5 Game Room Ideas for Family Homes

So, you want a game room! Maybe you have unfinished or unused space in your basement. Maybe you just like the idea of having a space to unwind. No matter the reason, there are several benefits to adding a rec room to your home.

For instance, recent research by Consumer Reports showed that having a game room could increase the value of your home up to 6%. But deciding whether or not you want a game room is the easiest part. You’ll have some big decisions to make about your space before you settle down for the fun.

Large rec room with pool table

Read on for five game room ideas that will help you achieve your vision and increase the value of your home!

1. Game Tables

There are so many options when it comes to game tables:

  • Billiards and pool
  • Air hockey
  • Ping pong or table tennis
  • Foosball
  • Shuffleboard
  • and more!

Already have a favorite? Go ahead and choose. If you have space and a desire for more than one, then pick a few. If space is limited, combination tables exist that can be converted from one game to the other simply by turning over the table top.

Whatever your preference, you’ve got options.

2. Bar or Kitchenette

A home bar is the trademark of a true entertainer. And with the right remodeling crew, you don’t have to be limited by space or design. You can have a home bar custom made to suit your style, the number of people you usually entertain, and your drink of choice.

Want a little more storage space? Replace the traditional mirror-backed bar with a glass hutch or wine rack.

If you have a little more room in your home and budget, think about having a kitchenette installed with a sink, a fridge, and a few cabinets. Bonus: You don’t even have to have guests to enjoy this feature of your game room!

3. TV and Seating

Maybe game tables aren’t for you. For film and video game connoisseurs, an essential part of a rec room is the TV and seating area. Before you go out and get that giant screen TV, however, consider your space and needs. Is a big-screen TV and a large, comfy sectional the best fit for your space?

If you want to go all out, think about a projector and drop-down screen surrounded by individual reclining theater-style chairs. Put up a few of your favorite movie posters and add a popcorn machine near the food area as the cherry on top of your movie space.

4. Themes and Decor

A sure way to take your game room to the next level is to choose a theme and go all out. Some common game room themes are inspired by a favorite:

  • City
  • Movie or TV show
  • Food
  • Sport
  • Book or series
  • Video game

Whatever you choose, the principle is the same: GO ALL OUT. Think paint colors, flooring, artwork, lighting, and everything in between.

Incorporating a custom neon sign that fits your theme is always a great game room idea too.

5. The Extra Mile in Game Room Ideas

Is your room still missing that finishing touch? If you have the space for something extra, here are a few ideas for how to fill it:

  • A single-hole putting green
  • A mini bowling alley
  • An indoor half court of your favorite sport
  • A vintage pinball machine or video game area
  • A jukebox

Check here for some extra inspiration.

What Now?

Now that you know what to put in your game room, you’re going to need someone to execute the vision of your renovation.

Contact us for a free estimate. If you live in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, or Waukesha county, we can help you build the rec room of your dreams!