How to turn a basement into a game room

Every adult needs a bit of time to unwind but unfortunately, leading a busy life makes it hard to do so. Some resort to alcohol and good music while others prefer games, be it online, Dirty Dancing Slot for example, or offline, like a fun old fashioned foosball game.

Regardless of what you prefer, it would be beneficial to your mental health to blow off some steam in a game room of your own design. You choose what you bring: board games, table games or video games. Assuming you have a basement, why not turn it into a veritable game room? Let us show you how it’s done.

Plan it all out

Just like with any other project, first you make a plan and then you carry it out. Ask yourself, what do I want from this game room? What do I like most playing? Do I want a place with all the available game consoles and a monster PC or am I the kind who would rather play pool and foosball with his friends?

Nonetheless, who says you can’t have both? Considering you have enough space, there’s no reason why you can’t have an entertainment hub with a comfortable sofa pointed at a big flat screen 4K TV and a part with tables for pool, foosball, ice hockey and/or pinball? It all depends on how much money you are willing to invest and how much space you have available.

Now that you know what you want, it’s time to actually make the plan. First, create a list of what’s needed to make the

basement livable: waterproofing, heat insulation, wall painting, sound proofing if you plan on throwing wild parties, nice lighting fixtures, proper flooring, maybe a false ceiling to hide the pipes and beams etc. Look at how the basement looks now and see how much money you need to make it livable.

After that, it’s time to look at furniture. You will most likely need a big sofa in front of a TV. It’s not a bad idea to have some movable seating options like ottomans or bean bag chairs. They are easily moved around so that people can take them to wherever the fun is. They look better than folding chairs and are probably more comfortable too.

You might need a couple of shelves to put some stuff on and a folding table for beverages and snacks. Your guests will expect food and drinks after all. It would also be a good idea to get a coffee table in front of the sofa. After all, people need a place to put their beer cans and/or feet when watching the game.

Just remember that you need room for the game tables you want to bring. Don’t overcrowd the basement with furniture. It’s better to have a few folding chairs and awesome games as opposed to a big sofa and no games, don’t you think?

Execute the plan

So, your list contains a list of what needs to be changed, what furniture you have to buy and what games you want to bring. Considering you have the necessary money, it’s time to browse websites for contractors who can transform your basement in a livable space or if you think you can handle such a project, there’s no reason to wait. Just remember that it’s a big job for a single person, especially one who has never done this before. You might have to take several weeks off work to get it done. Otherwise, months will pass before everything is ready.

Time to move to the next phase. Your basement is a beautiful livable empty space. Buy the furniture you like and bring it down there. Just make sure it fits through the door or that it can be assembled directly in the basement. And last, bring in the games and the flat screen TV with surround system. Voila! You are now the happy owner of a game room in the basement of your house.

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