Building a games room can often seem like a fun endeavor at first, but it’s often crucial to ask yourself a few questions beforehand to ensure that you get the best possible games room possible. We’ve broken these down into four main questions that need to be asked before you start making inroads on a games room and getting a full-size pool table in there.
How much space do you have?
The first thing you’ll want to consider and ask yourself is just how much space you have for a game room. If you’re converting an existing room into a game room, such as a bedroom or something similar, then you’re going to be more limited in terms of your games room size than if you’re building an extension on your house.
When it comes to working out space as well, it’s important to sit down and consider what you want to get for your game room. Are you wanting a full-size pool table as the main centerpiece? Maybe you’re wanting a shuffleboard or something else that is fairly big for your Star Wars Lego collection? Or do you only want a quiet space where you can stick an arcade machine in the corner and have a blast reliving a misspent youth down the arcade?
Answering this will help you work out just how big your games room can be ultimately and what you can fit in it. After all, if you love playing shuffleboard, having a small room won’t allow you to fit a shuffleboard table into it.
How much budget do you have?
After you’ve worked out your space available, the next thing to calculate is your budget. Working out a budget allows you to figure out just what you can afford to buy instantly in terms of games machines and tables, and what you’ll need to leave space for in the future. Getting a budget for a pool table or an arcade machine also allows you to work out if you can afford extras like cool posters or memorabilia to go on the walls as well as just generally decorating your new games room.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to leave some budget for actually building the rest of the room as well! You might want some extras like a fridge or a bar or something similar so you can have a drink whilst gaming, so it’s key to add these to the budget and not forget them as it’s not fun having to wander out to another room to get a drink in the middle of a game.
Do you buy new or used?
Once you’ve worked out your budget, you’ll be faced with a question of whether to buy stuff new or used. Buying used pinball machines and pre-owned pool tables can save you money, but it can often turn up in less than great quality, and can often require you to repair it, either through the use of someone who has experience already of repairing games tables and arcade machines, or you can do it yourself if you’re feeling mechanically and electronically inclined.
There’s also the fact that you’ll have to pick them up and install them yourself, which can often be a big trial, especially if you’re buying a full-size pool table, so this is something that needs to be taken into consideration as well if you decide to buy something that is preowned. You don’t exactly want to go and buy a pool table and throw your back out trying to move it into your new games room and not be able to play on it for weeks if not months!
Buying a new pool table can be slightly more expensive than buying a used one, but does come with a lot of benefits that a used one doesn’t have. These can include delivery and installation from the company who you’re buying from, which is always a large bonus when you’ve got a slate bed pool table as these can be incredibly heavy. Additionally, buying something like a new arcade machine ensures that you don’t have to spend extra money or your own time in repairing an old machine, which can often be a key factor when it comes to buying a games machine.
How much power do you have?
This may seem like a bit of an odd question, but it’s worth checking just how many power sockets and what sort of power system you have in your house before you make any purchases. If you’re planning on buying lots of electronic machines, such as a pinball machine and an arcade machine as well as decorations like neon signs, then you’re going to need plenty of power sockets and to make sure that your house, in general, can handle a massive drain on the power. After all, it’s not going to be great when you start playing on your new arcade machine and your partner goes to play on the pinball table and the power overloads and everything shuts down!
So making sure that your house can handle a new games room in all aspects, from sizing to the electrics, as well as your budget for everything in said game room, is key to ensuring you get a decent games room. If there are any further points that we’ve not covered that you think are important, why not let us know in the comments below? We’d love to hear from you!