Even though most people opt for their basements to be the center of the party, an attic is a more logical solution. First of all, the basement always has that purpose of being stored, and your pool table would definitely lose some of its charms if you added it next to the dryer. Secondly, an attic can provide you with natural light, which is an immediate booster. After all, people always strive to reach for the sky, not get under the ground.
But, enough with the poetics. Here are some practical solutions on how to turn your attic into an ultimate game room for you and your friends.
Open the stairway
Attics aren’t really the most illuminated areas in the house, and you can’t insert an indefinite number of windows to get more light. After all, that would probably affect the temperature level. However, what is highly recommendable is to open the stairway leading downstairs. This way, you will get more natural light from an unexpected source, and you will also create the feeling of openness. Attics are pretty limited spaces, but this little trick immediately adds to their spaciousness and overall appeal.
Limit the colors
Bearing in mind that this is a game room and you are going to furnish it with all fun enticing things possible (a pool table, a Ping-Pong table, perhaps a flipper machine), you will wish to go for monochromatic look here. Pristine white is always an excellent choice, and you should never introduce more than three colors or otherwise, the room can easily look cramped and uninviting.
Though you are going to have a focal point with your main game in place, that doesn’t mean this is the only way of having fun. Sometimes watching sports is just as exciting as playing, especially if it’s about your favorite team. Introduce some bean bags, a comfy sofa, window seats or floor cushions. Hang a TV screen on the wall, grab some drinks an snacks and watch the Denver Broncos live stream.
Flooring and carpeting
No one can watch a game and sit still, so regardless if it’s your friends who are playing or you’re yelling at the TV screen, one thing is for sure: there’s going to be lots of jumping and pounding involved. For this reason, it’s absolutely necessary that you have a strong floor.
Also, small rooms such as this one will really benefit from a carpet spreading from one wall to the other. Visually, this adds to space, and it also serves its soundproof purpose.
It goes without saying that you are going to install more light upstairs. Pot lights, lamps, sconces can be used for the cause. Also, special items require special lighting. The ceiling lights should be focused on the most important equipment to make the games more enjoyable.
Have a feature wall
Since attics are long and narrow spaces by definition, it’s advisable to use a couple of tricks to make it seem larger. Creating a feature wall is one of them. Normally, that is the farthest end wall and it is a real visual focal point. You can hang your TV there, a huge mural, or add sofas on either side. Instead of becoming a bit disoriented with all the games and things lying around, you will have something to hold on to.
Even when you completely transform your attic into a fun game room, you will still feel the urge to put away some not so fun things there, such as your winter clothes. Resist the temptation to use the room as storage at all costs. What is more, install some cabinets to keep all the props away from sight and neatly stored.
Your dream of having a game room is slowly coming to life. Start the construction work step by step, and soon enough you’ll have a proper game room at your disposal.