A spare bedroom or guest room that is seldom used can be given a total makeover and transformed into a game room that your family can enjoy. Instead of a room that doesn't get much use, you can have a room where your family can gather together to have fun. It doesn't need to cost a lot of money, and the makeover can usually be accomplished with very little effort. You just need an unused room, decorating materials and games your family will enjoy playing. Here are a few suggestions for transforming that unused space into a family game room.
Assess the Room
The first step is to assess the room to make sure it can easily be converted into a game room. The furniture in the room may not be appropriate for the room you want to create, so you will need to decide what to do with it. Some pieces of bedroom furniture may be used for a different purpose in the game room, like a dresser or end table used to store board games, playing cards or other game accessories. If you do need to get rid of furniture, you have several options. If you have room, you can store the furniture for future use. Or, donate it to a charity, sell it at a garage sale or try to sell it on an online auction site.
When the furniture is out of the room, examine the walls and floor. It is easier to work with an empty room, so if you decide a fresh coat of paint is in order, paint the walls before you move your game room furniture in. A coat of paint in a fun, cheerful color is the easiest way to bring new life to an old bedroom, turning it into a fun new game room.
Consider Furniture Pieces
The furniture you have in your game room will depend upon the types of games you plan to play. A sturdy table with chairs where your entire family can sit is a great addition for playing card games or board games. Be sure to include storage places so games can be tucked away when not in use. If the focus of the room will be mostly on video games, you need a television set, entertainment center and comfortable seating. Upholstered chairs, a small sofa or a love seat provide comfortable seating but don't take up much room. Consider an area rug if you have a hardwood or tile floor so it is comfortable to sit on the floor to play games.
It can be a lot of fun to decorate a family game room. Since the space is usually fun and casual you can let your imagination and creativity flow. A game room is a great place to share family photos in picture frames to match the decor. If you would rather put up wallpaper then paint the room, wallpaper is available in game themed patterns. For a whimsical decorative touch mount old wooden game boards directly on the walls. If you have old playing cards, you can use them to create a chair rail. Just attach them to the wall with wallpaper paste and place them end-to-end or in a fun zigzag pattern. Antique picture frames can be a fun way to display game instructions or other pieces of game art, such as vintage game board boxes. Video game posters can be inserted into poster picture frames and hung on the walls of a video game room.
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