If you’ve recently moved into a bigger home, then you have all the space you need to create some amazing atmosphere inside. If you run one of the 28 million small businesses in the U.S., you might want a nice home office to work in. But if you’re a big gamer, then this is the perfect opportunity to create your ultimate gaming room. But what goes into the ultimate gaming room? Here are a few tips to help you craft a truly unique space for your gaming passion.
Consider What Kinds of Games You Play
What kinds of games do you typically like to play? Do you prefer games you can play on a computer or are you a more console-based gamer? Whether you prefer one style of gaming over another or a mix of the two, it’s important to take this into account when you’re crafting your ultimate gaming room. Fortunately, games like Minecraft lend themselves to both styles of gaming. And considering that almost 200 million copies of Minecraft have been sold as of May 2020, it’s safe to assume it could be in your wheelhouse. Regardless, if you prefer computer gaming then it’s important to have a good desk setup. This desk should be complete with a comfortable chair, ergonomically-sound desk accessories, and multiple monitors if you so choose. The biggest component to a computer gaming setup is going to be your desk, as it’s where you’ll spend your gaming time. For console gamers, on the other hand, you’ll want a comfortable place to sit like an armchair or a sofa and a big screen that allows you to see every detail of your game clearly. And if you’re playing games that require motion controls, then you may want to give yourself a little bit of extra room between your screen and your sofa.
Don’t Forget About The Internet
Great internet connection and speed are of the utmost importance for any kind of gamer. Whether you’re playing Halo on a console or Fortnite on your PC, your internet can often make or break your gaming experience. For PC gamers, a direct line from your router to your computer is easy to establish for lightning-fast gaming. And when almost 40 zetabytes of data is estimated to move through cloud computing this year alone, you had best set up some external storage for your PC, as well. But for console gamers, the internet might be a little bit trickier to figure out. When in doubt, make sure you have a strong connection and high-speed internet service. You can even place your router right in your gaming room if that’s where you want the strongest wifi signal to be.
Lighting is Everything
While too little light and a bright screen can be a perfect recipe for eye strain, it’s important to create the right experience with your game room lighting. If you’re someone who loves playing horror games or even if you just hate screen glare, some blackout curtains will be incredibly useful. And when almost 38% of heat loss happens through windows and doors, your energy expenses will probably benefit from those curtains, as well. But mood lighting is important, too! Color-changing lightbulbs that can be operated via a smartphone app are excellent if you like to change your lighting based on the game you’re playing. LED strip lighting is also an excellent option if you don’t want too much light but also need to see where you’re going. These strips can be placed on the undersides of desks, chairs, and shelves for a cool effect that still illuminates the floor around you. In addition, consider getting some nerdy neon signs! This is an especially cool addition if you stream games and need an eye-catching background or if you’re looking to add a little bit of extra flair to your space.
Accessories Complete Your Space
What’s the fun in having a gaming room if you can’t display some of your nerdy decor in there? With a few floating shelves and some well-placed LED lighting strips, you’ll have the perfect display area for any figurines, trinkets, or other gaming paraphernalia that’s been tucked away in storage. Displaying these items on your desk or TV stand might be fine as well, but if you want to see what you’re doing 100% of the time it’s important to make sure that no part of your monitor or TV is obstructed. Framed posters and prints can also add some artistic flair and a pop of color to your walls.
Moving into a new space can be exciting. But if you’re one of the 33% of renters who move each year, it can be tough to make a new space truly feel like it’s your own. With these gaming room setup tips, you should be on your way to crafting a space that’s 100% you in no time.