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Game Room Must-Haves

Updated: Aug 2

A family game room is where the entire household can do something fun together or entertain company. Planning out the game room is exciting for families renovating their homes or moving into a new one, but bringing your dream den to life takes serious thought. Whether you relish in the planning or need some game room inspiration, HB Home has you covered. Let's discuss a few family game room must-haves that will make your finished project all the better.

11 Family Game Room Essentials

Adding the right furnishings will make your game room all the more enjoyable for family and friends. Here are 11 must-have game room items and concepts that'll make your home the favorite hangout spot in your circle.

1. Succinct Decor

The best game rooms begin with a concept and stick to it. Take some time to think about your family's interests and how they'll use your game room. The concept can be as simple as a place to sit with friends and shoot pool, or you can dive into elaborate themes with retro, rustic or modern design choices and furnishings.

2. Unique Lighting

Lighting is a great way to set the right vibe in your game room. Give yourself options so you can adjust the lighting to fit the games you're playing or how you're spending your time. Consider supplementing your overhead lights with LED light strips, which you can set to a single color or program to alternate between a few.

3. Framed Posters or Portraits

It's your family's game room, so fill it with imagery that speaks to your interests. One option is to hang portraits of your family doing things you love together or shots of the kids playing their favorite sports. If your family has favorite movies, shows or sports teams, you can let your colors fly with wall decorations.

4. Comfortable Seating

Fill your game room with places to sit and chat. A couch is an absolute must, but try a few other low-profile options like barstools or bean bag chairs that conserve space and are easy to move if need be.

5. Space for Food and Drinks

Your friends and family will surely feast on food and drinks during game night, so save them the trip to the kitchen by keeping refreshments in the game room. Food and drink space can be as simple as a cost-effective mini-fridge and snack cabinet or as thorough as a big-budget game room bar.

6. Two to Five Board Games

Every game room needs games, of course, and board games are a good starting point. Pick a few family favorites for some variety on game night without cluttering the room with excess items. As a side note — playing cards are another fun, space-efficient game option to keep around.

7. A Card Table or Two

Providing tabletop space while keeping your game room open and inviting can be tricky. Rather than committing to a permanent table, grab a couple card tables you can bring out for game night and tuck into a closet or behind a shelf the rest of the week.

8. Spacious Cabinets

As you start moving things into your game room, you'll find that everything will need a home. Find yourself a solid cabinet that fits into the space and complements your style. If you plan to keep drinks in your game room, purchase a wine cabinet for additional storage that looks sharp and conceals adult beverages from the kids.

9. One to Three Bar or Arcade Games

It's easy than ever to find high-quality bar or arcade games at a decent price, so consider purchasing a few timeless classics. Friends and family will love being able to choose between games like:

  • Pool

  • Darts

  • Foosball

  • Skee-Ball®

  • Air hockey

  • Shuffleboard

10. A Quality TV

There are flexible TV options for any family's game room needs. If your family spends a lot of time watching sports or playing video games, your TV can be the centerpiece of your game room. If not, it's easy to hang a TV in the corner for some extra entertainment while guests wait for their turn at the pool table.

11. Party Video Games

There are tons of video game options on the market to fit anyone's tastes. The Nintendo Switch has a huge catalog of multiplayer party games to play with friends. If you're looking for something unique, order a Pac-Man® arcade machine to drop jaws with a nostalgic game room piece.

Game Room Essentials At HB Home

HB Home is the best place to find all the must-haves for your game room, so get in touch to see what we have in stock!

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