20 inspirational games room ideas

Whether you’re a retro gamer, modern console and PC gamer or board gamer, you have to admit we would all love our own dedicated games room. Whether it’s all of your retro consoles complete with back catalogs of cartridges, the latest consoles connected up to the latest 4K TV, your beloved collection of arcade machines and pinball tables or even your boxes of board games. We’re looking to help you with some games room ideas to help design your own!

Here are some of the ways for gamers get their fix. Whether it’s a fully-fledged games room, or just a way of discreetly introducing your games tech into the family home.

Football themed man cave

Let’s kick off with a proper man cave. The place where real men hang out whilst drinking beer and arguing over which players aren’t earning their keep. A real striking theme here with plenty of red going on with the Liverpool themed pool table and darts mat. A TV in the corner to keep an eye on your team whilst playing some pinball, putting your money into the owner’s fruit machine or playing table football. There’s also a poker table for those late night sessions. Strictly no shoes allowed though and that also goes for the retriever.

mancave with pool and table football

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Space Invaders Couch

You can have your very own Space Invader at home with the pixel series Space Invaders couch and love seat. They look like very high quality design and manufacturer and it would appear Evercube have every confidence as they offer a lifetime structural warranty on them. Their sleek design with steel frame and durable faux leather upholstery means these Space Invaders inspired seats will still be looking good in years to come.

space invaders couch

Right at home with the Nucleus

These wouldn’t look out of place coupled with one of our arcade coffee tables for those long 8-bit retro-gaming sessions! Gorgeous black and white colour scheme!
space invaders seat

The couch and love seat, designed by Russian Igor Chak, is available to buy with worldwide shipping from the Evercube website, currently dedicated to these pixelated seats.

The love seat is listed at $1,350 and the couch at $1,800 and available direct from Evercube.

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The ultimate storage coffee table!

The Kai storage coffee table

Everyone loves hiding places, especially when it helps to keep things tidy. The Kai table is the ultimate storage coffee table and was designed by Naoki Hirakoso and Takamitsu Kitahara in Japan. The ideal storage solution to compact city-dwelling.

storage coffee table

Inspired by traditional Japanese puzzles, the Kai table is the ideal solution to the city-dwellers storage problems. Well, maybe not all of their storage problems, but those in the living room anyway.

japanese storage coffee table

The table opens up by way of all sorts of flaps and sliding panels to reveal multiple storage places to stash your magazines, remotes and who knows what else. It has got me wondering if it could accommodate all of your retro gaming consoles… but I suspect you’d only be ok if that collection consisted only of Gamecubes.

ultimate storage coffee table

Size: W|0.9m D|0.9m H|0.27m

There’s a suggested lead time of up to 7 weeks as these are made to order.

600,000/£3,800/$5,300

Kai Table

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Meccano home furniture

Finally some build-it-yourself furniture that you can relate to. You legitimately won’t be needing the instructions either – just grab yourself a spanner! From France’s Meccano Home, there’s a range of familiar-looking modular furniture. Sold in kits and ready to assemble, I see no reason why you can’t mix and match to give a whole load more possibilities.

 

Meccano home offers a reduced number of parts for constructing a variety of furniture; chairs, stools, coffee tables, high tables, console tables, TV cabinets storage…

Meccano furniture bolts

Meccano home is designed and manufactured in France.

Meccano furniture lamp

 

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Fun, active seating. The Ballo stool

These caught my eye as a fun-looking, colourful stool. Based around the idea of an exercise ball, they require a little core stability.

“Ballo is a multipurpose stool for short-term, active sitting. Ideal for a variety of uses, settings and spaces, the Ballo stool is suited to home and office environments and everywhere in between. Perfect for pulling up a quick seat, surrounding a conference table or for use in a reception area, Ballo inspires activity. Available in seven colors, Ballo’s playful aesthetic complements any space while promoting healthy movement.”

Their marketing pictures are provocative of a fun, active and healthy working environment. Great to have a few of these kicking around the office being colourful as well as functional.

Ballo functional seating

Nearly as colourful and playful as our Rubik’s Cube stool!

Ballo stool from Humanscale

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555 timer seat

What made me do this? It’s an idea I had a couple of years ago and had to have a go at it! I had the legs made 18 months ago, so I definitely couldn’t let them go to waste!

We wanted to make some interesting seating for our stand at Revival this year, to go with our Dual arcade table. Which would also have one of our Rubik’s Cubes on the other side.

555 timer storage seat

The arachnid IC was made from 18mm MDF, some timber sections to mount the legs to and the legs themselves being 12mm aluminium. I’ve documented my build below in case anyone else wants to have a go.

The assembly was achieved with a mix of biscuits and the use of the Kreg pocket hole jig.

construction of giant 555 timer with kreg pocket hole jig

One part complete after some filling and plenty of sanding. The pocket holes were also filled on the inside.

construction of top of giant 555 timer

Timber sections on the inside were fixed again using the pocket hole jig and plenty of glue. These sections were used to mount the legs to on the base.

internal construction of metal legs for giant 555 timer

After fixing the legs, this was the first time I could see if it really worked as a shape. Slots were cut into the base section for the legs to come through.

giant 555 timer seat unpainted

The notch was added before I could start to finish it. The 555 was first prepared with 2 coats of sanding sealer, then 2 coats of primer. The final paint was then applied. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but it was a dark metallic grey which gave it that graphite look of an IC.

giant 555 timer painted

Some text was then applied: ST UK, NE555N, AU0314 for manufacturer/country, model and date code.

giant 555 timer with text

What’s the point of having all that space inside if you can’t use it!

giant 555 timer opened with blue insides

A comparison with the real deal. A through-hole 8-pin DIL NE555.

close up of 555 timer IC on scaled up model

Here it is in place next to our arcade table at Revival 2014.

giant 555 timer seat next to arcade table

The over-sized 555 looked great at Revival this year. It really hit the right age bracket with all of the retro-gaming enthusiasts, many of which asked where they could buy one!

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Pac-Man Ghost shelf

A couple of years ago we posted about a Pac-Man Bookshelf and now we’ve found the perfect addition to your Pac-Man inspired library. This ghost shelf is made by Barcelona artist Light Yourself  Up, great for keeping your books neat and tidy but even better for holding all your video game boxes.

The shelf measures about  76cm(H) x 71cm(W) x 10cm(D), and can be customized in other colors, you can even chose which direction the ghost’s eyeballs are looking. Me, I’d love to have a set of four, one each of Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde hanging on my wall.

Light Yourself Up have a shop on Etsy where you can buy their Pac-Man Ghost shelf for £368 plus shipping.

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Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

I’m sure you all know by now that we love interesting coffee tables here at surface tension and we think this Nintendo Controller Coffee Table is awesome. Created by designer Charles Lushear, from the Etsy store ‘The Bohemian Workbench,’ this nod to retro gaming is completely functional. So you can actually play your old favorites while sipping on your morning coffee.

giant wooden nes pad

Made using maple, curly maple, birdseye maple, burl, mahogany and walnut, the Nintendo Controller Coffee Table will cost you a pretty penny but the workmanship looks absolutely superb. Though the novelty alone is well worth the extra coin. Play one round of Tetris on the coffee-bearing control board and you’ll be hooked. Sure, it might be a little harder to get your thumb to the B button in time, but the fact that you’re playing with your coffee table should take the sting out of any low scores.

playing giant wooden nes controller

Available through The Bohemian Workbench Etsy store and priced at around £3,500 plus shipping. Charles has some great other pieces available including controller wall art, an Elmo ukulele and the Karl Pilkington table which as you would expect is shaped like an orange.

You can reach Charles through his website – www.bohoworkbench.com or his twitter handle BohoWorkbench.

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Pac-Man-Table

Colourful, quirky and completely unplayable. But what does that matter? These are great snap shot of a game of Pac-Man built into a glass table top frame. I can find very little information on these amazing Pac-Man tables by carpenter, furniture designer and photographer, Thanasis Mokas.

Mokas is from Anthens, Greece and while I don’t see any mention of how to buy them I think this guy deserves a posting for creating such great tables.

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Tetrified

This officially licensed desk lamp is not only Tetris themed, but each tetromino lights up when stacked on top of one that is already lit. That also means you have free reign to customize your light every single day you sit down at your desk, how cool is that!

This desk light is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Tetris swag that was on display at the American International Toy Fair in New York a couple weeks ago.

The Tetris Desk Tidy Set is a Tetrified set of office supplies, including a double highlighter pen, pencil holder, pencil sharpener, eraser, memo pad, tape dispenser, staple-free stapler, and desk organizer. You can even take out your frustrations on Tetrimino-shaped stress balls.

Apparently there is also the Tetris Alarm Clock, featuring numbers that change using falling Tetrimino blocks but you’ll have to check out the link below to see that one in action.

All three Tetris products will be available this September. The Tetris Desk Light will sell for $50, while the Tetris Desk Tidy Set and the Tetris Alarm Clock will sell for $32 and $40, respectively. Let’s hope they make it over to the UK too!

via: Action Figure Insider

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