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10 Amazing Gaming Room Ideas You Can Try in Your Home

by Shannan Reyes
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So you’ve finally decided to turn your spare room into a gaming room. Well, it’s about time! No matter how old you are, there’s nothing better than having an entire room dedicated to having fun! Now all you need are some gaming room ideas to help inspire you.

Of course, there are some things you’ll need to take into consideration before you start rearranging and decorating. But don’t worry. Regardless of how much space you have at your disposal, you’ll find plenty of amazing ideas right here!

Why You Need a Gaming Room

Why You Need a Gaming Room

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Is it even necessary to ask why you need a gaming room in your home? Apart from the obvious answer (because it’s incredibly cool!), there are also several more reasons why you need a gaming room. For example, you’ll be making a space where you can go specifically to wind down after a long and stressful day.

Gaming Room Ideas: PC Gaming VS Console Gaming

If you already have a PC or console-setup, then you can skip this part. However, if you don’t have either then keep reading for tips on which setup to choose.

Don’t worry if you’re not able to make up your mind just yet. Nowadays there are so many video game choices on the market, and deciding on a platform can seem like an impossible feat.

But we’re here to help you out by showing you a list of pros and cons for both of these setups. Hopefully, this will make your decision a bit easier.

· Console Gaming

Console Gaming

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Pros

Console gaming is the better option for those of you looking to choose the more affordable route. Namely, you can purchase a brand new console for around $500. What’s more, you could probably find a console with some extra headsets and controllers, and possibly even some games already included.

Another significant pro is that the memory storage on consoles is quite large, considering they are built purely for the purpose of gaming.

Finally, consoles are simpler to use. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons why people tend to choose console gaming over PC gaming.

And, since consoles are designed for gaming and gaming only, the entire gaming process is straightforward, thus easy to comprehend even if you’re a beginner. Yes, some consoles do have additional streaming and music features, but that’s beside the point.

Ultimately, as soon as you buy your console, it’s ready to go. The operating system is already pre-loaded, the games are ready, and the accessories are easy to connect.

Cons

One of the biggest cons of console gaming is that the graphics are nowhere near as good as the graphics on a PC setup.

Furthermore, if you want to play online games you will need to pay about $5 to $10 per month for a subscription. Obviously, the price will vary depending on the monthly subscription plan, but you get the point.

And another thing; consoles cannot be upgraded in any way. If you try to tinker with it, you will likely end up voiding your warranty. So basically, since consoles aren’t customizable if you want to improve the graphics, speeds, or framerate, the only way to do so is to buy a new console.

· PC Gaming

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Pros

As we mentioned, PCs offer better graphics. This is pretty important if you’re serious about gaming.

Furthermore, PCs are fully upgradeable, and they have a substantially greater variety of games available. And the games themselves are cheaper than console games.

All in all, if you plan on becoming a pro gamer, then you should probably consider PC gaming.

Cons

Unlike consoles, PCs aren’t ready to be used as soon as you unbox them. You will need to be pretty patient when it comes to booting up the operating system, and connecting and pairing accessories.

Also, in order for the games to run smoothly, you will probably need to tweak a few options in the menu in order to adjust the graphics, frame rate, shading, etc. This, of course, takes time, and a bit of knowledge on your part.

And PC gaming in itself is more complex than console gaming. As you know, there are way more buttons on your keyboard than there are on a controller, which takes some getting used to.

Finally, PC gaming is more of a one-person activity, so you won’t be able to invite your friends over for a gaming session.

The Takeaway

Ultimately, if you’re looking forward to inviting your friends over to play some games, then you should consider buying a console. On the other hand, if you’re ready to take your gaming skills to the next level, then PC gaming is the way to go.

Gaming Room Ideas: 3 Things to Consider

Things to Consider

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Deciding on a gaming setup is probably the most stressful part of designing a gaming room. But you’ll soon see why it’s important to do so before you start setting up your new space.

1. Room Size

There aren’t really any specific rules about how large/small your gaming room should be. However, if you want to make your space as comfortable as possible, there are a few things to consider.

· PC Gaming

Overall, you can easily turn any small spare room into a PC gaming den. As we mentioned, PC gaming is more of an individual activity. So, there’s probably no need to add any extra furniture to your space (unless you plan on lounging in your gaming room).

Ultimately, all you will need is a desk for your PC and accessories and a comfortable chair.

· Console Gaming

Console gaming is a bit different from PC gaming. Namely, you won’t need a desk for your console, and you can basically set it up on the floor if you like.

On the other hand, you may want to consider adding a couch and possibly a table so you can invite your friends over for a gaming session.

The Takeaway

You can easily set up your gaming space in a small or large room, regardless of whether you have a console or PC. The only difference will be in the furniture placement.

2. Soundproof

It goes without saying that apart from high-quality graphics, loud sound effects are what makes a game worth playing. Understandably, the rest of your household may not appreciate the loudness emanating from your room. Luckily, there is a way to fix that.

· PC Gaming

The good thing about PC gaming is that players can wear headphones to conceal the noise. However, even if you have headphones on, you may yell at your screen from time to time, whether it be from frustration or happiness. That’s where soundproofing comes in handy.

And don’t worry, soundproofing isn’t that difficult. What’s more, you can even do it on a budget.

For example, you can place some bookshelves against your walls, as well as put thick carpeting on your floor. If you want to take it a step further, you can also add insulating foam to your walls.

· Console Gaming

When you’re gaming on your own, you have the option of putting on your headphones. However, if you’re gaming with your friends, that possibility no longer exists. That’s why you should definitely consider adding thick drapes to your walls and some wall-mounted or free-standing acoustic panels to your room. These will keep the noise outside of the room to a minimum.

The Takeaway

Regardless of whether you’re playing on a console or PC, soundproofing your gaming room is always a good idea. Apart from keeping the noise outside your room in check, soundproofing will also help improve the overall sound quality inside your room.

3. Hardware

As mentioned, PC gaming is more professional in comparison to console gaming. With that in mind, the hardware you will need to buy is also quite different.

· PC Gaming

Buying your first gaming desktop is a huge investment that you will need to take seriously. So, before you go out and purchase one, you will need to do your research. This also includes determining which graphics card, RAM, and processor will meet your gaming needs. All in all, there’s quite a bit to consider.

Nowadays gaming computers come in many shapes and sizes. So the first step is determining what size you want to buy. Small systems are ideal if you have a small gaming room. However, the smaller the computer, the more limited your upgrade options will be, so keep that in mind.

On the other hand, large computers can be quite obtrusive, so ultimately, it may be best to choose something in the middle.

Once you decide on a computer size, it’s time to move onto the processor. Namely, the processor will determine your computer system’s performance in most software, thus it requires a lot of consideration. For reference, a six-core chip will be more than sufficient to start out with.

The next important component is the RAM. Consider going for 16GB, and then you can upgrade later if you find it necessary to do so.

And finally, the graphics card is the component that will help make your game visually stunning. Essentially, if you want to take your gaming to the next level, the RTX 3060 Ti graphics card is a great option.

If you’d like some more help before deciding on what gaming computer to buy, check this out!

· Console gaming

It’s safe to say that when it comes to consoles, there is an astounding selection of gaming systems to choose from.

However, if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that there are basically three companies to choose from; Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft.

Ultimately, you won’t go wrong with any of these companies, so it all boils down to what kind of experience you’re looking for. Feel free to check out this buying guide if you’re not sure which one to choose.

Gaming Room Ideas: How to Choose a Decorating Style

Decorating Style

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The style of your gaming room depends on what type of setup you end up choosing. For example, if you’re going for a PC gaming room, you likely won’t be as focused on the wall decor as you would be if you were to make a family game room.

However, if you’d like some quick ideas to get you started, check out these accessory and decoration ideas.

Gaming Room Ideas: Accessories and Decorating Ideas

Decorating your gaming room is probably the best part of this entire process! Now you get to add some cool lighting, and fun accessories to the mix! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Lighting

Lighting

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First and foremost, you will need to add some lighting to your setup, especially if you added blackout curtains to your windows. What better way to combat the darkness than by adding some fun LED strip lights?

You could place some on your walls, or even on the rim of your desk. Also, if you have some shelving units in your room, feel free to add some LED strips there as well. And finally, don’t forget to add some behind your computer or TV screen.

These lights will also look amazing in a retro-themed gaming room!

2. Wall Decor

Wall Decor

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Depending on the theme of your gaming room, it’s always a good idea to add some pictures or posters to your walls. These accessories will add some personality to your room.

But if you want your room to appear more spacious than it actually is, then place some mirrors on your walls.

3. Plants

Plants

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Adding a few plants here and there will brighten up your room, and make it look more homely. However, make sure you have the proper natural lighting, or else you’ll end up with a bunch of dead plants in your room.

Alternately, you can purchase fake plants as they basically don’t require any maintenance.

10 Amazing Gaming Room Ideas You Need to Try

Finally, the part you’ve been waiting for! Here are some amazing gaming room ideas to try out at home!

Video Gaming Room Ideas

1. Star Wars-Themed Video Gaming Room

Star Wars-Themed

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Plenty of gamers are huge fans of the Star Wars franchise. If this also applies to you, then you need to make yourself a Star Wars-themed gaming room! Decorate your room with green, blue, and red LEDs to create unique lightsaber-like lighting. Also, now would be a great time to show off any Star Wars memorabilia you have!

2. Horror-Themed Video Gaming Room

Horror-Themed

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If you’re into horror movies, then there’s a good chance you’re also a fan of horror video games. So, why not create a slasher-like game room with red LED lighting, and plenty of horror movie posters?

3. Super Mario Video Gaming Room

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Is there anyone who’s not a fan of Super Mario? Call this game old school if you like, but it’s one of the original console games that made gaming what it is today!

If you want to make a Super Mario-themed game room, you can find plenty of amazing supplies at Party City. Also, check out Pinterest for some inspiration to get you started.

4. Simple Setup

Simple Setup

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If none of the ideas above are up to your alley, then maybe you should keep things simple. You could set up your PC or console in one corner of your room, and just add a sofa or armchair for some extra comfort. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Kids Gaming Room Ideas

5. Childs Playroom

Childs Playroom

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Making a gaming room for your toddler is a good idea for more reasons than one. Namely, your child will have a special space of its own to play in, and you won’t have to worry about picking up toys all day long.

Add some colorful toy boxes, thick carpeting, a small bed for napping, and you have yourself a beautiful playroom!

6. Outdoor Playhouse

Outdoor Playhouse

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You’d have a hard time finding a child that doesn’t enjoy playing in their very own playhouse! This could be a fun DIY project for you to try out, but if you’re not handy, there are plenty of pre-built playhouses you can purchase online.

7. Teen Game Room

Teen Game Room

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The best possible gift you can give any teenager is their very own game room. Ultimately, it’s enough to just add some furniture such as shelving units, a sofa, and a desk, and then let them go crazy with the decoration.
Family Gaming Room Ideas

8. Board Game Room

Board Game Room

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What better way to bring your family together than by playing some fun board games! And if you enjoy playing them, you probably have quite an extensive collection by now.

Basically, all you need are some shelving systems where you can display your board games, a large table to play them on, and some comfortable chairs. Better yet, consider buying lazy bags instead of chairs!

9. Pool Table Game Room

Pool Table

 

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Pool tables are quite large, and if you own one, chances are it’s taking up too much space in your home. But on the bright side, now you have an ideal opportunity to make a pool table game room!

You could also add a dartboard to your wall and possibly a juice bar (if you have room).

10. Retro-Themed Gaming Room

Retro-Themed

 

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Thinking about buying a pinball machine? Then you need to make yourself a retro gaming room ASAP!
Purple LED lights, some 80’s posters, and you’ve got yourself an incredible gaming room that everyone can enjoy!

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the design of your gaming room will not only depend on your personal style, but also on what types of games you’re planning on playing. Furthermore, you will also need to consider whether you’re making this room for yourself or your entire family.

But regardless of which one of these gaming room ideas you choose, there’s no doubt that you’ll have an incredible time once you set everything up!

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