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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8Bitdo arcade tabletop

I’ve just seen the 8Bitdo arcade tabletop machine in my feed and isn’t it a stunning piece of retro gaming hardware!

8Bitdo are the company that have been helping to bring your existing retro consoles into the 21st century with the Bluetooth NES and SNES controllers. Allowing you to play your classic retro console games without the wires of yesteryear.

Appropriately named the 8Bitdo Desktop Arcade, this really is a fancy piece of retro kit.

profile of 8bitdo arcade desktop

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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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Polycade – Retro arcade of the future

If you’ve not heard of the Polycade, it’s the wall-mount arcade machine that in December ’15 easily exceeded its $20,000 Kickstarter goal. It is the creation of brothers Tyler Bushnell, Dylan Bushnell (sons of Nolan) and Charles Carden.

polycade wall mount arcade machine

Polycade wall-mounted arcade machine on Kickstarter

From their Kickstarter page… it’s a CNC-cut, plywood shell which is then spray-painted (twice) with gloss paint in a choice of finishes. Or if you chose it, is instead vinyl wrapped with printed vinyl. Designed for those who want something to fit in with a more minimal Panton-esque apartment.

polycade colour finishes

There are a few choices for the control panel with either Happ, Sanwa or Ultimarc sticks. Plus there’s an option to have a 4-way stick or trackball in the centre of the panel. Marble Madness anyone? It is also supposedly removable for any future requirement to swap it out. polycade street fighter 2 girl

The Polycade runs on a Raspberry Pi running RetroPie and is brought to life via a 28″ LED TV. These are due to be rolled out in March, so we look forward to seeing the production item!

Polycade update:

One of the perks on the Kickstarter was to ship out a bunch of signed Atari cartridges by Nolan himself, as well as a live broadcast. Looking at the blog, this has taken place and it’s funny to read some of the comments!

See more on Kickstarter.

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Custom hangUP arcade coat hooks

Custom hangUP arcade coat hooks

We recently created a set of custom hangUP arcade coat hooks for an under stairs cupboard. So rather than the standard 4UP with 4 balltops, this one held the mammoth number of 15 ball tops.

Presented on the standard height walnut back board, the pink ball tops were selected to match the pink wall behind. It also included the 4 player button, plus the ends were angled to be vertically parallel.

We grabbed a few photos from the proud new owner, so starting off with an arty Instagram snap, here they are…

walnut and pink coat hooks

Genuine Happ 4-player arcade button which is reduced in height to fit the veneered panel.

Arcade coat hooks with 15 balltops

Polished aluminium shafts and genuine Sanwa Japanese arcade balltops. Hard to find though they are, we only fit the 30mm version to ensure you can get your coat hanging loops over them!

row of pink balltops on arcade coat hooks

Walnut veneer back board with brass screw cups as per our standard hangUPs.

custom arcade coat hooks with pink balltops and walnut panel

We have produced a couple of custom coat hooks in the past, so if you are interested in something like this, drop us a message at surface tension.

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