The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of entertainment establishments. Some, like Apex Parks or Cirque du Soleil, have filed for bankruptcy for lack of customers. And while The New York Times began reporting a large-scale reopening last summer, we have since seen variations and spikes in COVID transmission causing subsequent closures of various businesses.
While all states have largely reopened entertainment establishments, only certain types of businesses are allowed – such as movie theaters and amusement parks. Bowling alleys and other gaming establishments have still not reopened in several states – and even those that have reopened still have social distancing rules and capacity limits.
If you miss games, but you’re still not quite sure if you can go outside for long periods of time, now is the time to consider designing your own game room at home. Here are some things to look for to make it perfect:
You can never go wrong with a pool table in a game room. Pool tables come in different sizes and are difficult to move, so it’s best to measure your room size. For example, a seven-foot table can fit in a 16×13 foot room, while a 17×14 foot room can comfortably fit a nine-foot table. When it comes to different styles and price points, The Spruce has done a good job of compiling a variety to browse. Fairmont by Hathaway Games is ideal if your budget and space are limited, but you still want a sturdy, durable (and foldable) option; if money is little object and you want a jaw-dropping piece, The Parsons by Pottery Barn may be the way to go.
A dart board is another game room essential because it is an easy game to learn and use to pass the time. Although the game is simple, there are actually many options regarding the type of board you can have. Basic boards are perfect for beginners, with increased scoring areas and surfaces that don’t require professional casting techniques to hit. But there are also electronic cards like the Arachnid Titanium 54000 which automatically record everyone’s scores. These boards also facilitate different game variations, from practice drills to solo play. Your choice of dartboard should ultimately be based on both your experience and the types of dartboard games you plan to play.
Gambling establishments often have carpets, although they are admittedly not always the prettiest to look at as they usually have bold patterns and bright colors. Maybe that’s how institutions keep us on our toes. Either way, in the comfort of your home, you might want to have a rug with an attractive color or design that complements the walls or other furniture in the room. You can also look for a mat displaying game themes like dice or cards. Regardless of your specific choice, adding a rug makes you feel like you’ve entered a real gambling establishment.
Flat screen TV
Whether you and your friends are actively playing games or not, having a TV is entertainment. A flat screen TV can also be better than a TV with a curved screen for reasons such as availability (there is a huge selection) and cost. Viewing angles are also generally better. With such a TV in place, you’ll feel more immersed while watching big gaming events, which is becoming a more mainstream pastime no matter where your interest lies.
Major eSports events, for example, are now broadcast on a range of networks and attract large audiences; the World Series of Poker has seen a resurgence, with many of the 88 events that made up WSOP 2021 broadcast on CBS Sports (with 15 hours of broadcast for the Main Event alone). And of course, if you’re the type that watches video games on a daily basis, you can always connect a Twitch stream to your TV. Whatever you like, you can enjoy it best from your gaming room with an exceptional TV like the Samsung QN900A, which offers up to 8K resolution.
Of course, you’ll want to have a place to relax when you’re not playing (or even if you’re playing, depending on the game!). Like any other furniture or decor you plan to have in your playroom, you should have a sofa that is the right size and in a color that complements the room. Our « How to choose the perfect upholstery fabric for your sofa » The article also gives some tips for choosing the right material. You can always opt for the velvety textures you see at professional gaming establishments. Again, you can opt for a durable textile to withstand wear and tear, or a cover-style padding for easy cleaning.
Consider all of these ideas and you’ll be on your way to putting together a great home game room!