When your family loves spending time together laughing and playing games, you’ll be able to do this a lot more easily if you have a space set aside for it. Make a family project of putting together the perfect game room that will encourage you to gather together even more often for all of the games you love most. The space may be a basement rec room you want to set up for games, a formal dining room you never eat in and want to make more functional for your family, or an office or den that would get a lot more use if it were set up for games. The exact look of the space will depend on the area you choose, but here are some fun ideas to get you started.
Board Game Corner: Give your dining room table a break from being the place where you play board games and set up a table to use exclusively for games. Round tables work perfectly because it’s easy to add one or two more chairs if you have more people than usual. Then install a cabinet or bookshelf nearby to hold all of your games and give you easy access to them. Some family favorites for younger kids include Sorry, Chutes and Ladders, and Operation, while families with older kids often love strategy games like 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride.
Video Game Entertainment Center: Go high-tech with your games by setting up a great entertainment center for video games and movie. Start with a great TV or projector with a screen, then add all of the peripheral technology to make it even more useful for your family. Wire up a sound system for surround sound, add your favorite video game systems and don’t forget to build in some storage for all the games and controllers. Then add some fun seating, whether it’s beanbag chairs on the floor, video gaming chairs, stadium-style seating for movies, or some comfy recliners.
Game Tables: If you have a large space, consider adding one or more game tables to let you play some more active games. Although table tennis takes up a lot of space, many tables fold for easy storage when you’re not using them. Pool tables are popular for families with older kids, whereas air hockey and fusbol tables tend to be more fun for elementary schoolers. Once you get your game table set up, organize a family and friends tournament, and make sure to dish out the appropriate handicaps (like playing left-handed) to make it easier for younger kids to be competitive.
Paint and Decorations: Even if the rest of your home has very classy decorations, the game room should seem like a fun place from the moment you step in. Pick a bright, fun paint color for the walls, and consider using multiple colors to give it a funkier look. Consider getting some stencils to paint your family’s favorite sayings on the wall, adding a chalkboard wall to keep track of the latest champions on each game you play, and putting up your favorite movie and video game posters.
Get the whole family involved brainstorming ideas for your game room to make sure it meets everyone’s expectations. Once you have your concept, get to work with the execution, and you can probably have the room set up in just one or two weekends of work. Then all that’s left to do is to host a game night for friends to break in your new room!
Holly is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other reputable brands. She enjoys running in marathons, doing yoga, watching horror movies and baking healthy treats for her kids.
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