How to Plan a Gameroom from Start to Finish

A foosball table stands ready in the gameroom.

 Years ago homeowners typically added a sunroom, an extra bathroom, a nursery, o Years ago homeowners typically added a sunroom, an extra bathroom, a nursery, or an office to their home. Today’s homeowners are adding gamerooms in a variety of sizes, but they all have the same purpose, lots of fun. Gamerooms are often designed to encourage family time, to provide a safe outlet for the children, or to provide a place to entertain in style at home. Of course, they also serve a more modern function, the man cave.

Several factors need to be seriously considered when designing a game room:

the size of the room

the equipment

the furniture that you would like to include

the amount of spending capital that you have available.

Once you have decided on these factors, it is time to begin the task in earnest.

Several things including the number of current rooms in the home, the ability to add on to the existing structure, and the amount of money you are willing to spend, determine the size of the room. Although many people opt to finish the basement and transform it into a game room, other options are quite viable. Don’t allow the fact that you don’t have a basement to stop you from creating your own personal gaming arena.

Selecting A Location

Many homes come with a room designated for formal dining, a fourth bedroom, a den, or a home workshop. If you don't have a need for one of these, then the opportunity opens up to transform the room into a personal or family game room. Even a rarely used garage can be easily transformed. Of course, the size of the room limits the items that you can include in your game room, but then again, so does personal preferences.

Once you have selected the room, it’s time for a few changes, but first, you need to consider who is going to be using the room the most. Will the room be a haven for adults after a long and arduous work week, a retreat for noisy and rambunctious teenagers, or a safety net for young children? Determining that first is important since it will influence your choice of flooring options. For the younger crowd, a durable and easy to clean flooring option will be the best selection. (A man cave might benefit from this too.)

Customizing the Location

If you need to make any major structural changes, plan them early. Will you need to incorporate any additional windows, add electrical outlets, install plumbing capabilities, or knock out any walls? If so, then arrange to have all of this accomplished prior to the more minor tasks of finishing walls and adding window treatments.

Next, you have the task of trying to figure out exactly what will fit in the room. If you have decided on a pool table, the first thing to do is to calculate whether the floor is level enough to accommodate the needs of a pool table. The next thing to calculate is whether you have room for the table or not.

Game Room Equipment

Fortunately, pool tables are available in a few different sizes including 7, 8, or 9 feet. A standard size, or 8 foot, pool table measures 44 by 88 inches from bumper to bumper. It’s important to consider the length of a pool cue as well. Typical cues measure about 57 inches. If you go to a reputable pool table manufacturer, they can easily tell you what size table your room can accommodate, provided that you bring them the proper measurements.

If your game room won’t accommodate a pool table, you still have other options. Popular choices include air hockey tables, foosball tables, shuffleboard, and arcade games. Adult game rooms and man caves often include a gaming table that includes specially designed tabletop options including reversible designs.

Extra Game Room Accessories

If you have the extra space, the money, and the desire, numerous possibilities await. A bar is often included in rooms destined to become adult game rooms. Depending again on personal preference, you can either incorporate a dry bar or a wet bar. Some even include a mini-kitchen with a small microwave and fridge.

Other options to consider include spectator chairs, gaming chairs, bar stools, bar tables, and gaming consoles. For the younger crowd, basketball hoop sets, plastic ball pits, and racecar tracks offer plenty of gaming entertainment. Furnishing options have come a long way to simply adding a pool table and a hanging light in an empty basement. Use some creativity and come up with something that works for you.

The remodeling of the gaming room is often completely finished before the equipment is selected. If that’s the case, then several weeks can be spent waiting for the fun to arrive. Fortunately, it is possible to order your gaming equipment and place it on hold so that it will be ready for delivery once the game room is finished.

Important things to remember when designing your game room:

Provide adequate wiring for all electrical items.

Make sure that you have entrance options for bringing the gaming equipment into the room.

Provide adequate heating or cooling options.

Check the credentials of all contractors that you hire.