Step by Step Guide to the Ultimate Game Room

Many of my fondest memories took place in the basement game rooms of my childhood home or those of my cousins and friends. We spent hours upon hours playing video games, billiards, darts and more. A game room can become the focal point of fun for a family – they are more interactive than a TV room and allow families and friends to bond over friendly competition. Once budget allows I plan on converting some space in my basement into a game room. I put together this post as a means to keep track of my ideas for the room. Of course not all of these will be included but the dreaming and planning are a big part of the fun.

  • Pool Table: the pool table is the centerpiece of most game rooms. I love the one from Houzz below.
  • Billiards

    • Bar: a game room without a bar is no fun at all. These two examples inspire me to strive for bigger bonuses!

    Half wall bar

    pub style basement bar

    Dartboard: Darts is a great, casual game for an adult game room. In most cases you only need a small amount of space to make this work! Dartboards to complete the look are available anywhere!

    Cork Dart Wall


    • Kegerator – the perfect way to serve ice cold beer without the hassles of bottles.

    The games is where you have the opportunity to make your game room stand out. There are nearly infinite options ranging from old school classics such as ping pong, card tables and fooz ball to outside the box ideas like golf simulators, arcade games and more. Don’t limit yourself – dream big!

    Golf Simulator: for the golfaholics – a golf simulator can make a long winter bearable. Imagine spending weeknight evenings playing famous courses!


    Flight simulator: if golf isn’t your game and you fantasize of being a Top Gun style pilot maybe you would prefer this setup that doubles as a race car simulator! [Flight Simulator]()

    Putting green: for the golfer without space for a simulator – a putting green allows you to work on the game year round!


    Shuffleboard: not just a game for Florida retirees. Shuffleboard is a game of skill that is a perfect addition to a basement!


    Fooz Ball
    Ping Pong: my personal favorite – ping pong tables can bring out the competitive nature among family and friends.

    Card Table: for the card sharks. Hosting a weekly game becomes a joy with this setup!

    [Poker Table ]()

    Skeeball: The classic game would be a great, unexpected addition to a basement gameroom! skeeball

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