So, you say you’re ready to upgrade from a casual to an officially recognized gamer? Well, then this is the guide for you. There isn’t a gamer out there who doesn’t have some idea of what their ideal gaming space would look like.
It is possible the idea is more tempting than the work but if you follow all of the steps provided, you will not be sitting down in just a room anymore. It will be your very own gaming room. These steps will help give a general idea of how to make a gaming room and things that can be done to make a boring room into your very own gaming room. Though, for any big operations such as installing a TV onto a wall a lengthier guide would be appropriate.
So, let’s get started.
How To Build A Gaming Room
Step 1 – Pick a Space
Before you start reading this guide, we’ll assume that you have a space in mind and that making it your own is okayed by anyone else living in the house. Any big change to your living space should always be well thought out and planned for everyone living there.
A gaming room doesn’t have to be an actual room. It can be a corner in your bedroom, a section of the living area or you can go as far as transforming the basement that everyone has forgotten about. Gaming isn’t for everyone, so if you live with your family or flatmates, pick a space where you aren’t going to be in people’s way.
…or you can build a secret gaming room under the stairs…just saying.
Step 2 – Pick A Theme
The next step is to come up with your theme. This doesn’t have to be daunting, a theme can be as simple as filling the space with things you enjoy – or making it minimal – so that it feels like your space. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your gaming room, you want it to be a space that fills you with joy, not one that you’re going to be bored of next week.
The real point of a gaming room is to be comfortable within it, so making a gaming room right is important.
I’m not here to tell you which theme you should go for, but if you want some inspiration, Pinterest is a great start to get the creative juices flowing.
Step 3 – Get All Your Gaming Essentials
There’s a few things that any room wanting to be called a gaming room needs.
An internet connection, the PC or console of your choice, a display to play it on, and a chair to enjoy them all in. There are a million peripherals one could add to the space but these are the four main ingredients to make a perfect home for your games.
Make sure that there are enough electrical sockets for your devices nearby. Doing this will cut down on extra cables you may need later and any amount less clutter will serve its purpose later when you fill that same area with things you want (and won’t trip over!)
For some, it is impossible to have everything perfectly situated. If your ideal placement of desk or TV happens to be far from an available socket, or if the room is big enough that you might move around, buying an extension cord or two to extend your range is a sensible choice.
Keeping a few chargers around in case your phone or other mobile devices start to run low on battery is another piece of advice that can keep you comfortable, instead of scrambling for the charging cables in another room.
Step 4 – Think of Your Furniture
The most obvious piece of furniture you’ll need is a desk and a chair. Depending on how many monitors you have, you’ll want a desk that is big enough to comfortably fit your monitors, keyboard, and perhaps some speakers.
After that, you can add shelves to store your favorite games, accessories, consoles and memorabilia. You could even get a desk with built-in drawers on each side. Saves you from having to run to the other side of the room or house to find any spare consoles or accessories.
Step 5 – Ambient Lighting Makes A Huge Difference
Once you’ve got the seating arranged and the games ready to play, you might notice that the room is looking a little bare. If you’ve only followed what has been said in this guide, it’s just you, the PC and your chair at this point. But what else could you add?
When you think of a gaming room, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The lighting. Personally, I think lighting makes a game room. Without lighting, it’s just another room in the house with a bunch of PCs in it.
Gamers can have a bad rep for sitting in dark rooms and while, sometimes, it makes sense to dim the lights, doing so for long periods can damage your eyes. But no gamer is going to game in natural light. It glares off the screens and makes it hard to concentrate.
You could add mood lighting such as RGB (red, green, blue) LED strips on your monitors and PC. But one of the coolest new pieces of tech on the market is the new smart lighting options available from companies such as Nanoleaf, LIFX and Philips Hue. Stylish and often unique, these wall panels, bulbs and lamps can really set a tone. With the ability to sync up to your TV or sound system, they can match the vibe and set it themselves.
With a design ready for any taste or space, you can make your theme flow even further by upgrading your peripherals. Mechanical keyboards, wireless headsets, gaming chairs and even ergonomic desks are all becoming more and more commonplace and even expected within a gaming room.
The possibilities are endless and you don’t have to go too crazy. Even a few key pieces here and there can make a huge impact. With the right setup, your gaming room could become your favorite place to be!
Step 6 – Think of Your Ventilation
Ventilation is also of utmost importance to a gaming room. PCs and consoles use multiple components which can heat up during use. Though these devices also switch off when they overheat, it is better to avoid the issue entirely by making sure the room is breathable and your devices are staying cool.
A good way to ensure proper ventilation is by using a fan or two. The goal is to remove the hot air which comes off your device and replace it with cool air – this means having an intake of some sort as well, such as a window or door. You can also use filters or humidifiers if the room becomes too dry.
Step 7 – Soundproofing!
Let’s be honest, gaming is a very noisy hobby. Battlefield, GTO and Fortnite are not exactly silent games. In fact, realistic audio is what gamers want and that’s what the whole essence of gaming is about. But if you’re living in a house with other people, chances are they probably don’t want to hear you game all day and all night.
Soundproofing can range from simple foam padding on some walls, to a more serious approach like building an insulating wall between your gaming space and other rooms in the house.
No matter how you go about it, make sure you plan ahead and consider your budget when deciding what kind of soundproofing works best for your gaming room.
Making A Gaming Room Is Easier Than You Thought!
You now have all the information you might need now to set up the perfect battle station.
Hopefully, this has helped you come up with some ideas of your own alongside giving you a checklist of items that simply must be included in any gaming room. Of course, as with anything as personal as home design, not all of these suggestions will work for you and there are likely many more things that are needed to make the room truly your own.
Whatever you do, don’t lose focus of the reason for the gaming room in the first place. Somewhere to relax and enjoy yourself. You could end up getting stressed over which poster goes where and never actually enjoying the room, so try to avoid that if possible.