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Spare Room? Time To Get Gaming!

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Posted September 4, 2017 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in Editorials

If you love gaming and technology and have a spare room in your home, making the ultimate gaming room/media room/man cave or equivalent is a great use of the space. It’s a separate area when you can enjoy your hobbies without cluttering up the bedroom or fighting for use of the downstairs TV with family. But how exactly do you go about creating a gaming room, and what does it need?

Decor and Furniture

The first thing you will need to do when planning out your gaming room is to decorate the room. Your best bet would be to move everything out and give it a deep clean before painting, fitting light fixtures, and window treatments. Usually, when it comes to decor, light neutrals are a good choice since they will make the most of the space and make it feel bigger and brighter. However, if you’re going to be having epic gaming sessions along with watching movies, a dark color (including a dark ceiling) could be a good choice. That way the room is sufficiently darkened and all of your attention will be on your screen. If you’re using surround sound and a lot of noise, you might want to consider soundproofing before this step. Insulation on the floor, walls, and ceiling will give you more freedom with volume without upsetting the neighbors or anyone else you live with. Most gaming rooms are going to need a desk of some kind, go with something large and sturdy desk which comfortably fits in the room without looking overwhelming but giving you space for everything you need. If you have a pc or laptop with an extra monitor, you need to make sure there’s enough space for this. Mechanical keyboards are useful for gaming, so you need enough room for this (or a keyboard slide out panel underneath). You might want space to hold your phone and tablet in docking stations too for the perfect media setup. If you go with an ergonomically designed desk and chair you will be extra comfortable and reduce your chance of neck, back, and wrist strain. If you will be using your gaming room to watch movies, a comfy armchair or a sofa is a good addition too.

Computer System

One of the most important things in a gaming room is of course the computer. A large monitor to see everything clearly and a fast machine will be ideal for those all night gaming sessions. If yours isn’t up to scratch, you might need to update the graphics or even add a solid state drive which will make games load faster. A PC that’s either been built specifically for your needs or is designed for gaming is your best bet since they will run graphics heavy games best. Alternatively, if you’re a console gamer, you will need a good TV system and the console of your choice.

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Tv and Sound System

Speaking of TVs, if you’re a console gamer or movie watcher, then a TV is going to be an essential feature in your gaming room. If you don’t have much space, try mounting the TV on the wall, you could also opt for a sound bar instead of full surround sound. This would give you a similar effect but without taking up as much space. If you’re thinking of upgrading your TV screen, newer models have 4k picture which is clearer than ever, something to look out for when you’re buying. 3D is a good feature too.

 


About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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