Every gamer out there, whether you’re a modern gamer, retro gamer or any other type of gamer, dreams of having a game room where they can sit down and enjoy their favourite hobby. Think of it like the idea of a home cinema room for a movie lover, or a library for an avid reader.
Well, if everything goes according to plan, we’ll be moving into our first owned home early next year, and it is a step up from the rented place we’re in now. Part of that comes from the fact that we’ll have a third bedroom, which we haven’t had before. And whilst it is a box room (2.36m x 2.06m), it is still a room that we don’t actually need from a family perspective. Thus, we have agreed that I will turn it into my own office/game room.
So I thought it would be a fun idea to document the process of turning this extra box of a room into my “man cave” (even though I hate that term). Therefore, I will be doing multiple “parts” to this post series, with each one focusing on a different stage of the transformation. In this part, we’re going to look at the initial plan.
The first thing that needs to be thought about is the various objects that I need to fit within this small room. So, what better way to do that than to list them all out in bullet points, right?
- Computer desk
- Computer (tower plus wireless keyboard and mouse)
- Flat screen TV
- TV stand
- PlayStation 2
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- Sega MegaDrive
- Game related books
That’s quite a lot of stuff that needs to fit in a very small space really. So, when it comes to planning the layout of the room, everything needs to be able to fit neatly. I also don’t want to have wires and cables all over the place either. I’m one of those people who likes cables to be neatly hidden away…
On top of this, due to the cost of moving, getting additional furniture (like bookcases) is something that will have to happen down the line. Although I certainly plan to have them! Because of this, the first iteration of the game room is going to have to rely solely on the computer desk and TV stand for storage. Thankfully the TV stand has two rather large shelves in it, so I can make use of them.
The First Form
My plan for the first iteration of the room is to simply utilise the longest wall, which faces towards the front of the house. It has a window, so I’ll need some blinds rather than curtains for the window, so that nothing can get damaged.
Then, I plan to have the computer desk in one corner, and put the TV stand in the middle between the centre of the window and the other corner. This will allow me to have the computer tower sit on the floor between the two, with enough space for good airflow around it. It will also mean that there is plenty of room behind both the computer desk and TV stand to hide the cables.
Whilst the items shown in this plan are not the ones I have, since my TV stand has more shelves, the plan does give a good indication of the initial layout that I’m thinking of.
I’ll also be putting up a framed Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn T-Shirt that was signed by Yoshi-P, as well as my signed The Walking Dead mini-poster. I’m also hoping to get my hands on some artwork and prints as well, just to liven up the room.
The consoles will sit on the bottom shelf of the TV stand, with the games on the top shelf. My gaming books, controllers and cables will each get their own space within the computer desk for ease of access and tidiness. Unfortunately, that means that the printer will likely have to go under the computer desk, right in front of my feet…
The Second Form
Then, just like the final boss of any good J-RPG, the room will eventually evolve into a different form. This will take a bit more time, as I’ll need to get some spare cash together again to do it, However, this version of the room will be more heavily focused on the gaming aspect, utilising shelves and bookcases to create a focal point around the main TV stand.
These will all sit on the wall away from the door, perpendicular to the computer desk.
The consoles with each have a space on the bottom shelves of the bookcases, where holes will be made in the back of the bookcases for the cables to go through. The TV will sit on the TV stand between them, with the printer on the bottom shelf of it. Boxes will be used to house lose peripherals like controllers and headsets, as well as spare cables. These boxes will then sit on the top shelf of the TV stand, for quick and easy access.
The rest of the bookcase shelves would house my games, displayed loving. Meanwhile, a shelf above the TV stand will be where my memorabilia and collectables sit.
This layout, in my opinion, will give a much cleaner and more interesting style to the room.
And That’s All Folks (For This Part)
Those are my plans for the small little box room that I will be turning into both my blogging office and my game room. It’ll start off really quite basic, due to financial constraints, but I already have a vision of how I want it to look eventually. That gives me something to work towards!
The next part in the series will be looking at the furniture in more detail, as well as the decor styling and overall ambiance planning. So make sure you keep an eye out for it!
Have you got a game room? Or a room where you can just relax in? Let me know about it in the comments below!