We’re all busy. Day to day, our lives are booked from morning ’til night and it seems increasingly harder to find time to relax.
However, a home rec room could allow you and your family to have everything you need to rest, rejuvenate, and have fun without going anywhere. Just do some planning and decide on a few details, then you’ll be ready to sit back and unwind.
Here are Curb Appeal’s tips on how to design a rec room!
A recreational room can technically be anywhere in the house, but the most popular space is the basement. This is because its wide open and has enough electrical outlets, making plugging in an air hockey table or home entertainment system easy.
If you plan to use the space for your kids to have birthday parties in, then the basement (and even the attic) will also help contain noise and keep it separate from the rest of your home.
Other common spots include the attic, an unused garage, a spare bedroom, and sometimes people enjoy taking on the task of converting a shed into a recreational space.
One of the best qualities of a rec room is that you can give it any theme you want. It’s a great opportunity to introduce eclectic colors, creative designs, and any other design trend you may be a fan of that wouldn’t work for the rest of your home.
You can have a traditional rec room with gaming consoles, ping pong tables, and a Foosball table. A rec room geared towards entertaining guests might include a poker table, home bar, and over-sized lounge chairs.
Film enthusiasts may want something slightly different, such as a wall to project their favorite movies on. Investing in comfortable recliners and couches would make the room into the perfect home theater. Drinks, popcorn, and other snacks are a must so keep that in mind and consider adding a small kitchenette!
If you intend your rec room being used for you and your friends, any theme you decide on should work well.
However, if you imagine your rec room being a place for your children, especially young children, then more in-depth planning is beneficial. Your child’s rec room has potential to be the hub of all activities from playing to reading; therefore, organization is key.
You may want to separate the room into a few different areas like arts and crafts, a mini-library, a small area for snacks, a place to watch movies, and more. If you do want an area for them to work on arts and crafts, be sure it’s on tile or another easy-to-clean surface.
Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. When she’s not reading up on the latest home decorating trends, Kendra is busy designing her future home, library included.