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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Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

You may have seen on our Twitter or Facebook feed that we have a Nucleus arcade table at the Ideal Home Show this year. (It’s on until Sunday 3rd April btw) The Nucleus featured in the Ideal Smart Home powered by Virgin Media.

Ideal Smart Home Powered by Virgin Media

We visited on the first day to make sure everything was good with the table on the stand. After all it would be getting a good hammering over the 17 days! We met the great staff manning the Virgin Media Smart Home and maybe even had a quick game on the table!

virgin smart home staff

Every day at the Ideal Home Show in the Virgin Media Smart Home there were multiple presentations on some ideas on creating a smarter home. We got ourselves over for the first one, which included special guest Suzi Perry. So I couldn’t resist challenging her to a game of Bubble Bobble.

Suzi Perry arcade table surface tension

Suzi was only there for the first presentation, along side the amazing Lee talking the crowd through some of the items within the smart home. Lee was then to soldier on alone for the rest of the 17 days.

Suzi Perry ideal smart home

BeoPlay A9

This features the BeoLink Multiroom technology, which unites your B&O PLAY and Bang & Olufsen products into one wireless system. You can play different music in different rooms – or let one song play on all your speakers throughout the home. Connect using AirPlay, DLNA or Bluetooth 4.0 and you will be playing your music in a matter of seconds.

beoplay a9 ideal home show

Sprout

A fully integrated desktop 3D scanning solution with 3D object capture, editing and multiple streamlined 3D print options. Now anyone can grab something from the real world, manipulate it in the digital world, and bring it to life in physical space.

sprout scanner ideal home show

Smart light bulbs

There were 3 smart light bulbs up in the kitchen. The LIFX Colour 1000 with smartphone control over wifi. The Olixar Lightbeats controlled by Bluetooth, plus also plays your music! The Vocca pro is a voice-activated bulb which can be turned on or off by command.

smart light bulbs ideal home show

Petcube

An interactive wireless pet camera that helps you stay connected to your pets when you are not at home. Petcube pet monitor system lets you watch, talk and play laser games with your dog or cat from anywhere using your smartphone. You can share access to your pet video cam with your friends, family or anyone else on Petcube network.

petcube ideal home show

Smarter Coffee

Enjoy Smarter Coffee with a wifi enabled brew station. The machine will grind the beans up before brewing, so you will always have the fresh stuff but without the wait. You can set it going straight after your alarm goes off so when you get downstairs, you’ll have a fresh cup in your hand without any wait.

smarter coffee maker ideal home show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Along side all of these great products was our Nucleus arcade table at the Ideal Home Show. If you have been to the show and had a play on the table, or are planning to go, send us a tweet or Instagram snap using #surface_tension_design.

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

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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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surface tension on Homify

Homify is an online platform for architecture, interior design, building and decoration. With images and articles to help build your dream home.

If you’ve not stumbled upon Homify yet, well it’s a great resource to help put your perfect home together. Items get tagged for certain rooms or scenarios called ‘idea books’, making it easy for you cherry pick.

You can filter by rooms, starting from porches, studies and sheds, then work your way up to kitchens, living rooms and even yachts! Select from a whole range of styles from Scandinavian to tropical, colonial to industrial. This enables you to browse through all of the rooms and images and pick out items and add them to your idea books. It’s a hassle-free way to create an ideas board which you can add to and remove from easily.

Homify ideas for the perfect home

surface tension on Homify

We now have our Nucleus and Rubik’s cube featured on the site, so you can add them to your idea books.

homify surface tension

www.homify.co.uk

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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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Fried egg rug

A little off-topic here, but this rug caught my eye. Rest-assured there will be no egg-based puns in this post. From Architect Valentina Audrito, the egg rug… though someone on this blog thinks otherwise! There are a couple more egg-based concepts on their page too.

Complete with double yolk pillows. If only they were a little taller, they would be perfect seating for a game of Space Invaders! Great for crashing out and watching a movie on!

egg rug :: boing boing

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Screw table

Screw table

Although we’re not huge fans of the slotted screw, we are huge fans of this epic screw table! These are great-looking surfaces… well maybe for the nerdy types like ourselves.

eero aarnio colour screw tables

Hmmm, how about nuts for seats…

These are one of the creations of the Finnish interior designer of some pretty cool 60’s plastic furniture, Eero Aarnio. Famous for the amazingly retro ball chair. Still a very active designer, you would probably have seen one of his more recent creations, Puppy.

eero aario puppy

From eeroaarnio.com:

“The Finnish designer Eero Aarnio (b.1932) is one of the great innovators of modern furniture design. In the 1960s, Eero Aarnio began experimenting with plastics, vivid colors and organic forms, breaking away from traditional design conventions. His now iconic plastic creations include the Ball (1963), the Pastil (1968), and the Bubble (1968) chairs which echo the pop culture and spirit of their time. Many of Aarnio’s works are included in the world’s most prestigious museums, including Victoria and Albert Museum in London, MoMA in New York and Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.”

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