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The 5 Perfect Tips for Building a Game Room or Rec Room

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The 5 Perfect Tips for Building a Game Room

1. First, do a power purge & clean-up.

Before making any changes to the basement, throw out or give away any unwanted items. It's much easier to plan and execute the makeover with the clutter gone. Make everything neat and tidy for a game room, rec room, family room, or man cave (whatever you wanna call it) is meant for leisure and relaxation. Feel free to network with friends, family, and neighbors to come over and check out your new toys! It will bring a lot of connections, smiles, and laughter so be ready to have fun! :D


2. Designate different zones for different activities

This is especially necessary for large, sprawling basements. Consider including separate areas for crafts, exercise and TV watching. Some games take up more space than others. Keep in mind the distance you need from a pool table for the cue to comfortably be drawn back. Don't place your darts near a walk way! 

Plan Ahead :

Plan your Air Hockey Area. Your cue & Billiards Area. Make sure your Darts Area is clear and safe! Reserve a spot for some Ping Pong & Foosball games.

3. Paint

Painting walls is a safe, fun way for kids to take part in a room's makeover. Paint different areas with different colors. Perk up a dark basement with light, stimulating colors, using different colors for different activity areas. To ease the transition between colors, use painter's tape to mask off strips of wall and create a few wide stripes. For thin stripes, mask off areas 6 inches to 1 foot wide; wider stripes can measure 2 to 3 feet.

Painting tips:

  • Try varying the widths of the stripes to add even more interest to the room.
  • Use separate trays for different colors of paint. Clean all rollers and brushes thoroughly to prevent mixing the colors.
  • To avoid a jumbled visual mess, choose only two or three colors for the wall treatments.

Paint in neon and get a black-light for extra saucy game room features.

Use carpet squares to define areas. Clear out the room and sweep the concrete basement floor so the carpet squares will stick properly. Snap a chalk line and, starting at one edge of the room, peel off the protective tape and apply the tiles to the floor. Cut tiles as needed using a utility blade and framing square. Once all of the tiles are down, use a nail gun to install baseboard molding where the tiles meet the wall. 

Find the best decor at Sage Arcade. Art, clocks, mirrors & more for all types of budgets! Build the ultimate man cave now, with the best accessories. 

Sage Arcade Game Room


Special light boxes with photo inserts -- installed by a professional -- mimic the effect of a skylight in the basement. A can light over the craft area and pendant lights over the freshly painted bar help define spaces and create the correct mood for different activities. Lighting is the most important thing to complete your game room. You can browse our 100+ different styles and variations of arcade and billiard lighting! 

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