A minimalist gaming setup is one of the best gaming room themes you can use to bring a touch of tasteful elegance to your space. The clean aesthetics, simple beauty and budget-friendly nature of these setups are all winning qualities in our books.
Creating a simple-looking setup is a lot harder than you would think. There’s a fine line between a slick setup and a sad one, and you really don’t want to be on the wrong side of that line. Finding the balance between character and clutter is the key to a minimalist gaming room.
Once again we have scoured the internet to find you the room ideas out there, to give you some inspiration for your own build, and boy did we have fun with this one.
After countless hours of examining every minimalist gaming setup we could find, we realized pretty quickly a lot of minimalist rooms have a lot in common.
Good cable management is essential if you want that clean-cut finish you are dreaming about. A simple color palette and minimal desk clutter are also winning characteristics of a minimal gaming setup.
The best Minimalist Gaming Setups
Plain and Simple
Monitor: LG 32UD59
Keyboard: Abko AR87
Mouse: Logitech MX Master 3
Chair: Herman Miller Aeron
Speakers: Presonus Eris E5
Extras: Ikea Hammarp Countertop, Sony WH1000 Headphones
Of all the minimalistic setups out there, this one from Gr1zbot is one of the best examples we have seen.
The Herman Miller chair aside (which will easily set you back over $1,000) a minimalist gaming setup like this is certainly achievable with even the most modest budgets.
Through a combination of Ikea furniture and a bit of handy work, this gamer has built a simple battlestation packed with character.
Like any simple gaming setup, the devil is in the details. Simple additional like the homemade speaker legs and cable sleeves to keep all those wires looking pretty are easy wins when it comes to a clean setup.
As you can probably tell, we really love this setup. We even featured it on The 15 Best Gaming Setups Ever list.
Monitor: LG 34GK950F-b
Keyboard: GMMK Compact
Mouse: Glorious Model-O
Chair: SecretLab Titan
Speakers: Bose Companion 3
Extras: Cololight Pro
If minimalist setups are boring, then this gamer definitely didn’t get that memo.
While this setup is elegantly simple, the 3D feature wall commands attention and does all kinds of crazy things with the light.
A wall-mounted monitor is a great way to bring the bare-bone effect, especially if you can hide your cables inside the wall, like in this example. The addition of the white backlighting on the motion gives you an awesome floating effect too.
Sparingly used accessories are a great way to add some personality to your setup, so long as they work with your overall theme.
That’s why the Colorlight Pro looks great here. This RGB work of art can be rearranged in endless combinations, integrated with music, and all controlled by a handy app.
Monitor: LG 38WK95C
Keyboard: Azio Retro Classic Edition
Mouse: Mad Catz Rat 5
Extras: Ikea Gerton Monitor stand
Sure, Star Wars themed rooms come to a dime a dozen (there’s at least three on this list alone) but when combined with the minimal finish, you are onto a winning formula.
This ultra-white, ultra-clean setup is bound to appeal to the inner clean-freak we all feel when it comes to your isolation stations.
With any minimalist gaming setup, it’s important to sacrifice practicality for aesthetics. While a desk mat might have retracted from the elegant finish, it would undoubtedly lead to a nice gaming experience.
Monitor: Asus ROG PG348Q Ultrawide
Keyboard: AHyper X Alloy FPS Pro
Speakers: Audioengine A2+
Who needs wall art when you have your prized rig to show off? Bragging rights aside, a wall-mounted PC goes hand and hand with a bare-bones approach.
While this setup has plenty of awesome things going for it (that Ultrawide Asus or the Audioengine speakers are badass) there are a few tricks this gamer has missed.
Mixing multiple textures (wood, stone & glass) retracts from that minimal finish – as does that bright green trash can.
The cable management is pretty solid here too, although that white cable sleeve slightly retracts from the minimalist effect.
Work hard, play harder
Monitor: BenQ PD3220U
Keyboard: Keychron K3
Mouse: MIIIW Elite
Chair: Steelcase Gesture
Speaker: Edifier S880
Extras: Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Premium
When it comes to minimal WFH battlestations, it doesn’t get much better than this one.
Plenty of thought has gone into this isolation station – from the matching colors of the desk and speakers, to the subtle underlighting – this simple setup has it all.
For that eye poping effect, why not use a wall art and background combo like this gamer has gone for?
Monitor: MSI Optix MAG341CQ
Keyboard: Keychron K6 Wireless
Mouse: Logitech G602
Desk: Ikea Bekant
Speakers: Edifier R1280T
If a simple, budget friendly setup you are after, all you need is a trip to Ikea.
The wall mounted speakers and monitor that sit directly under a a floating shelf give the illusion of endless desk space. The plants and wooden panel curtain and subtle underlighting all pull this setup together nicely.
With ever simple setup, the devil is in the details and while the monitor appears slightly off centre and squint, there’s plenty going on here to get your creative juices flowing!
Monitor: Samsung C32HG70
Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB
Mouse: Razer Lancehead
Chair: DXRacer Racing Chair
Speaker: Kanto YU2
Extras: Audio Technica M50X
If you have managed to to peel your eyes of that milk-cooled PC, you might notice some of the other subtle piece that make this one of our favorite minimalist setups for small rooms.
The steal brackets in the dark-wooden, custom made, desk is utterly stunning, and the RBG keyboard and desk lighting all transform this cozy corner into a brilliant battle station.
Steel & Ice
Monitor: Acer Predator X34P
Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB
Mouse: Logitech G703
Chair: Steelcase Gesture
Speaker: Audioengine A5+
Extras: Nixie tube clock
Sometimes, all it takes is a good desk to get that jaw dropping finish.
And this custom made desk my Dr D-Flo might be one of the best we have ever seen. The fabricated steel frame and marble table top look like they were destined to make this creation of awesomeness.
The minimalism continues with the simple choice of room accessories. The matching desk mat and wall art work ridiculously well and the character the tubeclock brings to this setup is ridiculously simple.
Monitor: LG 27UD68-W 27″
Mouse: Logitech G602
Speaker: Yamaha HS5s
Extras: Philips LED Strips
It’s hard to believe this setup comes from a student who has transformed his dorm room into a brilliant battle station.
The floating wooden desk, backboard and minimal lighting gives this room the barebones appeal.
Sure, those Yamaha speakers might be a bit overkill – especially for shared housing – but they can double up nicely for the sound system for your next party.
What did you think of our minimalist gaming setups?
If this article hasn’t persuaded you to get stuck into building that simple setup you have been dreaming about, then I don’t know what will.
There’s buckets of inspiration and lessons to be learnt from every amazing example on this list. Whether that’s implementing simple tricks like wall mounted monitors or sticking to a simple gaming room color palette, there’s plenty here to get your creative juices flowing.