When it comes to creating the ultimate game room in your home, the best features are the ones that enhance its functionality. By adding the following upgrades, you can enjoy time in your man cave like never before.
Have A Theater Feel
Replace your old sectional couch with luxurious, theater-style recliners. Choose a style that looks like a single piece when set up side-by-side for a consistent and cohesive look. Then, build a slight platform or ramp so each row of recliners is slightly elevated like you would see in a theater. And this way, no matter where you are sitting, you have a clear view of the screen.
When implementing these movie theater touches, you can’t forget about details like lighting and sound. You can replicate the cool, dark allure by covering all of the windows with custom blackout shades, and make all of the lighting adjustable with an easy-to-install dimmer switch. Splurge on the best surround sound system you can afford to blow the ears off of your friends the next time they come over to watch the big game or play video games.
Build A Bar
Add a bar to your game room so you don’t have to go up to the kitchen for every beer, soda and snack you want. If you’re handy, this is the perfect DIY project you can brag about for years to come. But if DIY projects aren’t your thing, hire a contractor to design and build a custom bar for you. Or, of course, you can always buy a prefabricated bar kit from a furniture store.
No room for your dream bar? Install a custom-sized bar into a corner or alcove. Add the basics like a mini fridge, small sink and open shelving to hold all of your glassware and bottles of your favorite liquor. To create the illusion of more space, install mirrors along the backsplash and incorporate open shelving. This way you should still have all that you need to host an afternoon watching the game with your friends.
Create A Fitness Zone
While many men want to use their game rooms solely for relaxing and entertainment, why not make this a multipurpose area? Designate a portion of the room for fitness so you can get in a quick workout before you spend the entire weekend gaming on the couch. Channel your inner Frank Underwood from House of Cards and invest in a rowing machine. The Natural Rowing Machine by Water Rower takes up a relatively small footprint compared to most exercise equipment, and it offers a comprehensive full-body workout. You also may want to buy a stationary bike or elliptical if you prefer a more traditional cardio workout.
If you have a closet in your game room, create your fitness zone around it. Hang a full-length mirror on the back of the door, and store a set of free weights and your workout gear inside.
Or, you can even use your gaming system to get a great workout. Invest in boxing, sports, yoga, Pilates and other workout games. Just make sure to clear a space in front of your TV so you have enough room to move freely enough for a full-body workout.