Hey guys! Today I figured I would share a little bit about our game room space. It was one of the spaces that we were most excited about when we bought the house. Renovation has been a slow go and its still not complete but its at least a usable space now. I will be doing a full before and after as soon as we complete the last few projects. Today I wanted to show you some before pics of the space. I also thought I would share some of the inspiration photos we used when renovating this space. So without further ado, the before pics!
It was so brown! Like someone said “give me all the browns”! Definitely not my taste. We knew the room was going to get the gray walls and gray hardwoods treatment that the rest of the house was getting. But we also wanted to change the layout to make it more conducive to the way we planned to use the space. We envisioned this space as our movie and game space. A place with a big cozy couch, some vintage arcade games, and a bar space. Somewhere we could entertain friends or watch movies. The closets the last owner had added to the space were great for storage but they also made that back wall unusable. I envisioned that wall as the focal spot of the room. A space filled with builtins to house games and tv components as well as a space to mount a large tv for watching movies. Here is one of the inspiration photos for the tv wall.
I loved the storage all around the tv and the accent wall behind it. This photo got us thinking about what kind of shelving we would like to use in our space. Our wall isn’t as long as the wall in the inspiration photo so we knew we would get as many cabinets. While I like the glass doors and all the drawers I wanted something a little more simple. After looking for awhile trying to find cabinets and shelving that would fit the dimensions we needed in our space we decided to build our own, but we will save that for another post.
One of the most important aspects of planning the space to me was seating. I wanted a cozy space to cuddle up and watch movies as well as some additional seating for when we had more people over to hang out. The first thing I hunted for was a cuddle couch. I wanted something plush and deep. I hate when you are trying to lay down and watch a movie but there isn’t room for more than one person to spread out. So it was important to me that it was deep enough I could layout lengthways facing the tv and that it was wide enough to sit 3-4 people. Here is one of my inspiration photos.
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So I don’t know about you guys and maybe I’m a weirdo but couches and chairs that are going to get daily use are not something I can buy online. I have to sit on them and feel them. There is nothing worse than ordering a gorgeous piece of furniture only to find out it feels like sitting on bricks. I spent a ton of time testing out my options locally and finally decided on a couch that was perfect for the space. I will add that the couch I chose taught me a valuable lesson. Always measure the pathway needed to get the furniture into the room not just the room space. Lets just say things got interesting trying to move the couch in and ended with us having to take out a window and remove some siding on the back of our house. Did I mention my husband is a contractor? Thank god he loves me lol.
Another thing we wanted in the space is a little table behind the couch. Not only would it provide a place to set drinks but we could put stools under it for extra seating when we have company. This live edge table is my favorite.
I love the stain and the height of it. I am already making plans to have my husband build me one to fit the length of our couch. I’m thinking of doing a base with squared metal legs to tie in the industrial touches in the rest of the house. I am also thinking of doing some live edge shelves above the bar area. I am also loving that the stools have backs. I liked the idea of doing smaller backless stools so they can be tucked under the table. But if anyone is going to be sitting there for an extended period of time having a back would be more comfortable. So I haven’t fully decided on the stools yet.
Speaking of bar area, if there is one thing a hang out space must have its a bar. I needed a place to store my liquor, barware, and wine fridge. This is one of my inspiration photos.
I love them both but since our ceiling is lower right above the bar area I think the open shelves would be a better fit. I also opted to not do a sink in the space. In case someone wanted to remove the bar later and use the room for something else I wanted to make it easier for them. I also really loved the cabinets on either side of the fridge in the last picture. That is how we decided to configure our bar space.
We also envisioned the space to be a fun room for playing games with friends. I am planning to fill some of the builtins with the board games we already have plus add some new ones. I also saw this giant scrabble board and fell in love.
What I didn’t love was the price! Restoration Hardware has lost its mind! I have a plan to do this as a DIY. Hopefully I will remember to document the steps so I can share it with you incase you want to build your own.
I also really wanted to add some vintage arcade games. I would love to fit more than one(hello pinball, skeeball, and pacman) but the space once we have everything else in place wont allow it. The plans now are to do a console table style game. I’m thinking something like this.
So what do you think? I can’t wait to show you our full before and afters. Hell, I can’t wait to see it totally done myself! But I really wanted to show you guys our thought process behind the renovation. Stay tuned for the afters!