8 Ideas for Designing a Game Room in Your Home

Thinking of turning your spare room into a game room? Whether you like playing ping pong, video games, board games, or something in between, we have some ideas to help you make the most of your space!

1. Use furniture to create different sections in your room.

If you’re working with a rather large space, you may want to divide the room into sections based on activity. Part of your room can be a sitting area; part can house a game table; part can serve as a refreshment area with a bar cart and mini-fridge.

Use furniture like a sofa or sectional to divide up your room and designate different sections for different activities. The back of your chair can visually represent a wall between two areas.

P.S. Get this look with our Barcelona sofa!

2. Get the lighting just right.

Consider what types of activities you want to engage in with your game room, and choose lighting accordingly. If you plan to play video games, you may want to invest in blackout curtains and mood lighting to help your eyes focus on the screen. On the other hand, if you mainly plan to play board games, you may want to maximize the natural light that flows through the room and get some table lamps to help shed more light on your playing surface.

3. Make sure you have plenty of seating.

Game rooms are often meant for entertaining guests, so be sure you have enough seating for everyone! We recommend at least one sofa or sectional, a couple armchairs, and one or two recliners to lounge in.

Depending on your preferred game room activities, you may also want to invest in furniture pieces that are easy to move and manipulate. For example, you may want some comfortable folding chairs, nesting tables, or a table with a top that folds down when you aren’t using it. This way, you can change up your space depending on how many people are using the room at one time.

4. Don’t be afraid to create a multi-purpose room.

Maybe you don’t have a spare room to dedicate solely to a game room. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a designated space for unwinding with a game! Think about how you could turn a larger room into a game room combined with an office, a children’s play room, or even a dining space.

P.S. Get this look with our Jeffrey sofa!


5. Decorate the room with your favorite paraphernalia and other objects.

Are you a local beer aficionado? Do you have a favorite sports team? Or maybe you just have a cool collection to show off?

Your game room is the perfect room to completely personalize with your favorite objects. Consider how you can decorate your walls and shelves with things that are meaningful to you and your life, like photos, family heirlooms, and other unique items.

6. Use the room’s atmosphere to your advantage.

If you’re decorating a space that was designed in a particular decade or era, lean into the design that’s already there! Embrace the wallpaper, moldings, windows, and light fixtures so you can avoid the cost and hassle of renovating everything. Consider how your room’s existing personality can shine through your game room setup.

7. Use a sectional to create a cozy space for conversation and relaxation.

Yes, you’re designing a game room—but the whole point of a game room is to foster connection among your family and guests! The best way to get amped up for a board game throw-down or to cool off after an intense game of foosball is to relax in a sitting area.

P.S. Get this look with our Ollini sectional!

8. Choose a table big enough for your favorite puzzles or board games.

The worst feeling happens when you try to settle in for a competitive game of Catan and realize —oops!—your tabletop doesn’t have room for all the hexagonal map pieces. It’s also super unfortunate when you try to complete a new jigsaw puzzle and don’t have room to organize all the pieces on one surface.

When designing your game room, think about the biggest game you’ll need to accommodate and choose a table accordingly.

About Sofa Creations — California’s Custom-Made Furniture Company

We’ve been California’s most trusted family-run custom furniture company since 2010. We love working with clients like you to design the perfect custom-made sofa, sectional, or sleeper sofa for your home. Please contact us to learn more about our customization process, or visit us in San Francisco or San Rafael to see some of our favorite styles in person.

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