. It’s a fun way to provide a bit of nostalgia. If you’re going to be using that big screen TV for console gaming (and online gaming) then consider another coffee table idea. There are numerous coffee tables that feature giant controllers as their base – show your guests your affiliation for any of the competing consoles on the market – and this is a piece of furniture that is sure to excite comment. There are also carpets available that are designed to resemble iconic gaming characters or company logos/console brands.
If you are going to be focusing on audio/visual – and inviting others over for a great home theater experience then consider investing in theater-style seating. There are numerous options – from the ultra-luxurious leather individual reclining seats with built-in drink holders (PVC is also an option and some can be heated and supply a massage while you’re taking in the latest from the production studios) to the classic theater row seats that can still be found in older theaters across the country. Sometimes you can even pick these up at a theater that is going out of business (and there are more and more disappearing each month). As a bonus, these chairs are also perfect for online gaming.
Speaking of online gaming why not install a PC (why limit yourself to a console) in the game room. It allows for cooperative play with friends when enjoying your favorite games – or during along time, or to relax after work. A PC also allows for a great online gaming experience (you can even enjoy yourself at the online gaming table by visiting sites such as winbigmoney.com).
An alternative – but still classic choice for seating is the bean bag (another great choice for online gaming). There are several oversize models and styles that feature a variety of material finishes and look absolutely stunning, as well as being able to accommodate more than one person at a time.
Having a game room can make spending time at home alone – or with a group of family and friends an absolute pleasure. The right furniture can take the experience of having fun to the next level. Online gaming becomes more exciting – and a simple evening enjoying the company of others provides memories that will last a lifetime.