You know you’re committed to the gamer lifestyle and you’re ready to go all in on setting up a dedicated gaming room in a small bedroom, or any other available space for that matter.
But how do you make sure that your setup will be comfortable enough for you to enjoy playing games without feeling cramped?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardcore gamer who spends hours upon hours each day playing video games or a casual gamer who only plays once or twice a week. Either way, you’ll probably want to set up a dedicated gaming room where you can play your games with friends and family.
This guide will help you get started on creating the perfect theme for your gaming space and includes everything you need to know, so let’s jump in!
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What Are You Obsessed With?
When it comes to creating a theme for your gaming room setup, this is probably one of the first things you’re going to think about.
And it’s probably something that will immediately jump into your mind.
For some, it’s Star Wars.
For others it may be Star Trek.
And still others it’s Halo, or Call of Duty.
It doesn’t even have to be game related though.
It could be anime.
Or The Last Airbender.
Here’s the catch:
You have to be able to convert your obsession into a livable space.
So while it would be great to have an Avatar movie themed gaming room, but it could be really hard to recreate the scenes from Pandora in your gaming room.
If you’ve got a big budget and you can afford to get all the fiber-optic lighting, the blacklight props, and the and cool animals, then go right ahead!
But if not, don’t worry.
You can still get close enough in most cases.
Just know what it is that you’re working with.
What Do You Need?
The things you’ll need for your gaming room theme are going to primarily fall into 3 categories:
- Your gaming rig
- Your desk & chair
- Your visual effects & decorations
When it comes to your gaming rig, you already know what you have there, and chances are you’ve already got all that stuff set up the way you’d like for it to be set up and themed.
But the other parts are the things you may or may not have thought about.
For example, you may really like that big race car themed desk that you saw one of your friend have, but it’s not necessarily going to fit the Star Wars theme you’re going for.
What you can do in those situations is get creative and chose a different path.
You can build your own gaming desk, or you can get a non-themed gaming desk so that it will fit the overall theme of your gaming room and you can add all the effects and features you want.
Finally, the last of the big 3 categories is your visual effects & decorations.
This is stuff like LED lighting like mentioned previously. But it’s also stuff like acoustic tile shapes & colors along with the kinds of posters and wall decorations you want to use.
For example, if you’re going for a First Order theme in your gaming room, anime posters aren’t going to really fit with that vibe.
Instead you will need decals and other items that represent the First Order.
And if you’re one of the lucky ones who have really cool stuff you can get at places like Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, you can use lightsabers instead of LEDs.
And if you’re going with something like Halo, you might want to consider getting a life sized Spartan helmet instead of just hanging up a poster.
In either case, you’ll want to make sure that whatever you decide to use fits within the theme of your gaming room.
How To Decorate A Gaming Room With A Game Related Theme
Now that we’ve covered what you need to create a gaming room theme, let’s talk about how to decorate it.
First off, you’re going to want to start by deciding which games you want to play.
If you’re looking to play a game that has a specific theme, you should probably choose a game that matches that theme.
For example, if you’re playing Overwatch right now because it’s that’s your absolute favorite video game, think about what you’d need to use to decorate your gaming room with an Overwatch theme.
Another option when you’re thinking about what kind of theme you want to go with, can can use a sci-fi theme if you science fiction movies.
Think about the things you’d use in a sci-fi inspired game room – what furniture and decorations would you need?
You could get a Dekjarik holochess replica table, a blinding training helmet, or a projector to display some holographic projections.
Or if you’re more into fantasy, you could build a custom bed frame to make it look like a throne made out of wood, a dragon statue, or maybe even a sword and shield.
Whatever you end up choosing, you’ll want to take the time to find the best pieces available.
But don’t be afraid to mix and match as well.
You can put together a gaming room setup that looks great while still being practical.
You can get some incredibly cool wall decorations from Amazon – all you have to do is look for what will match your theme.
What Do You Have?
Lots of gamers have memorabilia and collectibles they want to display.
So if you’re building a gaming room, think about the shelving you’ll need because you may want to include a few different types of displays depending on what you’ve got.
For example, you can get a shelf unit to hold trophies and awards you’ve won over the years.
Or if baseball cards are your thing, then getting a display case for your cards, or even a trading card display frame so that those cards aren’t sitting in a box somewhere just collecting dust.
The same thing goes for comic books.
As an example, for the longest time I’ve had comic books just stored in a box in a closet.
I didn’t really know how to display them properly.
But one day, after doing some browsing online I found some really cool display frames that I could use to create an amazing display.
You can also get a shelf unit to store all of your figures and miniatures.
The possibilities are endless, but the key is finding the best way to display everything.
Once you’ve decided what you want to display, you’ll want to figure out where you’re going to hang them.
This isn’t always easy, especially if you have a lot of items.
But there are ways to make this process easier.
One of the easiest ways to organize your shelves is by using pegboard.
Pegboard is a simple tool used to hang things. It’s a board that has holes drilled through it. The holes are spaced apart at regular intervals.
The main point is this:
You probably already have some really cool stuff in your collection.
Pull it out, go through it, and see what’s going to work best for your gaming room and get started!
What’s A Good Color For A Gaming Room?
The best color for a gaming room is one that’s going to be complementary to your gaming sessions. Visual distractions that can be caused by colors in your peripheral vision.
Another aspect is that you should consider the lighting when selecting the color scheme.
If you play games late at night, then you might want to choose reds and oranges to set the vibe and give you energy.
And if you prefer playing during the daytime hours, then blues and greens would be better choices.
When picking out the color scheme, you should also keep in mind whether you want to add any accent colors to enhance the theme you’ve created for your gaming room.
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