If you are an avid gamer, there is a good chance that you are not the sort of person who spends time watching home makeover shows on TV or ambling around the furnishings departments in the big stores. However, the truth is that home décor has a greater impact on your life than you might think, and it is something that we all have to think about from time to time.
In the past, designing a room that is perfect for getting the best gaming experience was highly suggestive of creating what was known as a “man cave.” However, that conveniently ignores the fact that in the 21st century, there are actually more female gamers than men. Let’s start by getting the terminology right. What we are looking to achieve is the perfect gaming room for men, women and children who enjoy what is now a mainstream family pastime.
Are you sitting comfortably?
If you spend hours hunched on the sofa, the edge of the bed or even on the floor wrestling with the game controller, don’t be surprised if you start reminding yourself of your parents or even your grandparents when you stand up and start groaning with back pain and trying to massage some feeling back into your arms and shoulders.
A gaming chair or chairs should be at the top of your shopping list. There is a huge variety to choose from, and you can find options that suit a range of budgets. The type you need very much depends on the type of gaming you enjoy. For example, if driving games are your favorite, you can get one with an integrated steering wheel and pedals. If you alternate between PC gaming and work, something that looks more like an office chair but offers extra lumbar support is the way to go.
Get the light right
A great visual experience doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg these days, as it’s possible to get a good gaming monitor under $200. However, you still need decent lighting to avoid eye strain, but at the same time, you do not want reflections coming off the screen. Well-positioned LED spotlights give you flexibility and have the advantage of looking good and being energy-efficient.
You should also think about natural light. There is a time and a place for enjoying the sunshine, but this is probably not it. Sitting with the drapes closed can be a bit depressing, but wooden shutters can be a perfect solution. They are easy to install and have the added benefit of insulating against noise and drafts from outside.
Technical equipment generates heat. You will notice this even if you are just sitting typing on a laptop, so if your computer equipment is more sophisticated, you definitely need to think about keeping it and yourself cool. Sure, you could ramp up the air conditioning, but energy costs can add up. The benefit of those shutters is that you can still have some cool air coming through from open windows without losing the benefit of shade from the sunlight.
We are not creating a 1990s man cave that is full of junk. Your gaming room can be a contemporary, sophisticated living space that even your mother will be impressed with when she comes to visit if you have a place for everything and everything in its place. That means you need plenty of storage. Get those shelves and closet units in before you do anything else, and you can be sure the room will be a place that everyone enjoys and that will promote domestic harmony.
Do you want a drink?
Style and sophistication are great, but they should not come at the expense of a little bit of fun. This is a room where you and your family can enjoy downtime, so add some creature comforts. What could be better than having your favorite drink on hand? Whether that means adding a coffee machine, a water cooler, a beer fridge or a drink cart with wines and spirits is really down to your personal taste. If in doubt, why not go for all four so you have all the bases covered?
Enjoy gaming in comfort
Twenty years ago, people heard the word gamer and pictured a reclusive male teenager in a fantasy world of his own. Over the past decade or so, the image has changed completely. The truth is that gaming is something that everyone enjoys, regardless of age, sex or social background.
It has become as accepted of a pastime as sitting down to watch the TV or read a book, so why not create a room where you can enjoy the best possible gaming experience?