How to Set up a Video Game Room
Updated: Jan 3
Setting up your perfect game room involves choosing furniture and game systems. You have to get the right desk, monitor and chair before organizing your setup. You also have to be willing to work on a budget — because you have a lot of options.
Here are our top video gaming room ideas to improve your home, whether you want to organize a small recreation area or an entire full-sized basement.
The Benefits of Having a Good Gaming Room Setup
Knowing the benefits of what you're buying is important when considering what to have in a gaming room. The biggest advantages of a good video game room setup include:
1. Being Comfortable
Playing in a comfortable gaming chair is better for your back. Adjust the height of your chair to fit your frame, which will help you avoid back pain. Your gaming setup serves as a place to unwind and alleviate daily stresses.
2. Having Enough Room
With a gaming desk and an organized setup, you can put your gaming station in just about any room. Your setup can be simple but functional, maximizing the amount of space you have for your relaxation and adventures into new worlds.
3. Having a Place to Invite Your Friends
If you have ever wanted to invite your friends over for a gaming party, it's easier when you have a game room setup. Arrange your furniture and monitors so your friends can participate in multiplayer events from the same room. Additional features like a poker or pool table make a home game room a fantastic entertainment space for hosting parties.
4. Performing Well
A functional, uncluttered game room with the ideal layout can enhance your ability to play. Feeling relaxed in your gaming chair with plenty of space around you for snacks and drinks helps you focus and perform better. Focusing improves your reaction times in first-person shooters or multiplayer online battle arenas.
5. Increasing Your Home's Value
A well-designed game room is a plus if you plan to sell your home one day. A prospective buyer will see this as a desirable feature, especially if you have renovated your bonus room by adding a bar or home theater. An at-home recreation area appeals to homebuyers and can justify a slightly higher asking price.
6. Saving Money
A home game room saves money in the long run. Instead of going to an arcade or other gaming location and spending money there, you can stay home and play for as long as you want. Staying home can significantly lower your expenses on children's entertainment, and you may even eat out less frequently when your family has a comfortable retreat.
7. Spending Quality Time in Your Household
When you have a recreation room large enough for your household to share, you will spend more meaningful time bonding together. A game room makes the perfect family room, promoting peaceful relaxation and bonding time over fun activities.
How to Set up a Video Game Room
Consider these factors when setting up a video game room:
The size of your room: This includes how much storage space you have for your library of video games, board games or card decks. If you play many tabletop games, you can save space by going vertical with a set of shelves or a cabinet.
The furniture: You want your game room furniture to fit your needs. For example, you should consider a sectional couch only if enough people will play there regularly.
Soundproofing: If you have a soundproof room in your house, then you're all set. If you're concerned about the noise level but would rather avoid adding dense insulation to your game room's walls, consider investing in a noise-canceling gaming headset instead.
Lighting and electricity consumption: Your game room should be in a location where you have the right light level and enough outlets to power all of your devices, including arcade games.
Wi-Fi: The best possible room for your gaming equipment is where you have your modem and router stationed.
Decide on the features of your game room that you will enjoy the most. A game room can have a station for video games, game tables, arcade games and a rack of board games — but it depends on what you and your family prefer to play.
Here are the items you can add to turn a bedroom or spare office space into a gaming paradise:
1. A Gaming PC
A high-performance PC is an important part of any game room, but an efficient setup is what makes it a game room. As long as you have a reliable computer that you can play on regularly, you are ready to add it to your gaming corner. To ensure your computer meets the demands of gaming:
Use liquid cooling to allow your computer to process more quickly.
Add memory to enhance your computer's data capacity.
Install a larger hard drive to increase the amount of virtual space for games.
Use a dual, triple or quad monitor system for an advantage over your opponents.
2. A Gaming Chair
Chairs for gaming are similar to office chairs on wheels, with armrests and an adjustable seat. Many have cozy features, like built-in speakers or a massage function. When deciding on which gaming chair is best for you, make sure it is a high-quality, comfortable choice instead of the most expensive chair in the market.
Factors that are important when getting a gaming chair include:
Size: A chair designed for a child has a different size than a high-weight capacity chair for an adult.
Material: Materials like vinyl and leather are more durable, but mesh, microfiber and cotton are more breathable.
Ergonomics: A chair with lumbar support that adjusts to fit your frame will have the most value to you.
3. A Gaming Desk
Organize your PC with a desk that supports its features. If you have more than one monitor, arrange your desk so they are in a logical position. When selecting a desk for your game room, consider each of the following factors:
Size: A broad surface can accommodate all your computer equipment and accessories.
Shape: A desk with a comfortable shape will get used more often than one with awkward edges and painful corners.
Space requirements: If your desk has shelves and cup holders, you can make good use of them in a game room. For smaller desks, you can stack drawers beneath for storing your controllers and other supplies.
Placement: A rectangular desk makes sense when you have the most outlets and space against a wall. If you want to game from a corner of the room, an L-shaped desk might be the best option.
4. Additional Games
While you're planning your gaming room, you might want to consider adding some table games or arcade games that your friends and family can take turns playing together. A pool table or an arcade corner can set your game room apart.
Add Arcade Games to Your Game Room Set Up
Are you looking for classic arcade games for your game room or other furniture? HB Home has the perfect game tables for creating lasting memories. If you're interested in ordering a product, get in touch with our team to learn more about the options.