In a busy and chaotic world, there’s nothing like family time and playing games together.
Time together as a family can be blissful and joyous, sometimes raucous and noisy, and always worth the effort. However it goes, having the right space at home for each activity makes everyone happy. Family energy can be effectively contained and expressed in the right venue: a properly designed and constructed game or activity room!
What makes a great game room? First, it must be designed and built with your specific family in mind. It’s fine to get ideas from friends and neighbors, magazines, and online, but the magic happens in making the space perfect for your family. What does each person love to do? What does your family like to do together? Board games, ping pong, pool, video games, dance, music, climbing, crafts? Each activity may need a distinct space for the requisite gear.
Board games, for example, will benefit from a multi-game table with chairs, plus some extra seating for those times when spectators are part of the fun. Abundant storage is always a good idea, so shelves and cabinets should be included from the start. A couple extra tables are great for puzzles and art projects, which can be fun to complete over time.
Specialized equipment such as a pool table and a ping pong table require plenty of space, and remember the extra space needed around each table. Video games can be handled in various ways, from dedicated seating with built-in audio to a giant sofa. Either way, video-game players will love the largest TV that will fit in the space, so plan accordingly. Or think about installing a rock-climbing wall, very popular in the last few years. This project will probably require some structural tweaking for safety and usability, and a great audio system can make a huge difference for each activity, as well.
Other options include a scoreboard and bar, or snack and beverage area. It’s easy to create a scoreboard with chalkboard paint, and this surface also offers a ready palette for the artists in the family.
Two factors that are easy to overlook in the design phase of a game room are lighting and soundproofing. Each is highly specific to the space you choose and must be addressed at the design/build phase, as they’re much more difficult to add later.
Task lighting may work best for board games, while video gamers may prefer no lights in their space. Artists usually need plenty of illumination, and also benefit from light sources in the middle range of the color spectrum for more accurate color perception.
Soundproofing can really make or break a family game room, too. It’s great to be able to separate noisy groups from quieter activities, and the choice of materials can be a bit tricky to figure out.
Some people think planning and creating this space is just as much fun as using it, while others would rather call on a professional to execute this project. If you’re in the latter group, consider calling a professional like your local Mr. Handyman. You can hand the project off from start to finish, confident that it’s in good hands. This option also lets you focus on the rest of your life, those things you want to focus on.
Mr. Handyman can help you at any phase of this project but beginning with a comprehensive and custom design is optimal. As always, why not make the process fun? Bring the family together for brainstorming sessions and make sure that all the design elements work together to create a truly functional, custom, and beautiful space.
Mr. Handyman can help you at any phase of this project but beginning with a comprehensive and custom design is optimal. As always, why not make the process fun? Bring the family together for brainstorming session and make sure that all the design elements work together to create a truly functional, custom and beautiful space. Ready to create your game room? Request service online or call (877) 685-1377 today.